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Gig East Article Samora

Graduating out of the Exchange: Samora Naturals

The United States is home to the largest cosmetics market in the world, with Americans spending hundreds each month on makeup, hair care products and skincare products. While the industry is…

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Gig East Article North State Consulting

Graduating out of the Exchange: North State Consulting

In the business world, it’s all about who you know. For companies who are small but still carry name recognition, they’re able to get on the radar of big names like IBM or Red Hat. In doing so, they can…

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Gig East Email August 2021

Gig East August 2021 Newsletter

In an effort to better suit the needs of local entrepreneurs, Gig East has reduced prices for all Exchange Membership levels. Additionally, visitors to Wilson can utilize the Exchange with a Day Pass…

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Gig East Email July 2021

Gig East July 2021 Newsletter

Following the success of RiOT LVIII in June, the Gig East Exchange has announced new programming and events to engage Gig East members and the broader Wilson community. The lineup will feature…

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Gig East Article Shyft

Graduating out of the Exchange: Shyft Auto

From food delivery to transportation, quick, convenient, Amazon-style service is becoming the norm. The next industry to make the pivot? Automotive repair. Marcus Aman spent years working…

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Gig East Article Design

Local artists find a canvas at Gig East Exchange

At the center of Historic Downtown Wilson is the one-of-a-kind Whirligig Park, an art park filled with massive kinetic whirligig sculptures created by the late Vollis Simpson. The two-acre park…

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Gig East Article Larema

Larema Coffee House serves as ‘third space’ for Wilson residents

Larema Coffee House opened in Rocky Mount in September of 2019. Drawn to the community of Wilson and its similarities to Rocky Mount, owner Kevin McLaughlin decided to expand, opening a location…

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Gig East Article Cisco

Cisco partnership brings new technology to Wilson’s Exchange

Wilson is no stranger to innovation. From city-wide gigabit internet to co-working space at the Gig East Exchange to resources offered by the Wilson Chamber of Commerce and Wilson Economic…

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Gig East Email June 2021

Gig East June 2021 Newsletter

The Gig East Exchange hosted its first event, “RIoT LVIII: Connecting Rural Communities to the Global Economy”, on Tuesday, June 15th. This event was led and organized by Gig East’s partner, RIoT…

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Gig East May 2021 Newsletter

After a long standoff with COVID-19, the Gig East Exchange has officially opened its coworking membership. There are two coworking memberships available, Workweek Warrior and All Access…

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Gig East April 2021 Newsletter

CORI Innovation Fund is leading the investment round in ShyftAuto, a company currently housed at the Gig East Exchange. CORI Innovation Fund is a Qualified Opportunity Fund that invests in high-growth…

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Gig East March 2021 Newsletter

Have you been enjoying coffee at Larema Coffee House and dreaming of the possibilities of working out of the Exchange? Not sure what membership would fit you best? We are happy to say that we are…

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Gig East February 2021 Newsletter

RIoT’s seventh RAP (RIoT Accelerator Program) cohort – Wilson’s second – officially started Wednesday, February 17. This spring cohort is serving seven impressive startup teams from a variety of background…

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Gig East NCRiOT

Meet RIoT’s RAP VII Cohort!

RIoT officially launches its seventh cohort of the RIoT Accelerator Program on Wednesday, February 17th! This Spring cohort based in Wilson, NC is serving SEVEN impressive startup teams from a variety…

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RIoT picks 7 startups for accelerator program in Wilson – here’s a look at each

RIoT officially launches its seventh cohort of the RIoT Accelerator Program on Feb. 17. This Spring cohort, based in Wilson, is serving seven impressive startup teams from a variety of backgrounds…

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Gig East January 2021 Newsletter

Gig East January 2021 Newsletter

At the beginning of 2020, the Gig East Exchange renovation was underway and set to open its doors to the first cohort of the Wilson RIoT Accelerator Program (RAP) by spring. Like most things in 2020, this…

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Wilson, What’s Next? Preparing for New Business Gains in 2023
Monday, December 12 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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Join RIoT and Gig East for an evening celebrating the progress of 2022 and looking forward to 2023 goals!

Come support and be supported at this special event, featuring a panel discussion from business support resources who can help your business reach new heights in 2023 and a mini holiday market of local vendors to help with your holiday season gift shopping.

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