Getting booted off Shark Tank was not the beginning for The Lip Bar CEO Melissa Butler.
Butler started her career as a financial analyst on Wall Street, but soon recognized a need within the beauty industry for lipsticks catered to women of color.
Her stint on the ABC show came after her all-natural lipstick line was already on the market for a year.
Show judges were not easily swayed to back the already profitable business, so Butler walked away without a deal.
But that was only motivation for the young entrepreneur.
The Lip Bar is now in its fifth year of business and worth nearly half a million dollars.