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Coastal Entrepreneur Awards

UNCW’s Cameron School of Business and the Greater Wilmington Business Journal have joined together to shine a spotlight on up-and-coming entrepreneurs in the Cape Fear region.

The mission of the Coastal Entrepreneur Awards is to help foster more entrepreneurial activity — and higher paying jobs — in the region. The category winners will be profiled in a special Coastal Entrepreneur Awards section of the Business Journal and honored at a large awards breakfast at UNCW's Burney Center.

ELIGIBILITY: Any company in New Hanover, Brunswick or Pender County is eligible for the Coastal Entrepreneur Awards. The company can be a start-up or a more established business, but must be actively engaged in entrepreneurial activity — creating new products or services for people in the Wilmington region or beyond. Companies can fill out the applications themselves or be nominated by others.

JUDGING PROCESS: There will be two rounds of judging. First, the category winners will be selected by a diverse group of judges representing the competition’s sponsors and other business leaders in the community. Each category winner will then appear before a panel of some of the region’s most successful entrepreneurs and distinguished business people. After meeting with each category winner, that group will determine the Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year.
The winner of this overall award will not be announced until the event.

• Biotechnology
• Film
• Health Care
• Manufacturing & Distribution
• Non-Profit
• Real Estate, Construction
& Design
• Retail & Hospitality
• Professional Services
• Technology
• Emerging Company
(A firm in any industry with three or less employees and less than two years old.)

Health Care Heroes

Health Care Heroes is an annual celebration to bring together the Wilmington-area medical community and its supporters.

This program has three goals:
• Give members of the health community a chance to connect in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.
• Celebrate individuals who go well beyond expectations to provide excellent care for our community.
• Award scholarships to up-and-coming members of the health care community.

Award Categories:
Lifetime Achievement
Community Achievement
Community Outreach
Innovation in Health Care
Health Care Executive
Health Care Professional
First Responder
Student Scholarships

See photos from 2013 Health Care Heroes event here.

Power Breakfast Series

The Power Breakfast Series is a quarterly gathering of the Cape Fear business community to talk about issues of interest to the region. Each breakfast features a panel discussion or speaker talking about a topic important to a broad range of local businesses.

The breakfasts provide unique networking opportunities since they are attended by a broad range of influential people, including entrepreneurs, executives, community leaders and many others.

Previous Power Breakfasts have included talks by Governor Bev Purdue Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and  as well as panel discussions on how successful entrepreneurs built their companies, Internet marketing, the local real estate outlook, the Wilmington “brand” and important initiatives for the region’s future.

Breakfast sponsors are recognized for their community support at each event, and they have the opportunity to entertain clients and reward employees with seats close to the stage.


Be a part of Wilmington's only All-Female 5k and The Wilma Nights Health Fest! Nearly 800 women participated in the 2014 WILMA Dash.

The Wilma Dash is a 5k Run/Walk for all women — from serious runners to first timers.

Run or walk around historic downtown Wilmington, and then join the fun at the Wilma Nights Health Fest! Race starts and ends at The Coastline Conference & Event Center on Nutt Street.

The Wilma Night's Healthy Living event features interactive health booths, healthy (and delicious) foods and more!

Get your girlfriends together and register as a team to get an extra discount as well as the chance to win great prizes.


The WILMA Expo is an annual opportunity for businesses to meet face-to-face with women while in the holiday buying spirit!

Hosted by WILMA Magazine, the expo will be a live version of the magazine with vendorsdisplaying a range of offerings — holiday gift ideas, products for moms and kids, ways to improve your health and wellness, help for growing a business or career, environmentally friendly products and ways to spruce up your home.

WilmingtonBiz AfterHours

WilmingtonBiz AfterHours is a great networking opportunity to meet people in the business community in a casual, happy-hour setting. The event takes place every other month and location rotates at various restaurants in Wilmington.

WilmingtonBiz Expo

The WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo is the Wilmington Region's largest business-to-business conference, where professionals come to learn, network and grow their business.

• A Keynote Lunch
• An Expo Hall with more than 100 exhibitors
• 16 FREE seminars on a range of timely topics
• Wilmington's largest annual After Hours party
Join more than 2,500 people for a day of learning and new connections!


  • Booth at the WilmingtonBiz Expo (See sizes below)
  • Eighth-page ad and company listing in the Business Journal issue that will serve as the WilmingtonBiz program for attendees and reach the Business Journal’s 25,000 readers ($589 value)
  • Unlimited use of personalized discount code that waives $5 Expo entry fee for employees, customers and other guests
  • 2 seats at the keynote speaker lunch ($80 value)
  • 2 passes to the WilmingtonBiz After Hours event with drink tickets ($70 value)
Booth Package Investment
10 x 10 Booth — $750 10 x 10 Booth — $800
10 x 20 Booth — $1,245 10 x 20 Booth — $1,350
10 x 30 Booth — $1,765 10 x 30 Booth — $1,900
20 x 20 Booth — $2,290 20 x 20 Booth — $2,500
BOOTH ONLY INVESTMENT (doesn’t include eighth-page ad)

Early Bird Special:
10 x 10 Booth — $550 10 x 10 Booth — $600
10 x 20 Booth — $1,045 10 x 20 Booth — $1,150
10 x 30 Booth — $1,565 10 x 30 Booth — $1,700
20 x 20 Booth — $2,090 20 x 20 Booth — $2,300
*Special pricing available with Business Journal advertising and event packages

See photos from the 2013 WilmingtonBiz Expo here.

Women to Watch

The purpose of WILMA's Women to Watch event is to find and recognize the top "women to watch" in our community in the following categories: Arts, Education, Health Care, Business, Public Service, Nonprofit/Volunteer and Rising Stars (this last category is for women under 30 years of age). The finalists and overall winners are featured in our October issue of WILMA magazine, on the WILMA website, and at this special event.

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