The Coastal Entrepreneur Awards (CEA) is run by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
CEA’s goal is to shine a spotlight on up-and-coming companies, helping them make connections in the community as well as showcase the region’s entrepreneurial activity.
The competition involves two rounds of judging in which the applicants are judged on two criteria: Is the organization entrepreneurial? Of those that are entrepreneurial, which organization is most likely to be financially successful? For nonprofits, the standard is which is likely to have the most impact.
First, all the applications are evaluated by representatives of area business groups and the competition’s sponsors to determine the category winners. During the second round of evaluations with more detailed information, the judges select the Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year.
Michael Barron, Quality Chemical Labs
Rob Burrus, University of North Carolina Wilmington Cameron School of Business
Jerry Coleman, Cape Fear Community College’s Small Business Center
Diane Durance, UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Natalie English, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
Dana Fisher, North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce
Randall Johnson, N.C. Biotechnology Center’s Southeastern Regional Office
Heather McWhorter, SBTDC at UNCW
Brad Neigel, First National Bank
Tammy Proctor, Pender County
Sara Raleigh, SCORE Cape Fear
April Scott, Brunswick Community College’s Small Business Center
Jason Wheeler, Pathfinder Wealth Consulting
Adrian Wilson, CloudWyze
Cece Nunn - Sep 28, 2022
Staff Reports - Sep 28, 2022
Johanna F. Still - Sep 29, 2022
Elizabeth White - Sep 28, 2022
Johanna Cano - Sep 29, 2022
The Exporter Category winner doesn't just hammer its products home....
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