2018 WilmingtonBiz Conference and Expo

 

BE A PART OF THE WILMINGTONBIZ EXPO


  • Reserve seats at the Keynote Lunch

  • Sign up for FREE Business Seminars 

  • Attend the WilmingtonBIz AFTER Hours, the largest Business After Hours of the year!

    Please note: The Keynote Lunch is sold out! 


The WilmingtonBiz Expo is your business’s opportunity to personally connect with more than 2,500 potential clients – all in one day.

The 2018 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 
Meet the winners of the MADE competition, featuring local makers, artisans & manufacturers.


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


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


 

Launched in 2011, this annual event provides unique networking opportunities for businesses and influential professionals including entrepreneurs, executives, community leaders and others.




The WilmingtonBiz Conference and Expo is a one-day event featuring:
  • A Keynote Speaker
  • Exhibit Hall with more than 100 exhibitors
  • Free business seminars
  • Wilmington's largest annual WilmingtonBiz after hours
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.

 

Exhibitor
Booths 100-222 Booths 300-419 Booths 500 - 622 Booths 700-721
100 - ATMC
101 - Mobile Mini
102 - A&I Fire Restoration
103 - New Hanover
Printing    
104 - Mark Steelman Photography
105 - Mark Steelman Photography
106 - Holmes Security Systems 
107 - Cape Fear       
Community College
108 - Step Up Wilmington
109 - Smart Start
110 - Nutrition in Motion
112 - Aquesta Bank
113 - Hire Scene
114 - Pinnacle Family Chiropractic
115 - Redwolf Broadcasting
116 - Mark Steelman Photography
117 - UNCW College of Arts & Sciences
118 - STEM Labs
119 - PODS Moving and Storage
120- Tribute Properties
121 - UNCW CIE
200 - UNCW CIE
201 - SBTDC
202 - TEK Mountain
203 - Brunswick CC SBC
204 - SCORE Cape Fear Region
205 - Express Employment Services
206 - Baker Roofing
207-  SelectQuote
208 - Copier's Plus
209 - TeamLogicIT
210 - Leonard Building & Truck Accessories
211 - Leonard Building & Truck Accessories
212 - Leonard Building & Truck Accessories
213- Leonard Building & Truck Accessories
214- Ideal Image
215 - AARP
216 - Coastal Women's Venture
217 - NCMBC
218 - SBA
219 - CFCC SBC

 
300 - Greater Wilmington   Business Journal
301 - Greater Wilmington     Business Journal
302 - LeafFilter
303 - Leap Consulting
304 - Rob Campbell Leadership
305 - Just Perfect! Home Staging & More
306 - Medac
307 - BlueTone Media
308 - BlueTone Media
309 - Battlehouse
310 - ADP
311 - Bank of America
312 - Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
313 - Embassy Suites
314 - AlphaGraphics
315 - Action Coach
316 - Copycat Print Shop
317 - Copycat Print Shop
318 - Delta Dental
319 - Delta Dental
400 - Delta Dental
401 - Delta Dental
402 - Markraft Cabinets
403 - Markraft Cabinets
404 - Action Coach
405 - AlphaGraphics
406 -  Summerfield Wellness
407 - Nothing Bundt Cake
408 - SRS Distribution
409 - Wilmington Convention Center
410 - AP Tinting
411 - Bon's Eye Marketing
412 - Dignity Memorial
413 - Proforma Executive Business Services
414 - Corning Credit Union
415 - Signs By Tomorrow
416 - Just For Buyers Realty
417 - Greene Resources
418 - CloudWyze
419 - CloudWyze
500 - CloudWyze
501 - CloudWyze
502 - Pender County
503 - Cape Fear Solar Systems
504 - Alliance Credit Union
505 - Wilmington Sharks
506 - Evolution Wellness
507-  Atlantic Underwriters
508 - Computer Warriors
509 - Computer Warriors
510 - Salt Air Heating and Cooling
511 - Piedmont Advantage Credit Union
512 - ECU College of Business Programs
513 - Alpha Mortgage
514 - Taste the Olive
515 - Sales Xceleration
516 - UNCW Cameron School
of Business
517 - UNCW Cameron School
of Business
518 - First National Bank
519 - First National Bank
600 - First National Bank
601 - First National Bank
602 - NCAR
603 - We Chose Health
604 - Elderhaus
605 - New South Business Brokers
606 - Matthews Motors
607 - Arbor Landing at Hampstead
608 - Airmax Heating and Cooling
609 - WARM
610 - Lower Cape Fear Hospice
611 - Wilmington Today
612 - SFI Group Inc.
613 - Ruth's Chris
614 -  Stroud & Company CPA's, PLLC
615 - First Bank SBA
616 - Cricket Wireless
617 - RSVP Cape Fear
618 - Bryton’s Home Improvement
619 - Sito Chiropractic
700 - Port City Auto Care
701 - Highland Construction & Restoration
702 - DR Horton
703 - DR Horton
704 - The George
705 - All Star Flags
706 - AcoustiCreations
707 - Cape Fear Habitat For Humanity
708 - Spectrum Enterprise
709 - City Club of Wilmington
710 - Southeast Foundation & Crawlspace Repair
711 - Southern Lighting Services
712 - Soriano Photography
713 - BenchMark Physical Therapy
714 - Southern Sign Company
715 - Cumulus Broadcasting
716 - United Way of the Cape Fear Area
717 - Cintas Corporation
718 - Black's Tire & Auto Service
719 - Spirit Communications
720 - Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty
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.

FORMS:

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 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 April 5, 2018, at the Wilmington Convention Center.


Visit the Expo Hall between 1:30 - 7:00 PM to meet this year's winners.

2018 Category Winners include: 

Arts (apparel, accessories, textiles, home goods, stationery),

TAY HAM
Intracoastal Iron & Metalwork
Second Set Designs, LLC (Tachits)

Food/Beverage (wine and spirits, dry/baked/canned goods, sustainable foods)

Apple Annies Bake Shop
Goodness Gracie Gourmet Food 
Wrightsville Beach Brewery

Functional Product (examples include tools, gadgets, beauty products, furniture, industrial/medical devices)

Flow Sciences
Surgilum
Maverick American Spearfishing

Manufacturing (Includes products mass-produced in our region)

Manufacturing Methods
eland Industries inc. 
JCC Outdoor Products- Wilmington Grill

Supporters (patent law firms, manufacturing associations, SBA lenders, retail markets that carry primarily local product.)

Eclipse Artisan Boutique

 

 

 


A Sweeping Redevelopment 

Our region’s largest retail center, the 1.1 million-square-foot Independence Mall, will be transformed into The Collection at Independence, "a modern, open-air retail destination,” according to Rouse Properties, which purchased the majority of the mall last year. The man heading this project, Rouse executive, Eric Dinenberg, will talk for the first time publicly about the Company’s plans, other redevelopment projects it has completed as well as the future of retail as online shopping continues to grow. 
 

Eric Dinenberg has been Executive Vice President of Development, Construction, and Operations for Rouse Properties (“Rouse”) since March 2013. Prior to this, he served as the company’s Executive Director of Development and Construction, responsible for overseeing all development, redevelopment, construction and design activities across the portfolio. Mr. Dinenberg joined Rouse in 2013 from Vornado Realty Trust where he managed a portfolio of development and redevelopment projects, including repositioning the one-million-square-foot Bergen Mall into The Outlets at Bergen Town Center.

Throughout his career, Mr. Dinenberg has executed projects within a wide range of asset types, including strip centers, enclosed malls, urban retail parcels, multi-family dwellings, office properties and renewable energy sites. An active member of both the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute, Mr. Dinenberg holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from George Washington University and a Master in Real Estate Finance degree from New York University.
 

Tickets Price
Register to Buy
Exhibitor Options Price
10 x 10 Booth Greater Wilmington Business Journal's 2018 WilmingtonBiz Expo
Booth Only
$600.00
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)
Extra Services/Equipment
You need to fill out a form if you would like any of the following:
  •  Electricity/Internet (Do this by March 22nd. If you sign up the DAY OF there will be an additional charge)
  • Free WIFI for everyone with speeds up to 128kbps connection throughout the center.  
  •  Additional furniture (Do this by March 22nd. 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 22nd)

Vendors :

Any sampling of food or beverage of any kind must be approved by the WCC and NHC Health Department 2 weeks prior to the WILMA Expo. All NHC Health Department and WCC guidelines and rules for sampling must be adhered to by the vendors.The Health Department contact is Mark Kenyon and can be reached at 910-798-6798. Sampling Forms can be found here 

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]



FORMS:

Electric and Utilities Service Order Form

Food and Beverage Sample Forms

Trade Show Items from Kwipped

Trade Show Items from Party Suppliers

Event Discussion

Seminars

Presenter Seminar Sponsor
Thursday, Apr 5, 2018 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

Jason Clamme, Education and Outreach Specialist

More Than You Think: An Interactive Experience

We see it almost every day…people cross our paths who are struggling with health-related issues or basic aging processes.  They might be our employees and co-workers, they might be our own friends and family members, or they might be our actual customers.  We want to be helpful, but often just don’t understand or realize what they are dealing with.  This session will give attendees the opportunity to experience first-hand some of the challenges of those coping with chronic illness or aging.  It will open your eyes and minds as well as provide insights on ways for all of us to show care and compassion. (Click on the Buy Tickets tab to register.)


Lower Cape Fear Hospice

Dr. Mark Pelletier, Assistant Professor of Marketing, UNCW Cameron School of Business

Modern Selling: Order Taker to Money Maker

Sales is a job that can get overcomplicated leading to decreased numbers and employee burnout. Modern selling looks to take sales to the next level by taking a back-to-basics, customer-centric approach concentrating on customer needs and creating value. (Click on the Buy Tickets tab to register.)
 


UNCW Swain Center

Tony Stroud, Owner, Stroud & Company

How Changes in the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” May Impact You & Your Business

The changes to the tax code, also known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” will impact individuals and businesses.  Understanding these changes is key to positioning yourself and your business for the best possible outcome.  Come engage with Tony Stroud, CPA, local leader in accounting, about topics relevant to you and your business such as mitigating risk, pass-throughs vs. corporations, new and expired deductions, depreciation, managing profits, and more.  (Click on the Buy Tickets tab to register.) 
 


Stroud & Company

Fred Kumpel, Owner, Stricklands Windows, Star Sosa, Owner Spectrum Fine Jewelry, Brian Satz, Owner, Computer Warriors

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

Business Growth Lessons from the Trenches - Learn the Top 7 Ways To Massively Grow Sales, Profits & Cash Flow
Over the last several years three local businesses, Strickland’s Window Blinds, Shades & Shutters, Spectrum Fine Jewelry and Computer Warriors 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. (Click on the Buy Tickets tab to register.)
 


Action Coach
Thursday, Apr 5, 2018 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Dr. Doug Miller, Faculty Member, VCU

Beyond Personality Tests: Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Today’s fast-paced, team-based work environments, characterized by uncertainty and frequent ambiguity, demand superior emotional intelligence (EI) competencies. EI competencies are central to effective workplace relationships, enable teams to leverage individual strengths, and collectively cut through the noise to engage in confident decision-making. This seminar emphasizes the practical application of EI concepts through an integrated set of skills and activities. You will walk away with action-oriented ideas that promise to move your team beyond personality tests and team building exercises to the point of action.  (Click on the Buy Tickets tab to register.)
 


UNCW Swain Center

Robbie Morris, Business Solution Consultant, Kyocera Document Solutions

Business Technology has changed, why haven’t you?

In this session, we will investigate ways your organization can implement new technology such as simplified cloud integration and creating editable word processing files. You will find out how to leverage the existing applications that you already use such as google docs, OneDrive, QuickBooks and more, into your document management workflow. Learn how these processes will help provide you with an advantage in your industry through simplified and streamlined processes that bring valuable time back into your workday. (Click on the Buy Tickets tab to register.)


Copiers Plus

Fred Kumpel, Owner, Stricklands Windows, Star Sosa, Owner Spectrum Fine Jewelry, Brian Satz, Owner, Computer Warriors

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, Strickland’s Window Blinds, Shades & Shutters, Spectrum Fine Jewelry and Computer Warriors have consistently and systematically grown their customer base, sales & profits. In this session, you will learn their top processes, strategies, and tactics. (Click on the Buy Tickets tab to register.)


Action Coach

Melissa Sheehan, VP of Sales & Marketing at AdCellerant

Navigating the World of Targeted Digital Marketing

Businesses today can use a range of digital media to reach current and potential customers, but few have the time or expertise to take advantage of these opportunities. We will discuss how to connect with potential customers based on demographics, behaviors and geographic locations. Learn how to make this targeted reach work for your organization. (Click on the Buy Tickets tab to register.)
 

Thursday, Apr 5, 2018 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM

Rob Campbell, Owner Rob Campbell Leadership

6 People-Centric Ways Leaders Build Strong Teams

70% of today’s workforce is disengaged from its organization (Gallup).  This is caused by leaders who fail to build teams and lead their people in personal ways.  It results in poor performance and employee turnover.  This seminar shares combat-tested practices of forming and leading strong teams by meeting the needs of people.  It starts with the “Foundation of Leadership” which is the support structure upon which teams are built and led.  It then addresses meeting the needs of people leveraging the “List of 6” desires of people.  Attendees will learn about each desire including a rubric for how it can be measured.  The seminar will include products like the desires worksheet, vision creation and leader self-awareness. (Click on the Buy Tickets tab to register.)
 


Rob Campbell

Robbie Morris, Business Solution Consultant, Kyocera Document Solutions

Business Technology has changed, why haven’t you?

In this session, we will investigate ways your organization can implement new technology such as simplified cloud integration and creating editable word processing files. You will find out how to leverage the existing applications that you already use such as google docs, OneDrive, QuickBooks and more, into your document management workflow. Learn how these processes will help provide you with an advantage in your industry through simplified and streamlined processes that bring valuable time back into your workday. (Click on the Buy Tickets tab to register.)
 


Copiers Plus

Tony Stroud, Owner

How Changes in the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” May Impact You & Your Business

The changes to the tax code, also known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” will impact individuals and businesses.  Understanding these changes is key to positioning yourself and your business for the best possible outcome.  Come engage with Tony Stroud, CPA, local leader in accounting, about topics relevant to you and your business such as mitigating risk, pass-throughs vs. corporations, new and expired deductions, depreciation, managing profits, and more.  (Click on the Buy Tickets tab to register.) 


Stroud & Company

Jimmy Honsinger, President, BlueTone Media

3 Secrets to Turn your Website into a Cash Cow in 2018

Hear from Blue Tone Media about some of their exact methods they use on a daily basis to bring their clients consistent online success - so they're battle-tested & proven to work.  Seriously folks, this talk could be the difference between your company's online success or failure in 2018, so you can't miss it.
Learn these three important steps: 
1. How we improved our Contact Form Conversion Rate by 62% by getting rid of the fluff - and how you can too!  
2. Why you're missing out on 85% of your potential customers by not being Mobile-First - and why "Mobile-First" doesn't mean what you probably think it means.  
3. Why your Conversion Rate is the only metric that truly matters for your business - and why almost everything else is just a "vanity metric". (Click on the Buy Tickets tab to register.)
 


BlueTone Media
WHEN

Thursday Apr 5, 2018

11:30 AM to 7:00 PM

WHERE

The Wilmington Convention Center

515 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

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