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Shelly Ehler and ShowNo

Show No Towels and entrepreneur Shelly Ehler won the ultimate prize on Shark Tank last week in the follow-up segment:  they’re going to Disney Land! Tonight’s follow-up segment features Steve Gadlin from I Want to Draw a Cat For You. The follow up segments are interesting because they show the Shark Tank success stories. People love winners and follow-ups on Shark Tank feature winners.

Shelly Ehler is certainly a winner, but she also is a good representation of something Kyle Nardo, of Nardo’s Natural, made me aware of when we met: the Shark Tank “community.” The entrepreneurs who have appeared on the show belong to a somewhat exclusive club, and many of them have formed an impromptu network of sorts. I first got wind of this when talking to Daniel Rensing from The Smart Baker. He told me about how he’d befriended the Nardo boys. Kyle Nardo reiterated the story.

Shelly Ehler has become a sort of Shark Tank den mother in this community. Shelly and her Show No Towels obviously got funded, but Shelly takes her role as successful Shark Tank entrepreneur to the next level. She reaches out to other entrepreneurs and offers her support, advice, and friendship. Shelly has become an online pal of mine over the past few months- I have even asked her to write the Foreword for a book I am writing.

In the aftermath of her follow-up segment, she sent me some pictures of her meeting with other Shark Tank entrepreneurs.

Here is a picture of Shelly with Wallace Tennelle, the husband of Ivory Tenelle who pitched the Swilt on the show.

Shelly met with the Wallaces recently- she frequently chats with past entrepreneurs. Always eager to offer advice and inspiration, Shelley is a natural at building this growing community.

She also recently met with Rick Hopper, the guy who made “instant” millions with ReaderRest.











Rick and Shelly share a Shark Tank connection with Lori Greiner, who funded both of their businesses.

Shelly also shared a (blurry) photo of her with Kiersten Hathcock , the inventor of the Mod Mom line of furniture from season two.  She just entered into an arrangement with The Pottery Barn’s Land of Nod! Shelly and Keirsten recently met for lunch and sat next to Little Richard!

Shelly Ehler is living the Shark Tank lifestyle and giving back to other entrepreneurs (and at least one blogger). She not only gives her insights into the Shark Tank, she is a source of inspiration (she speaks, writes and probably sleeps in EXCLAMATIONS!).

Entrepreneurs can learn a lot from her, whether they are on the Shark Tank or not. In order to be successful, you need to have that inner drive for whatever it is that is your business and passion, but there is one other important component: you need to give back to others. That’s true success.

About Rob Merlino

Entrepreneur, auteur, raconteur. Rob Merlino is a blogger and writer who enjoys the Shark Tank TV show and Hot Dogs. A father of five who freelances in a variety of publications, Rob has a stable of websites including Shark Tank Blog, Hot Dog Stories, Rob and more.


  1. Cristil Stein says

    Shelly is an amazing person and someone everyone can learn from. Her smile is contagious and energy unstoppable! Her ShowNo towels are awesome and we cant wait to watch her and see what she is doing NEXT.

  2. Christine Valente says

    What an inspiration Shelly is. For me she has paved the way for all of us watching wishing and hoping that perhaps one day we too can make it. She is the face of the possible and with dignity and class she encourages us all to pursue our dreams. I’m so so happy for Shelly and her family, and I wish her only the best.

  3. Jerry Shrimpton says

    Shelly is a diamond! This is so cool to have links to alot of the Shark Tank Alumni on the right side of the page.

  4. Just so you know, Land of Nod is Crate and Barrel, NOT Pottery Batn Kids.

  5. Getting straight to the point, no chaser: I DO NOT care for Daymon! He isn’t a shark at all. He’s a dream-killer. I watched as he set the husband and wife team up for a big let down. For someone who “struggled” so hard to make it, how can he be so cynical and insensitive to folks trying to build their business dreams. If he doesn’t want to part with his precious money (if he really has any) then he should give up his seat. He’s the kind of man other men don’t like to see have money. Moving on… Lori is a keeper. She’s very attractive, professional and adds class to the show.

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