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Small business ideas, tips, and advice in Shark Tank Meets Main Street


If you are a small business owner, or ever thought about starting a small business, U.S. Cellular is committed to supporting you! One of the ways that you can be successful as a small business owner is to continue to learn the tools of the trade to make your business grow. U.S. Cellular is offering that opportunity to all small business owners with their newest program, Shark Tank Meets Main Street.

Shark Tank Meets Main Street

U.S. Cellular® has partnered with ABC’s “Shark Tank” and created “Shark Tank Meets Main Street,” to support small businesses in the U.S.Cellular footprint and beyond.

  • Last year, U.S. Cellular launched the “Spotlight on America’s Backbone” contest which invited small businesses in the company’s footprint to enter to win free advertising, cash and a year of wireless service to help grow their business. To further show their commitment to business owners, U.S. Cellular expanded on that this year and gave consumers more access to tools and support to help grow their business or make their entrepreneurial dreams come true by working with ABC’s “Shark Tank”.
  • Casting Calls took place over the over the past few months, where U.S. Cellular provided access to the prime-time show via a casting tour exclusively in their footprint, giving small businesses the opportunity to pitch their business, product or idea for a chance to appear before the Sharks on Shark Tank, airing on national TV.
  • Phase two, the sweepstakes, open for entry now. This sweepstakes provides customers in the U.S. Cellular footprint the opportunity to gain unprecedented access to the casting call process and hear tips and advice from other small business owners. One lucky winner will win an exclusive behind-the-scenes Shark Tank experience, which includes a VIP seat during the entire pitch process in LA, lunch with the casting team and opportunities to engage the Sharks throughout the day to ask any burning questions, including how he/she can further their business if the winner is a business owner.

Want great tips and advice now?

  • Visit  Americasbackbone.com/sharktank to view custom content that will cover both a behind-the-scenes look at the Shark Tank casting process (what Casting Calls are like, what it takes to make a great pitch), what happens after you get funded, along with stories and advice from real entrepreneurs we met at our Casting Calls (about their businesses, the obstacles they’re facing, what they’re looking for from the Sharks, etc.).

Ready to enter the Shadow Shark Tank Sweepstakes?

U.S. Cellular and ABC are giving one lucky winner the change to look INSIDE the Tank! To sign up to be entered to win visit ShadowSharkTank.com. Ends on 10/31/14, winners will be selected between 11/1-11/4 and announced 11/17-11/21.



So tell us…

Do you have a small business, or have you ever thought about starting one? If you could ask any one thing, what question would you ask of the Shark Tank team?



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I am part of the U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade and have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.

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15 Responses to Small business ideas, tips, and advice in Shark Tank Meets Main Street

  1. Liz Mays October 30, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    I’ll bet there will be tons of entrants for that giveaway. That show is so incredibly popular and to think someone can see behind the scenes? That’s awesome!

  2. Beth October 30, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    What a fun giveaway. I love watching this show. Some of ideas are plain crazy and others are amazing!
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  3. Sara P. (@SensiblySara) October 30, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    That’s a great giveaway!

    My only small business is my blog. (Is that considered a small business?)
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  4. Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting October 30, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    This is a fantastic opportunity for someone! My business is definitely small because it’s just me, but I’m hoping in 2015 to change that! 🙂

  5. HilLesha October 30, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    I have never watched this show, but what a fun sweepstakes!
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  6. Megan @mnmspecial October 30, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

    I have always wanted to open up a small brick and mortar store, but I am not sure where I would start. I love this opportunity to have the help.
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  7. Nina Say October 30, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    Supporting small businesses is extremely important to me. I’m so glad to see this happening.
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  8. Crystal October 30, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    I love watching Shark Tank! There are so many creative people who really can make our lives easier. I can’t wait to dig into the behind the scenes.
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  9. Jennifer H October 31, 2014 at 9:02 am #

    I love the show and am totally going to enter the sweeps. This would be so fun!
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  10. Andrea Kruse October 31, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    I watch Shark Tank every week and love this idea! I know many folks have great ideas/products/ etc. and this is a great way to really get it out there to the public.

  11. Melissa October 31, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    What an awesome opp! I’m sharing with my husband and his friend who have some good ideas!
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  12. Digna D. October 31, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    I have never watched Shark Tank, it sounds like an interesting show. I do have a small jewelry business on the side but in no way am I Shark Tank material. lol
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  13. Kimberly Grabinski October 31, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Oh I love this! Entrepreneurship is the future and Shark Tank is a great show for how it not only helps those on it, but also inspires other future innovators.

  14. Kira October 31, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    I love the show and now that I’ve an opportunity to ask them anything. I am drawing a blank. Probably ask Mark if he has any success tips for new tech company.

  15. Emily November 1, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

    I love that show. I think I’d ask how they balance their priorities. That seems to be what I struggle most with.
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