2016 WilmingtonBiz Expo

The WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo is the Wilmington Region's largest business-to-business conference, where professionals come to learn, network and grow their businesses!

Please note: Online registration has closed and the Keynote Lunch is sold out, but join us from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday for the Expo and WilmingtonBiz Seminars. You can register at the Expo. The Expo Hall will open at 1:30 p.m. and After Hours starts at 4:30 p.m.!

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Keynote Lunch
1:30 p.m.-7 p.m. EXPO Hall
1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Business Seminars
4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. WilmingtonBiz After Hours

Contact Maggi Apel with questions about event registration at 910-343-8600 x220 or [email protected] 

See photos from previous WilmingtonBiz Expos here.

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 - A & I Fire Restoration  
101 - LeafFilter North of NC
102 - Sage Island
103 - Miracle Movers
104 - New Hanover Printing
105 - Intracoastal Realty
106 - Townebank Mortgage
107 - Rainstorm Solutions
108 - WWAY 
109 - WWAY
110 - Aquesta Bank &
Insurance Services 
111 - Delaney Radiology
112 - Acme Smoked Fish
113 - T. A. Woods Company
114 - Copiers Plus
115 - NextHome Cape Fear
116 - Star News Media
117 - Cape Fear Safety Supply Inc
118 - Cucalorus Film Festival
119 - AM Coffee
120 - Cumulus Broadcasting
121 - Cumulus Broadcasting
200 - Culligan Water
201 - Disaster One 
202 - Bluefission
203 - Porters Neck Plantation
and Country Club
204 - RM Restaurant Suppies
205 - The Wedding
Dress Shoppe
206 - Fantastic Sams
207- InsiderInfo Inc.
208 - Swell Vision Center
209 - YP Marketing Solutions
213 - Real Time Pain Relief
214 - Porches Café at River Bluffs
215 - Bank of Americ
216 - N. Brunswick Magazine
217 - Anytime Fitness
218 - Wilmington Health 
219 - Alcami Corporation
220 - NHC Government
221 - NHC Government
222 - Spirit Communications
300 - Logan Homes
301 - Utility Management Services
302 - ECU College of Business Graduate
303 - River Landing
304 - Wilmington Health
305 - UNCW Cameron School of Business
306 - UNCW Cameron School of Business
307 - AARP-NC
308 - Piedmont Advantage Credit Union
309 - Flat Fee Realty & Management
310 - Battlefield Live
311 - Frank Institute
312 - Time Warner Cable Business Class
313 - Time Warner Cable Media
314 - Wilmington Eye
315 - Action Coach
316 - First Flight Solutions
317 - Rotary International
318 - digitus 89
319 - Greater Wilmington
Business Journal
400 - Greater Wilmington 
Business Journal
401 - Seaside Silk Screening
402 - Seaside Silk Screening
403 - Alliance Career Group, Inc.
404 - Action Coach
405 - Wilmington Eye
406 - Tilia Fiduciary Partners, Inc
407 - Newcomb and Company
408 - Sito Chiropractor
409 - Battle House
410 - SCORE Cape Fear Region
411 - Turnstone Partners
412 - Queensboro Shirt
413 - Sharonview Federal Credit Union
414 - Markraft 
415 - Signs By Tomorrow
416 - Cape Fear Community College
417 - NCA Productions 
418 - Cloudwyze
419 - Cloudwyze
500 - CloudWyze
501 - CloudWyze
502 - Costco
503 - Alzheimers Association
504 - Tropical Smoothie
505 - Markraft
506 - Alliance Credit Union
507- Wells Insurance
508 - Fluid IT Services
509 - Magnolia Greens Golf
510 - Wilmington Convention Center
511 - Peak Tri Coaching &
Andrews Fitness
512 - Greater Wilmington Tennis 
513 - JHS Document Solutions
514 - Biosymmetry
515 - Sweyer Property Management 
516 - Corning Credit Union
517 - Wilmington Yacht Charters
518 - The Education App/Appy City
519 - The Education App/Appy City
600 - The Education App/Appy City
601 - The Education App/Appy City
602 - City Club
603 - Watercolor Boutique Travel
604 - Greene Resources
605 - Biosymmetry
606 - Port City Heroes
607 - The File Depot
608 - UNCW-CIE
609 - UNCW-CIE
613 - U.S.Cellular
614 - PNC Bank
615 - PODS Moving & Storage
616 - Cape Fear National
617 - Julia's Florist
618 - O'Brien Service Company
619 - Solar Tyme
620 - Cricket Wireless
621 - Coldwell Banker Commercial
Sun Coast
622 - Accounting Solutions
By Carolynn, Inc.
700 - LM Restaurants
701 - RSVP Cape Fear
702 - Custom Rewards Inc.
703 - Winlectric
704 - Wilmington International Airport
705 - All Star Flags
706 - Wells Fargo Golf Championship
707 - BrightStar Care
708 - Tayloe Gray Kristof (TG-K)
709 - Airmax Heating & Cooling
710 - JE Williams Private Capital
711 - Express Employment Professionals
712 - Jungle Rapids
713 - Gerber Collision
714 - CPI Security
715 - Merchant Solutions First
716 - United Way of the Cape Fear Area
717 - Cintas
718 - Patriot Blinds & More
719 - Alpha Graphics
720 - Ideal Image 
721 - YS Companies/The Hire Scene

Extra Services/Equipment
You need to fill out a form if you would like any of the following:
o Electricity/Internet (Do this by March 18th If you sign up the DAY OF there will be an additional charge)
o Additional furniture (Do this by March 18th If you sign up the DAY OF there will be an additional charge)
o To serve food/beverage samples (Form must be submitted to Convention Center by March 18th)

Download and fill out the relevant forms. Return the forms to the Wilmington Convention Center or Party Suppliers.


Electric and Utilities Service Order Form

Authorization Request Form for Samples

Trade Show Items from Party Suppliers


                        MADE: Great Goods from Greater Wilmington

Produced by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, MADE seeks to honor makers, artisans, small business owners and manufacturers in the tri-county area.
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. Meet the winners at our annual WilmingtonBiz Expo on March 30!

To read more about the MADE winners, click here.

Examples include: goods mass-produced in the tri-county area Examples include: tools, gadgets, beauty products, industrial, furniture, medical, energy devices Examples include: apparel, accessories, textiles, home goods, stationery
                                                                                      Examples include: wine/spirits, dry/baked/canned goods,  sustainably-grown foods                                                                                         Examples include patent law firms, manufacturing associations, SBA lenders, makerspaces, studio spaces, retail markets that cater to artisans.                       



In less than a decade, Chip Mahan has created two of Wilmington’s fastest growing and most dynamic companies.

Live Oak Bank, which was only formed in 2008, went public last year and now has a market value of $500 million. The bank takes a unique approach to lending by focusing on specific industries around the country, including veterinarians, funeral homes and breweries. Live Oak now has 376 employees, ranks as the country’s second largest SBA lender and was named the country’s best bank to work for the past two years by American Banker magazine.
In 2012, Live Oak spun out its technology unit into a separate company called nCino, which allows other banks to boost efficiency by using its cloud-based system. nCino, which now has more than 200 employees, has grown rapidly in the past few years, more than doubling its annual review last year and recently adding its 100th customer. The company also last year raised $29 million from venture capital firms and other investors.
During the Keynote Lunch, Mahan will be interviewed on a number of topics, including how to create a dynamic company culture, the future of Live Oak and nCino and how the Wilmington region can attract and grow more technology-based companies.
Before starting Live Oak, Mahan was the CEO and Chairman of S1 Corporation and founder of Security First Network Bank, the world’s first Internet bank. Under his leadership, S1 Corporation grew to become a $234 million software and services provider in only six years, averaging more than 200 percent growth year over year. At its peak, S1 had a market capitalization of $7.8 billion, and Mahan was ranked as one of the 10 Most Influential Personalities in Financial Services by FutureBanker magazine.
Prior to founding S1, Mahan launched Cardinal Bancshares, where he served as Chairman and CEO. Mahan built Cardinal into an institution with $800 million in total assets and took the company public in 1992.
Before launching Cardinal, Mahan spent several years with Citizens Union National Bank & Trust Co., serving as President, Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman and becoming Chairman and CEO in 1984. In 1986, Mahan formed an investment group that purchased Citizens Union and subsequently sold it to BankOne Corp. of Columbus, Ohio. Mahan began his career in 1973 at Wachovia Bank & Trust Co. in Winston-Salem after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va.
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Presenter Seminar
Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

Jeff James, CEO, Wilmington Health

What’s Happening in Healthcare?

Wilmington Health is at the forefront of implementing complex initiatives that will change the way healthcare is delivered, monitored, and paid for by patients. Jeff will be sharing the current challenges facing the healthcare system and how both the providers, businesses, and patients must engage in changing the system for the better.

Reggie Shropshire, Owner, ActionCOACH

5 Simple ways to Explode your Sales & Profit

Need more customers, sales and profit in your business? In this seminar, we will share our simple and powerful formula that we use to help business owners generate massive increases in sales and profits. We will share 25 pieces of ‘low hanging fruit’ that exist in most businesses that you can put on your “2016 Action Plan” to multiply your sales and profits.

The Vision of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Learn how the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship works to identify and nurture high-growth, high-impact companies and help accelerate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in southeastern North Carolina.

Jonathan Weiss, Partner Appy City

Building Our Digital City; App Development

This new digital network that has been created in Wilmington is the perfect way for your business to have access to every major entity of our city and surrounding areas. Businesses hooking up to this will not only benefit from the incredible functionality of the apps but also the connectivity to one another. Join your city in the digital movement and connect to the appycity world.

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Jeff James, CEO, Wilmington Health

What’s Happening in Healthcare?

Wilmington Health is at the forefront of implementing complex initiatives that will change the way healthcare is delivered, monitored, and paid for by patients. Jeff will be sharing the current challenges facing the healthcare system and how both the providers, businesses, and patients must engage in changing the system for the better.

Reggie Shropshire, Owner, ActionCOACH

6 Keys to getting the very best from your team

You team is capable of more…MUCH MORE!!! As amazing as you are, you can’t do it all. Your businesses true potential lies in your ability to get your team preforming at a higher level. In this seminar, you will learn 6 simple keys to tapping into higher performance by increasing motivation, alignment, knowledge, communication, accountability and ownership within your team. You will walk away with several easy to implement strategies that will help you leverage the resources that exist within your team.

Thom Rakes, Director, Career Center

Build Your Employer Brand on the UNCW Campus

Learn about creative and innovation ways to get your brand better known on the UNCW campus by both students and faculty. • Develop powerful learning experiences in your internships • Participate in specialized internship programs such as the Certified Internship Program, Backpacks to Briefcases, Duke Energy Workforce Development Internships, etc. • Customize unique recruiting strategies that strengthen your brand presence on campus • Provide Industry specific presentations to classes and student organizations • Participate in career events that increase student connections, diversity and inclusion •Partner with the UNCW Career Center including sponsorships, etc. • Keep current with federal regulatory guidelines that impact Internships

Jonathan Weiss, Partner Appy City

Why You Need an App

Join the mobile movement! Learn how we can create any app for any business to provide you with the tools you need to help your company thrive in this digital market. Appycity apps are customizable and user friendly, creating apps for the small local shops to the large corporations and every business in between.

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM

Alan E. Oester, Jr. MD FACS, Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Wilmington Eye

What is Certificate of Need and How is it Affecting Our Healthcare?

Did you know that North Carolina has one of the most restrictive Certificate of Need laws in the country? Alan E. Oester, Jr. MD FACS will speak about North Carolina’s current Certificate of Need law and how it is affecting the healthcare we receive and the cost we pay for it.

Peter Schuhmann, PhD.


Data Analytics will introduce a range of tools and techniques that can help business professionals uncover important information and make better decisions based on data. Topics covered include presenting data using visuals and descriptive statistics, measuring and understanding the relationships between variables, and making the most of customer feedback. Applications for the business environment include supply chain, marketing and pricing.

Faculty, Staff Students – UNCW CIE

Entrepreneurial Activity at UNCW

Learn about some of the faculty, staff, and student entrepreneurial activity taking place on the UNCW campus. The intent of the session is to showcase technology and venture concepts developed at UNCW that have the potential for commercialization. Come and meet the people involved in these ventures and explore opportunities for collaboration.

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM

Jonathan Weiss, Partner Appy City

The Education App: Changing the Way Schools Do Business

Wouldn't you want to be known as a business that supports the schools? Learn how this app can benefit your local market by connecting you with the parents and staff of all the counties schools. Join the new and improved wave of marketing in the app world while at the same time providing support to our local county school system.


Wednesday Mar 30, 2016

11:30 AM to 7:00 PM


Wilmington Convention Center

515 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC

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