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 Laboratories LLC
Chakema Clinton-Quintana, Live Oak Bank
Jerry Coleman, CFCC’s Small Business Center
Diane Durance, UNCW CIE
Dana Fisher, North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce
Justin Humphries, The Humphries Law Firm
Randall Johnson, N.C. Biotechnology Center Southeastern Office
Harry Kioko, Canapi Ventures
Clay Mclean, Live Oak Bank
Heather Mcwhorter, SBTDC
Tammy Proctor, Pender County Government
Sara Raleigh, Score Cape Fear
April Scott, Brunswick Community College’s Small Business Center
Jc Smith, Live Oak Bank
Arwyn Smith, Burgaw Area Chamber of Commerce
Jeffrey Stites, Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce
Jason Wheeler, Pathfinder Wealth Consulting
Adrian Wilson, CloudWyze
Christina Haley O'Neal - Jun 10, 2021
Cece Nunn - Jun 10, 2021
Cece Nunn and Christina Haley O'Neal - Jun 11, 2021
Christina Haley O'Neal - Jun 11, 2021
Cece Nunn - Jun 11, 2021
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