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UNC Kenan-Flagler assists 15 early-stage sustainable businesses

Posted Wednesday, January 13, 2010

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Chapel Hill, NC - The Business Accelerator for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (BASE) at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School begins its second year assisting early-stage sustainable businesses.

BASE will connect the entrepreneurs in 15 organizations to a range of sustainability resources—from expertise to capital—to accelerate their growth and impact.

BASE is one of the first business incubators designed specifically to support businesses that address the triple-bottom-line of financial profitability, social equity and environmental sustainability. The Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) at UNC Kenan-Flagler created the interdisciplinary UNC program in 2008.

Its goal is to develop businesses that provide environmental and social solutions that model green business practices. It aims to strengthen communities across the state by growing innovative, scalable green ventures and building the knowledge, talent and skill of North Carolinians.

BASE works to ensure the firms’ long-term success by providing expertise and resources during the crucial start-up phase. It assists a wide network of entrepreneurs by providing access to business coaching, workshops and training, and a network of entrepreneurs, investors and small-business experts.

The early-stage sustainable businesses that BASE will assist this year are:

  • Alganomics, LLC, a producer of reliable, environmentally responsible, natural and renewable bio-products from algal sources
  • Be Green, Be The Change, a manufacturer of 100 percent organic cotton t-shirts and baby clothing designed by consumers
  • Builders of Hope, a non-profit organization that recycles homes slated for demolition using green building standards and sells them at cost to workforce households
  • Carolina Wind Power, a developer of vertical-axis wind turbines designed to capture lower wind speed markets in rural areas and atop commercial facilities
  • Common Ground Green Building Center, a provider of retail showrooms specializing in eco-friendly products for building and home improvement and sustainable kitchen design
  • Dulces Bakery, a social enterprise bakery of Latino inspired goods, including cookies, cakes, and other pastries
  • EcoMaintenance, a distributer of green cleaning supplies and provider of a green maintenance service that replaces harsh chemicals, caustic products and dangerous solvents
  • Fullsteam Brewery, a brewery that uses seasonal farmed products, heirloom grains and Southern botanicals
  • Green Energy Lawn Care, a lawn-care company using emission-free mowers recharged by solar panels mounted on small fuel efficient trucks
  • Into Green Fashions, a retailer, wholesaler and manufacturer of bridal and special occasion dresses that seeks to make green apparel alternatives accessible and affordable
  • Liberación Juice Station, an environmentally sustainable, green mobile juice bar in Chatham County, N.C., which serves organic smoothies, fresh-pressed juices, and teas using local ingredients
  • Machen Advisory Group, offering property and facility management, brokerage, LEED and construction services, sustainable redevelopment, new development team assemblage, direction and project marketing.
  • Oxide Architecture and Oxide Structure, a provider of architectural solutions and structural methods that are sensitive to societal and environmental well-being while attending to the needs of individual clients
  • Solar Art, a designer and manufacturer of aesthetically appealing solar structures which differentiate customers' property
  • Tec-Cel, a manufacturer of building block Li-ion cells that are incorporated into electric/hybrid vehicles and laptop computers
These entrepreneurs will receive counsel by BASE mentors, MBA student, and advisory board members; participate in networking events, training and workshops; have access to funding opportunities, service providers and the BASE resource network; and join a network of innovative sustainable entrepreneurs.

To find out more about BASE, contact Anna Koltchagova at 919-962-4259, or visit

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UNC Kenan-Flagler assists 15 early-stage sustainable businesses
Chatham resident heads up the Fullsteam Brewery operation.