Meet the Team
Director, Small Business Center
Jerry Coleman, director of CFCC’s Small Business Center, has decades of experience in business and consulting, having owned his own consumer products manufacturing company in Wilmington NC. Jerry is committed to helping other small business owners succeed. “Starting, managing and growing a small business can be daunting. At CFCC’s Small Business Center, we help entrepreneurs plan and navigate the startup process; getting off to a good, solid start is essential. We really do become a partner and are always available to act as a coach and cheerleaders for our clients. We will work with them as long as necessary to keep them going and help them achieve their goals and be successful in the long run.”
Jerry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University and Master of Business Administration at UNCW. He earned his certificate in Project Management from UNCW and has secured multiple patents. In 2016, Jerry was awarded the US Small Business Administration’s Collaboration and Partnership Award for his efforts to support the SBA and its resource partners in developing opportunities for small businesses in the State of North Carolina. In 2022, Jerry was recognized by the Carolina Small business Development Fund as its Partner of the year. In addition, Jerry was awarded State Director of the Year by the NC Community College System’s Small Business Center Network and received an Award of Excellence for counseling support that resulted in the most client impact (sale growth, job creation).
Administrative Assistant, Small Business Center
Ginny Hayes is an entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience as a Gymboree Play and Music franchise. Ginny owned and operated 11 stores in the Mid-Atlantic region. After selling those units, she continued her professional career as a District Manager for the Gymboree Corporation supervising 15 retail stores also in the Mid-Atlantic region. She earned her Masters of Education from East Stroudsburg University. Ginny has two children and three grandchildren and enjoys boating, sewing, and painting.