2020 WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo

 


WilmingtonBiz Expo postponed to September 30

We will send out more information soon about plans for the Expo.

If you have thoughts and ideas about how we can support your business and teams through this challenging time, please email Publisher Rob Kaiser at [email protected].

Obviously everyone’s health is the most important thing at this time. We will also need to keep attention on our local economy and make sure we all pull through this together. 

Click here for a quick message from our Keynote Speaker, Dave McGillivray

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

1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. EXPO Hall Opens
 
 
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
 
 

Click here to see photos from the 2019 WilmingtonBiz Conference and Expo. Click here to watch the 2019 Keynote Speaker, Pierre Naude`, CEO, nCino. 


 

Booths 100-222 Booths 300-419 Booths 500 - 622 Booths 700-721
100 - American Water & Fire
101 -
102 - 
103 - Sano Steam
104 - Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry
105 - A & I Fire & Water Restoration
106 - Rulmeca
107 - Pinnacle Storage
108 - Cape Fear Community College
109 - StepUp Wilmington
110 -  
111 - 
112 - Aquesta Bank
113 - Hotworx
114 - Hotworx
115 -  Robert Taylor Insurance
116 - Southern Lighting Services
117 -  Matthews Motors
118 -
119 - 9 Round
120-  LeafFilter of NC
121 - 360 Painting of Hampstead
200 - UNCW CIE
201 - SBTDC
202 - Brian Hamilton Foundation
203 - Brunswick Community College Small Business Center
204 - SCORE Cape Fear Region
205 - O'Brien Service Company
206 - TD Bank
207- Highland Construction
208 - Run For a Life/Zero Cancer
209 - UPS Store
210 - 
211 -  
212 -  
213-  
214-  Rens Insurance
215 - AARP
216 - Coastal Women's Ventures
217 - NCMBC
218 - SBA
219 - Cape Fear Community College Small Business Center
300 - Greater Wilmington Business Journal
301 - Greater Wilmington Business Journal
302 - Pender County
303 - Red Earth Marketing
304 - Corning Credit Union
305 - Premier Staffing
306 - Gateway Mortgage
307 - Marcus Anthony Photography
308 - Marcus Anthony Photography
309 - North Brunswick Magazine
310 - Infinity Payment System
311 - CopyCat
312 - Dogwood Patent and Trademark Law
313 - Roof Maxx
314 - AlphaGraphics
315 - ActionCOACH
316 - ATMC
317 - Segra
318 - Innovative Financial Group
319 - Innovative Financial Group
400 - Innovative Financial Group
401 - Innovative Financial Group
402 - Pioneer Strategies/Pioneer Specialties
403 -  Real Property Management Champion
404 - ActionCOACH
405 - AlphaGraphics
406 - Nothing Bundt Cake
407 -  Urban Couture Group
408 - All Star Flags
409 - Express Employment Professionals
410 - Quench 
411 - Lowes Foods
412 - Copier's Plus
413 - Proforma
414 - Cape Fear Solar Systems
415 - Salt Air Heating & Cooling
416 - Coldwell Banker Commercial Sun Coast Partners
417 - SurfSide Franchise
418 - Harris Whitesell Consulting
419 - Harris Whitesell Consulting
500 - Harris Whitesell Consulting
501 - Harris whitesell Consulting
502 - Clean Juice
503 - North Carolina Wesleyan College
504 - Coastal Financial Advisors
505 - Cape Fear Solar
506 - JHS Document Services
507-  Cape Fear Crew
508 - American Leak Detection
509 - Piedmont Advantage Credit Union
510 - The George
511 - T. Shaw Designs
512 - Baker Roofing
513 - McKee Homes
514 - Signs by Tomorrow
515 - NC Coastal Insurance
516 - UNCW Cameron School of Business
517 - UNCW Cameron School of Business
518 - Excite Credit Union
519 - Excite Credit Union
600 - Excite Credit Union
601 - Excite Credit Union
602 - Duke Energy
603 - Wilmington Chamber
604 - Port City Elevators
605 - Ameriprise Financial Services
606 - Honor Fight
607 - 
608 - 
609 - The George
610 - Lower Cape Fear LifeCare
611 - Thrive Family Dental
612 - Freedom Boat Club
613 - Freedom Boat Club
614 - Freedom Boat Club
615 - Cintas
616 -  YWCA
617 - StarNews Media
618 - Without Limits
619 - Without Limits
700 - Chicken Salad Chick
701 -  H&S Management
702 -  Cape Fear Habitat
703 - 
704 - Battle House Tactical Laser Tag
705 - Waccamaw Telecommunications
706 - Kids Making It
707 -
708 - USO NC
709 - Lower Cape Fear LifeCare
710 - Reserved for MADE
711 - Reserved for MADE
712 - 
713 - 
714 - Airmax
715 - Wilmington Sharks
716 - Sito Chiropractic
717 - Black's Tire & Auto Service
718 - The ArtWorks
719 - Dignity Memorial
720 - BathFitter
721 - WARM


The 2020 MADE Award Winners are: 

MANUFACTURING: 
South Atlantic Services
American Hammer
G-Code Holsters

EXPORTERS:
Cygnus Technologies
Flow Sciences

FUNCTIONAL PRODUCTS:
Guitar Cabinets Direct
Grunt Tough
Squeak

ARTS: 
EBBING Branding + Design
GameGearMaster
Swahili Coast

FOOD & BEVERAGE:
Blue Shark Vodka
Lyssa Cakes
Sweets & Spirits Bakery

SUPPORTER:
ArtWorks

The winners will be featured in the March 6 issue of the Business Journal and will showcase their companies inside the Expo Hall. 

Produced by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, MADE is a nomination-based competition seeking to spotlight manufacturers, exporters, makers, 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 18, 2020, at the Wilmington Convention Center.



Defining Moments

An accomplished athlete and businessman, Dave McGillivray has done nearly everything in the racing world — and he has some incredible stories and lessons to share. 

McGillivray has helped lead the Boston Marathon since 1988, building it into a preeminent race and community event. He’s also conquered numerous athletic feats himself, including running across the U.S. in 80 consecutive days, completing the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon nine times and running his age in miles every year since he was 12. (He’s now 65.) 

Through his experiences, McGillivray will talk at the 2020 WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo about how people in our region can boost health and community. 

Here’s a sampling of his other accomplishments:

• His 1981 New England Run was a triathlon (running, cycling, and swimming) of 1,522 miles throughout the six New England states. He raised $55,000 for the Jimmy Fund. 

• In 1982, McGillivray ran the Boston Marathon in 3:14 while blindfolded and escorted by two guides to raise more than $10,000 for the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Massachusetts..

• He traded his running shoes for swimming shorts in 1983 for the Jimmy Fund 24-Hour Swim. He swam for 24 consecutive hours in the Olympic-size Medford High School pool, swimming a total of 1,884 lengths and covering 26.2 miles (distance of Boston Marathon), again raising funds for the Jimmy Fund.

• Over the course of 14 days in 1983, he bicycled more than 1,000 miles throughout six New England states to raise money for a scholarship fund for McGillivray's alma mater, Merrimack College.

• Also in 1986, he biked for 24 consecutive hours around a five-mile loop course in Medford while simultaneously directing the annual Bay State Triathlon, which was being held on the same course at the same time. He covered a total of 385 miles.

• McGillivray’s many endurance events for charity are legendary, including running 120 miles in 24 hours thru 31 Massachusetts cities; an 86-story, 1,575-step run up Empire State Building in 13 minutes and 27 seconds; and running, cycling and swimming 1,522 miles thru six New England states while raising $55,000 for the Jimmy Fund.

• In 2018, he completed the World Marathon Challenge: seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.

• McGillivray has logged more than 150,000 miles, most for charity, raising millions for worthy causes. He’s completed 156 marathons, which include 47 consecutive Boston Marathons (with 32 run at night after his race director duties are fulfilled).

• His personal bests? Marathon: 2:29:58 and for the Ironman: 10:36:42.

• McGillivray, DMSE Sports and his DMSE Children’s Foundation have raised more than $50 million for various charities, including: The Jimmy Fund, Carroll Center for the Blind, Cystic Fibrosis, Lazarus House, Massachusetts Dietetic Association, Massachusetts Special Olympics, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), Muscular Dystrophy Association, Sports Museum of New England and Wrentham State School.

Tickets Price
Register to Buy
Exhibitor Options Price
10 x10 Booth Package Greater Wilmington Business Journal's 2020 WilmingtonBiz Expo
Booth Package (includes 1/8 pg b/w ad)
$800.00
10 x 20 Booth Package Greater Wilmington Business Journal's 2020 WilmingtonBiz Expo
Booth package (includes 1/8 pg b/w ad)
$1,350.00
10 x 10 Booth Greater Wilmington Business Journal's 2020 WilmingtonBiz Expo
Booth only
$600.00
10 x 20 Booth Greater Wilmington Business Journal's 2020 WilmingtonBiz Expo
Booth only
$1,150.00
WilmingtonBiz Expo & Wilmington Marathon
10x10 booth at both events. WilmingtonBiz Expo - March 18. Wilmington Marathon - March 20.
$950.00
Register as Exhibitor
EXHIBITOR PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • 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)
EXHIBITOR PACKAGE for WilmingtonBiz Expo & The Wilmington Marathon Includes: 
  • 10x10 Booth at both events (March 18 & March 20-21) - Includes 8ft table and tablecloth and 2 chairs
  • Unlimited use of personalized discount code to the WilmingtonBiz Expo that waives $5 Expo entry fee for employees, customers, and other guests
  • 2 seats at the WilmingtonBiz Expo's keynote speaker lunch ($90 value)
  • 2 passes to the WilmingtonBiz After Hours event on March 18 with drink tickets ($70 value
  • PA announcement recognizing your company at Wilmington Marathon Expo on March 20-21
  • Sampling and Sales rights at both events
  • To learn more about the Wilmington Marathon visit Wilmingtonncmarathon.com


Extra Services/Equipment
You need to fill out a form if you would like any of the following:
  •  Electricity/Internet (Do this by March 11th. (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 11th. 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 11th 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 the property at any time.

Please forward any questions to Jessica Di Biaggio, Catering Sales Manager at the WCC [email protected]


FORMS:

Electric and Utilities Service Order Form

Food and Beverage Sample Forms

Trade Show Items from Party Suppliers


SETUP: 
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 and a schedule will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the event.

Event Discussion

Seminars

Presenter Seminar
Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

Robert Parker, Senior Project Manager & Commercial Project Developer, Cape Fear Solar Systems

Solar For Your Business: How to Profit From Solar Energy

This seminar is ideal for business owners, CEOs, CFO, Business Advisors, Builders, Commercial Developers and any professional wanting to gain solar industry insights. This session will cover solar financials, tax incentives, marketing advantages, and Q&As. Saving money and reducing operational cost is a top priority for successful businesses. With rising utility costs and decreasing material costs, solar energy is now a popular cost-saving alternative for business owners.

If your business is projected to have tax liability at the end of the year, an investment in solar can be extremely valuable. Money that would otherwise go directly to the IRS can instead be put into an asset that will reduce your operational costs, and increase the value of your building. If you are thoughtful about the material selected for your system, as well as the firm chosen to install it, that asset is expected to perform for 35 - 40 years.

To learn more about Cape Fear Solar Systems visit capefearsolarsystems.com
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Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

Betsy Kahn, Owner, Copy Cat Print Shop, Bryant Bass, Owner, Bass Built Custom Homes, Derek Huckbody, Owner, Battle House Tactical Laser Tag

Top 7 Ways to Build Leverage In your Business through Teams and Systems

Business Growth Lessons for the Trenches - Find out the Top 7 Ways that these local companies have built leverage in their business through team and systems.
Over the last several years three local businesses, Bass Built Custom Homes, Copycat Print Shop, and Battle House Laser Combat have consistently and systematically grown their customer base, sales & profits. In this session, you will learn their top processes, strategies, and tactics.

To learn more about ActionCOACH visit reggieshropshire.actioncoach.com
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Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

Dr. Stephen Hill, Associate Professor of Business Analytics and Director the MS Business Analytics Program at UNCW

Analytics: Data to Information to Insight

The Mayo Clinic. A cutting-edge high school football coach. Netflix. What do these three, seemingly different entities, share in common? They use analytics to create value. How can you use your data to your advantage? In this session, we will explore current trends in business analytics and discuss three strategies that you can use to transform your data into valuable and actionable insight. We will also describe opportunities at UNCW for analytics training and education. 

To learn more about UNCW's Cameron School of Business visit csb.uncw.edu
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Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

Mike Cunningham, President, Coastal Financial Advisors

Maximizing Social Security & Retirement

Don't outlive your money! Join Coastal Financial and learn how to implement a financial strategy now that provides retirement income without the risk of outliving it. Learn more about how long-term care and healthcare expenses could impact your retirement. 

All Attendees will qualify to receive a Complimentary, Personalized Social Security and Income Maximization Review!  Schedule your visit at the end of the workshop.
Investment advisory services are offered through Foundations Investment Advisors, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor.

Join Coastal Financial to learn more about your options! With new information about the SECURE Act and how it could affect your retirement income, our aim is to help you plan for a comfortable retirement. Do you have a plan? 

To learn more about Coastal Financial Advisors visit coastalfallc.com
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Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Robert Parker, Senior Project Manager & Commercial Project Developer, Cape Fear Solar Systems

The Triple Bottom Line: A Sustainable Business Model For Success

The triple bottom line framework is gaining popularity as more companies implement sustainable business strategies. Focusing on people, planet and profits—instead of just profits alone—can lead to a number of potentially unexpected benefits that extend beyond corporate social responsibility. This session shares the triple bottom line framework and explains how businesses are using it to measure the success of their sustainable practices more holistically.

To learn more about Cape Fear Solar Systems visit capefearsolarsystems.com
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Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Betsy Kahn, Owner, Copy Cat Print Shop, Bryant Bass, Owner, Bass Built Custom Homes, Derek Huckbody, Owner, Battle House Laser Combat

Top 7 Ways to Massively Grow Sales, Profits and Cash Flow

Business Growth Lessons for the Trenches - Learn the Top 7 Ways To Massively Grow Sales, Profits & Cash Flow
Over the last several years three local businesses, Bass Built Custom Homes, Copycat Print Shop, and Battle House Laser Combat have consistently and systematically grown their customer base, sales & profits. In this session, you will learn their top processes, strategies, and tactics that can work for you in your business.
 
To learn more about ActionCOACH visit reggieshropshire.actioncoach.com
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Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Richard Walsh, Director UNCW Swain Center for Executive Education & Economic Development

Future Trends: Preparing Yourself & Others

In this session, you will receive critical information on future trends and how these trends will affect you and your organization.  You will assess where you are currently, and how to best prepare yourself and others for the future. 
 
Presented by Richard Walsh is the Director at UNCW Swain Center for Executive Education & Economic Development

To learn more about UNCW Swain Center for Executive Education & Economic Development visit uncw.edu/swain/
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Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM

Coach Reggie, Diamond Master Coach to High Growth Businesses

Coach Reggie’s 7 Business Growth Hacks For Massive Growth in 2020

Learn 7 simple yet powerful growth hacks that Coach Reggie has used to create massive success in many local businesses. These 7 hacks can be immediately implemented into your business to create instant accelerated results in your business. If increased sales and profits and better performance from your team is a priority in 2020 and beyond, this will be a powerful session.

To learn more about ActionCOACH visit reggieshropshire.actioncoach.com
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Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM

Cody Cress, VP, Commercial Real Estate Advisor, Coldwell Banker Commercial Sun Coast Partners

Lease vs. Own: Commercial Real Estate

Join Coldwell Banker Commercial's Cody Cress for an in-depth look at when it’s right for a small business to lease and when to consider buying.

To learn more about Coldwell Banker Commercial Sun Coast Partners visit cbcsuncoast.com
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Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM

Lynn Whitesell, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Harris Whitesell Consulting

Teamwork: The Ultimate Competitive Advantage

Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.  -Lencioni
To achieve the ultimate competitive advantage of teamwork, you must root out causes of dysfunction on the teams where you work, and then learn the keys to overcoming them.
How is your team currently performing? Where does your team need to focus its energy moving forward?
* Explore the top 5 behaviors of great teams
* Discover a simple yet powerful model for building more productive teams
* Learn how to put the model into practice

To learn more about Harris Whitesell Consulting visit harriswhitesellconsulting.com
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WHEN

Wednesday Sep 30, 2020

11:30 AM to 7:00 PM

WHERE

Wilmington Convention Center

515 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401