Wilmington SCORE - Celebrating 40 years in Southeastern 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.

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.

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 Now Open for Business



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 wedding 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 Event                                                   


Wilmington, N.C., July 22, 2014 – The Southeastern Division of March of Dimes will celebrate the 100th birthday of movie icon Tyrone Power at a Gala Luncheon at the Landfall Country Club, September 18, 2014.  The first in a series commemorating screen legends, the fundraiser will welcome Tyrone Power’s children as special guests. 

Tyrone Power was one of the top leading men of Hollywood's golden era, from 1936 until his sudden death in 1958. He made 50 films in a career cut short by a heart attack at the age of forty-four. For three consecutive years, 1939 through 1941, Tyrone was named "King of the Movies" by fans.

“Tyrone Power was a natural choice to launch the March of Dimes annual Screen Legends Fundraiser in Wilmington,” said SCORE client and event organizer Dr. Carine M. McConekey.  “Not only is this his centennial birthday year, but he was a longtime supporter of the March of Dimes and has several connections to North Carolina.”

Tyrone was the third of four actors in the Tyrone Power line.  His father (who would come to be known as Tyrone Power Sr. when his own stellar career was eclipsed by his son’s) performed at Wilmington’s Thalian Hall.  In 1945, U.S. Marine Corps Aviator Tyrone Power trained as an R5C copilot with the VMR-352 at Cherry Point before serving in the South Pacific.  In 1958, Tyrone performed in George Bernard Shaw’s Back to Methuselah at Brogden Hall, before the play opened on Broadway.  During that visit to Wilmington, Tyrone entered discussions to help fund the renovation of historic Thalian Hall where his father had performed.

This fundraising luncheon features a video tribute to Tyrone Power, a meet-&-greet with his three children, Romina, Taryn and Tyrone Jr. – all successful entertainers – and the opportunity to purchase a collector’s quality first edition English language version of Romina’s bestselling Italian book, Searching for My Father, Tyrone Power.  The updated and expanded limited edition is available only at Centennial events.

The March of Dimes is a national volunteer health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing premature births, birth defects and infant mortality.  Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds research programs, community services, education and advocacy to improve the health of newborns and infants.

For details about the March of Dimes/Tyrone Power Centennial luncheon, please visit:  www.marchofdimes/northcarolina/events.com

 Or call either Gretchen Pixley-Jones at (910) 452-1515 or (910) 338-3007 or Jamie Crist at (910) 338-3008                                          

For further information about the March of Dimes, please visit www.marchofdimes.com