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Inaugural Candidates' Forum on the Arts set for February 24

Monday, February 24, 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th Street

The Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County, in association with UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is hosting our inaugural Candidates’ Forum on February 24, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th Street.  

All candidates running for local office are invited to participate in the forum as we celebrate and promote the bipartisan issue of economic development through the arts.  The public is invited to meet the candidates, ask questions, and voice support of the arts and the creative economy. The forum is free and open to all.

The creative economy is a major economic driver in our local economy, and organizations such as the Arts Council of Wilmington/New Hanover County play an important role in economic development. 

According to the Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 report, New Hanover County’s nonprofit arts and culture industry…

*  Generates $55,805,425 in annual economic activity

*  Supports 2,076 full-time equivalent jobs

*  Produces $44,122,000 in household income for local residents

*  Generates $5,642,000 in local and state government revenues 

The Arts Council’s mission is to support artists and arts organizations through innovative public/private partnerships that support jobs, stimulate commerce, and showcase the region as an arts destination.  UNCW CIE supports innovative new ventures that spur growth and generate jobs in creative economy sectors.  Both are nonpartisan entities. 

Please contact Rhonda Bellamy, executive director of the Arts Council, for more information. 

Tap Gig Economy to Boost Your Entrepreneurial Habits

Wednesday, February 26, 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

Gig Economy is the latest workplace trend: 60 million Americans are independent contractors for a fee. 

At this workshop, you will acquire skills to be a proactive Doer who generates clients and income.Plus, you'll gain proven techniques to manage contractors (as owner/employer). 

Presenter: During his early career, Tim Conway was in sales for Xerox Corporation in Ohio. After moving to Chicago, he contributed to McDonald’s (project manager) and Sears (public relations). 

Using his natural talents, Tim researched/wrote two business plans. Then he participated in Gig Economy for a decade: marketing/communications for small business owners; academic/career counseling for young adults (parents paid fee). 

Plus, Conway was Adjunct Faculty at three campuses. With expertise in all-things-Entrepreneurship, he advised twenty-somethings evaluating a startup. 

Now as a volunteer Career Coach for collegians and under-employed professionals, Tim encourages others that “America is the home of second (and third) opportunities.”

Register Here


Thursday, February 27, 5:30 - 7:00 P.M.

Imagine a place where minorities actually lived a fulfilled, prosperous and meaningful life. A place where the majority of the population consisted of African American entrepreneurs and politicians. A progressive utopia that provided equal opportunities for all!

Well….what if I told that utopia…...was once Wilmington, NC. (You thought I was going to say Wakanda, didn't you?)

Come and learn about the history of Wilmington's African American entrepreneurial history as we explore the historical events of the 1898 massacre coup.

This program will also discuss how you can assist Cedric Harrison, founder of Support the Port Foundation - with his business mission to bridge the gap of race and social economics…….

Target Audiences: Students, professionals, tech community, historians, educations - all are welcome to attend!

Register Here

AI Bridge / Port City Analytics Joint Meetup

Thursday, March 26, 5:30 - 7:00 P.M. 

The Art and Science of Data Preprocessing - Tools, Tips and Best-Practice Sharing

As data analysts well know, real-world data is usually not ready to be used in analytical tasks. It is often dirty, misaligned, missing data, duplicate records and other inaccuracies. A tedious and time consuming process called data preprocessing is necessary to convert the raw data into a well-defined form for analytics models. Time spent on data preprocessing can be tedious and typically takes much longer than the time spent on the rest of the analytics tasks. There are now a variety of software tools available to data science practitioners which automate the process and can significantly reduce the time spent on data preprocessing tasks.

Dr. Ralph Reda, a Certified Analytics Professional, and UNCW instructor of Business Analytics will provide an overview of the data preprocessing steps and demonstrate some of the tips and tools that make data preparation quicker and easier. Session attendees are also encouraged to share their best practices and techniques with the audience. Feel free to bring a laptop to follow along or to share your dirty data challenges.

FREE for everyone!
Refreshments will be served.
For questions, contact Professor Reda at

2020 Ocean Advocacy Workshop

Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28

The first ever of its kind, participants will learn about issues impacting our oceans and take action to make a difference.  Learn how to become an advocate and meet others who share your enthusiasm for oceans!

This event is brought to you by the NC Wildlife Federation, UNCW, UNCG, and the Plastic Ocean Project. You may share the link as registration is not restricted. Registration information and the tentative schedule is available from the link below.

Capacity for the workshop is limited so early registration is recommended.