UNCW to host 4th Annual Cape Fear Minority Enterprise Development Week


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Starting a new business can be a rewarding adventure but the ultimate key to success is getting the right kind of business development support to help guide you through the tough times.

The 4th Annual Cape Fear Regional Minority Enterprise Week gets underway at UNCW on Wednesday, Oct. 24 and Thursday, Oct. 25.

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“It’s an opportunity for small, minority business owners to learn how to grow their business and interact with vendors and learn about government contracts,” said Dr. Kent Guion, Chief Diversity Officer at UNCW.

Currently, there are 183,000 minority-owned businesses across North Carolina which generate an estimated $16.1 billion in revenue annually.

“It’s one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy in North Carolina and nationwide,” said Guion.

In North Carolina, alone, those businesses provide about 261,000 jobs.

While the aim for this conference is small, minority-owned businesses, Guion says everyone has the opportunity to learn and grow their business.

“One of the most fruitful parts of the events is networking opportunities,” he added.

Event organizers have invited a number of speakers to take part in the two-day event.

“So many other entrepreneurs want to give back and this is a way for them to talk about their journey and give real-life information about how to grow smaller businesses,” Guion said.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a vendor fair.

The 4th Annual Cape Fear Region Minority Enterprise Week will be held Oct. 24 & 25 at the UNCW Burney Center. Admission is free.