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Casting call for entrepreneurs in Las Vegas

Entrepreneurs looking to put their latest invention or business idea into production could find a path to funding later this month.

A casting call for ABC’s “Shark Tank,” a show where entrepreneurs pitch their ideas for a chance to get backing through a strong investment pool, will be hosted on May 19 at Inc. magazine’s annual Growco conference, being held at Red Rock Resort.

The weekly series showcases a group of potential investors known as “the sharks.” This is the name given to the group of self-made, multibillionaire and multimillionaire tycoons looking to back great ideas with funding.

Entrepreneurs looking for their shot at giving a one-minute pitch — similar to the one on the actual series — to the show’s official casting team, must first download and fill out an application, available online at abc.go.com/shows/shark-tank/applications. The application must be completed when potential participants arrive at the casting call.

There is no cost to those looking to pitch their business, product, brand or idea. But participants will have the opportunity to attend the final day of the Growco, a three-day conference for entrepreneurs seeking to grow their business.

This year, the conference will feature several successful names, including Zappo’s CEO Tony Hsieh, Toms’ founder Blake Mycoskie, Rebecca Minkoff of the self-named fashion brand and personal trainer Jillian Michaels, along with others.

WGU Nevada gives nurses $20,000

in scholarships

WGU Nevada is commemorating National Nurses Week, which occurs annually from May 6-12, by offering 10 scholarships to nurses across the state, totaling $20,000 for students looking to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree program at WGU Nevada’s College of Health Professions.

Each WGU Loves Nurses Scholarship is valued at up to $2,000. Future students receive $500 per six-month term, up to four terms. New and enrolled students can apply through July 31.

All scholarship applicants must be admitted to WGU Nevada in order to complete the application.

Applicants will be asked to complete an essay, along with being interviewed by a scholarship counselor.

Students will be selected based on their academic record, financial need and readiness for online study at WGU Nevada.

WGU Nevada is an online, nonprofit, competency-based university. It was established to expand access to higher education in the state.

It was formed through a partnership between the state of Nevada and Western Governors University, which was founded in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors, including the governor of Nevada.

Comprehensive Cancer Center of

Nevada to sponsor several

American Cancer Society’s events

Comprehensive Cancer Center of Nevada recently announced its commitment to a premier sponsorship of several American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising events in Nevada.

“We’re a proud partner of American Cancer Society and admire its relentless fight against cancer and the beautiful color it brings to the millions of people that courageously battle the disease,” said James Kilber, executive director of Comprehensive Cancer Center of Nevada in a written statement.

Comprehensive Cancer Center supported the Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Las Vegas earlier this month. It also is committed to a Wall of Hope sponsorship at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at the end of October, where 23,000 participants are anticipated, along with an exclusive sponsorship for the Coaches vs. Cancer Mission Moment event later this month.

“Together, from prevention to diagnosis, from treatment to recovery, we’re here every step of the way,” said Jennifer Campbell, senior director of community engagement for the American Cancer Society. “CCCN’s contributions demonstrate its continued efforts, action and advocacy for cancer patients and survivors. We appreciate the quality of our partnership and are thankful that they are the first company in Nevada to make a sponsorship of this kind.”

On top of collaborating on these initiatives, American Cancer Society offers Comprehensive Cancer Center of Nevada patients continuous access to educational materials, wigs and programs at the society’s Cancer Resource Center, along with other programs.

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