A local student not only swam with the sharks, he won them over.
Cameron B. Harman of Oakboro won $2,000 in the Innovation category in the Sharkfest Competition conducted recently through Johnson & Wales University.
Harman, a 2015 West Stanly High graduate who obtained a culinary degree last year from Johnson & Wales, is now going for his bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship. He is taking classes that involve creating a business plan.
“Before we just had an idea and were trying to wing it and now we’re coming up with an actual plan to get it to market,” Harman said.
This led him to the Sharkfest, which is roughly based on the ABC television show “Shark Tank.”
The competition consisted of a presentation in front of five judges and a packed auditorium of 180. He won in his first year of trying.
Harman, with help from friend and 2016 West Stanly High graduate Austin Eudy, came up with the idea for a streetwear clothing company during high school.
“I’ve always had an interest in clothing,” Harman said. “I’ve really been into fashion. In high school I came up with the idea to do a little T-shirt company. I got serious with the idea in my freshman year of college.”
Their company, Almighty Regime, officially began last year. It has a website that is “dark” at the moment, awaiting a redesigned website with spring and summer inventory in May.
“Being a small business owner has taught me so many life lessons and changed my thought process towards business forever,” Eudy said. “I look forward to the future of growing the Almighty Regime brand.”
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