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Jan 20, 2021

Blue Mind Coworking Opening In Wilmington

By Johanna Cano, posted Jan 20, 2021

Seeing a need for a collaborative space that promotes business growth and community, Michael and Julie Donlon are opening Blue Mind Coworking in Wilmington. The coworking space aims to open March 1 at 301 Government Center Drive, occupying 7,500 square feet of a suite on the second floor of the building. “Once you’ve experienced first-hand the many person ...

Jan 4, 2021

The region’s newest coworking space and business accelerator, Genesis Block, is accepting applications for its first small business accelerator cohort. Small, minority and women-owned businesses can apply by Friday for the opportunity to be chosen to participate in the 16-week, Back on the Block Minority Accelerator program. “Our program is designed to dr ...

Dec 15, 2020

Wilmington’s Genesis Block is one of eight recipients in the state of an NC BEC ECOSYSTEM grant, with the goal of elevating Black entrepreneurship in North Carolina. Genesis Block, a community collaborative and coworking space that opened in downtown Wilmington this year, received $50,000, said Andrea Cook, director of NC IDEA Foundation, in an email. Recipient ...

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How To Prevent Winter Home Fires

Posted Jan 4, 2021
As the saying goes, “Only you can prevent forest fires.” The idea can be applied to fire safety and awareness inside the home, as the person in charge of these important tasks can usually be found by looking in a mirror.

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Dec 10, 2020

Network for Entrepreneurs in Wilmington has won a grant from NC IDEA to support a new program for local startups and entrepreneurs. NC IDEA announced on Thursday the 17 organizations in the state chosen from 65 applicants that are recipients of the NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM grant. NEW partnered with the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Center for Innovation and ...

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 ...

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 ...

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