THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE: FINAL THREE VIE FOR TOP PRIZE OF BARBADIAN REALITY SERIES

Last night in the penultimate episode of the Bank on ME reality TV show, the final three entrepreneurs were announced after a close competition as they continue to vie for various forms of investment and an attractive prize package including $15,000 from presenting sponsor, Scotiabank.

Bank on ME finalists centre with judges from L to R: Eddy Abed, Ouida Murrell, Michael Holder, Sean Carter, Dario Greenidge, Gordon Seale, Sonia Hunte and Richard Haynes

Bank on ME finalists centre with judges from L to R: Eddy Abed, Ouida Murrell, Michael Holder, Sean Carter, Dario Greenidge, Gordon Seale, Sonia Hunte and Richard Haynes

Those three who will be battling it out next week are Dario Greenidge – Shine Vehicle Care Centre, Michael Holder – Blessed Rentals Inc and Sean Carter – Rhema Cooling.

In the last episode, the entrepreneurs attended the final workshop on “Building your Business Plan” hosted by Scotiabank and had to complete a business plan as part of the Scotiabank ‘Business Plan‘ Challenge. As there was no clear winner of the challenge, they are required to undertake additional work with their mentors, to ensure they meet specific criteria in order to qualify for the investor phase of the competition.

Next week the winner of the Bank on ME show Season 2 will be announced after the finalists are put through paces. Andre Bello, Commercial Manager, Virgin Atlantic will the special guest judge on the night. This hour long episode will be shown on Tuesday, 3 March on CBC TV8 at 8:00 pm.

The winner of the “People’s Choice Award” will also be announced in next week’s final show.

Ouida Murrell, Small Business Development Manager, Scotiabank and main judge said: “Our commitment to small business led us to be the proud sponsor for Bank on Me for its second season. We consider the show a step in the right direction of adding value for small business owners. It provides several opportunities for the entrepreneur: visibility, the opportunity to interact with other business owners, to learn and grow, and of course the chance to win.

She continued by saying: “I found the judging process inclusive. There exists that openness to different ideas and while this season has an awesome group of contestants who have really brought their A-game, we as judges have been fairly unanimous in reaching a decision for the final three.

The full range of prizes also include

· A scholarship for short courses at Cave Hill School of Business

· Communication services from SFa Communications

· A Quick Books Package and Training compliments of QBMED

· Advertising in the Barbados Yellow Pages

· YES Courses for all six Finalists

  • Spirit of Enterprise $5,000 grant from Fund Access
  • People’s Choice Award – $2,000 grant from the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation
  • All three finalists – a dive for two on the Atlantis Submarine
  • Mentor’s Prize – Staycation compliments of Bougainvillea Resort

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