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Nov 20, 2020

With Growing Firm, Veteran Secures Jobs

By Teresa McLamb, posted Nov 20, 2020

Hostess Cakes brought D.J. Oates to North Carolina; fire kept him here, where he founded Optimum Fire & Security six years ago.   Beginning with two employees, he has built the business to more than $5 million in annual revenue and 36 employees working in more than two dozen states on federal, commercial and residential jobs.   The company’s federal ...

Nov 3, 2020

Genesis Block Targets Jobs, Investment For Minority Businesses

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Nov 3, 2020

Genesis Block will officially open its doors later this month with a jobs and investment strategy to help grow the minority-owned and women-owned business community in the Cape Fear region. The community collaborative is focusing on a three-year goal to help spur companies that will create 400 jobs and add $13 million in investment in the area, said Tracey and Girard Ne ...

Oct 16, 2020

Repurposing To Build A Business

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Oct 16, 2020

Husband-and-wife team Ronald and Karen Pinney have been creating beach-themed decor for about five years.   Despite the COVID-19 pandemic impacts, business for the couple's home decor and furniture operation, 341 Repurposed, has been booming, so much so that they’ve had to add a storefront and new workspace to keep up with the orders coming in.   Bo ...

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Creating Customer Delight During The Covid-19 Pandemic

Posted Nov 11, 2020
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Oct 16, 2020

Seeing Demand For Flexible Space

By Cece Nunn, posted Oct 16, 2020

No matter how big your home is, the coronavirus pandemic could be making it feel smaller after six months of working, learning and mainly just staying at home.   Inspired by his work with Wilmington’s Cargo District and its use of containers, Bryan Kristof has been working on a new company that offers a potential solution: backyard flex spaces made of shipping ...

Oct 14, 2020

Lighthouse Films Takes Home Top CEA Honor

By Staff Reports, posted Oct 14, 2020

Lighthouse Films is the 2020 Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year.   The company, which is based in downtown Wilmington, took home the wooden surfboard Tuesday evening during a pared-down Coastal Entrepreneur Awards ceremony.   Because of COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s event took place outside at Wrightsville Beach Brewery with this year’s 11 CEA ...

Oct 9, 2020

Genesis Block Event At MED Week Spotlights MWEBs

By Jenny Callison, posted Oct 9, 2020

Three minority-owned small businesses came away from Genesis Block Demo Day Tuesday with awards that will help them strengthen their ventures. The area business owners whose presentations earned the judges’ nod were Travis Corpening of All Your Cool Ideas, an education startup that brings STEM awareness to young people of color; Ada Suter of Innate Health Family C ...

Oct 2, 2020

An event coming next week aims to recognize the economic impact of minority- and women-owned businesses.  UNCW's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in partnership with UNCW's Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, is hosting the Virtual Cape Fear Region Minority Enterprise Development Week from Monday to Saturday next week, Oct. 5-10. ...

Sep 18, 2020

Spotlighting This Year's MADE Awards

By Cece Nunn, posted Sep 18, 2020

The Greater Wilmington Busi­ness Journal is publishing the winners of the fifth annual MADE Awards competition again in this issue because the coronavirus pandem­ic’s spread to the U.S. in March postponed the WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo, which would have included this year’s MADE Awards winners. But there is some good news. Several of this ...

Aug 27, 2020

To further support North Carolina’s Black entrepreneurs, NC IDEA foundation has established the North Carolina Black Entrepreneurship Council (NC BEC), according to a Thursday news release. Establishing the NC BEC will allow the foundation to serve the entrepreneurial aspirations and economic potential of North Carolina’s Black community, the release stated. ...

Aug 27, 2020

Live Oak Bank Chairman and CEO Chip Mahan said plans are in the works to create a downtown Wilmington building for the purpose of creating jobs and growing businesses.  In a video interview posted online Tuesday with Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, the discussion between Mahan and Saffo turned toward economic pathways to addressing recent social justice issues. Mahan& ...

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