The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Carla Hinton column
|By Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City|
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The Lion's Den in this instance is life-affirming rather than life-threatening, said
Miller-Baldwin said the five finalists for the conference's Lion's Den competition all are preparing their oral presentations for a chance to win funds to enhance their business endeavors.
She said the finalists will pitch their ideas to "lions" -- successful and seasoned men and women in the faith and business community.
The Lion's Den, modeled after the popular
The finalists are:
Sharahya Dejear, of It's POPular Gourmet POPcorn, a company that allows children entrepreneurs to garner earnings for themselves.
Miller-Baldwin said the finalists were chosen from 35 people who submitted business plans as part of the competition. She said the Lion's Den competition has added an extra level of excitement to the entrepreneurs' conference.
"I love 'Shark Tank,' and I thought it would really be awesome if we had a Christian spin to this," she said. "It has given the conference a different level of intrigue."
Miller-Baldwin said she is thrilled to have the seasoned entrepreneurs be a part of the conference. These "lions" include
The "lions" will select first-, second- and third-place winners from the five finalists. First-place winner will receive a
While the "Lion's Den" is modeled after "Shark Tank," Miller-Baldwin said one big difference between the two concepts is the Christian-oriented Lion's Den seeks to boost the entrepreneurs' business without taking part of their proceeds.
"We want to help them enlarge their territory," she said.
Meanwhile, Miller-Baldwin said
Miller-Baldwin said the conference will include sessions designed to help entrepreneurs of faith and their businesses thrive.
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