UNCW Entrepreneurship Center Newsletter April 2010
Like many of the startup organizations we support, the EC continues to balance progress with chaos as it continues to build it's programs, grow its membership, deliver measurable results, and provide value to the entrepreneurship community in Southeast North Carolina. This is exemplified in the April newsletter as well as in the upcoming Rocket Pitch. A popular event which highlights some of the top hi-growth businesses in the region. Enjoy.

Sincerely, Jonathan Rowe
In This Newsletter
The Rocket Pitch is Coming
Documentary Project on Region's Entrepreneurs
Earl Galleher Lights Up the Speaker Series
The Rocket Pitch Returns April 28th
Rocket Pitch
The Rocket Pitch Series returns on April 28th @5:30pm. This popular event features five hi-growth companies and entrepreneurs who deliver 5-min presentations ('pitches') on their business and growth strategy. The purpose of the series is to highlight hi-growth startups in the Cape Fear Region. The series has indirectly contributed to job creation, sales, investment, and state-wide publicity to date. Register here for the Event (Members are guaranteed seats while limited space is available to non-members)
Documentary Project on Entrepreneurship
Recording Tayloe Gray
In January 2010 the EC, in partnership with the UNCW Film Studies Department, began filming a series of profiles on local startup companies. The goal is to create a video library of the region's entrepreneurial success stories to use in helping to recruit entrepreneurs and startups as well as for classroom learning. The profiles will eventually be weaved into a 1-hour documentary on our region's strong and diverse entrepreneurial environment. The project was launched with a budget of $150 and a special 3-min preview will be shown at the Rocket Pitch event. We are currently looking for sponsors to support and be associated with this exciting project. Contact Jonathan Rowe for more information if interested.
Earl Galleher Lights Up the Speaker Series
Earl Galleher
The Wachovia Entrepreneurship Speaker Series continued on March 24th when Earl Galleher shared the incredible story behind building a multi-million dollar business followed by a multi-billion dollar one and why he is at it again. The sixty-plus members and students in attendance were blown away by Earl's candor, experiences, and stories. Video of his interview will be available at the end of the month on the video library section of the EC website.
Entrepreneurial Statistic: According to the Small Business Administration 627,200 new businesses were registered in 2009 while 595,600 businesses closed and 43,546 businesses filed for bankruptcy.
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Dallas Romanowski
Cornerstone Advisory Partners, Inc
Dallas Romanowski
As Co-Founder and President of Cornerstone Advisory Partners and a UNCW alumni, Dallas provides important support and leadership in the entrepreneurial community as well as with the EC and through mentoring UNCW students.
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