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Jun 29, 2022

Next Glass Founder Attempted $21M Calif. Brewery Acquisition

By Johanna F. Still, posted Jun 29, 2022

The founder of Wilmington-based Next Glass Inc. tried but failed to acquire a financially distressed California brewery in a public auction last week.  Kurt Taylor, founder and former CEO of Next Glass, the parent company of Wilmington-headquartered Untappd, recently participated in an auction for Modern Times Drinks Inc., an Anaheim-based brewery. Next Glass ...

Jun 22, 2022

Heather McWhorter has been named director of UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), beginning July 1, according to a news release Wednesday. McWhorter, who has been the CIE's interim director since August last year, said the role will allow her to focus full-time on the CIE "and really look forward to how we can improve our ser ...

Jun 3, 2022

The region recently made headlines for ranking high on a list of the world’s best places for startups, but the list also illuminated a problem the city often faces when it comes to sharing its name with Wilmington, Delaware as well as errors that can be caused by the automation of data. Not only did Wilmington make the Global Startup Ecosystem Index again this yea ...

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Fall Vacation Rentals and Rising Cost of Real Estate

Posted Jun 15, 2022
What we know is that the pandemic has created many “converts” out of guests that would previously have never considered a vacation rental. Because there are many advantages of having a complete living space, whether condo or cottage, that includes a living room and full kitchen, these converts are here to stay. Particularly given the fact that prices are comparable, and oftentimes less...read entire article
Jun 2, 2022

Expanding Wilmington Businesses Share Growth Stories

By Cece Nunn, posted Jun 2, 2022

For the Wilmington-based executives gathered Thursday at the Wilmington Convention Center, their companys' backstories are different but their results are the same: ongoing growth. To Danielle Mahon, founder and president of Topsail Steamer, that means preparing to offer franchising opportunities for her take-home seafood steam pots business, which currently has six ...

May 25, 2022

Three companies are winners of the latest iteration of the Southeastern North Carolina NC BIONEER Venture Challenge. Renaissance Fiber was recognized with the first-place prize which includes a $20,000 investment from the NC Biotechnology Center and a one-year tenancy at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, acco ...

May 24, 2022

Coastal Entrepreneur Of The Year For 2022 Named

By Johanna F. Still, posted May 24, 2022

The coveted wooden surfboard was passed on to a new temporary owner at the 2022 Coastal Entrepreneur Awards ceremony Tuesday. Hosted by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), the annual Coastal Entrepreneur Awards (CEA) ceremony honors fast-growing companies representin ...

May 17, 2022

After the birth of her son, Cheeky Monkey Coffee owner Maggie Blackham searched for a place to work and access child care at the same time. “It’s not a new concept,” Blackham said, including The Wing in New York City as an example. “But I thought, ‘I just really wish Wilmington had this.'” In addition to overseeing her downtown ...

May 12, 2022

Two Wilmington startups are recipients of the latest round of the NC IDEA SEED grant program, according to a Thursday press release. CICIL and Essential Personnel have received $50,000 each aimed at supporting the early-stage companies with “critical funding they need to scale faster,” the release stated. “This group of companies demonstrates that e ...

May 6, 2022

Meet The 2022 CEA Winners

By Vicky Janowski, posted May 6, 2022

Solar energy, hemp fiber, independent films, banking technology – these are just some of the industries represented in this year’s Coastal Entrepreneur Awards. Despite their range in services and products, the common thread is the spirit of growth fueling each of the 11 companies and organizations tapped as CEA winners. Their wins were based on whether they ...

May 6, 2022

NC Lumber & Supply was first born by a space problem: Hordes of East Coast Lumber Co.’s unwanted wood kept piling up, taking up more and more of the warehouse floor.   “We were storing quite a bit of it,” said Rob Moore, co-owner of NC Lumber & Supply.   Co-owners Moore and Carter Derrick were then (and continue to be) sales represen ...

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