Fired 'Apprentice' candidate from Nashville looks to new opportunities

Offer from salon chain just goes to show that any attention can be good attention

Being fired on national television, at the conclusion of last night's episode of "The Apprentice," has not left local hopeful Charmaine Hunt wanting for opportunities. Although she was heavily criticized, both in the boardroom and on blogs across the web for lacking leadership, the company that was featured in the episode has offered her a multi-unit franchise deal.

According to a press release from the Vienna, Va.-based Hair Cuttery salon chain, Hunt "exemplified the company's key values" during her televised management task. The details of the offer were unclear from the release, and the PR firm handling the publicity could not be reached for clarification. 

But Hunt is interested. "They had a huge viewing party in D.C., and they called me on speakerphone to offer me the job," she told "I am supposed to be in touch with them today to go over the details."

Since leaving the show, which was taped earlier this year, Hunt has returned to work with First American Home Buyers Protection Corp. in Nashville. While she is considering the offer from the salon chain, she also has plans to launch a referral network for real estate agents.

Though she won't have the opportunity to work with Donald Trump, other chances are clearly still waiting on the horizon.

Related link: breaks the news that a local business person will be on "The Apprentice" and reveals her identity (Feb. 13, 2006).