WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton was in town today to talk about job creation and economic development in Southeastern North Carolina.
Dalton visited the University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s Entrepreneurship Center. He met with several local business owners, folks from UNCW’s Cameron School of Business and representatives from the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.
“I think the Southeast region is very strong because of the ports and logistics, trucking companies, and warehouse distribution,” says Dalton. “The quality of life here is so wonderful, I think the future looks very bright.”
Fred Meyers owns Queensboro Shirt Company and moved from New York to Wilmington in 1995. He says that since he moved his business here, it has drastically improved.
“When I moved to Wilmington, my business was doing about three million dollars in sales,” says Meyers. “Now, we’re doing about fifteen million dollars in sales, so it has grown quite a bit since I’ve been here.”
Meyers attributes his success in Wilmington to the quality of life the area has to offer, and the local employees who work for his business.
“There are so many smart, motivated, and nice people working here, we’ve been able to really provide great customer service to our customers,” says Meyers.
UNCW Entrepreneurship Center intern, Anna Kate Babnik says she always thought she would move back home to Pennsylvania after graduation and eventually start her own business. Since her time in Wilmington, Babnik says she is rethinking her decision.
“When I started interning with the program and saw all of these great businesses that are developing in Wilmington, it really gave me perspective on how many options there are for jobs,” says Babnik.
So what can be done to improve job growth in Southeastern North Carolina?
“People working together, helping to incubate small businesses, and giving them the know-how to start businesses will help to keep the quality of life issues in place,” says Dalton.