Legal Issues

Employee Training: Accident and Claims Prevention

Businesses should be proactive about accident and claims prevention.    As part of this process, it is important to train all employees about potential hazards at a business and how to rem ...

Deedee Gasch - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | Feb 21, 2019
Education

Grateful for Business Community Connections

The fall of 2018 was both devastating and challenging for the city of Wilmington and the surrounding areas. However, all sectors of the Cape Fear community proved resilient in getting our economy b ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Feb 19, 2019
Economic Development

The Possibilities of Project Grace

The possibilities of Project Grace are exciting. It has been over two years since we began talking about the opportunity of a public-private partnership to create a mixed-use development in downtow ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | Feb 19, 2019
Legal Issues

When is a Trademark License a Franchise Agreement?

Companies with successful brands can expand the reach of those brands by allowing other companies to produce goods and services under the trademark owner’s brand. Other companies may want to ...

Russell Nugent - The Humphries Law Firm | Feb 19, 2019
Residential Real Estate

Leasing in a Community Association

Maybe you bought your property as an investment. Perhaps your circumstances in life have changed, and you now need to downsize – or go bigger. Or your job could be relocating you across the coun ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | Feb 15, 2019
Marketing & Sales

Fake News! Read All About It

What a marketer can learn from fake news   When breaking down the controversial success of fake news, let’s put our moral and political agendas aside and take a moment to think from the m ...

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company | Feb 15, 2019
Education

One Size Does Not Fit All for Today’s Student

This Insights article was contributed by Fabiola Kinney, Admissions and Advising Coordinator of North Carolina Wesleyan College’s Adult Studies Program in Wilmington. “Can I work ...

Brittany Hays McGreal - North Carolina Wesleyan | Feb 15, 2019
Education

UNCW Visiting Artist & Scholar Program Benefits Regional Community

The College of Arts and Sciences recently launched a new Visiting Artist and Scholar program designed to enrich the UNCW student experience and engage the larger community.  The program will b ...

Aswani Volety - UNCW College of Arts and Sciences | Feb 12, 2019
Business Growth

I Disagree.

As seniors at the Naval Academy in 1971, our superintendent, a three-star Navy admiral, would periodically gather the 800-member class together and offer some encouragement and insights on what to exp ...

Ron Hewett - Academy Leadership | Feb 11, 2019
Legal Issues

An Injury is Reported at Your Business… Now What?

Many of you have likely seen the video of a man faking a slip and fall at a business in New Jersey. This viral video is an extreme case, but it proves the importance of preserving evidence after ...

Deedee Gasch - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | Feb 8, 2019
Financial

Millennials Facing Heavy Debt Burden, Need Realistic View of Future

In the satirical 1963 musical film, “Bye Bye Birdie,” comic actor Paul Lynde lamented everything he thought was wrong with the young people of his era. “Why can’t they be like ...

Alyce Phillips - Old North State Trust LLC | Feb 8, 2019
Legal Issues

Can I Protect the Appearance of My Product or Packaging?

Consumers are accustomed to seeing words and images used as brand names but the federal law that protects trademark rights defines a trademark to include any device or symbol that identifies a source ...

Russell Nugent - The Humphries Law Firm | Feb 6, 2019
Residential Real Estate

Architectural Review Within Your Community Association

Want to give the exterior of your home a fresh new look… in your favorite shade of pink? If you live in a community association, chances are you can’t break out the paint cans just yet ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | Feb 4, 2019
Marketing & Sales

The Power of Instagram: What Digital Marketers Learned from Fyre Festival

For those who haven’t followed the fiasco – or seen the recent documentaries released by Netflix and Hulu – Fyre Festival was to be an immersive and luxurious music festival expe ...

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company | Feb 4, 2019
Financial

How Business Owners are Approaching Their Futures

As a business owner, you know that planning is crucial and that the new year is typically when you implement new strategies. As the new year begins, many business owners have begun to examine what the ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Feb 1, 2019
Financial

Is Your Business Susceptible to Fraud? How to Mitigate Fraud Risk

An organization’s culture that is overly trusting of its employees, does not consider fraud risks or value integrity, or is tolerant of fraud and abuse is a breeding ground for all forms of misc ...

Adam Shay - Adam Shay CPA, PLLC | Feb 1, 2019
Marketing & Sales

Why Your Company Needs a Corporate Video

Did you know that watching videos made up 69 percent of all global consumer internet traffic in 2017? That’s why your company has to have at least one stake in the ground with a good c ...

Jim Ellis - Signal | Feb 1, 2019
Financial

How to Deal with Recent Market Volatility

Prices Can Be Distorted by Computer Driven Trading   Last year’s fourth quarter downturn started as short-term interest rates increased, which made bonds more of an investment alternative ...

Eddie Nowell - South Atlantic Capital Management Group | Feb 1, 2019
Marketing & Sales

Google Ads are Changing for the Better: How to Keep Up

Once again, Google is switching it up. If there’s one area in which they particularly excel, it’s keeping digital marketers on their toes.   If you’re already incorporating ...

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company | Jan 28, 2019
Financial

The 3 Most Important Questions Before You Retire

The decision to retire can be a scary one, but it doesn’t have to be.  You need to make sure that you have thoroughly thought things through and have the answers to a number of questions ...

Brett Tushingham - Tushingham Wealth Strategies | Jan 28, 2019
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Owner & Director, School of Learning Arts
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Jack Barto

President and CEO, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
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Vice President, Carolinas Division, W.M. Jordan Company
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Dick Blouse

Interim President, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
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Owner, Summerfield Custom Wellness
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Becky Brown

Owner, KBT Realty
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Will Brown

Owner, Will Brown Insurance Agency LLC
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Bo Burch

Chief Executive Officer, Human Capital Solutions, Inc.
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Robert Burrus

Dean , Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington
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President & CEO, Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations
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Marty Cayton

President & Owner, TeamLogic IT of Wilmington & Fayetteville
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Michelle Clark

Realtor/Broker, Intracoastal Realty
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Derek Cohen

Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking , Bank of America Merrill Lynch
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Chris Coudriet

County Manager, New Hanover County Government
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Thom Cross

General Manager, MarineMax Wrightsville Beach
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Sabrina Davis

President and Owner, Port City Signs & Graphics
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Steve DeBiasi

Chief Executive Officer, OrthoWilmington
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John Devaney

Chief Executive Officer, Cape Fear Clinic
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Mike Duncan

CEO and Creative Director, Sage Island
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Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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President, Enrolled Agent, Century Accounting and Tax Services, Inc.
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President/General Manager , Markraft Cabinets, Inc
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Jim Ellis

Vice President, Account Director, Signal
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Tyson Emery

Owner, KBT Realty
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Natalie English

President & CEO, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
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Jeffrey Feldstein

Regional Manager and Claims Representative, Metro Public Adjustment
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Lindy Ford

Registered Dietitian and Owner, Lindy Ford Nutrition & Wellness, LLC
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Craig S. Galbraith

Executive Director of the UNCW Research Foundation, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Kara Gansmann

Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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Robbie Garner

President and CEO, Atlantic Computer Services

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Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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Deedee Gasch

Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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Chris George

Senior Vice President , PNC Bank
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David Grange

President and CEO , Osprey Global Solutions
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Gary Greene

President, Greene Resources, Inc.
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Brittany Hays McGreal

Assistant Director of Community College Partnerships, North Carolina Wesleyan
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Ron Hewett

Facilitator , Academy Leadership
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Dave Hoff

Chief Operating Officer and Executive VP of Leadership Development, EASI Consult
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Denver Hollingsworth

Director of Marketing, Epproach Communications
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Honnalora Hubbard

Family Service Manager, Dignity Memorial
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Bill Hunter

President & Creative Director, Wilmington Design Company
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Jeff James

Chief Executive Officer, Wilmington Health
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Neal Johnson

Licensed Real Estate Broker , Network Real Estate
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Scott Johnson

Chairman, Cape Fear Economic Development Council (CFEDC)
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Patrick Kelly

Family Service Manager, Dignity Memorial
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PJ Kelly

Vice President, Logan Homes
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Lisa Leath

SHRM-SCP, President, Leath HR Group
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Corey Lewis

Founder, Owner and President, Cape Fear Jobs
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Partner, Rountree Losee LLP
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Executive Director, Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry
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Connie Majure-Rhett

Former President and CEO , Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
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Joe Marston

President, Wilmington Winlectric
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John Martin

Professional Liability and Medical Malpractice Defense Attorney, CSH Law
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Vanessa Marttinen

Founder, American Marketeur
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Owner of Wilmington Performance Lab, Live Oak Bank Wellness Coordinator, Wilmington Performance Lab
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Executive Director , N.C. Petroleum Council; American Petroleum Institute-NC
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Randy McIntyre

Partner, McIntyre, Paradis, Wood & Co.
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Kevin McKoy

Broker, Network Real Estate
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Patrick Mincey

Criminal Defense Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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Founder and Chairman, The Forté Institute, LLC
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Chris Nelson

President, United Way of the Cape Fear Area
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Eddie Nowell

President, South Atlantic Capital Management Group
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Russell Nugent

Attorney, The Humphries Law Firm
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Andrew Olsen

Elder Law Attorney, CSH Law
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Shaun Olsen

Founder, CloudWyze
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Director of communications, Wells Fargo Championship
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President, Perry’s Emporium
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President, The Wedding Dress Shoppe
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Alyce Phillips

Marketing Director, Old North State Trust LLC
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Broker, Managing Partner, Coldwell Banker Commercial SunCoast
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Kirk Pugh

Broker and Realtor, KBT Realty
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Julie Rehder

Marketing and Public Relations Administrator, The Davis Community
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Robert Rickert

Founder/President, Robert J. Rickert, CPA, PC
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Jim Roberts

Executive Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Dallas Romanowski

Managing Partner, Cornerstone Business Advisors
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Airport Director, ILM
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Devon Scott

Founder, Solutions Engineer, Blue Fission Enterprise Technology
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Al Sharp

Project Director, FOCUS
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Doctor of Chiropractic , Shaver Chiropractic & Natural Medicine
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Adam Shay

Managing Partner, Adam Shay CPA, PLLC
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Earl Sheridan

Councilman, City of Wilmington
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Reggie Shropshire

Business Coach, ActionCOACH
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Ryan Skuce

Partner, Earney & Company, LLP
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Colin F. Smith

President, The Retirement Company
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Steve Spain

Executive Director, Cape Fear Habitat For Humanity
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Cindy Stancil

President , Liberty Senior Living Management Services, LLC
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Joey Stone

General Manager and Vice President , Teleco
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Mike Stonestreet

Co-Owner/President, CAMS (Community Association Management Services)
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Patrick Stoy

Mortgage Consultant/Owner, Market Consulting Mortgage
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Dave Sweyer

Owner and Broker, Sweyer Property Management
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Kyle Thorpe

Vice President of Operations, Infinity Payment Systems
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Yasmin Tomkinson

Executive Director, Cape Fear Literacy Council
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Benton Toups

Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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Brett Tushingham

CFP®, CCFS®, Managing Member & CCO, Tushingham Wealth Strategies
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Ron Vetter

Associate Provost of Research, Dean of the Graduate School, University of North Carolina Wilmington
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Aswani Volety

Dean, UNCW College of Arts and Sciences
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Margaret Weller-Stargell

President and CEO , Coastal Horizons Center, Inc
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Jason Wheeler

CEO, Pathfinder Wealth Consulting
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Chuck Whitlock

Interim Executive Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Susan Willett

Director of Trust Services, Old North State Trust, LLC
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Julie Wilsey

Director, Wilmington International Airport
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Chad Wouters

Partner, Earney & Company, LLP

Business Journal INSIGHTFUL DISCUSSIONS

INSIGHTFUL DISCUSSIONS allows executives to share their perspective and position their organizations as industry leaders to the Business Journal audience. Participants have the opportunity to respond to industry-specific questions and are featured in a special, sponsored content section of the Business Journal.

Nov 16, 2018

HR Tactics for a Successful Business

The foundation for a lasting and thriving organization is most often built on the creation of a clear company culture that is embraced and practice by a dedicated team of employees. But sustaining staff buy-in and ensuring longevity as a company grows and evolves is a bit more complex. Balancing a high local cost of living with pay rates that are lower than in comparable areas and offering the right incentives to retain the right employees – all while juggling policy, procedure and ...

Nov 2, 2018

Managing Your Health and Wellness

Navigating the ever-changing landscape of health care can be challenging and, sometimes, a bit intimidating. Yet, understanding the various components of not just health, but also overall wellness, can empower patients to advocate for their own health – something providers certainly appreciate and recommend. Starting with understanding that distinction between health and wellness – and utilizing new medical technologies and clinical research trials – patients can, now more t ...

Oct 24, 2018

Commercial Real Estate’s Steady Rise

Signs that business is booming in the Cape Fear region are everywhere you look these days – from the surge of hotels in downtown Wilmington’s burgeoning Convention District and storefronts popping up in midtown Wilmington to the continued growth of northern Pender and Brunswick counties and grocery stores, medical offices and eateries cropping up at all points in between. With a growing population comes an increasing demand for more commercial real estate but the lack of avail ...