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Archive for February, 2012

Wilmington police seek help to find missing man

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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Three more children injured in fire out of hospital

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Three teens injured last week in an Onslow County house fire that killed three of their siblings are out of the hospital.

A Raleigh TV station reports 16-year-old Samantha Pittman and 14-year-old twins Adrienne and Gabrielle left New Hanover Regional Medical Center over the weekend.

Investigators said an electrical short in the kitchen might have sparked the Thursday morning fire. Three children were found dead in the living room.

Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown says 10-year-old Hannah and her mom Johnetta are still in the burn center at Chapel Hill.

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UNCW Entrepreneur Center making changes to help community

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — From helping university grads become entrepreneurs to serving business owners in southeastern North Carolina, the UNCW Entrepreneurship Center continues to grow.

UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller announced today that the university plans to reorganize its Entrepreneurship Center as a Limited Liability Corporation. Leaders say this new flexibility will allow them to better serve the community’s needs.

“When it comes to supporting entrepreneurship in southeastern North Carolina, UNCW means business,” Miller said.

UNCW is making a move it says is critically important to the region’s economic future. The Entrepreneurship Center announced a new plan to become a LLC so it can better assist start-up companies.

The center has already indirectly created 52 jobs and 27 student internships for area small businesses.

“Some of the seeds we’re planting together we won’t see that output for three, four or five years,” Entrepreneurship Center Director Jonathan Rowe said. “As those trees grow hopefully we’ll have a ton of companies, maybe of the likes of PPD that exist five or 10 years from now, and the impact and benefit that will have to the region will be huge, and we’ll all win.”

The Entrepreneurship Center started at the Cameron School of Business back in January 2010. Although as part of this new plan it will leave the building, leaders say they will continue to work with students.

“I plan to use it for advice and just helping me grow, and the Rocket Pitch events as well. They have so many great resources,” UNCW senior Deborah Conley said.

Conley wants to start up a business in Pender County that will create biofuels from algae. She says the idea could help our country get away from using petroleum products.

Conley hopes to use the Entrepreneurship Center just like alum Kristen Beckmeyer, co-owner of Coastal Cupcakes did.

“We met all of our mentors through the center, and it’s been huge in getting us connected with people and helping us to grow,” Beckmeyer said.

UNCW says the Entrepreneurship Center has helped startup companies secure more than $5 million in equity financing.

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Gov. Perdue to block increased tolls on ferries

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Executive order will impose 12-month moratorium.

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UNCW to spin off Entrepreneurship Center

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Move will allow center to expand and help economic development in the area.

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