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Friday, August 29, 2008

New Business Reality Show Seeks More 'Tycoons'

New Business Reality Show Seeks More 'Tycoons'

Applicants have second shot as TV show is extended

ATLANTA, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Next Tycoon, a new reality business show profiling entrepreneurial thinkers, was received with enthusiasm from budding entrepreneurs and show sponsors. And due to the show's initial success, The Next Tycoon has been extended to a second show, giving more entrepreneurs the opportunity to show the world why they are the next tycoons.

The Next Tycoon is a business plan competition pitting entrepreneurs with some of the most innovative and revolutionary business ideas against each other in front of television cameras, critical, business-savvy judges, and a live studio audience on the CBS 46 broadcast network. The first show was judged by Dr. Benn Konsynski, professor at Emory Goizueta Business School; Salmeh Fodor, a partner with Marchman & Kasraie, LLC; and John Sands, founder of Marjohni, Inc. The Panel of Hard Knocks was comprised of Rania Skef, Bethany Vincent, and Mark Latham.

The first episode is scheduled to air on CBS 46 in Atlanta. The show has also been picked by the new national cable channel, the MAV Network. The taping for this second episode is on Sept. 10. Applications are available for download at .

W. Cliff Oxford, the brainchild behind The Next Tycoon, is an entrepreneur himself. Oxford was named "The Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He endows the executive MBA program at Emory Goizueta Business School. Oxford launched his business success in Atlanta with a help-desk services company that was rapidly recognized as the fastest-growing company three years in a row on Inc. magazine's prestigious "500 List."

"We are excited about the renewal of the show to a second airing," Oxford said. "The reception to the first show exceeded our expectations. We received many promising applicants. It just shows how passionate people are about their ideas, and we are thrilled to have another opportunity for rewarding that passion and hard work. I think the show has struck a core of hope about business instead of the despair we hear every day," Oxford added.

While the competition is based in Atlanta, it is not limited to the region. Anyone who has a viable and promising business idea is eligible to compete on The Next Tycoon.

Instructions and more details about the show are available on The Next Tycoon website, .

Source: The Next Tycoon

CONTACT: W. Cliff Oxford for The Next Tycoon, +1-770-303-0650,

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