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Tadpole Tank Contest Starts

By Andrew Dowd
The Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A Wisconsin entrepreneur who found success with the invention of a hairstyling tool is now trying to help others find success! Kim Nimsgern, CEO of Casual Panache is hosting an entrepreneurial contest, the “Tadpole Tank” for young women who want to launch their own business ideas.

The Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis.

A Menomonie businesswoman will use a portion of sales from a hairstyling tool to fund a scholarship contest for Chippewa Valley girls who show a passion for entrepreneurship.

Kim Nimsgern, CEO of Casual Panache, created the Tadpole Tank contest to recognize business potential in young female students and provide some money toward their education.

“We’ve grown the company to a point where we can start thinking bigger than ourselves and would like to give back,” she said.

Starting today, female students under 18 can submit to the TadpoleTank.com website a description and photos of themselves selling their goods or services.

Nimsgern listed examples of student businesses including selling garden produce or baked goods, running a neighborhood lawn care service or dealing in handmade products like hair bows.

Beginning June 1, those who visit the website can cast a vote for the contestant with the best idea. Voting will close Aug. 26, and Nimsgern plans to award scholarships during September.

The grand prize will be a scholarship of up to $1,500. The scholarship money will come from a portion of sales of the Styl Styk — a hairstyling device marketed toward girls and young women that Nimsgern sells online.

In addition to votes, people buying the Styl Styk through the Tadpole Tank website can designate which contestant should get $1 from their purchase.

“Everybody walks away with something if sales are made through their profile,” Nimsgern said.

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