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Competition finalists headed for 'Lion's Den' competition will highlight faith-based entrepreneurship conference in Oklahoma

Finalists have been selected for the “Lion’s Den” competition portion of the Entrepreneur of Faith Conference. The conference is set for Sept. 13 at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany. “Lion’s Den” competition finalists will present their business plans as part of the conference finale.
by Carla Hinton Published: August 30, 2014

Five metro-area entrepreneurs will venture into a “Lion’s Den” hoping to escape unscathed, much like the biblical hero Daniel.

The Lion’s Den in this instance is life-affirming rather than life-threatening, said Lisa Miller-Baldwin, founder of the Entrepreneur of Faith Conference.

Miller-Baldwin said the five finalists for the conference’s Lion’s Den competition all are preparing their oral presentations for a chance to win funds to enhance their business endeavors.

She said the finalists will pitch their ideas to “lions” — successful and seasoned men and women in the faith and business community.

The Lion’s Den, modeled after the popular ABC reality TV show “Shark Tank,” will be the highlight of the final session of the Entrepreneur of Faith Conference set for Sept. 13 at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany.


The finalists are:

Athena Cosby, of Innertwine Dance Fitness, a dance studio with a faith-based fitness system.

Sharahya Dejear, of It’s POPular Gourmet POPcorn, a company that allows children entrepreneurs to garner earnings for themselves.

Trina House, of Let’s Play Together, a company that promotes positive interactions within marriages.

Richard Osei, of RoIT Consulting, an information technology company that provides affordable services to various groups, especially churches and nonprofit organizations.

Nathan Williams, of Solomon’s Porch, a 22,000-square-foot multipurpose event center that takes its mission from the book of Acts in the Bible, about an outdoor portico of the Jewish Temple where Christians gathered for instruction in God’s Word, healing, fellowship and celebrations.

Miller-Baldwin said the finalists were chosen from 35 people who submitted business plans as part of the competition. She said the Lion’s Den competition has added an extra level of excitement to the entrepreneurs’ conference.

“I love ‘Shark Tank,’ and I thought it would really be awesome if we had a Christian spin to this,” she said. “It has given the conference a different level of intrigue.”

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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Entreprenuer of Faith Conference

When: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13.

Where: A.M. Hills Building, 4008 N Peniel, on the Southern Nazarene University campus, Bethany.

Cost: $97.

Registration: Monday is deadline for registrants who wish to eat the catered lunch offered at the conference.

Information: 778-6879 or


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