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102: Debt

Crowd Rules 102: Debt

It takes money to make money. Three companies compete for a cash prize to help pay off the massive debt they've acquired in starting their businesses. The episode features: Mystery Brewing, a beer brewery that's a few kegs short of staying afloat; Sky Fitness, a small town gym trying to beef up their clientele; and DirtyGirl Disposal, a female owned and operated waste removal company trying to keep abreast of a predominately male industry. As they learn about each company, the crowd will vote to award one business the $50,000 they need to go from problems to profits. Guest Business Expert: Larry Winget.

Meet the Contestants

  • Get to Know Mystery Brewing Company Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 10:42 AM ET

    Mystery Brewing Company believes there is a beer for every season. The company is a small craft brewery that makes small-batch, seasonal-only, artisanal ales and lagers.

  • Get to Know Sky Fitness 24/7 Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 10:36 AM ET

    At Sky Fitness 24/7, a small fitness center and health club, you can work out whenever you like because the gym is open 24 hours a day. The gym offers free weights, machines, and cardio equipment.

  • Get to Know DirtyGirl Disposal Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 10:45 AM ET

    DirtyGirl Disposal is an all women owned and operated family waste disposal business with all female drivers.

Meet the Expert

  • Larry Winget Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 1:41 PM ET

    Larry Winget, "The Pitbull of Personal Development," is an internationally-­â€renowned motivational speaker and consultant. Larry is the bestselling author of "Shut Up, Stop Whining, & Get A Life," "You're Broke Because You Want To Be," and "People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It!," among other titles, and has spoken to nearly 400 of the Fortune 500 companies.

Did the Crowd Get It Right?

  • Mystery Brewing's Surprise Reaction Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 9:25 AM ET

    With his business mistakes, Erik Lars Myers, wasn't expecting to win the $50,000. So, what's the next step for this "Crowd Rules" winner?

  • The Unusual Voting Outcome Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 9:28 AM ET

    Sky Fitness 24/7 may have captured the crowd's heart but they were unable to convince the panelists. Do they believe the right decision was made?

  • DirtyGirl Disposal's Disappointment Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 9:23 AM ET

    DirtyGirl Disposal explains why they were hoping to take home the $50,000 and what the next step is for the all-female disposal business.

  • Larry's Harsh Advice Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 9:30 AM ET

    After visiting Mystery Brewing, Sky Fitness 24/7, and DirtyGirl Disposal, "Crowd Rules" expert, Larry Winget, has some tough words for the three companies.

Crowd Rules

  • Once stay-at-home mom, Kendra Scott, a panelist on CNBC Prime's "Crowd Rules," shares how she turned $500 into a multi-million-dollar jewelry empire that now spans the globe. The CEO and "mompreneur" also offers up advice about starting a new business and balancing work with family.

  • Debt-laden businesses make decisions out of desperation. So cut up the credit cards and use these four strategies instead.

  • Strapped for cash? Businesses that have made clever plays for publicity, sometimes on modest resources.