It takes guts to pitch a business idea to an intimidating group of celebrity investors on national television. But it takes grit — and, of course, a distinctively innovative concept — to win them over. Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse did just that in February, when they walked away with a $100,000 investment from Mark Cuban on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” Their proposal: to employ hundreds of U.S. military spouses to make gorgeous, artisanal, 100% American handmade bags from recycled military surplus materials.
On Wednesday, Aug. 27, three members of ABC’s reality competition series “Shark Tank” --- Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, and “Mr. Wonderful” himself, Kevin O’Leary --- attended the White House's Champions of Change veteran entrepreneurship event. The Champions program highlighted 11 veteran and spouse owned-businesses and nonprofits from multiple industries and geographies. From over 600 applications, these founders were chosen for the success and impact they are having on the veterans community.