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7th Annual Pleasure Island Entrepreneur Award

Know an up-and-coming entrepreneur or an innovative company in the Cape Fear region? The Coastal Entrepreneur Awards, designed to spotlight just such individuals and companies, are coming up soon. UNCW’s Entrepreneurship Center and the Greater Wilmington Business Journal are looking for businesses that are actively engaged in entrepreneurial activity: creating new products or services for people in this region and beyond. Companies may apply themselves or be nominated by others.  
 The mission of the Coastal Entrepreneur Awards is to help foster more entrepreneurial activity — and higher paying jobs — in the region. The category winners will be profiled in a special Coastal Entrepreneur Awards section in the April 26 Business Journal and honored at a large awards breakfast in May at UNCW’s Burney Center.  In concert with this, the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce also selects a 2013 Pleasure Island Entrepreneur.  You may apply for both awards.  Any company in New Hanover, Brunswick or Pender counties is eligible for the Coastal Entrepreneur Awards.  
 There will be two rounds of judging. First, the category winners will be selected by a diverse group of judges representing the competition’s sponsors and other business leaders in the community. Winners will be selected in ten categories: Biotechnology, Film, Health Care, Internet-Related Business, Manufacturing & Distribution, Non-Profit, Retail & Hospitality, Professional Services, Technology,
Emerging Company (a firm in any industry with three or fewer employees and less than two years old.)   Each category winner will then appear before a panel of some of the region’s most successful entrepreneurs and distinguished business people.  After meeting with each category winner, that group will determine the 2013 Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year. The winner of this overall award will be announced at a May breakfast event. The application deadline is the third week in March for the Coastal Award and the fourth week of March for the Pleasure Island Award.  We will send an announcement out to all members with the exact deadline once we receive it from the Business Journal.  For more informationon the Coastal Award, contact Suesan Sullivan at (910) 343-8600 ext. 213 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  For more information on the Pleasure Island Award, contact Greg Reynolds at (910) 458-8434 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .