2017 WilmingtonBiz Conference and Expo

Thank you for being a part of this year's event. We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 show. 

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Keynote Lunch   ==Sold Out!==

1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. EXPO Hall

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

​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 - Brunswick Community College SBC
101 - Cape Fear Community College SBC
102 - NCMBC
103 - AARP
104 - New Hanover Printing & Publishing 
105 - River Landing
106 - Cape Fear Community College
107 - Cape Fear Community College
108 - LeafFilter
109 - Office for Research and Empowerment
110 - Brytons Home Improvement
112 - Howard RV
113 - Howard RV
114 - Howard RV
115 - PODS Moving & Storage
116 - W.B. Brawley
117 - SCORE Cape Fear Region
118 - SBA
119 - UNCW - CIE
120 - UNCW - CIE
121 - UNCW - CIE
200 - New Hanover Regional Medical Center
201 - Copier's Plus
202 - U.S. Cellular
203 - Rotary International
204 - Aquesta Bank
205 - Waccamaw Telecommunications
Systems, Inc
206 - Cape Fear Literacy Council
207- USA Copiers
208 - On Target Staffing
209 - Fluid IT 
210 - Bank of America
211 - SunRise Broadcasting
212 - Computer Warriors
213 - egroup
214 - New Hanover County
215 - Dody Jordahl,
Certified Health Coach
216 - Tribute Properties
217 - RSVP Cape Fear
218 - Pinnacle Family Chiropractic
219 - Seaside Silk Screening

300 - Seaside Silk Screening
301 - Mark Johnson Custom Homes
302 - Proforma Print and Promotional Items
303 - Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest
304 - O'Brien Service Company
305 - Just Perfect! & Nest
306 - Summerfield Custom Wellness
307 - Piedmont Advantage Credit Union
308 -  ECU College of Business
Graduate Programs
309 - Cucalorus
310 - Greystar
311 - Coastal Cove of Wilmington
312 - Disaster One
313 - Ideal Image
314 - Express Employment Services
315 - Action Coach
316 - Wordwright Web
317 - Champions for Education/Wells Fargo
318 - Accessible Design Build
319 - Greater Wilmington
Business Journal
400 - Greater Wilmington
Business Journal
401 - Offices at Mayfaire
402 - Markraft Cabinets
403 - Markraft Cabinets
404 - Action Coach
405 - AlphaGraphics
406 - Just for Buyers Realty
407 - High Tide Creative
408 - Airmax Heating and Cooling
409 - Wilmington Convention Center
410 - Pattie Rydlun, LLC
411 - Baker Roofing
412 - Mayfaire
413 - Proforma Executive Business Services
414 - Corning Credit Union
415 - Signs By Tomorrow
416 - Cape Fear Solar Systems
417 - Coldwell Banker Commercial Suncoast
418 - Delta Dental
419 - Delta Dental
500 - Delta Dental
501 - Delta Dental
502 - Big Sky Design
503 - Alzheimer's Association 
504 - Act lll
505 - JHS Document Solutions
506 - Highland Construction
507- Moore's HVAC
508 - W. M. Jordan Company
509 - Pattie Rydlun, LLC
510 - Healthy Green Solutions
511 - GE Hitachi
512 - GE Hitachi
513 - South State Bank
514 - Dignity Memorial
515 -  Battle House
516 - UNCW - Cameron School 
of Business
517 - UNCW - Cameron School 
of Business
518 - CloudWyze
519 - CloudWyze
600 - CloudWyze
601 - CloudWyze
602 - Costco
603 - SolarTyme
604 - Greene Resources
605 - Utility Management Services, Inc
606 - Spectrum Reach
607 - Spectrum Business
608 - Scottie's Building Services
609 - Healthy Green Solutions
610 - Greater Wilmington
Tennis Association
611 - Greater Wilmington
Tennis Association
612 - D.R. Horton
613 - Sito Chiropractic
614 - PNC Bank
615 - Wilmington Yacht Charters
616 - Pender County Tourism &
North Carolina Blueberry Festival
617 - Atlantic Shore Environmental
618 - Coastal Bespoke
619 - Forte' Institute
700 - Alliance Credit Union
701 - Comfort Systems USA
702 - TeamLogic IT
703 - EXPOGO Displays & Graphics
704 - Cricket Wireless
705 - All Star Flags
706 - Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
707 - Kids Making it
708 - Phoenix Hometown Hires
709 - City Club
710 - Elite Shuttle Services
711 - Elite Shuttle Services
712 - Elite Shuttle Services
713 - Elite Shuttle Services
714 - Black's Tire Service
715 - Cumulus Media
716 - United Way of the Cape
Fear Area
717 - Cintas
718 - Delaney Radiologists
719 - Spirit Communication
720 - Catherine Lee at Aflac
721 - Accounting Solutions, Inc.

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

Congratulations to our 2017 winners.

Click here to read more about each winner and be sure to stop by to meet them in person in the Expo hall.
About the competition:

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!



John Gizdic, CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center

John Gizdic became CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center on January 1, 2017. NHRMC is the region's largest employer with more than 6,500 employees. 

Gizdic has played a vital role in supporting the improvement of patient care and growth of NHRMC. During his tenure, he has led or directed several key initiatives, including creating the physician network that became NHRMC Physicians Group; leading Physician Quality Partners, the organization's Accountable Care Organization; facilitating numerous joint ventures in partnership with physicians, and spearheading an organization-wide effort to improve efficiencies - leading to an $160 million operational improvement in five years.

John came to NHRMC in 2005 as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development. He assumed the title of Chief Operating Officer in 2013. Before joining NHRMC, he worked 14 years in various roles within Carolinas HealthCare System, the last of which was Vice President of Operations at Carolinas HealthCare System - Blue Ridge in Morganton, N.C.

Throughout his time at NHRMC, John has been active in the community in various roles, to include Second Vice President on the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Board, member of the Cape Fear Future Board, Chairman of the N.C. Center for Affordable Health Care, member of the N.C. Hospital Association's Board of Directors, and Honorary Chairman for the past Relay for Life and JDRF fundraisers, as well as for the upcoming AHA Heart Walk.
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Presenter Seminar
Thursday, Mar 30, 2017 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

Laura Gail Lunsford, PhD, Director, UNCW Swain Center

How to Create Extraordinary Mentoring Networks

Extraordinary mentoring can transform people and organizations. There are many benefits from mentoring, including increased job satisfaction and less turnover. Learn three characteristics of high quality mentoring and tips for getting relationships off to a great start. You will walk away with ideas on how to enhance your personal mentoring network and to contribute to a culture of mentoring in your organization. 

Reggie Shropshire, Owner, ActionCOACH

How to Tap into Your Most Powerful & Underutilized Resource in Your Business…YOUR TEAM

In this session you will learn a powerful formula to activate employees and teams to become fully engaged and more profitable, while allowing them to love what they do. This engagement strategy has been used successfully in 13 countries to turn stagnated, de-energized businesses into rocking success stories. You will learn a methodology, that you have never seen before, that will transform attitudes in the workplace from ‘just showing up’ to being ‘creatively excited’. This seminar is designed for business owners, managers, and HR professionals who want dramatic change and growth in their business and want to take the pressure off of them to make it happen.

Marc Mereyde, TiktoPlus Founder

Adwords Tips

"Pay-per-click advertising on the Google platform can significantly boost exposure and revenue for companies and organizations looking to build an online presence, but there’s a caveat attached to that success. Without a proper understanding of how Adwords works, it’s also possible to lose money and achieve little to no results. While online advertising does not offer any guarantee, you can dramatically increase your chances of success by learning some fundamental concepts. We want to help people avoid critical mistakes and gain the knowledge they need to execute effective Adwords campaigns."

Pattie Rydlun , Speaker, Author, Coach

4 Non-negotiable Traits You Need to Lead: Develop these traits and achieve outrageous success!

Leadership is essential to your success. Learn the non-negotiable traits that help you inspire and motivate others to do the things you want and need done. And they want to get it done as strongly as you do. Pattie will help you connect with others in such a way that they will be devoted to you and inspired to always go the extra mile—do the best work all the time. Whether you are a seasoned leader or a newbie gain the knowledge to identify and develop the traits to provide clarity, confidence, and compassion to your team.

Thursday, Mar 30, 2017 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Elizabeth White Baker, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cameron School of Business, UNCW

Exponential Sales with Salesforce CRM platform

Grow sales faster! With Salesforce Cloud, the world's #1 CRM cloud-based platform, you can grow your accounts faster, find new customers faster, and close deals faster - from anywhere and any device. Connect your sales force to customers in just one click with personalized sales campaigns designed by marketing. Learn about Salesforce.com CRM features and capabilities from Southeast North Carolina's only Salesforce Academic Alliance partner. You walk away with info on how to drive your sales to new heights!

Reggie Shropshire, Owner, ActionCOACH

9 Essential and Indispensable Business Growth Nuggets…Plus a Few Bonus Flakes

Coach Reggie will provide you with the 9 most essential nuggets that will lead to rapid and sustainable growth. Learn the formula that many local business owners are using to increase your revenue by 30…40…50…percent, year after year!  Get tips on how to build great teams of employees and take market share from their competitors. He will also share how to develop the mindset and energy that it takes to grow a booming business.  As a bonus you will learn Coach Reggie’s top 15 “Massive Growth Hacks” that are simple yet highly effective and instantly implementable.

UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Revitalization of Wilmywood

It is no secret that the Wilmington Film Industry took a big hit when North Carolina cut filmmaking incentives, but we are still here. Wilmington still has the talent, equipment, resources, and capital to be a leading production destination. Please join the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in an open discussion of the Wilmington film industry to address the main question: How can we transform Wilmington into a distinct destination for filmmaking in a shifting production landscape? From incentives to re-launching the Governor's Film Council, leaders will discuss what positive steps are possible to regaining our position in the market.


Pattie Rydlun , Speaker, Author, Coach

4 Non-negotiable Traits You Need to Lead: Develop these traits and achieve outrageous success!

Leadership is essential to your success. Learn the non-negotiable traits that help you inspire and motivate others to do the things you want and need done. And they want to get it done as strongly as you do. Pattie will help you connect with others in such a way that they will be devoted to you and inspired to always go the extra mile—do the best work all the time. Whether you are a seasoned leader or a newbie gain the knowledge to identify and develop the traits to provide clarity, confidence, and compassion to your team.


Thursday, Mar 30, 2017 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM

Wade Yeaman, CEO, Fluid IT

Top 6 Mistakes Businesses Make in Security

Fluid IT will talk about some very common, and not so common, mistakes that businesses make with their IT security. Some topics that will be discussed are consumer grade products vs enterprise grade, creating standard user policies with employees and guarding your data from attacks.  Small and medium size businesses are at risk just as much, if not more, than large, national businesses for security breaches and IT threats. We hope to provide local business owners with tools that can be implemented within an organization as well as answer questions about your specific business needs.    


Rick Olsen, Ph.D. & Chair of the Dept. of Communication Studies at UNCW

People are not Cookies: Adapting Your Leadership Communication to Fit Those You Lead

Leadership and communication are fundamentally connected. Successful communicators adapt to the situation and to the people involved. This session will help participants understand their own communication preferences and the variety of communication preferences of others and the need to find healthy, sustainable and effective adapting strategies so all parties can feel valued as they collaborate. This seminar is brought to you by The Forte' Institute. 

UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Building the Coastal Economy

The global marine environment is in crisis – and a growing group of North Carolina ventures are making it their business to find sustainable and profitable solutions. From sustainable fisheries and oyster restoration projects, to biotoxins for pharmaceuticals, algae-based water purification and equipment to monitor the health of reefs – it’s all happening in and around Wilmington. Jump on board and hear more about these new ventures and emerging technologies. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, environmentalist, economic developer, educator, or social impact investor, you’ll learn how you can contribute to and benefit from advancing the coastal economy.    

Kathleen Fairall, Owner, Act lll Consulting

Leadership, Personal and Organizational Values – What happens when they intersect, merge and collide

Organizational values help guide an organization’s actions and aide its leaders in making decisions. The belief is that when an organization’s members subscribe to a common set of values, the organization is united in dealing with issues and, thus, better prepared to meet its goals. But organizations are made of up individuals who bring their own set of personal values with them to work every day. This seminar will discuss the importance of corporate values, leadership values and the individual personal values of its members (including employees, managers, and other constituents) and what happens when they are all aligned or diverge.  


Thursday Mar 30, 2017

11:30 AM to 7:00 PM


The Wilmington Convention Center

515 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

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