LIMA — PJ McGuire, a Lima native and Ohio University alumna who invented the Wrapperoo, will strive for a lucrative contract Thursday live on television.
USA Network’s new competitive program “America’s Big Deal” is offering business-minded candidates a chance to secure a $100,000 retail contract. The show, which first hit the airwaves in October, is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
While recovering from surgery a few months ago, McGuire received an email from the show’s producers. “I had everything they needed and met the criteria,” she explained Wednesday during a phone call from New Jersey, where she was rehearsing for “America’s Big Deal.”
McGuire asserted that she hopes to inspire people in her former stomping ground of Lima. The daughter of Jean and Willie McGuire, PJ graduated from Shawnee High School in 1997 and now lives in Chicago.
“I feel at this point, I’ve become somewhat of a role model to others back home to pursue their dreams. To be on a national stage provides many opportunities and is truly invaluable,” McGuire said. She noted that she’s excited about what will come of the TV appearance, because there will be “millions of people watching who had never heard of Wrapperoo or me.”
When “America’s Big Deal” kicks off Thursday night, viewers can help McGuire’s cause by purchasing the Wrapperoo via the website Shop AmericasBigDeal.com.
Ninety seconds is the allotted time she will have to convince spectators why the Wrapperoo — which McGuire’s website describes as a multi-purpose “T-shirt, hair towel and protective styling cape” — is worthy of winning the grand prize.
The patented creation took off circa 2016, when McGuire appeared on the Home Shopping Network, after which her creation sold out. When she devised the concept in 2014, the product was originally known as Super Hairo’N.
The popular all-in-one item is far from her first business venture: That was the consulting firm Modet Inc., which she established in 2006.
Back to the future, McGuire didn’t mince words when asked what it would mean to win the $100,000 contract.
“It would be amazing and life-changing,” she said.
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