The Entrepreneurial Spirit

This year's Coastal Entrepreneur Awards winners

Spot Boombalattis

Several women are part of this year’s group of Coastal Entrepreneur Award winners.

The awards are a joint effort between the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, WILMA’s sister publication.

The annual awards identify and recognize fast-growing organizations and businesses with the potential to make a significant impact on the region.

Judges picked eleven category winners, and the overall Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year will be named this month at an event on May 31 at UNCW’s Burney Center.

Here are women who own or co-own this year’s winning companies and organizations.

PHALLIN SCOTT, who owns On Thyme catering and the Castle Street restaurant of the same name with her husband, COREY. They won in the Minority-Owned Business category.

KRISTEN (above) and WES BECHTEL, owners of the expanding Boombalatti’s ice cream business, won in the Hospitality category.

And DAWN ELLIS is executive director of the Pender County-based Share the Table, winner in the Nonprofit category.


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