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A La Grange resident shines his way onto ABC's Shark Tank

Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 10:19 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:47 p.m. CST
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(Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com)
On Friday, Mike Quinn, of La Grange, sits in his Brookfield workspace with his product, Buffer Bit, a drill-based polisher that can be used for cars or shoes. Quinn is going to be on an episode of Shark Tank, pitching his product.

LA GRANGE – A La Grange resident will have his chance to shine while launching and exposing his brand of polishing products on this week’s episode of “Shark Tank.”

“Shark Tank” is an ABC television show that allows entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to business tycoons in the hope of securing a business deal, according to the show’s website.

Michael Quinn’s Buffer Bit – a cone-shaped buffing and polishing product that connects to any drill – has been around for about a year and a half, he said.

“Over the years of coming up with different ideas, it was time to take my chance,” Quinn said. “And this was the best idea I’d had for a while.”

With interchangeable pads for shoe polishing and a natural pad for polishing cars, Quinn described his Buffer Bit as an exciting new product. He said being a part of “Shark Tank” is exactly what his business needs.

“We have a bare-bones budget, so any free exposure is very important,” Quinn said.

Along with the original Buffer Bit, Quinn also is developing a wheel and headlight polish.

“Coming out with new products, all buffing and polishing related, and trying to build the brand, that’s the mothership,” he said.

After applying for Shark Tank and submitting a five minute introductory video, Quinn was selected to appear on the show and filmed his episode in July. The sales associate said his Buffer Bit product is unique to the show.

“Most of the products on [“Shark Tank”] are a lot more established than we are,” Quinn said. “So for them to give me the chance to go on the show is amazing.”

While many different episodes are filmed for Shark Tank, not all of them are aired according to Quinn, who said he was contacted Feb. 12 with the news of his product being featured.

“You realize you have a shot here,” Quinn said. “I have an opportunity to not only sell a bunch of Buffer Bits, but also to launch products to build the Buffer Bit brand.”

As for the episode airing this Friday, Quinn said everyone will just have to tune in to see how the sharks respond to the Buffer Bit.

“It’s going to be a really fun and memorable episode,” Quinn said.

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