CFEDC Presents: Retail That Reaches; Locally made products with national reach
A Panel Discussion Moderated by Gwenyfar Rohler of Encore Magazine, Old Books on Front Street and Buy Local ILM
When: Tuesday Nov 19, 6 PM
Where: The Calico Room, 107 S Front St in downtown Wilmington
If more people knew about the many success stories of companies right here in Wilmington making products with national reach, more people would wonder Why our region spends so much time and money trying to attract new industries, including some with big environmental costs. The Cape Fear Region has a long list of small, home grown consumer product companies that could use every advantage in growing their businesses.
“Silicon Valley East”, “Hollywood East” and other reputations are exciting to contemplate, but let’s not forget the myriad home-grown products and local manufacturers that are succeeding nationally and located right here in Wilmington.
Join us on Tuesday November 19 at 6PM for a panel discussion with local product developers and marketers about what makes Wilmington a great place to create products and base their operations. In a departure from our normal format, there will be an exhibition of locally made products with company representatives on hand to demonstrate and explain.
MC Gwenyfar Rohler will lead panelists and guests in a lively discussion of how to cultivate our local economy, how to foster growth, how to consume locally, promote nationally, and grow the already considerable success Wilmington has had nationally.
Among the panelists and presenters:
– Kids Making It – Jimmy Pierce – kidsmakingit.org
– Topsy Tulip – Kristen Beckmeyer – coastalcupcakes.com
– Freaker USA – Zach Crain – freakerusa.com
– Miriam Oerhlein (jeweler) – www.belk.com/products/
This event is part of the organization’s bimonthly “CFEDC Presents” series. The CFEDC is a non-profit organization working to fulfill the need for leadership in sustainable economic development and job creation in Wilmington and the Cape Fear region.
As always, attendance is free, and all are welcome. A cash bar will be available throughout the event. Join us at 6 PM for a beverage; and the discussion will begin by 6:15 PM.