Genesis Block hosts Conversations to Contracts events in partnership with state, local government agencies, anchor institutions and corporate partners. The goal is to connect minority owned businesses with contracting opportunities and to provide them with the resources necessary to strengthen their ventures.

Genesis Block is excited to announce the 2nd annual Genesis Block HerStory Event in partnership with Common Desk and Wilmington Downtown Inc. Last year, the Genesis Block HerStory event drew a large audience of the region’s best female entrepreneurs, women owned businesses and professionals. The 2024 Genesis Block HerStory event will include new features as well as recognizing the accomplishments and achievements of women entrepreneurs and business owners in the Wilmington area.

Chef’s Vision is a monthly meetup event intended to bring the local food entrepreneurship and innovation community together for networking, introduction of new concepts, industry insights, brand development and business expansion. The event is held at Block Eatz in the McKeithan Center on the north campus of Cape Fear Community College.

Block Eatz Catering officially launched in January 2024 and it enables entrepreneurs to experiment with their catering concepts via bookings through Block Eatz.

Food is the foundation of healthy living and the key to building prosperous communities. This begins and ends with entrepreneurs and their commitment to sustaining the food system.

According to research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 60% of food businesses fail within their first year of operation. Even more alarming is that 80% of food businesses fail within 5 years of operation. These numbers relate to national trends but should be evaluated with deeper analysis by new founders, business owners, local economic development policy makers and community stakeholders.

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We’re building up southeastern NC block by block! Read about Genesis Block’s business development programs, projects, and events for 2024.

As part of our commitment to enhancing the local food scene, we’re introducing a zesty new monthly event — Chef’s Vision.

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