It was a feeding frenzy on the campus of Zane State College in Zanesville as 18 businesses competed for $10,000 during the annual Shark Tub event on March 2.
Jennings’ Java, a coffee business created by Muskingum University sophomore, Daniel Jennings, was one of the three finalists of the night, along with Gone to the Dogs and Cashmere & Twig.
By the end of the night, however, Gone to the Dogs was chosen as the winner of the event and received $7,400. Jennings’ Java and Cashmere & Twig each received $1,300 for finishing in the top three.
Jennings said he and his team learned a lot from their experience in the Shark Tub.
“Even though it’s not the result we wanted, we still gained valuable assets from this,” said Jennings. “We had two training sessions so we learned a lot on how to give formal presentations as we just did.”
The event also gave Jennings some good lessons when presenting to an audience.
“Never be intimidated to do things outside of your comfort zone,” said Jennings. “I’m not a public speaker, but you get up there and you can just kind of relax, and if you know your facts, you can never overprepare.”
Jennings said presenting the facts in these types of presentations is one of the most important things for a business.
“You can spend as much time as you want [preparing],” said Jennings, “but you got to know the facts when coming up and making presentations like this.”
In addition to the $1,300, Jennings’ Java received an additional $600 from the panel of judges during the presentation portion of the event. Jennings said the $600 will likely go towards a coffee roaster.
The panel of judges, also known as “sharks,” consisted of some of the biggest names in the Zanesville and Muskingum County area, including Storied Rivals founder, Muskingum alumnus Aaron Spragg, “The Father of Entrepreneurship,” Bill Straker, Karl Saunders, M.D., Zane State College Board of Directors member, Francine Swiger, and American Pride Power Equipment founder Ryan Dodson.
Previous winners of the Shark Tub include Disrupt Media in 2015 and Spragg’s Storied Rivals in 2016.
The New Concord Area Addiction Coalition (NCAAC) is once again hosting an Addiction Symposium on the campus of Muskingum University, only this time, on a larger scale.
This new symposium is a direct follow-up to the first symposium held on Nov. 19, 2016.
The original session featured one keynote speaker and was held in the Roberta A. Smith Library, but according to University Minister, Will Mullins, this year’s event will be much bigger than its predecessor.
Mullins said that at this symposium, which is being held Saturday, March 18, three keynote speakers along with five individual breakout sessions meant to dive further into different addiction-related topics are being added to the agenda.
“We’re giving more opportunities for people to come and get actual resources the day of the program,” said Mullins.
The three keynote speakers include two Muskingum University faculty members along with one guest to the University. Assistant Professor of Health Science, Shelley Amstutz-Szalay, is returning to speak at the symposium, but she will be joined by Associate Professor of Psychology, Ana Kehrberg, and Assistant Professor from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Brad Price.
Mullins said that the program would begin in Boyd Science Center, either in Room 343 or Room 336, depending on how many participants attend. The program is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. that day, and will feature the three keynote speakers in fast succession to kick off the event. The day would then shift into the breakout sessions, which will be held at various points on campus.
Mullins said his goal is to bring in more than 100 participants to the program, but it would still be considered a success no matter the amount of people that attend.
“If we get 10 people and two people’s lives are changed, we’re going to consider that a success,” said Mullins.
Mullins went on to say that he is specifically looking forward to this opportunity because of his own life experiences with the issue. Mullins’ sister struggled with addiction, and he said that is a big driving force behind his investment into the program.
“I know first-hand that Muskies struggle with addiction,” said Mullins. “I want them to be able to reach out for help, to change their lives, and get past this addiction. If we can save one life, it makes it all worth-while.”
The symposium will also have a break for lunch during the day. Lunch is free to Muskingum University and John Glenn High School students and $10 for the general public.