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2018 MADE Honors Region’s Makers  

By Vicky Janowski, posted Mar 9, 2018

In the third year of our MADE Awards competition, the winners covered a wide range of products being conceived and produced in the local market.

The Greater Wilmington Business Journal launched the MADE Awards to spotlight makers, manufacturers, artisans, designers, small businesses and the business that support them in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties.

Nominations ranging from conceptual and early stage to actual in-market products were welcome to be submitted.

A manufacturing category also looks to call attention to the products that are mass-produced in the region.

Nominations poured in from businesses vying in five categories: Manufacturing, Functional Product (examples include tools, gadgets, beauty products, furniture and industrial/medical devices), Arts (such as apparel, accessories, textiles, home goods and stationery), Food & Beverage (such as wine and spirits, dry/baked/canned goods and sustainable foods) and Supporter (examples include patent law firms, manufacturing associations, SBA lenders and retail markets that carry primarily local products).

A panel of outside judges combed through the nominations and were asked to base their choices for winners on several factors, including:

• Does the business have unique offerings in its market?

• Which companies are likely to grow sales the most, particularly in other parts of the country and/or internationally?

• Is the continued growth of the company likely to result in the creation of more jobs in the region and a positive impact on local economic development?

• and for the Supporter category: Which organization is best equipped to help businesses that make products expand quickly, resulting in more jobs locally and other positive impacts on local economic development?

In the end, the judges chose three top winners for the Manufacturing, Functional Product, Food & Beverage and Arts categories and one overall for the Supporter designation. Those winners are profiled on the following pages.

The winners will each have a table at this year’s WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo, also produced by the Business Journal, on April 5 at the Wilmington Convention Center.

Outside of the annual awards, the Business Journal wants to continue to spotlight the MADE focus yearround. Each month in the print edition, we’ll feature a locally based company making goods and products in the Cape Fear region.

To be considered for the feature, contact [email protected].

Congratulations to this year’s winners.

To see the winners for the Functional Product Category, click here.
To see the winners for the Food and Beverage Category, click here
To see the winners for the Arts Category, click here
To see the winners for the Manufacturing Category, click here
To see the winners for the Supporter Business Category, click here

Vicky Janowski, editor Greater Wilmington Business Journal [email protected] On Twitter: @vickyjanowski

For more information about the MADE winners and their companies, go to  


The MADE Awards' goal is to recognize products made in Southeastern North Carolina.

Any company with an operation in New Hanover, Brunswick or Pender counties was eligible. Their product could be in production or in the prototype stage.

After the nomination period, a panel of outside judges reviewed the submissions and picked the winners. In picking the winners, judges were asked to weigh whether the nominated businesses had unique offerings in its market; which were likely to grow sales the most, particularly in other parts of the country and/or internationally; and if continued growth would likely result in the creation of more jobs in the region and impact local economic development.

For the Supporter category, judges considered what nominated organization was best equipped to help businesses that make products expand quickly.  



Executive Director of the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County


Dean of UNCW’s Cameron Business School


Director of CFCC’s Small Business Center


Regional Director of the Small Business and Technology Development Center


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