Visit to Castle Branch Headquarters

March 17, 2015

A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT  –  I recently visited the offices of Coalition program partner Certifiedbackground.com.  They are located in Wilmington, NC, adjacent to NCICU member University of Mount Olive at Wilmington.  A division of Castle Branch, they have developed a higher education-centric business model.  Many of our HEMOs’ schools use Certifiedbackground.com for background checks and employment screening.  Castle Branch has launched a high tech incubator called tekMountain (www.tekmountain.com) to develop other education-centric businesses that will ultimately tap into the Castle Branch sales channel.  You enter a generic office building, but once inside, surfboards, yoga mats and bike racks co-exist with incredible work space. There’s a sustainable garden, an employee cafeteria with a daily food truck, fitness center, and even their own brewery!  As these incubator companies develop, the Coalition will follow along to see if they present new program opportunities.

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Castle Branch founder and CEO Brett Martin unveils the company’s AstroTurf room in its new corporate headquarters in Wilmington. Photo by Ben Brown.