2018 WilmingtonBiz Conference and Expo



  • Reserve a booth in the Expo Hall

  • Reserve seats at the Keynote Lunch

  • Sign up for FREE Business Seminars (Registration opens late February)

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

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 2017 WilmingtonBiz Conference and Expo. Click below to watch the 2016 Keynote lunch video with Chip Mahan.

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 -
110 - Brytons Home Improvement
112 - Aquesta Bank
113 - 
114 -
115 - 
116 - Mark Steelman Photography
117 - UNCW College of Arts & Sciences
118 - 
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 - 
208 - 
209 - TeamLogicIT
210 - Build
211 - Build
212 - Build
213- Build
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 - 
308 - 
309 - Battlehouse
310 - ADP
311 - 
312 - 
313 - Embassy Suites
314 - AlphaGraphics
315 - Action Coach
316 - Copycat
317 - Copycat
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 Distrbution
409 - Wilmington Convention Center
410 - AP Corp.
411 - Bon's Eye Marketing
412 - Diginity 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 - JHS Document Imaging
506 - Evolution Wellness
507-  Atlantic Underwriters
508 - Computer Warriors
509 - Computer Warriors
510 - 
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 - 
604 - Elderhaus
605 - New South Business Brokers
606 - 
607 - 
608 - 
609 -
610 - Lower Cape Fear Hospice
611 -
612 - 
613 -  Stroud & Associates
614 -  Stroud & Associates
615 - Myrtle Grove Christian School
616 - Cricket Wireless
617 - RSVP Cape Fear
618 - Bryton’s Home Improvement
619 - Sito Chiropractic
700 - Port City Auto Care
701 - 
702 - DR Horton
703 - DR Horton
704 - The George
705 - All Star Flags
706 -
707 - 
708 - 
709 - City Club of Wilmington
710 - 
711 - 
712 - 
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.


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),

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
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
2018 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - one seat
One Seat - Keynote Lunch
2018 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - Table for 10
Table for 10 - Keynote Lunch
2018 WilmingtonBiz Expo - Admission to the Expo Hall
One admission to attend the WilmingtonBiz Expo (including FREE seminars and WilmingtonBiz After Hours)
Register to Buy
Exhibitor Options Price
10 x10 Booth Package Greater Wilmington Business Journal's 2018 WilmingtonBiz Expo
Booth package (includes 1/8 pg b/w ad)
10 x 20 Booth Package Greater Wilmington Business Journal's 2018 WilmingtonBiz Expo
Booth package (includes 1/8 pg b/w ad)
10 x 10 Booth Greater Wilmington Business Journal's 2018 WilmingtonBiz Expo
Booth Only
10 x 20 Booth Greater Wilmington Business Journal's 2018 WilmingtonBiz Expo
Booth Only
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 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]


Electric and Utilities Service Order Form

Food and Beverage Sample Forms

Trade Show Items from Kwipped

Trade Show Items from Party Suppliers

Event Discussion


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.

Lower Cape Fear Hospice

Thursday Apr 5, 2018

11:30 AM to 7:00 PM


The Wilmington Convention Center

515 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

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