Watch the annual "Swimming with the Sharks" competition, modeled after ABC TV's reality show, "Shark Tank." The contest pits local entrepreneurs who vie for grants of up to $6,400.
Contestants pitch their business ideas to a panel of local business experts, which include City Councilwoman and businesswoman Rhonda Capron, Woodbury County economic development director David Gleiser and South Sioux City economic development director Kelly Flynn. Additional judges and their employers include Dustin Pratt, Avalon; David Bernstein, State Steel, David Greg Hoffman, Pioneer Bank and Sam Wagner, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.
The eight contest finalists and their businesses:
- Anthony Rossi, "Double D’s Driving Service"
- Vanessa Wodtke, "Bloom Wild"
- Jill Guericke, "Skillander"
- Jean Gill, "Four Paws Fitness & Rehab"
- Mark and Donna Samuelson, "Perry Hills Aronia Farms"
- Blake Anderson, "Pushlee"
- Michael Billings, "Pure Retirement"
- Ryan Martinez, app for city governments.
The event is sponsored by Briar Cliff’s Roth Center for Entrepreneurship and ENACTUS team. The contest rounds out "Entrepalooza," a week during which Briar Cliff partners with local businesses to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit in Siouxland.