business tv shows for entrepreneurs

Business TV Shows Entrepreneurs Can Learn From

If you have an entrepreneur or inventor mindset with the drive and passion to start your own venture, then you'll love watching business shows. With Reality TV becoming so popular, there have been many shows that have been produced with the prime intent to help entrepreneurs. If you don't have a business, but you have a business idea, then I highly recommend watching a few business shows to get an idea of how start-up businesses take their idea, product or service from concept to completion.

Shark Tank

The critically-acclaimed business-themed show, Shark Tank, has the Sharks continuing the search to invest in the best businesses and products that America has to offer.

Entrepreneurs get the chance to bring their dreams to fruition in this reality show from executive producer Mark Burnett. They present their ideas to the sharks in the tank, five titans of industry who made their own dreams a reality and turned their ideas into lucrative empires.

The show received a nomination for a Producers Guild Award in 2013. In 2012 “Shark Tank” received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Reality Program and a nomination for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Reality Series. The Sharks — tough, self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons — will once again give budding entrepreneurs the chance to make their dreams come true and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires. They are: billionaire Mark Cuban, owner and chairman of AXS TV and outspoken owner of the 2011 NBA championship Dallas Mavericks; real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; “Queen of QVC” Lori Greiner; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; fashion and branding expert Daymond John; and venture capitalist Kevin O'Leary.

The Profit

Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World and known as “The Turnaround Artist”, has turned around 100 companies in the last ten years. In the show, Lemonis is willing to invest more than $2 million of his own money through the duration of the season into struggling businesses in exchange for a nice percentage of the business and profits. Per Lemonis, once he gets involved, business owners need to be prepared for changes to happen immediately. “Once you take my check, I'm in control, there's no negotiating,” he says.

How I Made My Millions

CNBC's “How I Made My Millions” goes behind the curtain to reveal how everyday people have taken ordinary ideas and turned them in extraordinary businesses. Companies that have surpassed that magic number of $1 million. Each of these entrepreneurs took a risk, believed in their dream and, thanks to a lot of hard work and a little luck, became millionaires. “How I Made My Millions” puts the American Dream on display and shows you that it's alive and well if you have the heart, the desire and the know-how to make it big.

How It's Made

How It's Made shows viewers how many of the everyday objects we seldom stop to think about become the things they are. Viewers will be amazed to see the process of how many common items are manufactured in high-tech factories around the world. The show documentary shows how some common food items like bubblegum, industrial products such as engines, homes, musical instruments such as guitars, and sporting goods such as snowboards are manufactured.

Million Dollar Listing

Million Dollar Listing is an American reality TV show on Bravo that debuted on August 29, 2006.The series chronicles the professional and personal lives of four real estate agents based in Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Malibu, California as they sell high-end properties. The series has three spin-offs, Million Dollar Listing New York, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, Million Dollar Listing Miami, and Million Dollar Listing San Francisco.

Property Brothers

In the HGTV series Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott help couples find, buy, remodel and transform extreme fixer-uppers into their ultimate dream home, and since it's hard to see beyond a dated property's shortcomings, they're using state-of-the-art CGI to reveal their vision of the future. Watch and they try to finish each ambitious project on time and on budget.

Flea Market Flip

There are always diamonds to be mined at Flea Markets. The trick, of course, is finding them. The competitors in “Flea Market Flip” are asked to perform that trick, then they're challenged to refurbish or reinvent the items they've purchased in the hope of reselling them for a profit. Grouped in teams, the contestants in each episode are given a budget of about $500 to hunt for project pieces with potential. The team that does the best job of flipping trash for cash wins $5,000. Passionate flea market fan Lara Spencer, an anchor on “Good Morning America,” hosts.

Bar Rescue

Jon Taffer helps transform a struggling bar into a new, profitable business. From the height of the bar stools and the science of the perfect pour to the effect the tempo of the music has on alcohol consumption, Taffer delves into every facet of the business, and he does it with a no-holds-barred style. He's assisted by his wife, Nicole, who enters establishments under cover to help diagnose the problems. Taffer also has a rotating cast of experts that include a celebrity chef, a Master of Whisky and a mixologist.

Kitchen Nightmares

Chef Gordon Ramsay hits the road to help struggling restaurants all over the United States turn their luck around. Ramsay examines the problems each establishment faces, from unsanitary refrigerators to lazy or inexperienced staff, and searches for resolutions. With help from his team, Ramsay redecorates each eatery to give it a fresh new look and updates the menu as needed. Ramsay's ultimate goal is to make the restaurants he visits popular and profitable, but it's up to the restaurateurs to take his advice and turn their business nightmare into the American dream.

Project Runway

The stakes on this popular reality show have never been higher. The five-time Emmy nominee show features sixteen designers facing off in weekly challenges to win the ultimate prize: a chance to show their designs at New York Fashion Week and prizes worth $500,000, including cash, a sewing studio, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine, the chance to design a collection for Belk department stores, a 2014 Lexus, and more.

Restaurant Impossible

Chef Robert Irvine tries to turn around restaurants across America that are facing an impending demise if things don't improve. With a $10,000 budget and two days to work, Irvine uses his creativity and resourcefulness to turn the eatery's fortunes around. On day one, he assesses the business by observing the staff and kitchen during a full service. He then updates the menu and makes aesthetic changes to the restaurant in preparation for the grand reopening the following day. Irvine goes out into the community to get a crowd into the building to check out the improvements on the second day of the project.

The Great Food Truck Race

This competition series features a Wild West theme, with scenery, landmarks and food challenges that are emblematic of the region. Host Tyler Florence tests the cooking ability, selling strategy and business savvy of seven teams of food truck novices as they battle it out to complete tasks that incorporate dishes that cater to the West's district ingredients. Each week they race across the desert landscape to a new location where their culinary skills are put to the test and new challenges emerge. There are weekly eliminations on their journey, and the winning team earns the $50,000 grand prize.

Storage Wars

Garage sales are an old-school waste of time, at least in the eyes of the treasure hunters featured in this real-life series. On storage wars, they follow a group of bidders looking to strike it rich by buying repossessed storage units. They're at once detectives and gamblers, as they get only a quick flashlight-aided peek inside the units before they decide if they want to make a bid, and for how much. It's a high-stakes game that can pay off big time. One featured collector bought a unit for $800 and sold its contents for a $40,000 profit, or leave one sifting through the equivalent of trash.

Everyday Edisons

On Everyday Edisons, inventors pitch their invention concept ideas to investors and product developers. The show documents the development process of inventions and the parallel stories of the people who invented them. While watching this show, you'll learn how their extraordinary ideas are taken from a sketch on a napkin to a store shelf.

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