Economic Development

Your Tax Dollars are Being Spent Wisely

New Hanover County’s $399 million balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 has been adopted by the Board of Commissioners. It focuses on investments in education, public safety, economic d ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | Jun 17, 2019
Residential Real Estate

Lessons from Hurricane Florence

Many in the Carolinas are still catching their breath after Hurricane Florence, even as we enter into another season of hurricane preparedness. Here at CAMS, we’re taking what we’ve learne ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | Jun 17, 2019
Education

Entrepreneurs Tap into Generous Advice

The Cape Fear region has a new way to give and get business advice – by tapping into a pool of ‘givers’.   Adam Grant, renowned author, organizational psychologist, and Wharto ...

Diane Durance - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Jun 17, 2019
Education

Supply Chain Education and the State of the Industry

This Insights article was submitted by Dr. Justin Goldston, professor in the Wesleyan Broadens Logistics Program at North Carolina Wesleyan College. Early in my career when I told people ...

Dani Somers - North Carolina Wesleyan | Jun 17, 2019
Residential Real Estate

Homeschooling is on the Rise; Organization is, Too!

If you’re considering homeschooling next year, or you already homeschool, you’re in good company. Nationwide, the homeschooling movement continues to grow, and Wilmington, N ...

Fred Kumpel - Strickland's Home | Jun 17, 2019
Financial

Business Budgeting

A question that accountants often get is “If I’m showing that much income, where did it all go?” This question highlights the issue of not having a formalized budget in place (amongs ...

Caroline Montgomery - Adam Shay CPA, PLLC | Jun 12, 2019
Business Growth

Protecting What You Care About: Business, Family, & Employees

As a business owner, you’re likely the most important person in your business. You’re probably the breadwinner for your family. Your employees rely on your leadership and success for their ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Jun 7, 2019
Marketing & Sales

Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Digital Agency

If you’re looking for a new digital agency, chances are that you’re either unhappy with your current agency, or looking to supplement an unmet need on your team, and you want to explore op ...

Jim Ellis - Signal | Jun 7, 2019
Residential Real Estate

What is the Difference Between WARM & Habitat for Humanity?

This Insights article is co-authored by Steve Spain, Executive Director of Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity.   Sometimes, when people hear about WARM’s mission, they immediately compar ...

JC Lyle - Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry | Jun 7, 2019
Education

UNCW STEAM Team Program Provides Access Point to Higher Education

Later this month, UNCW will welcome the second cohort of students to campus as part of the 2019 STEAM Team Program. STEAM Team is a weeklong, residential summer program hosted by UNCW free of cost for ...

Aswani Volety - UNCW College of Arts and Sciences | Jun 7, 2019
Legal Issues

Analyzing the Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Tiger Woods, His Bar, and His Girlfriend: A Lawyer’s Perspective

Just when things seemed to be on the upswing for famous golfer Tiger Woods, he was recently sued in a wrongful death lawsuit. Also named as Defendants are the bar he owns in Florida (The Woods), and h ...

Deedee Gasch - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | Jun 7, 2019
Financial

What We Think is Unique About Our Firm

Research-Focused South Atlantic Capital is an independent registered investment adviser registered with the State of North Carolina and the Commonwealth of Virginia.   We are a research-focus ...

Eddie Nowell - South Atlantic Capital Management Group | Jun 7, 2019
Technology

Beyond the Bench: UNC Wilmington Classroom to cGMP Laboratories

Alcami and the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) have partnered on an academic program that connects education and work experiences for students pursuing scientific careers, esp ...

Catherine Hanley - Alcami | Jun 3, 2019
Business Growth

Maintaining Control, Minimizing Risk, and Rewarding Your Best Employees

For many small-to-mid-market business owners, there are few things more important than maintaining control of the company, minimizing risks for the company, and rewarding the employees that make the c ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Jun 1, 2019
Education

Held for Ransom(ware): You AND Your Company. How NOT to be a Victim

This Insights article was contributed by Dr. Elizabeth Baker, Associate Professor of Management Information Systems at the UNCW Cameron School of Business.   It can happen at any time...yo ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Jun 1, 2019
Education

Start with the Answer

This Insights article was contributed by William Mansfield, SVP of Product Innovation & Technology for Suzy, NYC and the founder of the local startup Social Haven. We play a game in our fa ...

Diane Durance - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Jun 1, 2019
Marketing & Sales

Old School - The Hidden Value of Handwritten Notes

Electronic communication has become second nature to so many of us in this ‘wired world’ we live in. Our days are filled with tweets, posts, emails, and text messages because they are so m ...

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company | Jun 1, 2019
Financial

Investors with A Cause Can Put their Money Where their Hearts Are

Should strictly financial considerations be the sole criteria for investing? Or does it make sense to consider the non-economic impacts that investment decisions have on the world? For many investo ...

Alyce Phillips - Old North State Trust LLC | Jun 1, 2019
Education

Building a Strong Support Network for Adult Students

This Insights article was submitted by Fabiola Kinney, Admissions and Advising Coordinator of North Carolina Wesleyan College’s Adult Studies Program in Wilmington. Earning your degree a ...

Dani Somers - North Carolina Wesleyan | Jun 1, 2019
Commercial Real Estate

Commercial Window Coverings and How They Help the Community

From local gyms to aquariums, commercial window coverings do far more than provide a finishing touch.   To the untrained eye, commercial window coverings may appear to serve a simple ...

Fred Kumpel - Strickland's Home | Jun 1, 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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Rob Beale

Vice President, Carolinas Division, W.M. Jordan Company
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Dick Blouse

Interim President, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
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Laura Bransfield

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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Scott Byers

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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Diane Durance

Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Karen Durda

President, Enrolled Agent, Century Accounting and Tax Services, Inc.
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Cee Edwards

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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Catherine Hanley

Vice President & Head of Marketing, Alcami
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Catherine Hanley

Vice President & Head of Marketing, Alcami
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Charles Hardy

Founding Dean and Professor, UNCW College of Health and Human Services
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Ron Hewett

Facilitator , Academy Leadership
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Michael Higgins

Family Service Manager, Dignity Memorial
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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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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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Owner, Strickland's Home
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Fred Kumpel

Owner, Strickland's Home
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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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Geoffrey Losee

Partner, Rountree Losee LLP
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JC Lyle

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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Chris McAbee

Owner of Wilmington Performance Lab, Live Oak Bank Wellness Coordinator, Wilmington Performance Lab
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David McGowan, III

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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Caroline Montgomery

Tax Manager, Partner, Adam Shay CPA, PLLC
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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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Lee Patterson

Director of communications, Wells Fargo Championship
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Alan Perry

President, Perry’s Emporium
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Alan Perry

President, The Wedding Dress Shoppe
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Alyce Phillips

Marketing Director, Old North State Trust LLC
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W. Grayson Powell

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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Jon Rosborough

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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R. Todd Shaver

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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Dani Somers

Assistant Director of Admissions, North Carolina Wesleyan
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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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Jonathan Weiss

Managing Partner, City Club of Wilmington, LLC
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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.

Jun 10, 2019

Manufacturing in Wilmington: Pros, Cons, and What the Future Holds

The U.S. is seeing the best manufacturing jobs growth of the last 30 years. With the Port of Wilmington ramping-up infrastructure projects to handle bigger ships and quicker cargo delivery, and the Wilmington metro area adding to the local workforce with a continuing population boom, what does the future hold for area manufacturers? For a full PDF version, click here.  Manufacturing is experiencing a renaissance across the U.S. Is the Cape Fear region part of that good news? RYAN ...

May 21, 2019

Business Growth Is it as easy as it sounds?

One of the most difficult, stressful, and yet rewarding experiences in life is starting a business. Keeping it going is tough; one out of three don’t make it through the first two years. Those that survive and thrive at some point will face a new challenge - whether or not to grow. We asked a handful of Wilmington business professionals who’ve either experienced growth or advised clients on the subject for their take on various aspects of this important make-or-break issue. For ...

Apr 5, 2019

Legal Advice to Small Business Owners

For entrepreneurs, legal advice may not seem like a priority… until it becomes a necessity. Below, four local law experts discuss why ongoing counsel can not only protect a budding business but also help it survive and thrive amidst competition and unanticipated hurdles that may arise.    For a full PDF version, click here.    What can a client do to prepare for an initial meeting with an attorney?     JEREMY WILSON: First, think through all t ...