In the HLN documentary series Growing America: A Journey to Success, MBA students travel all over the country to help small businesses improve their companies -- but they only have one week to do it.
Hosted by Ty Pennington, the show follows different MBA teamsas they work with three businesses: a restaurant in Little Rock, Arkansas, that thrives on supporting the local farmer; a tech company in Denver, Colorado, whose apps could revolutionize the nonprofit industry; and a barber shopthat provides much more than haircuts to the community in Detroit, Michigan. In a companion digital series, the MBAs work with two other businesses: GoGo Labs in Boise, Idaho, and the Salemtown Board Co. in Nashville, Tennessee.
"I’m proud to be a part of this project and support the goal of spotlighting small businesses," says Pennington. "Entrepreneurs are the backbone of our economy and help to create jobs for so many Americans. I salute the MBAs, InterContinental Hotels Group and HLN for making this show possible.“
Each team of students have just five days to learn a new business, identify key issues, and develop a solution that the business owner is comfortable implementing. They will also get bonus advice from a surprise celebrity expert in the industry. Viewers can watch their progress each week and vote for the most inspirational business until December 9th.
MBA students have been helping small businesses through the "MBAs Across America" program. The students travel for six weeks, collaborating with entrepreneurs to offer free advice on how to grow their company. MBAxAmerica's founder and CEO, Casey Gerald, also offers guidance on the show.
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Growing America is a HLN and Holiday Inn original series.