Jun 19, 2020

K9000 Embarks On New Territory

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Jun 19, 2020

With a new Wilmington headquarters and manufacturing facility in place, K9000 Dog Wash USA is further establishing its local roots while expanding its market.   K9000 Dog Wash USA in December opened its Kerr Avenue location in Wilmington, which houses its manufacturing, warehouse, office, retail and showroom space, said Pete Peterson, president of the firm.   ...

Jun 19, 2020

Using UV Light To Fight Germs

By Cece Nunn, posted Jun 19, 2020

As cases of the novel coronavirus began to grow in the U.S. starting in March, David Greenough remembered his days in the Air Force, when he found out ultraviolet light was used to make sure missile guidance systems weren’t contaminated by bacteria or other microscopic residue.   Those memories helped influence the start of the Wilmington resident’s comp ...

Jun 10, 2020

Local Entrepreneurs Aim To Create African American Business Listing

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Jun 10, 2020

Girard and Tracey Newkirk, two Wilmington business owners and entrepreneurs, saw a need in the community: a need to generate more exposure to the wide range of African American businesses in the Cape Fear region. The husband-and-wife team, through Genesis Block, have started a new initiative, and are working to bring together community partners to develop the Black ...

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UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Getting A Jump On Job Skills

Posted Jul 7, 2020
Uncertainty continues with education this fall – in person, online, somewhere in between? K-12 back on schedule? Higher Ed on campus? But, amid the scramble of near-term decision making, there are community leaders working to prepare students for the best jobs coming to the Cape Fear region.
The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Cape Fear Collective, and RTI International ...read entire article
Jun 5, 2020

Entrepreneur Pivots To Offer PPE

By David Frederiksen, posted Jun 5, 2020

Entrepreneurs are problem-solvers. But what happens when a viral pandemic hits?   If you’re Sean Hensler, one of the founders and CEO of Hensler Surgical Technologies LLC, you pivot.   “Realizing that so many health care teams were struggling with basic personal protective equipment (PPE) against coronavirus, I felt compelled to help in any way I ...

May 1, 2020

TRU Colors Rolls Out New Initiative, Continues Work On Future HQ

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted May 1, 2020

TRU Colors is moving forward with a new initiative as its leader, George Taylor, sharpens his focus on the company and its mission.  TRU Colors, a concept first announced by Taylor in 2017, is currently reconstructing a building it purchased last year for the site of its future headquarters and brewery operation. But as the timeline on that project and others ha ...

Apr 29, 2020

Entrepreneurs Use Downtime To Advantage

By Jenny Callison, posted Apr 29, 2020

The major narrative in the business community these days concerns business owners’ struggles to help their companies survive the economic downturn. But the entrepreneurial spirit is still thriving; some people are taking advantage of enforced downtime at home to nurture their startup plans or nascent ventures.   Tina “TJ” Oliver, who’s on the ...

Apr 27, 2020

Four Wilmington Startups Score NC IDEA Nod

By Johanna Cano, posted Apr 27, 2020

Four Wilmington startups are recipients and finalists of two NC IDEA grant programs, according to an announcement Monday. Wilmington based MyKinfo and Survei are NC IDEA MICRO grant recipients, chosen after a three-month competitive application and selection process. MyKinfo is an early-stage startup that participates in the mentorship program at the University of No ...

Mar 27, 2020

NC IDEA Foundation Starts Accepting Donations For Grants

By Johanna Cano, posted Mar 27, 2020

NC IDEA Foundation is now accepting donations to fund its entrepreneurship grant programs, according to an announcement Friday. “Now more than ever, the need is greater and simply beyond our capacity to fill alone,” Thom Ruhe, NC IDEA CEO and president said in the release. “Entrepreneurs throughout North Carolina need assistance if together we are to p ...

Mar 12, 2020

Four Wilmington companies are the finalists of the inaugural NC BIONEER Venture Challenge aimed at enhancing life sciences and biotechnology business ventures in the region, according to an announcement Thursday. Accugenomics, Electronic Lab Logs, IndiOmics and Isosceles Pharmaceuticals were selected to participate in a two-month process of “intense mentoring ...

Mar 6, 2020

Spotlighting This Year's MADE Awards

By Vicky Janowski, posted Mar 6, 2020

In the fifth 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. ...

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