May 22, 2024

Predicate HPG Named Coastal Entrepreneur Of The Year

By Audrey Elsberry, posted May 22, 2024

Wilmington-based health technology company Predicate Healthcare Performance Group (HPG) won the 16th Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year award Wednesday.   Morris Nguyen, co-founder and CEO of the AI health care company, accepted his award, the Coastal Entrepreneur Award signature surfboard, to a standing ovation from hundreds in the audience at the University of North ...

May 16, 2024

Channel, UNC Law School Aid Wilmington Small Businesses

By Audrey Elsberry, posted May 16, 2024

Channel, an inclusive small business center powered by Live Oak Bank, partnered with the University of North Carolina School of Law Institute for Innovation to host three legal clinics for Wilmington small businesses and nonprofits.   Chakema Clinton-Quintana, the director of Channel, connected with UNC Law about how to fill the gaps in what the organization provide ...

May 3, 2024

CEA Retail & Hospitality Winner: Expanding A Taco Brand

By Lynda Van Kuren, posted May 3, 2024

When two Surf City dudes, Cody Leutgens and Steve Christian, realized the community they loved had a shortage of good, casual restaurants, they decided to address the situation.  They came up with Shaka Taco, a small taco joint selling fresh, locally sourced seafood. From that lowly beginning, Shaka Taco has expanded to three locations, each with a dedicated and gr ...

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Investing in the Health of Our Communities, for Today and the Future

Posted Apr 19, 2024
I was excited to join Novant Health in January as the president of the Coastal region. Novant Health appealed to me, in part, because of the organization’s dedicated commitment to our communities. We are invested in health equity and increasing access to healthcare for all our community members. We want you to live your healthiest life, and we are working to make sure we have the techno...read entire article
May 3, 2024

CEA Biotech Winner: Pharma Firm In Growth Mode

By Audrey Elsberry, posted May 3, 2024

Kimberly Lupo started Portrett Pharmaceuticals after working in the contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) industry for several years.  She wanted to do something different with her company: Provide customer service beyond what was expected at other companies and offer a better work environment and mentorship for her employees.  She star ...

May 3, 2024

CEA Minority-Owned Winner: Steeping In Success

By Cece Nunn, posted May 3, 2024

Adrienne Arrington-Kenion had a problem. Actually, a plethora of problems. Like something out of a Pepto commercial, she was struggling with heartburn, indigestion, an upset stomach and nausea. But over-the-counter medications did nothing to provide Arrington-Kenion with some relief. “I Googled what people use before medicine, and herbs is what came up. So I ...

May 3, 2024

After Stevie Burke lost a friend to an overdose, he committed himself to finishing what that friend had started – a platform for people struggling with addiction. As one of the founders and CEO of Clean Community Inc., Burke said he wants to decrease the glorification of drugs and alcohol on mobile devices, personal computers and other areas. “I am dedica ...

May 3, 2024

CEA Health Care Winner: Tech Helps Fight Fatal Infection

By Audrey Elsberry, posted May 3, 2024

After medical school, most graduates move on to residency and specialization in the medical field. Morris Nguyen went into technology instead. Upon earning a master’s in business administration and a medical degree from the University of Michigan, Nguyen worked for medical device companies such as Edwards Lifesciences and Teleflex. “I really thought I cou ...

May 3, 2024

Lots of kids, and adults, enjoy collecting and trading sports cards. Matthew Ham Jr. (called Little Matt) had another idea. He turned his passion for sports cards into a profitable online business, Ham House Sports. Thirteen-year-old Little Matt got the idea after visiting a sports card shop on a family vacation. He enlisted his father, Matthew Ham Sr. (Big Matt), to be ...

May 3, 2024

Greenfield Energy officials want their company to address the challenges of an unpredictable coastal climate. As a result, they tested their new product – the HERO (Heat Exchanger Reliable Output) generator system – in Southeastern North Carolina. “This product is a result of the innovations formulated by our CEO Floyd Price as a solution to the pro ...

May 3, 2024

Since starting her company in 2023, Khalilah Olokunola of ReEngineering HR said she has been building fair-chance hiring strategies and redesigning HR practices to foster meaningful cultural shifts for companies’ most important asset – people. In the past year, Olokunola grew her headcount by 250%, broadened the company’s geographic footprint of client ...

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