Basehor’s Daylight Donuts owner Andrew Cameron recently spent several days in Phoenix with other small business owners as well as “Shark Tank” star Daymond John at the 2018 NextGen in Franchising Global Competition. Cameron was one of four millennial entrepreneur finalists who were selected from a group of 19 winners from a previous entrepreneurial competition designed to showcase business owners growing their businesses through franchising.

The previous day, Cameron and the other participants presented business plans to a panel of judges and nearly 4,000 convention attendees. The stakes were high with the opportunity to win an investment of $5,000 to $10,000 to help grow their business.

Cameron’s realization that ordering donuts could be an interactive experience through his flagship Donutology store, the 2016 donut shop incorporates the concept of made-to-order donuts along with classic donuts in one location.  Made with high-quality, premium ingredients, the final product is always delicious.  

With nearly 900 applicants for this year’s competition, Cameron’s final-round appearance and second-place finish were equally impressive, especially since he missed winning the grand prize by just one vote.  

“I have spoken with a lot of young entrepreneurs over the years, but I am blown away by the drive and business prowess of this year’s NextGen in Franchising Global Competition winners,” he said. “In fact, they remind me of myself in the early days of FUBU, when the only way to get to the next level was to truly hustle. Their commitment to growing their business is exactly what it takes to survive in today’s competitive environment and I applaud them for their accomplishments. I’m looking forward to seeing where they go from here.”

Cameron was referred to compete in NextGen by a friend and he found the experience priceless as a great opportunity to learn best practices from other small business owners. He also admits that Donutology is researching franchising opportunities if the fit is right.

“As an entrepreneur, I’m always searching for more knowledge, innovation and new opportunities to provide the best product and service to my customers,” Cameron said. “I was thrilled by the response to our business at the conference. This has encouraged us to think bigger in terms of the scale of Donutology and what’s on the horizon.”

Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at gabi_kansas@yahoo.com