The Kent Emporium

Type Freeport Fish Tank is loosely based on the popular television show "Shark Tank".  It is a competition for entrepreneurs who want to open or expand businesses in Stephenson County IL.  The goal is to not only encourage those who want to start or expand a business in Stephenson County, but to highlight resources for local businesses and foster more of the entrepreneurial spirit upon which Freeport and the surrounding area is founded.

Below is the video and the write up I submitted.your paragraph here.

 It's official...


I have been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Fish Tank Competition.

As 1 of 6 finalists, I will be working with mentors in 3Q17 as I flesh out my business plan for the Kent Emporium in prep for the live judging competition scheduled for October 26th at the Wagner House.   The competition consists of:

  • 65% Business Plan;
  • 25% Presentation schedule for Oct. 26;
  • 10% On-Line voting scheduled to run from Sept. 25 to Oct. 15;


The goal is to not only encourage those who want to start or expand a business in Stephenson County, but to highlight resources for local businesses and foster more of the entrepreneurial spirit upon which Freeport and the surrounding area is founded.

More detail about the other finalists is located in the Freeport Journal Standard.

Follow the Fish Tank completion via the Fish Tank Facebook Page.