Values Partnerships and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host a casting call for diverse entrepreneurs on July 23rd at the Better Business Bureau (1010 E Missouri Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85016). The event is part of the nationwide Shark Tank Diversity Tour focused on diversifying the pipeline for the Emmy-Winning business show and supporting minority-owned businesses around the nation.

“Entrepreneurs with spark and grit exist in every community, culture, gender, and zip code, said Values Partnerships Senior Consultant, Brandon Andrews.” “We are excited to partner with the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau, and others to highlight the incredibly diverse entrepreneurs in the Southwest.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Shark Tank for a casting call to offer a launching pad for Phoenix’s diverse entrepreneurs” says AZHCC President and CEO Gonzalo A. de La Melena, Jr., “As the operator of the Phoenix Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Center, we remain focused on elevating minority-owned businesses by fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in high-growth industries.”

“Shark Tank’s Diversity Tour provides an exciting opportunity for minority entrepreneurs to possibly receive expert mentoring and investment capital infusion to grow successful top-class businesses,” said Alika Kumar, Executive Director of the Phoenix Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center.

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Who: With the support of producer Mark Burnett, Values Partnerships is leading a nationwide casting tour supporting minority entrepreneurship and recruiting diverse voices to pitch on the show.

Values Partnerships works with partners like the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in cities across the nation to support entrepreneurship and bring more diverse ideas and voices to the show.  2019 cities include Charlotte, NC; Brooklyn, NY; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Portland, OR; Nashville, TN; Jacksonville, FL; Cincinnati, OH; Indianapolis, IN; and Phoenix, AZ

What: The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announced a partnership with Values Partnerships today to host a casting call for the upcoming season of the hit ABC show Shark Tank.

Why: Minority entrepreneurs are driving small business growth across the United States. According to the SBA, minorities own 15.1 percent of all U.S. businesses and 99 percent of these firms are small businesses. These businesses account for $591 billion in total revenues. Despite this growth, cultural and economic barriers continue to prevent a large number of minority entrepreneurs from accessing the valuable capital needed to grow and sustain a small business.

Who Should Attend: Diverse entrepreneurs interested in appearing on Season 11 of ABC’s Shark Tank.

Entrepreneurs may be selected to pitch their businesses to the Shark Tank casting team on a first come, first served basis.

Visit to register. Entrepreneurs must register to pitch.

When: Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Where: Better Business Bureau, 1010 E Missouri Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85016