USC Upstate Welcomes ‘Shark Tank” Veteran Kim Nelson to Wells Fargo Speaker Series

September 23, 2014 at 2:28 pm

KimNelsonThe George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate welcomes guest speaker, Kim Nelson, to its Wells Fargo Speaker Series on Tuesday,September 30.

Nelson, who was cast on the ABC hit show “Shark Tank,” will talk about her recipe for success from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in the BMW Classroom at the George, 160 E. Saint John St. in downtown Spartanburg. Tickets are $10 (includes a boxed lunch) and must be purchased in advance at The event is free for USC Upstate students. USC Upstate faculty and staff may attend for $5.

Nelson, a graduate of Wofford College, has been in the food business for more than 30 years, having owned As You Like It in Spartanburg and teaching “bring your own groceries” cooking classes called Cooking Up A Storm.

Nelson opened Daisy Cakes in June 2009. She learned to cook at an early age, taught by both her grandmothers and her great aunt “Daisy,” for whom her company is named. She and her mother, Geraldine Adams, hand-sift and frost every four-layer cake.

After an appearance on “Shark Tank,” in April 2011, her business skyrocketed. With the help of business partner, Barbara Corcoran, Nelson hopes to make Daisy Cakes a household name.

The company has been featured on “The Nate Berkus Show,” Anderson Cooper, ABC World News, the Today Show, The Taste and QVC. The cakes also have been featured as a prize on “The Price Is Right” and “Wheel of Fortune.”

Her first cookbook, “Daisy Cakes, Share a Slice of Love,” was published during the summer.

For more information, contact Bea Walters Smith at (864) 503-5235 or