Cape Fear Region SCORE - Celebrating over 40 years in South Eastern North Carolina

The Wilmington, North Carolina Chapter of the SCORE Association is a resource partner of the Small Business Administration and part of the nationwide nonprofit organization founded in 1964. It is dedicated to the formation, growth and success of the nation’s small business, one business at a time.

We have over 30 mentors with real world experience who volunteer to share their knowledge at no cost to you.

Counseling is also available in Spanish by appointment.  Asesoramiento .es disponible en el idioma español por cita solamente.



SCORE's mentors, comprised of active and retired business men and women, provide clients with free and confidential business counseling. Counseling can be conducted at the client's place of business, at our chapter headquarters, by telephone or via email. Counseling is also available in Spanish by appointment.  Asesoramiento .es disponible en el idioma español por cita solamente.




SCORE mentors and representatives from the local business community conduct a variety of regularly scheduled, low-cost educational workshops that provide valuable information and techniques necessary for establishing and managing a successful business.




With access to a wide variety of documents, templates and tools to assist you in starting or growing your business, the information provided here covers a wide range of subjects including initial business planning, capital sources, government agencies, and much more.



Wilmington SCORE Clients News, Upcoming Events, & Workshops

 Wilmington SCORE Upcoming Name Change:

July 1, 2015

Wilmington, NC 

Dear clients, small business partners and friends,

Wilmington SCORE is taking an important step to best define our chapter in the small business communities that we serve in southeastern North Carolina. 

On October 1, 2015, we will change our name to SCORE Cape Fear Region.  Extensive research and feedback from both current and perspective small business clients and community partners led us to this decision.  It more clearly defines the longer reach and accelerated growth of our local chapter in the seven counties we serve; including New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Bladen, Columbus, Duplin and Sampson counties.  Through the name change to SCORE Cape Fear Region we will continue to build on the strong foundation that we have established over the last 42 years.  We will continue to offer FREE and confidential small business mentoring, advice, workshops and seminars with the same people you know and trust, while adding more small business experts to our volunteer roles.

Watch for more details about the name change as we get closer to the October 1, 2015, launch date.  In the meantime we continue to operate as Wilmington SCORE.

Please contact your personal SCORE mentor or call us at 910-452-5395 with any questions or concerns about the name change.


John McCloskey

President, Wilmington SCORE


 Wilmington SCORE Client's News:



Opens in Wilmington, NC


Wilmington, NC  - July 14, 2015- The DeVault Group, a full service background-screening provider with current clients from many industries, is now open for business in Wilmington, NC. 


The DeVault Group was founded by two friends who served together in the military for over six years.  President, Mike DeVault and vice president Chris Bailey knew that their ability to work together as an effective team at the highest level of performance would serve them well in the private sector.    


Growing up in the military and having spent more than half of his life at Fort Bragg, DeVault Group, vice president Chris Bailey came to think of Wilmington as home. After retiring from the United States Army, and taking the necessary courses and training to be licensed and certified in all fifty states, both he and his friend Mike chose Wilmington as the place they wanted to live and as the ideal location for their new business.    


Compliance is a critical factor in the background screening industry.  The DeVault Group took all the steps needed to build a powerful team with a deep knowledge of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), as well as all levels of state and federal regulations. They efficiently and effectively meet their client's need for a safer operating environment and understand how important background screening can be in making critical hiring decisions for company staff and non-profit volunteers.  


They arm their clients with the knowledge and understanding that they need to make more informed hiring decisions.  A highly qualified compliance officer reviews every report before it is released to their clients.  This provides a company with the knowledge that they are on legal grounds in making hiring decisions based on information that comes from a FCRA compliant background-screening firm.  When working with DeVault Group you will have access to complete comprehensive screenings showing felonies, misdemeanors, sex offenses and more at the national, state and county levels to help you in the hiring process or when vetting potential tenants.


What separates the DeVault Group from all other background screening companies is their 24-hour turnaround time on an individual report.  They also have no contractual requirement for using their services.   "We rely on our excellent customer service, our exceptional attention to detail, and the quality of our product, to earn and keep your business", says Bailey.


DeVault Group is open from 8:00 am-5:00 pm EST for client services and new account set-up information.  Existing clients have access to their account through a custom personal portal on the DeVault Group website, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



For more information or to contact DeVault Group, LLC:                                                      

Office: 877-243-8730                                                                                                                                                                                


Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts

Receives National Recognition as American Small Business Champion 

from SCORE and Sam's Club

Wilmington, NC -March 4, 2015 -- Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts has been chosen as a winner of The American Small Business Championship hosted by SCORE, Mentors to America's Small Business.  It was made possible by the generous support of Sam's Club, a leading U.S. membership club serving small businesses since 1983. The Championship awarded the title to 102 small businesses from 48 states for their sacrifices and dedication to the success of their business.  The American Small Business Champions each receive a $1,000 Sam's Club gift card, an all-expense-paid trip to a training event, SCORE mentoring for one year, and promotion throughout the year to showcase each Champion's story.

Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts earned the title of American Small Business Champion by submitting an online application answering the question "What sacrifice have you made to help your business succeed?"  Nominations, which garnered a minimum of 100 votes, were then presented to a judging panel of small business experts.  The 102 winning businesses were selected by this panel and included Wilmington's own Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts, who received over 11,000 votes!

Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts is the first art gallery in Wilmington dedicated exclusively to hand-made, one-of-a-kind, three-dimensional art. It was created as a cooperative eight years ago. There are now 22 artists, each of whom work at the gallery, allowing them to keep a larger percentage of sales earnings in contrast to conventional galleries. Artwork is also donated on a regular basis to many local charitable organizations.  The owners, local artists Pat Holleman, Sybil West, Mary Holden-Hall and Patricia Hart, are committed to the business, and continue to invest their time and efforts, allowing the gallery to continue to prosper.

"We are so proud of the accomplishments of the small businesses chosen as our American Small Business Champions", said SCORE CEO Ken Yancey.

To learn more about The American Small Business Championship and to view the complete list of Champions, visit


Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs. SCORE provides small business mentoring, workshops and education to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses each year.  More than 11,000 business experts volunteer as mentors in over 320 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education.

To learn more about Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts visit them in person or visit



Treasured Relationships Launches New Business

February 10, 2015-- Wilmington, NC-Rev. David (Dave) S. Wilder, M. DIV. recently opened Treasured Relationships, a faith-based and Bible-congruent ministry that focuses on teaching people how to have great relationships.

Dave's unique ministry and business model supports the ministries of local Christian churches by offering several Biblically-based relationship training programs.  He also offers an online relationship skills training course, an in-person group coaching program, and the opportunity for individuals and couples to work with him privately.  By using secure, readily available video teleconferencing technology, Treasured Relationships private coaching services are convenient and economical.

Dave has specialized in marriage enrichment for over 38 years as a Pastoral 

Counselor, Clinical Chaplain, Military Chaplain, and Marriage and Family Education Specialist for the U.S. Marine Corps.  He is a pioneer in developing and implementing a new relationship education model for the military and has coached thousands of couples as they built better marriages.

Treasured Relationships combines marriage enrichment training and relationship coaching to facilitate a life-changing process.  

Detailed information about Dave's coaching services and his exciting programs are available on his website at  You can also contact Dave directly by emailing him at  Dave can also be found on LinkedIn and Facebook.



 Edge of Urge Opening Second Location in Raleigh, NC

Wilmington's Success Story Begins New Chapter

November 5, 2014 -- Edge of Urge, the Wilmington-based retail company known nationally for its creative clothing and accessories, will open a new store in Raleigh, NC, on November 15, 2014. "We chose the new location at 215 East Franklin Street for its proximity to the creative class in Raleigh", said Jessie Williams, founder and owner of both locations. 

"We aren't just expanding, we're making space," said Williams, "This new Edge of Urge location is a dynamic, supportive, retail space that builds on our strong ties, in NC and beyond, stocked with the most beloved labels, missing pieces, emerging made-in-the-USA designers, and a network of creative professionals, for your personal brand."

 Since its small beginnings in 2002, Edge of Urge has grown not just as a brand, or a retail store, it has evolved into a launching pad for countless designers, an incubator for ideas and a space to cultivate and encourage emerging brands with already in-motion, completely vetted and dedicated creative people.

 A grand opening party is scheduled for Saturday, November 15, with Edge of Urge and Lumina Clothing (also a Wilmington based company) teaming up to throw a block party that incorporates friends and offerings from Yellow Dog Bread, The Wine Authorities, Person St. Bar, Oak City Cycles, Raleigh City Farm, and Standard Foods. As Williams said, "Edge of Urge has always believed in the power of numbers!" Freaker USA, also founded in Wilmington, will be there with their distinctive yellow box truck, providing the stage for North Carolina bands Daddy Issues, The See Gulls, and Zack Mexico. The block party begins at 2 pm, and goes until..........., and then Person St. Bar will host an after party. 

Edge of Urge Raleigh will be open Monday-Friday 11 am - 7 pm, Saturday 11 am -     8 pm, and Sunday 11 am - 6 pm.  Every day of the week, you will find clothing, jewelry, and art, and both sought after national brands, as well as goods from emerging designers with handmade and local labels.

About Edge of Urge:

Founded in Wilmington, NC in 2002, the goal for Edge of Urge is to build upon our core beliefs in community, learning, self-expression, and taking care of business

To learn more about how Edge of Urge is committed to reinventing the way people invest in art and design, putting money back into the community, and moving a generation forward, please visit:



JT Fashion

Bags, Jewelry, & More

 Wilmington, NC--Aug 11, 2014 - JT Fashion, a new and unique women's fashion accessory boutique is now open in Landfall Center, with Grand Opening festivities planned for Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm.

JT Fashion offers women's handbags, jewelry, scarves, and other accessory items, as well as a large assortment of little girl's accessories, for the customer seeking a variety of new and different items at very affordable prices.

Owner Sa Jithan-Todt is originally from Thailand, where she managed a retail business in the heart of downtown Bangkok. After marrying her husband Mike in 2004, she moved to the US to make Wilmington her new home and to raise her three children. She feels the timing is right for her to share her passion for fashion by opening JT Fashion.

Sa's connections in Thailand allow her to access new and unique European and Asian fashions that rapidly reach Bangkok, and bring them directly to her customers in Wilmington. Sa also designs, makes and sells her owns jewelry designs.                          

Join Sa for the JT Fashion Grand Opening festivities that will include music, traditional Thai beverages and treats, and several fashion item giveaways.

Their beautiful new shop offers a warm and inviting atmosphere for an enjoyable shopping experience.

For more information about JT Fashion contact:

Sa Jithan-Todt, Owner

Landfall Center, Unit K

1319 Military Cutoff Road

Wilmington, NC 28405


Store Hours

Mon. - Sat.:  10 to 8 pm

Sun.:  12 to 6pm  


Eco Chic Blossoms Floral Design Studio

Wilmington, NC-July 15, 2014 - Kristy Holt, floral designer and former event planner, has opened Eco Chic Blossoms, her new business in downtown Wilmington, NC.  Eco Chic Blossoms is a floral design company specializing in high quality, unique fresh flower arrangements for events throughout the Cape Fear Region.

Located in the heart of the Brooklyn Arts District, Eco Chic Blossoms offers a serene environment in which clients can consult with Kristy and develop a relationship of trust and understanding.  Whether it is a wedding, a rehearsal dinner, a bridal or baby shower, an anniversary, or other celebration, Holt is available to listen, understand, interpret and bring your floral vision to life with her exclusive design concepts.  She and her team of experienced floral professionals guarantee that they will meet and exceed your highest expectations in creativity as well as reliability in the fine art of floristry.   

Over ten years time she oversaw over 1,000 events and 150 weddings as the event planner for Bluewater and Oceanic restaurants and developed her passion for floral design. 

After receiving her degree in floral design, Holt worked full time as the bridal consultant for a local florist in Wilmington.  With her many years of experience meeting with brides, it was the perfect fit.  She learned the business end of the floral industry and began successfully designing weddings.

In late 2013 she decided that the timing was right to open her own floral design business. "The Brooklyn Arts District is on the upswing, and I see positive changes every day. With the Brooklyn Arts Center and Eventful Furniture within a block of my design studio, I see an event and wedding community evolving", said Holt.

For more information about Eco Chic Blossoms contact:

Kristy Holt, Owner and Floral Designer

713 North 4th Street, Unit 100

Wilmington, NC 28401


Wilmington Charity Events

None at this time

Wilmington SCORE Sponsored Workshop Information:



 September 10, 2015

Register now for the SCORE Cape Fear Region's 

Basic Introduction to QuickBooks Workshop

This workshop will improve your understanding of this remarkable accounting tool, while reducing your reliance on your CPA.  

This is the first in a series of planned QuickBooks workshops, all taught by experienced Certified Public Accountant and SCORE Mentor, Gary Swanson and Accountant, QuickBooks expert, and SCORE Mentor, Sharon Kerkstra.

In this highly interactive class, you will learn about:

  • Creating a company, set-up chart of accounts, entering transactions, and more
  • Custom set-up for navigating and displaying QuickBooks
  • Introduction to accounts receivable
  • Introduction to accounts payable
  • Bank reconciliations

Register now for one of only 10 seats via email at; please leave your name and phone number. 

You must be registered to attend.

Where:         Cape Fear Region SCORE Office (Behind Batteries & Bulbs), 

 4010 Oleander Drive, Suite #6, Wilmington, NC 28403, 910-452-5395

When:          Thursday, September 10, 2015, 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm

Handouts and water provided