CFEDC Presents: Retail That Reaches; Locally Made Products With National Reach – Nov 19, 6 PM at The Calico Room

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 –
– Topsy Tulip – Kristen Beckmeyer –
– Freaker USA – Zach Crain –
– Miriam Oerhlein (jeweler) –

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.

CFEDC Presents: Jim Roberts, Executive Director of UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Sept 24

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Cape Fear Economic Development Council partnered to host an educational networking event on September 24 at 6 p.m. The evening featured a presentation by Jim Roberts, the executive director of UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as Q&A, networking opportunities, and light refreshments.

The CIE is committed to playing an integral role in fueling local entrepreneurial efforts and strengthening the regional economy. This event highlighted business topics like how to prepare for investor presentations, pursue private sector research grants and increase sales.

“We are continuously looking to bring workshops and statewide business resources to the Wilmington community to support innovation and grow entrepreneurial efforts,” said CIE Executive Director Jim Roberts. “By providing a forum like this, we can continue the conversation with community members about the needs of Wilmington’s startup economy and encourage business growth, which will in turn lead to more hiring.”

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. Through educational workshops, panel discussions, and community awareness and involvement, the CFEDC aims to enrich entrepreneurs and businesses to move into the new economy.

“UNCW, in particular the CIE, is a critical nexus for economic development efforts in our community,” said Lloyd Smith, Chairman of CFEDC. “It is a true university-driven initiative, and it is unique in that it primarily benefits the community and supports the missions of a wide range of organizations. Furthermore, the CIE is an excellent example of a common cause we can all rally around as a critical force in developing our regional economy.”

The event took place at the WHQR Gallery, located at 254 N. Front St., Suite 300, Wilmington, NC 28401. The evening began with refreshments and networking. A presentation and open discussion followed at 6:15 p.m (see video above)

Through a combination of the new facility and community outreach efforts, the CIE works to identify and nurture high-growth, high-impact companies and to accelerate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in southeastern North Carolina. It is located at 803 South College Road, at the south perimeter of the UNCW campus. As announced earlier this year, the CIE will house UNCW’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), future technology transfer operations and the Seahawk Innovation Fund. In addition to private knowledge based businesses, UNCW faculty and students will also be able to use the CIE as an accelerator space for academic and entrepreneurial pursuits. The CIE will officially open its doors on September 5.

For more information, please visit and follow @UNCW_CIE for the latest updates on the CIE.