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Daymond John to host ‘Shark Tank-style’ competition at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton

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TRENTON – Shark Tank star and fashion mogul Daymond John will host a competition based on the popular ABC show Dec. 9 at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, officials announced Wednesday.

“An Evening with the Shark” will feature John selecting the winner of a $10,000 cash prize for one lucky entrepreneur. John will also give a motivational speech to the crowd about the creation of his international clothing brand FUBU.

“This event is much bigger than one night and one keynote address,” said Claudio Oliveira, the general manager of the Sun National Bank Center. “One of our main goals of bringing Daymond into our region is to foster a culture or entrepreneurship within Mercer County.”

John will also give a question and answer session with the finalists of the Shark Tank-type competition before selecting a winner. The competition is open to businesses at all levels including a start up, a local student hoping to launch an idea or a business looking to grow, Olivera said.

“We wanted to make sure that this reached the business community and people who had ideas,” said Bob Prunetti, the CEO of the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce, which is co-sponsoring the event and competition.

Prunetti said anyone can submit their ideas for a business or business plan to the chamber and a panel of business people will select three finalists to present to John. In addition to the $10,000 prize the chamber will also offer professional services to help the winning proposal.

Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson said he is excited about the event because he is a fan of the show.

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