WILKES-BARRE — Local businesses will try to convince business-savvy “sharks” why they should walk away with a $5,000 check at The Woodlands on Friday night.
The Times Leader Media Group and Golden Mile Funding are behind the first-ever NEPA Sharks event, set to run 6-8 p.m.
Seven local businesses will talk about the history of their companies, why they love operating in Northeastern Pennsylvania and discuss future plans in an effort to earn the money.
Times Leader Media Group major account executive and digital strategist Mike McGinley will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening.
“Golden Mile is a very valued customer. They needed help getting the word out that they had $5,000 to give out to a local business,” McGinley said. “They are one of our partners. We felt our platform could help spread the word.”
To promote the opportunity, the Times Leader has published print and digital ads plus notified subscribers and readers.
Here are the participating businesses:
• City Brokers LLC Real Estate, of Wilkes-Barre
• Kesselman Architectural Design LLC, of Wyoming
• Electric City Escape, of Scranton
• TNT Subs and More, of Nanticoke
• Asspressions LLC, of Dunmore
• Northeast Snacks, of Wilkes-Barre
• Baut Studios Inc., of Kingston
And the sharks who will sit in judgment:
• Mike Murray — Publisher of the Times Leader Media Group
• Helen Lavelle — CEO and chief creative strategist at Lavelle Strategy Group
• Anthony Melf — Instructor and career navigator at PA CareerLink of Luzerne County.
• Joseph Boylan — CEO and founder of Argent Eagle
• Steve Ubaldini Jr. — General Manager of Wyoming Valley BMW/ Porsche in Plains Township.
“We have a committee here that looked at a variety of age groups and different sectors of the business community,” McGinley said. “We wanted the sharks to come from different aspects of business. This was done purposely because we don’t want the event to be boring.”
McGinley anticipates a big crowd at The Woodlands.
“An event like this hasn’t been done before in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” he said. “We want to showcase to the community that we have great businesses here and that all have something to offer one another.”
McGinley also says the evening will prove a valuable networking opportunity.
“We are really focused on businesses who love working and playing in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” he said. “We really want to award the money to a business that takes the utmost pride in servicing the Wyoming Valley.”
“If all goes well and the event is a success, we hope to make this an annual event.”
Golden Mile Funding, based in Kingston, “provides strategic working capital for businesses of all sizes and profiles,” according to its website.