Carmin Black-HALF UNITED
Carmin Black is one of the founders of HALF UNITED. Carmin and her brother Christian started HALF UNITED, a socially conscious business based here in Wilmington that sells accessories for men and women and then gives HALF of all of their net profits to feed children in need. These two started their business with $200 and the dream of fighting and ending hunger. As a former journalist herself, Carmin loves that she gets to not only feed children in need, but share their stories of triumph with HALF UNITED supporters and customers world wide. To date, HALF UNITED has given away over 100,000 meals to children in Wilmington, Fiji, Cambodia, Haiti and Liberia. They are sold in shops all over town as well as nation wide in Nordstrom and in North East Barnes and Noble campus stores.
Douglas Tarble- The Small Business Center at Cape Fear Community College
Douglas Tarble is a native New Englander, born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island in 1950. He received his BS in Management Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, in 1973 and his MBA from Iona College in 1976. He has 20 years of manufacturing management experience with large and small companies including the Clairol Division of Bristol Myers and a division of RJR Nabisco. In 1991 he became the General Manager of a US division of a Canadian packaging company in Rochester, NY. He also owned and operated his own small business, a general contracting company specializing in insurance restoration repairs, from 1994-2007 before relocating to southeastern NC and joining Cape Fear Community College.
He has been married to his wife Lynn for 40 years and resides in Bolivia, NC. They have one son, Michael who is married and lives in Wilmington, NC with his wife and their 5 year old son, Aiden.