2019 WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo


Mark your calendar for the largest annual business gathering of the year. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | Wilmington Convention Center

The WilmingtonBiz Expo is your opportunity to personally connect with more than 2,500 potential clients – all in one day. To attend this year's event, click on the Buy Tickets tab above.

The 2019 event will include a Keynote Lunch, Expo Hall with more than 100 exhibitors, Strategy Seminars and an After Hours party for more casual networking.


11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Keynote Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. EXPO Hall 

1:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Business Seminars

1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
 Meet the winners of the MADE competition, featuring local makers, artisans & manufacturers.

4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. WilmingtonBiz After Hours

Interested in being an exhibitor? Click on the Exhibitors tab above or contact Melissa Pressley at [email protected] For event questions, contact Maggi Apel, [email protected]

Click here to see photos from the 2018 WilmingtonBiz Conference and Expo. Click below to watch the 2018 Keynote lunch video with Eric Dinenberg, Executive Vice President of Development, Construction and Operations for Rouse Properties, owners of the Independence Mall.


Booths 100-222 Booths 300-419 Booths 500 - 622 Booths 700-721
100 - Cape Fear Community College
101 - Mobile Mini
102 - Beach Bagels
103 - Infinity Payment Systems
104 - New Hanover Printing
105 - Badger Box Mobile Storage
106 - Carolina Pure Water Systems 
107 - 
108 - 
109 - 
110 - 
112 - Craftspace Design
113 - 
114 - 
115 - 
116 -  Gateway Mortgage Group
117 - Symposium Restaurant and Bar
118 -
119 - Carolina Pure Water Systems
120-  LeafFilter North of NC
121 - UNCW CIE
200 - UNCW CIE
201 - SBTDC
202 - tekMountain
203 - Brunswick Community College Small Business Center
204 - SCORE Cape Fear Region
205 - Lower Cape Fear Hospice
206 - New Hanover County Arboretum
208 - 
209 - Craftspace Design
210 - Aquesta Bank
211 - 
212 - 
214-  WordsWorking
215 - AARP
216 - Coastal Women's Ventures
217 - NCMBC
218 - SBA
219 - Cape Fear Commnunity College Small Business Center
300 - Greater Wimington Business Journal
301 - Greater Wilmington Business Journal
302 - Momentum Companies
303 - Pender County Tourism
304 - Copier's Plus
305 - Cape Fear Jobs
306 - LeadersCare,LLC
307 - Edward Jones-Anne Parham
308 - 
309 - Dignity Memorial
310 - Rulmeca Corporation
311 - 
312 - 
313 - Highland Construction
314 - Corning Credit Union
315 - Action Coach
316 - West Shore Home
317 - Coldwell Banker Commercial Sun Coast Partners
318 - Delta Dental of NC
319 - Delta Dental of NC
400 - Delta Dental of NC
401 - Delta Dental of NC
402 - UNCW Continuing Education
403 - Mark Steelman Photography 
404 - Action  Coach
405 - WARM
406 - Proforma
407 - Summerfield Custom Wellness
408 - All Star Flags
409 - Select Bank
410 - Spirit Communications
411 - Copycat Print Shop
412 - Element Outdoor Living
413 - Element Outdoor Living
414 - O'Brien Service Company
415 - Piedmont Credit Union
416 - Big Talker 106.7 FM
417 - Big Talker 106.7 FM
418 - Cloudwyze
419 - Cloudwyze
500 - Cloudwyze
501 - Cloudwyze
502 - Airmax Heating & Cooling
503 - Wilmington Wax
504 - Sito Chiropractic
505 - Cavik Insurance
506 - Goodness Gracie Gourmet Foods
507-  Harold K. Jordan & Co.
508 - 
509 - Express Employment Professionals
510 - Studio Three Architects
511 - Sold by the Sea Realty
512 - Shoreline Pure Water Solutions
513 - Sleep Number
514 - Signs by Tomorrow
515 - A & I Fire and Water Restoration
516 - UNCW Cameron School of Business
517 - UNCW Cameron School of Business
518 - Alliance Credit Union
519 - Alliance Credit Union
600 - Alliance Credit Union
601 - Alliance Credit Union
602 - Sloane Commercial Real Estate / Coldwell
Banker Sloane Realty
603 - Stifel Financial-Teh Frey Financial Group
604 - NC Wesleyan College
605 - Port City Elevator
606 -
607 - North Brunswick Magazine/Wilmington
Today (Carolina Marketing Co)
608 - Coeco
609 - Battle House
610 - The Carolina Company
611 - 
612 - 
613 - 
614 -  JHS Documents
615 -  The George
616 - 
617 -
618 - Cricket Wireless
619 - Markraft
700 - Markraft
701 -  
702 - 
703 - 
704 - The George
705 - Matthews Motors
706 - 
707 - 
708 - 
709 - Stricklands Window Coverings
710 - K9000
711 - K9000
712 - 
713 - Johnson Controls
714 - Wilmington Sharks
715 - Leath HR Group
716 - AlphaGraphics
717 - AlphaGraphics
718 - Southern Lighting Services
719 - Keith Beatty Team- Intracoastal Realty
720 - Pavillon
721 - Elderhaus

MADE: Great Goods from Greater Wilmington 

Produced by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, MADE is a nomination-based competition seeking to spotlight makers, manufacturers, artisans, designers and small businesses in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties.

With roots in an economy originally built on tobacco, textiles, and furniture, North Carolina is no stranger to the making of things. While its industries may have broadened over the years, the focus on locally made goods continues to hold strong. MADE was created to spotlight some of the innovations occurring in design and manufacturing originating in the tri-county area. Winners are selected by a judging panel and will be profiled in a special MADE section of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal as well as featured at the annual WilmingtonBiz Expo on March 27, 2019, at the Wilmington Convention Center.

2019 MADE Winners:


Food & Beverage:

  1. Louie's Hot Dogs
  2. Tama Tea
  3. Panacea Brewing Company


  1. Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts
  2. TheatreNOW Productions
  3. Frogs and Friends

Functional Products:

  1. Rulmeca Corporation
  2. Coastal Live Edge
  3. Bluewater Surfaces


  1. Tayloe/Gray, LLC


  1. Tri-Tech Forensics, Inc.
  2. Dmanna


  1. K9000 Dog Wash USA
  2. CandyCo INC., Signa Scents, Candy & Company Boutiques

Wilmington’s Unicorn 
In Silicon Valley and other technology hubs, “unicorns” are the rare species of privately held start-ups valued at more than $1 billion. Now Wilmington has its own unicorn — nCino, which spun out of Live Oak Bank in 2012, raised more than $150 million from investors and grew into a global business with nearly 600 employees. nCino CEO Pierre Naudé will talk during his Keynote Lunch interview at the 2019 WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo about building a fast-growing technology firm in Wilmington, lessons learned along the way and the software company’s plans for the future.

Naudé has 30 years of financial technology experience, he is passionate about transforming the financial services industry through innovation, reputation and speed.  Under his leadership, nCino has become one of the fastest growing fintech companies in the world, and has been featured by top publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur and American Banker. Today, nCino helps over 200 financial institutions of all sizes around the world, including 11 of the top 30 U.S. banks, increase efficiency, grow profitability and improve the customer experience. Prior to nCino, Pierre held leadership positions at S1 Corporation, a software development company. Pierre also served in various global senior management roles at Unisys Corporation. He holds a bachelor's degree in finance and management from Upper Iowa University.
Tickets Price
2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo - Keynote Lunch
Individual seat to the WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch (includes entrance to the Expo Hall, seminars and WilmingtonBiz After Hours)
2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo - Keynote Lunch
Table for 10 to the WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch (includes entrance to the Expo Hall, seminars and WilmingtonBiz After Hours)
2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo - Keynote Sponsor Package
2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo - Table for 10 at Keynote Lunch, Company logo on all promotions, Company table sign at the luncheon, Recognition from the stage, Company listing in the WilmingtonBiz program
2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Attendee
Individual pass to Expo hall, seminars and after hours
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10 x10 Booth Package Greater Wilmington Business Journal's 2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo
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10 x 20 Booth Package Greater Wilmington Business Journal's 2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo
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10 x 10 Booth Greater Wilmington Business Journal's 2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo
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10 x 20 Booth Greater Wilmington Business Journal's 2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo
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Register as Exhibitor
  • 10x10 Booth - Includes 8ft table and tablecloth and 2 chairs
  • Unlimited use of personalized discount code that waives $5 Expo entry fee for employees, customers, and other guests
  • 2 seats at the keynote speaker lunch ($90 value)
  • 2 passes to the WilmingtonBiz After Hours event with drink tickets ($70 value)
Extra Services/Equipment
You need to fill out a form if you would like any of the following:
  •  Electricity/Internet (Do this by March 20th. (If you sign up the DAY OF there will be an additional charge) Electric and Utilities Service Order Form
  •  Free WIFI for everyone with speeds up to 128kbps connection throughout the center.  
  •  Additional furniture (Do this by March 20th. If you sign up the DAY OF there will be an additional charge) 
  • To serve food/beverage samples, form must be submitted to Convention Center by March 13th Food and Beverage Sample Forms

Any sampling of food or beverage of any kind must be approved by the WCC.

Any products being sampled must be manufactured by the vendor. Additionally, no outside Food or Beverage may be sold on property at any time.

Please forward any questions to Scott Frazzetta, Food and Beverage Director at the WCC [email protected]


Electric and Utilities Service Order Form

Food and Beverage Sample Forms

Trade Show Items from Party Suppliers

Official Expo Hall hours are 1:30 - 7:00 PM. You may staff your booth in shifts. The booth area is open to the attendees throughout the entire
conference day.  Booths must remain in place until 7:00 PM on. Assistance with load in and loadout will be provided. 

Move in will be scheduled over two days (March 26 & 27) and a schedule will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the event.


Event Discussion


Presenter Seminar Sponsor
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

Lisa Leath, SHRM-SCP, President of Leath HR Group

Effort is Attractive: Get and Keep Talent

Get a competitive edge for your business!

  • Attract the right people
  • Intentional practices to keep them
  • Brand ambassadorship 

Leath HR Group
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

Ulku Clark (Ph.D. Associate Professor, Cameron School of Business, UNCW) and Geoff Stoker (Ph.D. Lecturer, College of Arts and Sciences, UNCW)

Current Cyber Threats and UNCW Center for Cyber Defense Education

UNCW has recently received NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence designation. Drs. Clark and Stoker will talk about the current cyber threats our nation is dealing with and how UNCW and other CAE institutions are helping the nation by training young minds to be the nation’s cyber warriors. In addition, the new initiatives of UNCW Center for Cyber Defense Education will be announced. 

Cameron School of Business, UNCW
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

Erika Squires, Intake Coordinator at Elderhaus PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly)

Elderhaus is Here to Help

Given the option, majority of seniors would rather age in place, choosing to receive care in their homes over assisted living and nursing facilities.

That is where Elderhaus PACE steps in. PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) services are provided by Elderhaus and covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Our overall goal is to manage all the health and medical needs of our elderly clients. Our work prevents premature hospitalizations and nursing facility placements, enabling our seniors to live in the community for as long as possible.

It is the mission of Elderhaus, Inc. to provide coordinated, community-based healthcare and socialization for adults.

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Grayson Powell (President/Managing Partner Coldwell Banker Commercial, Sun Coast Partners) and Mark Johnson (EVP/Sales Manager of Coldwell Banker Commercial, Sun Coast Partners)

Understanding Commercial Leasing – Pitfalls and Priorities

Overview of commercial leasing with a focus on where things tend to go wrong, and how to avoid the pitfalls. 
If you’re considering a new lease or even renewing an existing one:
we’ll cover common mistakes for first-timers;
explore the infinite possibilities of lease details;
discussion of advantages of leasing vs. buying. 
If you are a business that owns its real estate or a landlord of a multi-unit property:
considerations of a sale/leaseback;
creative lease structures to keep your tenants for the long-haul;
tips to keep your property leased and/or prepare for a sale;
value in being professionally represented in the transaction.

Coldwell Banker
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Elizabeth Baker, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Cameron School of Business, UNCW

Held for Ransom(ware): Your Data...And Your Company. How NOT to Be a Victim.

It can happen at any time...you get that phone call that your corporate servers are locked up. No one can login and all of your data has been hijacked. A mysterious message appears on the server screen stating that for some price, you can regain access to your servers and data. WHAT IS HAPPENING? It’s called ransomware, and it is a growing concern among corporate and personal cybersecurity practitioners. There was a 229% increase in ransomware attacks from 2017 to 2018, causing several million dollars in damages. Learn more about this growing hazard, and how to keep your servers and data safe from these attacks.

Cameron School of Business, UNCW
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Kevin Oberman (Vice President of Sales at Copiers Plus), Glen Kinlaw (Regional Sales Manager at Copiers Plus), Drew Smith (Director of Communications at Copiers Plus)

The World Beyond Scanning to Email and Why You Should Be Embracing It.

In this session you will:

  • Explore why employees and organizations alike gravitate towards scanning to email.
  • Why scanning to email is inadequate
  • The benefits of incorporating scanning strategy alternatives that align with your business objectives.
Through organization levels from basic to enterprise, we will explain how each sized organization utilizes scanning through email and the differences when paired with newer more innovative technology. Regardless of your organization’s size, this seminar will show you why growing companies are ditching scanning to email and why you should too.

Copiers Plus
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM

Jason Clamme, Engagement Manager at Lower Cape Fear Hospice

Advance Care Planning: A Workplace Wellness Program

Employers often implement programs to assist employees with maintaining a healthy balance between work and home life….but rarely do they include end of life support.  An unexpected emergency, advanced illness, accident or injury, or the death of a loved one can result in lost productivity for employees juggling workplace responsibilities with caregiving or household duties.  The process of advance care planning can help prepare and support employees (and their families) before the healthcare crisis occurs. 

This presentation will provide information, resources, and positive encouragement for employers to include advance care planning as part of their employee benefits programs and wellness initiatives.

Lower Cape Fear Hospice
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM

Janie Canty-Mitchell, PHd, RN, Founder and CEO, LeadersCare, LLC

Connecting Principles and Practices for 21st Century Leaders

Business leaders have increasing needs to strengthen interpersonal skills in employees who serve diverse populations. While many leadership programs focus on communication, few focus on how to connect effectively with others. This workshop focuses on the five principals and five practices of connection, as outlined in the book, Everyone Communicates Few Connect, by Dr. John Maxwell. The participants will engage in practical, fun, and interactive exercises and gain skills needed to increase connectivity with others in a diverse 21st Century workforce.  Dr. Canty-Mitchell is a certified coach, trainer, and speaker with the John C. Maxwell team, comprised of 20,000 members globally.

LeadersCare Health and Leadership Consulting

Wednesday Mar 27, 2019

11:30 AM to 7:00 PM


The Wilmington Convention Center

515 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

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