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NC IDEA is an independent private foundation committed to empowering North Carolinians to achieve their entrepreneurial potential. Through our powerful combination of competitive grants and programs, and a network of strategic partners, we help entrepreneurs when they need it most. NC IDEA’s resources are highly competitive, enabling the foundation to support North Carolina’s most ambitious entrepreneurs. We believe entrepreneurs transform communities and view our work as a catalyst for positive change. Learn more at

Gold Sponsors
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About Bank of America

Bank of America began serving North Carolina 140 years ago. With the depth of our expertise, resources and geographic reach, we are in a unique position to help promote economic opportunities for many different populations and advance strong economies worldwide. We partner with nonprofits, local governments and cultural institutions that boost job skills, provide affordable housing and improve the economic outlook for their local citizens. Our support helps amplify their efforts and success. Both in our workplace and out in the world, we focus on expanding and supporting opportunities for women, veterans, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community and other underserved groups. We support diversity and inclusion because it helps ensure that everyone has the chance to build a solid financial future. It also strengthens communities and organizations by bringing together broader perspectives and backgrounds. Learn more

Silver Sponsors

Reify Media

Since 2009, award-winning digital media firm Reify Media has created custom projects teams to get work done for our clients – on time and often under budget. With our proven process of creating meaningful content by applying instructional design principles to digital media design, we can create anything. Learn more:


About Hummingbird Creative Group

Hummingbird Creative Group is a boutique branding agency helping admired brands build business value through clear communication of brand differentiation. We work primarily with leaders of manufacturing/distribution, healthcare, B2B, non-profits and service businesses to define brand strategy, develop sustainable branding campaigns, and implement sales enablement programs. Our passion is to strengthen each client's promise, presence and profitability over time as we continue helping brands TAKE FLIGHT AND SOAR! Learn more at


About Regulator

In 1988, Regulator Marine set out to reinvent the deep-vee center console experience and engineered what is known today as the Legendary Ride. Built in North Carolina and tested against the challenging conditions of the Outer Banks, Regulator boats are seriously tough sportfishers known for their exceptional fit & finish, as well as a dry, soft, and comfortable ride. Designed for ultimate fishability, incredible comfort, and serious performance at every turn, each boat in our line delivers maximum versatility as you pursue the Offshore LifeTM. Learn more:

Bronze Sponsors
Eastern NC Center for Business & Entrepreneurship

About Atlantic Mulch & Stone Inc.
At Atlantic Mulch and Stone our goal is to provide quality products and unsurpassed service that together deliver premium value to our customers.

Our Motto is: "If you don’t appreciate your customers, someone else will." It is our desire to make our customers part of our family.

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About Drucker + Falk
Drucker + Falk is a national multifamily woman-owned management and commercial real estate powerhouse.  The leadership and longevity we have enjoyed for over 85 years, in an industry our founders helped shape, is rooted in an ethos of integrity, transparency, service and response.  Our distinction as one of the Top 50 property management firms in the country is testament to proven record of performance on behalf of our clients, some of the most tenured and respected owners in the industry.  We specialize in:

  • Third party multifamily management, value -add renovation, new development, lease-up and due diligence.
  • Commercial brokerage, leasing, and management
  • Investment syndication of multifamily and commercial real estate ventures
Eastern NC Center for Business & Entrepreneurship

About Eastern NC Center for Business & Entrepreneurship
The Eastern North Carolina Center for Business and Entrepreneurship is located on the beautiful campus of NC Wesleyan University in Rocky Mount NC. The Center is your full-service business partner. Offering free and low cost training and development courses and seminars to help entrepreneurs and businesses grow to the next level. We provide free coaching, mentoring and networking services to our members. In addition, The Center provides executive training for our corporate partners. For more information contact the Executive Director: Dr. Gena Messer Knode at

Eastern NC Center for Business & Entrepreneurship

About Edifice:
EDIFICE is a regional general contractor headquartered in Charlotte with additional offices in Charleston and Greenville, SC and is listed as an ENR U.S. Top 400 contractor. EDIFICE has a diverse portfolio, employees with expert pre-construction and project management experience, and a reputation for tackling the unique and challenging while delivering the highest quality in construction.  EDIFICE is totally committed to client satisfaction and prides itself on its strong relationships within the subcontractor community.  We remain very active in the community. This allows us to better understand the needs of our owners and supports our relationship driven style of management and helps lead us to successful project outcomes. Learn more:

Eastern NC Center for Business & Entrepreneurship

About Encore Bank
Encore Bank is a private, boutique bank with a commercial focus that couples highly-experienced and talented bankers with innovative technology to offer unprecedented levels of personal service and experiences to its clients through a hospitality-inspired concierge approach. We are driven by the people and communities we serve, and we believe that banking can be built different. From our one-on-one client relationships, to concierge service that’s world-class, every move is made with our partner’s needs in mind. Modern boutique banking should afford each account owner options for banking the way they want to bank – whether you’re searching for mobile technology with on-the-go ease,  or a friendly face and neighborhood branch, our promise is to be there with an unprecedented level of service. Learn More here:


About Messer
Messer Construction Co. is a construction manager and general contractor that creates stunning buildings and stronger communities through a commitment to safety; quality; innovation; and diversity, equity and inclusion. We are honored and grateful for the work we get to do across our 11 regions. Learn more:


About National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE)
NACCE is our nation’s leading co-creator and distributor of resources to transform underserved communities through community college engagement. NACCE represents 360 community and technical colleges and more than 3,000 faculty, staff, administrators and presidents who serve over four million students. Learn more:

NC Education Lottery Logo

About NC Education Lottery: The NC Lottery was created to provide value to North Carolinians. We promised to provide fun and fair games to players and raise money for a good cause: education. Since 2006, we have kept our promise, delivering joy and thrill across the entire state of North Carolina. We have created and continue to nurture an environment and culture committed to social responsibility. Learn more:

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About SteelFab:
The work we do at SteelFab is cutting edge, but every project comes down to how our team handles your needs. That’s why your dedicated project team is with you every step of the way, focusing on your unique design ideas, budget, and schedule. Our turnkey steel fabrication services range from the design phase through to the very end of your project. Learn more:

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About Superior Mechanical: Superior Mechanical Systems, Inc. was established on February 11, 1992 and is lead commercial HVAC firm located in the heart of Charlotte, NC. Superior Mechanical Systems, Inc., prides itself on its diversity and providing opportunities for growth for its employees. Commercial, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning service you can count on while providing SUPERIOR work!! Learn more:

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