As a high school student, Brandon Etheridge liked wearing bow ties but couldn't afford to buy new ones and keep his look "fresh." He had an idea: Invent an interchangeable bow tie that you can mix and match and get more use out of. Now, at 18 years old, Brandon is a full-time student with a bow tie company, Deck Head. Here's Brandon's story.
My kids' current favorite show is Shark Tank, where budding entrepreneurs pitch ideas to a team of corporate tycoons who double as potential investors. While listening to concepts for, among other things, collapsible kayaks and colored fur spray for dogs, my daughters vigorously interrogate the television.
As we approach our one year anniversary of our appearance on Shark Tank, I am so thankful for all the support and guidance we received along the way. Now it's my turn to share what I've learned by offering aspiring entrepreneurs some words of wisdom and advice that I wish I had known when we first started.