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