“BANK ON ME” BARBADIAN REALITY TV SHOW FOR ENTREPRENEURS RETURNS FOR 2ND SEASON

Blue Waters Productions Inc in association with Scotiabank today announced the opening of applications for Season Two of “Bank on Me“, an innovative and exciting reality TV show for entrepreneurs. The show invites them to take on challenges and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for various forms of investment and support. Small and medium sized businesses can attract investment in an exciting and entertaining format.

Application forms are available on the Bank on Me website and facebook page from Thursday, 21 August 2014. Submissions can be sent to info@sfacommunications.com or dropped into any Scotiabank branch on or before Friday, 26 September 2014. All applicants must be over 18, reside in Barbados and have a business with a product or service already on the market or market-ready.

The complete first series (six episodes) is scheduled to be repeated on CBC TV Channel 8 weekly from Thursday, 14 August at 11:00pm and on Tuesdays at 12:30pm.

A briefing workshop will be held shortly to provide applicants with relevant information for submissions, where they will have the opportunity to interact with Season One finalists.

Season One winner Kristina Adams of Adams Aqualife said: "I was genuinely surprised at winning as the challenges were tough, but the workshops we received at each stage gave me the confidence I required. I would encourage everyone with a business to apply as it is also about the experience gained, the camaraderie, shared ideas and contacts made."

Season One winner Kristina Adams of Adams Aqualife said: “I was genuinely surprised at winning as the challenges were tough, but the workshops we received at each stage gave me the confidence I required. I would encourage everyone with a business to apply as it is also about the experience gained, the camaraderie, shared ideas and contacts made.” (IMAGE VIA – Alwyn Kirk Studios)

Of her winnings she explained: “The prize from Scotiabank and the equity investment from Williams Industries and Tony Hoyos enabled me to expand my business at a rate that could have taken me longer to achieve. While the advice and support I received from the Caribbean Export Development Agency, Fund Access and my mentor was invaluable particularly in terms of the approaches I used; I was able to call on them at anytime to discuss any areas of concern I had.”

Senior Marketing Manager at Scotiabank, Lisa Cole said: “One of our mandates is to provide our Small Business customers with practical advice and tools to help them succeed and ‘Bank on Me‘ allowed us to do that to a much wider audience. We offer business and entrepreneurial seminars and workshops throughout the year and have a number of online business tools, so ‘Bank on Me‘ was the ideal way to broaden our reach in a very entertaining, yet educational format”.

Executive Producer, Alison Saunders stated: “The response to the first season was phenomenal in terms of the response from the public and the entrepreneurs who seemed to have really benefited from their participation. I am delighted that Scotiabank has come onboard again for a second season and shown their commitment to aid economic recovery, by continuing to support local entrepreneurs.

She continued: “With the first season currently being aired, potential contestants can see the format and what is required to be successful. However, we have incorporated a few surprises in Season Two to ensure it is even more exciting and entertaining.”

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