Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Mentors


CIE


Suzanne Altobello

Associate Professor of Marketing, UNC Pembroke

altobello.research@gmail.com

Services:

  • Securing venture capital/pitching to investors
  • Startup launch
  • Business plan design
  • Digital marketing
  • Branding
  • Social media
  • Sales
  • Target market research

Paul Baron

WebTel Marketing

paul@webtelmarketing.com

Services:

  • Strategic Relationships: Identifying and Managing Customers and Partners
  • Business and Market Development
  • Sales Strategies
  • Developing Pricing
  • Licensing
  • Royalty Revenue Models
  • Marketing and Engagement Strategies

Robin Bennett

Assistant Business Counselor (SBTDC) Small Business Technology Development Center

bennettr@uncw.edu

Services:

  • Evaluate and improve financial performance
  • Improve leadership skills and employee performance
  • Obtain quality business and market information

Laura Brogdon-Primavera

Manager of Programs and Operations

brogdonl@uncw.edu

910-962-3611

Services:

  • Professional Development and Networking
  • Manages student workers and projects
  • Event space reservation management
  • Event Advice and Promotion
  • Professional Skill Development
  • Guidance and workload assistance

Craig Galbraith

Office for Information and Commercialization

galbraithc@uncw.edu

910-962-3775

Services:

  • General Entrepreneurship Mentoring
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business Valuation
  • Feasibility studies for technology products

Jacqueline Gaulin

Gastro Girl

jgaulin@gastrogirl.com

Services:

  • Early stage start-ups (from passion to idea to execution)
  • “If It was Easy—Everyone Would Do It:” The Good, Bad, Ugly of Being a Start-Up Founder
  • Founder Frenzy—Know Your Strengths, How and When to find Partner, Quit Your Day Job, Build a Team
  • Making Sense of the Start Up Ecosystem (so many pitch opps, conferences, meetups, etc, so little time—time management—prioritizing and how/when to mute all the noise)
  • Trusting Your Gut, Being a Good Listener and Admitting What You Don’t Know
  • Lean Start Up/Boot Strapping/Funding – (Realities, Tips and Insights)
  • Female Entrepreneurs – Unique Challenges and Opportunities
  • Heath & Wellness Issues Related to Startup Founders/Entrepreneurs (How to manage, stress, anxiety and feelings of founder depression.)

Katrina Harrell

KM Harrell Group, LLC

katrina@katrinamharrell.com

Services:

  • Starting a business (basic business start-up)
  • Branding your business (on a bootstrap)
  • Preparing your business for funding
  • Developing a structure for your team
  • Proper organizing of your business (financial records, etc) from the start
  • Pricing your products and services for profit
  • Strategic partnerships and collaborations
  • Marketing strategy and content strategy (email, website, bios, product descriptions)
  • Basic PR (press releases), pitching to the media
  • Basic social media marketing
  • Using content to promote your business

Tracey Jackson

Execution Coach/Certified Personal Resilience Practitioner

tracey.jackson@unexoframework.com

Services:

  • Small business Success Planning
  • Small Business Goal Setting
  • Operating and serving from a place of authenticity
  • Building Sustainable Process for Repeatable Execution
  • Certified to Assess Personal Resilience and Change Effectiveness
  • Customized Training
  • Meeting Facilitation

Jesse H. Jones

Forrest Firms Law

jesse@forrestfirm.com

Services:

  • Company Formation and Securities
  • Intellectual Property
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Contract Negotiation, Drafting, and Review
  • Employment
  • Contract Dispute and Resolution

Lisa Leath

Leath Consulting Group

lisa@leathconsultinggroup.com

Services:

  • Recruiting
  • Onboarding
  • Performance management
  • Training
  • Leadership development
  • Engagement
  • Growth preparation
  • Total rewards
  • Compliance
  • 3rd-party assessment of talent and structure
  • Community outreach
  • Linkage with strategic partners

Corey Lewis

Cape Fear Jobs

corey@capefearjobs.com

Services:

How to Hire Talent More Effectively

  • Job Description Writing
  • Reading Resumes
  • Where to Find Talent
  • Interviewing Candidates
  • Pay Scale Competitiveness
  • Effective Recruiting Strategies 

Job Seeker Services Also Available

  • Resume Services
  • Interview Training
  • Job Coaching

Bruce Mancinelli

Extensive background with start-ups

bmancinelli@liadan.net

Services:

  • Organizational Development
  • Sales and Marketing Organization
  • Capital/Venture Funding Activities
  • Merger and Acquisitions Activities
  • Goal Setting and Sales Achievement
  • Communication and Corporate Representation
  • Strategic Planning and Competitive Analysis

Dave Menzies

Innovative Public Relations

innovativeprnc@gmail.com

Services:

  • Do-It-Yourself PR
  • Media Relations (getting in front of reporters)
  • Strategic Messaging
  • Audience Targeting
  • Buzz Building

David Morrison

DF Morrison Consulting

dfmorrisonconsulting@gmail.com

Services:

  • Strategic Business Planning (Is a nonprofit right for YOU?)
  • Nonprofit Formation
  • Capacity-Building Plans
  • Customized Trainings for New Boards*
  • Group Workshops*

*Topics and fees subject to change based on initial consultation


Ann Revell-Pechar

ann@arevell.com

919-909-1097

Services:

  • Messaging + Storytelling for you/your business
  • Public Relations – strategy and/or execution
  • Public Speaking
  • Writing/Content development
  • Finding key personnel needs for your business

Karl Ricanek

Faculty Entrepreneur in Residence

ricanekk@uncw.edu

Services:

  • Ideation to innovation
  • Translating research to start-up
  • Software development
  • Translating an idea into extramural research
  • How to secure funding for your research or Innovation idea
  • How to patent your research at UNCW
  • How to build a world renown research program
  • How to get money from the Dept. of Defense for your research idea

Sam Schey

Live Oak Bank

SamSchey@gmail.com

Services:

  • Avionics Technician/Instructor
  • US Marine Corps Defense Contract Work
  • Boeing Product Manager
  • Live Oak Bank

Don Spry

US Small Business Administration

Senior Area Manager

don.spry@sba.gov

Services:

  • Working Capital Financing (7A)
  • Commercial Real Estate Financing (504)
  • Federal Government Contracting Programs
  • Federal Government Research Grants (SBIR/STTR)
  • Small Business Resource Counseling
  • Small Business Instruction and Training

Anna Tharrington

Hutchinson Law Firm

atharrington@hutchlaw.com

Services: 

  • Corporate
  • Venture Capital & Private Equity
  • Options & Equity Compensation
  • Employment Law, Benefits & Compensation
  • Equity & Debt
  • IP Protection
  • Licensing & Corporate Partnering
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Securities
  • Real Estate
  • Tax

Seahawk Innovation


Brendan Collins

brendan@mimijumi.com

  • Start Up to Scale Up
  • Strategy Financing
  • Execution and Leadership

Lauren Fuhrer

lauren@mimijumi.com

  • Sourcing Resources
    • People
    • Software
    • Know How
  • Product Management
    • Developing/Managing the Process

 

Tobin Geatz

tobin@seahawk.biz

  • Business Model Identification
  • Development and Brainstorming
  • Mastering your Pitch
  • Testing your Business Plan

Tenants 


Robert Arnold

Robbie's Repairs

rarnoldiv@gmail.com

703-344-4040

Have an Android phone or laptop needing repair? Robbie’s Repairs is a phone and laptop repair shop that specializes in low-cost and high quality repairs. Repairs are by appointment.

Price List

  • iPhone 5, 5C, 5S screen replacement = $80
  • iPhone 6 screen replacement= $95
  • iPhone 6 Plus replacement = $130
  • iPhone 6s screen replacement = $130

CIEHAWK Media Team

media4cie@gmail.com

  • We are a team of motivated UNCW Film Studies students ready to serve the start-ups at our university's Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. We assist tenants, members, and UNCW faculty/staff with their media needs, whether that be graphic design, headshots, product photos, a commercial or pitch video. Build your brand, your image, and your social media presence with our team's state-of-the-art equipment and talented crew members.

 Marc Mereyde

TiktoPlus, LLC

contact@tiktoplus.com

Services


Nick Pindale

Photo Perfect Photobooth 

photoperfectphotobooth@gmail.com

910-239-7356

Photo Perfect Photobooth LLC offers Photo Booth Rentals for Weddings, birthday parties, and other special events.

Weddings include a free memory book and print per person add on! At Photo Perfect Photobooth, we have the best photo printer money can buy to print excellent photo strips for you and your guests. We have a high quality camera that takes the perfect pictures that guests can also download for free on an online password protected photo gallery specific to your event.

We will service the following surrounding areas: Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Virginia Beach


Pineapple-Shaped Lamps 

pineappleshapedlamps@gmail.com

704-301-1572

We are an award-winning, Wilmington-based multimedia production company, specializing in work of an absurd and comedic nature. Pineapple-Shaped Lamps (or "PSL") started in 2010 as a sketch comedy troupe, and since then, we have grown to include a wide variety of projects, including viral videos, community events such as the Encore Best of Wilmington Awards, and a wide body of commercial work for clients such as Capitol Records, Benjamin Moore, Cape Fear Community College, the Cucalorus Film Festival, and more!

Services:

  • Commercials - Funny and eye-catching ads that help engage your audience in both traditional advertising markets and on social media!
  • Branding Videos - We've helped local nonprofits like DREAMS of Wilmington get the word out about how they are helping our community, and we can do the same for your business!
  • Training Videos - Look, we won't lie. When we hear the words "training video," we immediately start yawning. That's why, when CFCC approached us about making a training video for volunteers at their new Wilson Center for Humanities & Fine Arts, we made something truly compelling and rewatchable, something people would ENJOY having to see!

For more information, or to schedule a free consultation with one of our representatives, contact us. Also, check out this Youtube playlist to see some of the amazing work we've done for past clients.