About

Approved by the UNC Board of Governors, incorporated in the state of NC, and organized on August 28, 2015, the WCU Corporation of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) is a for profit, C-Corporation dedicated to furthering the mission of the university and facilitating regional economic development. Dr. Darrell Parker provided the creative initiative for the CEI. Chancellor David Belcher facilitated its approval by the Board.WCU General Counsel Mary Ann Lochner produced its legal structure and infrastructure.

CEI Board of Advisors members Ken Flynt, Dr. Ed Wright, David Lilly, and Wendy Banks assisted with executing many of the details of the plan. We have comprehensive capabilities and the deep industry knowledge necessary to help you solve the most complex issues of your organization. Since opening our doors in 2000, we’re proud to say that each year we have a bigger list of returning and new clients.

Mission

The Corporation for Entrepreneurship & Innovation exists to solve the critical issues facing our clients, both large and small. Our unique approach is not only what differentiates us, but also what makes us successful. We are in the unique position to provide a broad range of services and solutions to help organizations facilitate change, achieve their vision and optimize performance and productivity.

CEI Board of Advisors

 

Banks

Wendy

Vice Chair, CEI Board/Co-owner

Carolina Management Team

Crandall

Rebecca

Attorney

McGuire Wood & Bissett

Thompson

Sarah

Regon A

Wright

Ed

Associate Professor

Western Carolina University

Keskula

Doug

Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences

Western Carolina University

Barrett

Tim

President/Principal Consultant

Blueprints for Business Inc.

Dennison

Sandra

Director

SBTDC

Goldman

Murray

Consultant / investor

Henry

Tiffany

Director, Small Business Center

Southwestern Community College

Salido

Arthur

Dir. Community & Economic Engagement & Innovation, WCU

Bradshaw

Michael

Retired

Banking & Business consultant

Flynt

Kenneth

CEI Board

Associate Dean, College of Business

Reeves

David

President of the Alternative Board (TAB)

McLamb

Michael

Co Manager, Pinnacle Fund

Western Carolina University

Starrs

Teresa

CoB Business Officer

Contact

7 Killian Building Lane
315C Forsyth Building
Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723


Dr. Ed Wright
cei@wcu.edu
828-278-8234

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