Your chance to swim with the sharks!

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Several months ago we introduced you to Kelly Costello. Kelly owns Puppy Cake which, according to the company’s website creates, “fun and healthy people food for dogs.” Not too long ago Kelly auditioned for the hit ABC show Shark Tank and wrote about her experience for the blog. Kelly is one of a few entrepreneurs who have been lucky enough to pitch their product, idea or service to the shows very well-known investors also known as “sharks.”

Well, now it’s your turn to find out if you have what it takes to swim with the sharks! TDS Telecom’s sister company U.S. Cellular is bringing “Shark Tank” to a city near you! Things kick off in Milwaukee, Wis. with an open casting call for the Emmy nominated show on Monday, July 21. This is the first time Milwaukee has hosted a casting call for the show. The event will be held at the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive. Aspiring entrepreneurs can begin arriving at 9:00 a.m. Interviews will start at 10:00 a.m. The first 500 aspiring business people who show up are guaranteed to get the opportunity to pitch their product, service or idea to the Shark Tank casting team.

In a press release from U.S. Cellular Clay Newbill, Shark Tank’s Executive Producer says, “We know great ideas come from everywhere, so we’re excited to hit the road this summer with U.S. Cellular to hear from entrepreneurs in and around Milwaukee.” He adds, “We are eager to hear all of the unique ideas that will come through this casting call.”

U.S. Cellular is also bringing “Shark Tank” casting calls to two other cities it has never visited before: Greenville, N.C., and Des Moines, Iowa. For further casting call information and to fill out an application, click here.

About Barclay Pollak

Barclay Pollak is an award winning journalist and proud to be a member of the Corporate Communications team at TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) in Madison, Wis. Barclay joined the team in April of 2013. Before that Barclay worked as an Anchor/ Reporter for the NBC affiliate in Madison. While at NBC-15 Barclay was recognized by several organizations for his contributions to the television news industry. They include the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Radio Television Digital News Association (Edward R. Murrow Regional Award) and the Chicago/Midwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (2012 Emmy Nominee). When he’s not working Barclay enjoys cheering for all the sports teams in Wisconsin. Barclay’s a University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus and a huge fan of Badger athletics. Barclay is fascinated by the ever changing world of technology and spends a fair amount of his free time reading about the latest and greatest developments online. When Barclay’s not learning about technology he’s scouring the Internet in search of freeware. Barclay has an 8-year-old daughter and lives with his girlfriend of almost five years on Madison’s southwest side. Follow on G+.

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