About

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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.

What is the CEI?

CEI Board of Advisors

 

Wendy

Banks

CEI Board of Managers

Carolina Management Team

AJ

Grube

Dean, College of Business

Western Carolina University

Michael

McLamb

Financial Advisor and Manager

Pinnacle Fund

Teresa

Starrs

COB Business Officer

Western Carolina University

Sandra

Dennison

Director

SBTDC

Tiffany

Henry

Director, Economic Development

Jackson County Economic Development

Hollye

Moss

Associate Dean, College of Business

Western Carolina University

Ed

Wright

CEI Board of Managers - Director

Western Carolina University

Kenneth

Flynt

Director

Carolina State Bank

Nancy

Liddle

COB Executive Assistant

Western Carolina University

Rich

Price

Exec. Director of Economic Development

Western Carolina University