This Year’s CEA Winners

CEA's include companies with women at the helm
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The 2021 Coastal Entrepreneur Awards winners include several companies with women at the helm.

There are eleven category winners in the awards, a joint program with WILMA’s sister publication the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

A panel of judges picked SeaTox Research Inc., founded by JENNIFER and SAM MCALL, for the Biotechnology category. PAMELA HEYWARD’s SOS Life Sciences Corporation won the Manufacturing & Distribution category. Burgaw restaurant MeMa’s Chick’n & Ribs, owned by MYRA AND JAMES MCDUFFIE, earned the inaugural Minority-Owned Business category.

Pender County Christian Services, with SANDY HARRIS as executive director, received the Nonprofit award. Topsail Steamer founder and CEO DANIELLE MAHON (shown above) took the Retail & Hospitality award. And Genesis Block, started by TRACEY and GIRARD NEWKIRK, was the winner in the Professional Services category.

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