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Feb 11, 2020

Hemp Heyday: Wilmington Firm Expanding

By Cece Nunn, posted Feb 11, 2020

A hemp products company headquartered in the Port City continues to expand, with research capabilities one of its latest additions. Green Compass Inc., based in Wilmington with production and fulfillment facilities in Columbus County, has rented lab space at UNCW's Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina (MARBIONC) center. The aim is to work with University of Nor ...

Feb 4, 2020

New Life-sciences Venture Contest To Award Top Grant Of $20K

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Feb 4, 2020

Life sciences and biotechnology business ventures in Southeastern North Carolina could get a boost through a new competition launched Tuesday by the N.C. Biotechnology Center Southeastern Office, in partnership with UNCW's CIE. Entrepreneurs and companies can now apply for the NC BIONEER Venture Challenge, which aims to "raise the profile, increase the volume, ...

Dec 6, 2019

Retired Leader Reflects On Service

By Cece Nunn, posted Dec 6, 2019

Ann Hardy’s grandmother farmed land in North Wilkesboro, a small town in western North Carolina.   “She always, even during the Depression, made sure that her neighbors were well fed and had food,” Hardy said.   The story serves as an example of the people in Hardy’s family who were involved in their communities and engaged in public s ...

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How to Avoid A Nightmare Holiday Party

Posted Nov 18, 2019
“Have fun but not TOO much fun,” said my mother 1,000 times in my life. It’s a great quote for anyone hosting or attending a company-sponsored holiday party this season. There are lots of reasons to throw an end-of-year party: you want to show employees you appreciate them, you want folks to let loose and enjoy each other and it’s a great chance to share a summary of this y...read entire article
Nov 1, 2019

Installing Water Confidence

By Johanna Cano, posted Nov 1, 2019

When Wilmington residents learned in 2017 that GenX, an unregulated chemical discharged by The Chemours Co. in Fayetteville, was present in their drinking water, many sought a way to get clean water for their homes.   That included buying bottled water at stores, getting 5-gallon water deliveries and even installing reverse osmosis systems for their kitchen sinks. ...

Oct 18, 2019

Growing A Clean Business

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Oct 18, 2019

When it comes to clean, Jayna Crittenden knows her stuff. But not just any stuff. Crittenden, founder and co-owner of Wilmington-based SQUEAK, describes her natural and organic cleaning products line as an alternative to traditional methods of cleaning homes and offices, even yoga mats.   Crittenden moved SQUEAK’s manufacturing operations from the small baseme ...

Oct 1, 2019

MegaCorp Logistics Ranks On Entrepreneur 360 List

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Oct 1, 2019

MegaCorp Logistics LLC ranked as one of the most successful entrepreneurial companies in America on an Entrepreneur Magazine list. MegaCorp placed as No. 16 in Entrepreneur 360, making it the third year in a row the Wilmington-based logistics firm has made the list. It ranked No. 25 in 2018 and No. 56 in 2017. This is the fifth year Entrepreneur Magazine has conducte ...

Sep 20, 2019

MADE: Business Tactics

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 20, 2019

Edge-Works Manufacturing Co. 272 W. Stag Park Service Road, Burgaw No. of employees: 60    Year founded: 1997     Top local officials: Founder and CEO Scott Evans, senior vice president Jesse Lockhart and vice president David Pomeroy   Company description: Manufacturer of tactical equi ...

Aug 16, 2019

Measuring Coral Health

By Johanna Cano, posted Aug 16, 2019

Two researchers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington have developed an instrument that measures the health of coral reefs, a tool that could be useful for universities, organizations and businesses looking to learn more about the underwater ecosystem.   After 10 years of developing the one-of-a-kind instrument, Alina Szmant, coral reef ecologist and adjunc ...

Aug 16, 2019

Info Junkie: Girard Newkirk

By Staff Reports, posted Aug 16, 2019

Girard Newkirk CEO & Founder, KWHCoin   With KWHCoin, Girard Newkirk merged cryptocurrency and renewable energy with the goal of providing affordable energy access. The startup also hopes to promote coding and blockchain in the region through classes at Cape Fear Community College.   Newspapers and magazines Newkirk regularly reads for work or pleasure ...

Aug 16, 2019

MADE: For Retailer, It's In The Bag

By Staff Reports, posted Aug 16, 2019

Holly Aiken Bags 7232 Wrightsville Ave., Wilmington No. of employees: 5 Year founded: 2008 Top local official: Holly Aiken, owner and designer Company description: Holly Aiken Bags is a designer and manufacturer of handbags and accessories. Bag and accessories are handmade in North Carolina (Wilmington ...

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