Jul 16, 2021

MADE: Catching A Wave Of Demand

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Jul 16, 2021

Two Wilmington-based manufacturers in the surfing industry continue to grow after co-locating under one roof.   Paper Plane Surf Co., which makes surfboards and holds the new Hello.SURF brand, and Green Room Board Co., a manufacturer of surfboard composites, are sharing space in Dutch Square Industrial Park, a move the companies made about a year ago.   Each ...

May 24, 2021

With the recent announcement that season nine of the TV show START UP will start filming in Wilmington in June, details are emerging on why the show's makers decided to visit the region. A local advocate for Wilmington entrepreneurs influenced the decision to feature local startups in the national docuseries, said producer and casting director Jenny Feterovich. J ...

May 7, 2021

Vantaca Fills HOA Industry Need

By Scott Nunn, posted May 7, 2021

Wilmington’s best-known startup and another up-and-comer have similar beginnings: Both were created after established companies needed better industry-specific software systems.   Not satisfied with what was available on the market, both Live Oak Bank’s Chip Mahan and Community Association Management Services’ (CAMS) David Sweyer set out to develop ...

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Genesis Block

You've Graduated From The Accelerator – What's Next

Posted Jun 22, 2021
The Genesis Block Back on the Block Minority Accelerator is designed to provide entrepreneurs and business owners with the knowledge, skills and strategy they need to strengthen their venture. We graduated our first cohort of entrepreneurs (Team Tsunami) in May 2021 and were faced with an Imposing Question... What’s Next?
Based on our research and feedback from othe...read entire article
May 7, 2021

Meet The 2021 CEA Winners

By Vicky Janowski, posted May 7, 2021

From using artificial intelligence to predict sales to capitalizing on a seafood staple, this year’s Coastal Entrepreneur Awards winners run the gamut. While vastly different, what the 11 companies and organizations do have in common is being chosen by a panel of judges as CEA category winners. Their wins were based on whether they are entrepreneurial and of those ...

May 7, 2021

Meeting Needs In Pender County

By Cece Nunn, posted May 7, 2021

Sandy Harris didn’t plan on becoming the volunteer executive director of Pender County Christian Services.   But Harris, whose husband is a minister, started volunteering at PCCS about 23 years ago after an accident sidelined her from her career as a medical office manager.   “I was called to this. This is not a job,” she said. “This i ...

May 7, 2021

Gym App Does Some Of The Lifting

By Teresa McLamb, posted May 7, 2021

While it sounds like a simple idea, it’s one that isn’t widely available: go to the gym on your schedule any time of day or night when it works for your life.   But it is at the heart of Hybrid Athlete Foundation’s app, which allows that convenience for the athlete and security for the facility owner.   President and founder Albert Steed exp ...

May 7, 2021

An Inclusive Space For Startups

By Jenny Callison, posted May 7, 2021

Envisioned by husband-and-wife team Girard and Tracey Newkirk, Genesis Block provides business development services that support small business owners, entrepreneurs and early-stage startups. Its mission is to build an entrepreneur class in Wilmington that is inclusive of everyone, while having a special focus on ventures led by minorities and women.   “The ...

May 7, 2021

Topsail Steamer Continues To Gather Steam

By Jenny Callison, posted May 7, 2021

Inspired by her experiences of summer seafood cookouts on the Jersey Shore when she was growing up, Danielle Mahon decided to share the experience of a low country boil with folks in coastal North Carolina.   Soon after she and her family moved to the state, she developed her signature offering – seasoned, ready-to- cook seafood in a metal pot – and open ...

May 7, 2021

SeaTox Sees An Ocean Of Potential

By Scott Nunn, posted May 7, 2021

Covering nearly three quarters of Earth’s surface, the ocean is one of the planet’s most valuable natural resources. Although it’s already the primary food source for 3.5 billion people, scientists believe the ocean could supply six times more food than it does today. And that bounty goes beyond food. Pharmaceutical companies increasingly are looking to t ...

May 7, 2021

Adding AI To Sales Forecasts

By Johanna Cano, posted May 7, 2021

When it comes to running a business, one important aspect is sales forecasting, which can help owners and leaders predict their revenue to plan for employee pay, operating expenses, buying more inventory and attracting investors.   Accurately forecasting sales, however, is easier said than done, according to Phil Everhart, who founded SmartFox Technologies as a solu ...

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