Sunday, August 11, 2013

Funlayo Alabi's Shea Radiance Contesting for Dream Big America's Top Prize

Funlayo Alabi.

Funlayo Alabi's Shea Radiance is one of the three contestants for the Dream Big America's August 13 show to decide who makes the finals for the start-up business ventures contest to win $19,000 in cash and support on August 27, 2013.
The following is the complete report of the first-ever live nationally syndicated radio show pitting start-up business ventures against each other in America.

New Contestants include Green Refrigeration Technology, Mobile Transactions that Fund Schools, and Natural Hair and Skin Products that Support Female Cooperatives in Africa

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dream Big America, the first-ever live nationally syndicated radio show pitting start-up business ventures against each other, and broadcast on Doug Stephan's Good Day Show ( each Tuesday at 9:10 am EDT, announced today the winner from the August 6 show. Qurate, from St. Louis, Missouri (, and presented by Founder Ryan O'Neil, received the most votes from the nationwide audience.

Voting was the strongest for any preliminary show to date, continuing a trend of increasing weekly interest and support for the show, and for its entrepreneurship format. Two other contestants, Tutor Universe (, based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Trellie (, based in Kansas City, Missouri, presented for their companies in another round of close voting.

"We are seeing a trend of increasing support, and these fascinating companies are the reason," said Doug Stephan, host of Dream Big America. "Congratulations to Qurate, who moves onto the Finals on August 27 and a chance for over $19,000 in cash and support. Thank you to Tutor Universe and Trellie who are clearly on their way to big successes."

Immediately after the announcement of this week's winner, Dream Big America announced the three contestants for the August 13 show. The contestants for the August Week Two show:
Shea Radiance ( based in Columbia, Maryland, is an eco-luxury beauty brand that supports women and children in Northern Nigeria. Founder Funlayo Alabi will present Shea Radiance's two-minute pitch.

Xergy (, based in Georgetown, Delaware, is the world's first truly green refrigeration technology available to consumers. Presenting Xergy's two-minute pitch will be Co-Founder and President Bamdad Bahar.

Boosterville (, based in Memphis, Tennessee, is a mobile application that partners with local businesses to generate funds for local schools. Presenting Boosterville's two-minute pitch will be Founder and CEO Pam Cooper.

Dream Big America ( airs each Tuesday at 9:10am EDT on Doug Stephan's Good Day Program, syndicated to 485 markets across the United States with a weekly listening audience of 3.5 million. In addition to being broadcast on the radio, the Dream Big America Show can be heard via live podcast on the website.

Voting begins immediately after the show at approximately 10:00 am EDT and continues for 28 hours until 2:00 pm EDT each Wednesday. Voting is by text (Text DBA to 612-22-DREAM (612-223-7326))once voting is live, or via the website.

Each weekly winner faces off in the Finals Show on the last Tuesday of each month. The national audience again votes for its favorite business venture, and the Finals winner receives cash, support and resources for their business.

Dream Big America partners with the Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation ( and its 1 Million Cups ( startup education program, and the San Diego-based Nutritional Capital Network ( Each organization supports the show by providing vetted start-up ventures for consideration to the Dream Big America selection committee.

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Media Contacts:
Beth Chapman, 816.835.0306, Email, Dream Big America
Barbara Pruitt, 816.932.1288, Email, Kauffman Foundation
Thomas Aarts, 619.295.7685 ext. 18, Email, Nutrition Capital Network
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