Auditions for the CBC program Dragons' Den may have been scaled back slightly on Sunday, but that didn't stop hopeful business owners from trying out for thereality show

Producers of the show had trouble getting in to due flight delays, but auditions went ahead with local producer Mary Sexton.

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Local producer Mary Sexton held the Dragon's Den auditions in St. John's over the weekend. (CBC)

Sexton said the entrepreneurs seemed very knowledgeable this year.

"I asked them some tough questions, and I think that they could stand up to Kevin O'Leary," she said.

Lisa Walsh, founder of Indigena Skin Care, said appearing on the program is a serious opportunity for businesses in the province.

"We're ready to jump in the ring with the big boys — we just need the money to do it," Walsh said.

Danielle Ryan from Penny Posh Maternity said she's looking for guidance as much as cash.

Her new business is targeted toward pregnant women, and focuses on creating clothing that is baby-bump friendly but still wearable post-pregnancy.

"I'm asking for some help with marketing, help with distribution," Ryan said.

Viewers will have to wait for the new season of Dragons' Den to find out the fate of the local entrepreneurs.