Follow Heather Twitter Facebook
Email Heather Email
Education
Jan 8, 2018

New Year, New Entrepreneur: Three Opportunities for the Business-Minded in 2018

Sponsored Content provided by Heather McWhorter - Interim Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This post was contributed by Nikki Kroushl, CIE Social Media and Content Manager.

 When someone asks you about your New Year's resolutions, what do you tell them?
 
Do you pull out a piece of paper scrawled with dozens of wishful mantras? Do you brush them off and answer, "I don't do New Year's resolutions"? Do you tell them that making a lifestyle change can happen any time of year, and building into the January hype only undermines the real desire to make changes?
 
It's true—change can happen any time of year. But despite its chill, early January is full of the warmth of promise. There's a buzz in the air: suddenly your acquaintances, coworkers, and strangers in line at the grocery store all have one thing in common. They're hungry for change, positive growth, the building of something new.
 
Us, too. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is southeast NC's largest sponsor of events, training, and educational programs for the entrepreneurial community. It's full of opportunities for those looking for new ventures: start a business, attend business education seminars, host a workshop in an area of your expertise, or become a mentor, member or co-working tenant.
 

Become A Member

Individual CIE memberships start at $75 for the year, with discounted options for UNCW alumni and nonprofits. That membership will get you into any of the CIE's standard programs (normally $15 for nonmembers) and discounts on programs hosted by affiliates. We host more than 90 events per year, and attending just five of them will make up the money you spend on a membership.
 
Better yet, become a stakeholder member and invest in the future of southeastern N.C.'s small businesses while securing CIE memberships for 50+ employees.
 

Become A Tenant

If the new year calls you to start a new business venture, consider taking advantage of our state-of-the-art incubator space. Open 24/7 to tenants, this space includes high-speed wi-fi, access to computers with the Adobe Creative Suite, our Open Device Lab, free/discounted entry into CIE programs and discounted event space rentals.
 

Become A Mentor

Maybe your idea of a new beginning is helping someone else turn over a new leaf. Our mentors connect with and advise new entrepreneurs in a variety of subjects, from pitching to software engineering to marketing to attracting venture capital to legal affairs. Email us at [email protected] if you'd like to volunteer your time and talent.
 
The dozens of entrepreneurs that come through the CIE's doors this year have their own New Year's resolutions. But what makes them—and us—different from the next person?
 
When asked about resolutions and new beginnings, an entrepreneur will simply smile, put their head down, and let the work speak for itself.
 
More information about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved with the CIE is available on our website at www.uncw.edu/cie. You can email us at [email protected] to join our mailing list for news and updates, or follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.

Diane Durance, MPA, is director of UNC Wilmington's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). The CIE is a resource for the start-up and early-stage business community to help diversify the local economy with innovative solutions. For more information, visit www.uncw.edu/cie.
 
 

Other Posts from Heather McWhorter

Uncw cie 2018 9251912058
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Chris coudriet

Connecting Resources For Safer Schools And Community

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government
Jeremytomlinson enfuse headshot

Be Prepared: Sooner Or Later Your Business WILL Be Attacked

Jeremy Tomlinson - Enfuse Technology Solutions
Mikestonestreetcropped 862150530

The Ultimate Guide to Interpreting & Enforcing Architectural Restrictions

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services)

In The Current Issue

Will $500M Development Across The River Sink Or Swim?

Battleship Point would be one of the most expensive single projects ever to be built in the region and has drawn comparisons to another majo...


Health Care Heroes: Community Outreach

The Community Outreach category this year recognizes the large teams of area health providers and professionals who have responded throughou...


UNCW Chancellor Reflects On Progress

With less than nine months until his announced retirement date of June 30, UNCW Chancellor Jose Sartarelli continues to work on an ambitious...

Book On Business

The 2021 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

Trying to Grow a Business?
2020 Health Care Heroes
2020 WilmingtonBiz 100