Genesis Block
May 19, 2020. 3 min read

Genesis Block is a community collaborative located on the historic riverfront in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina.

Genesis Block is helping build small business to build communities.

Summer 2020 is the scheduled opening of Genesis Block in historic downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. The coronavirus pandemic has altered some of the initial design elements however these shifts blend into the essence of the Genesis Block concept. Here is an update on the Genesis Block project for our current members and future collaborators.

Genesis Block Digital Media

Genesis Block is excited to announce the launch of three media platforms to engage the broader community, provide information and resources for small businesses and to promote our community members.

Ask The Block is a platform designed for Genesis Block Community members to discuss a wide range of issues, pose questions and concerns to the collective community.

Small Biz Studio is a weekly program with strategies, tips and information for small businesses that feature workshops, seminars, interviews and special guests.

Genesis Block Members Only is a weekly program that features our company and collaborative members. Whether it be a product launch or community initiative this program is designed to promote our members and their projects.

Interior Design Update

Genesis Block has the initial architectural design complete and we are moving forward in the next phase of our project development. We look forward to sharing models with our Genesis Block community in the next few weeks and using community input to select the final interior design.

Genesis Block Cofounder Girard Newkirk, has been selected to be a community organizer for 1 Million Cups Wilmington Million Cups was founded based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and engage with their communities over a million cups of coffee. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups in 2012 as a free program designed to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs around the country.

“Our core values at Genesis Block are centered in providing a foundation for entrepreneurs, small businesses and creators to have the skills necessary to build a successful business while helping their communities thrive. Our values are directly aligned with the mission of 1 Million Cups and its over 160 communities globally so this is a great fit for partnering,” says Genesis Block Cofounder Girard Newkirk.

Genesis Block Cofounders Tracey and Girard Newkirk will be featured on the Collective Voice podcast. Cape Fear Collective’s mission is to scale big data, fundraising, social innovation, and large-scale initiative management to a six-county region in Southeastern North Carolina. CFC employs data scientists, strategists, journalists, and process improvement experts who partner with anchor institutions from across the region. Stay tuned for links to the interview coming soon.

List of Current Member Companies and Non Profit Organizations

Our list of collaborators is growing rapidly and we welcome new community members. Here is a list of our current member companies, non profit organizations and partners:

Cape Fear Collective

Carolina Small Business Development Fund




Jayski’s Rub a Dub LLC

On Thyme Catering

Innate Health Family Chiropractic & Wellness

Tracey’s Turmeric Toddy

Come Visit Jamaica

Health Begins From Within

Jones Sunset Sauce LLC


Private Care Solutions






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