Financial

Is Diversification Oversold?

In our view, taking money out of your best ideas where you have the most confidence in future returns and ability to withstand risks to put it in companies you know less about and have less confidence ...

Eddie Nowell - South Atlantic Capital Management Group | Apr 23, 2019
Marketing & Sales

4 Reasons Why Your Website Doesn't Need an Image Slider

We’ve all seen the websites with banners that slide across the top of the home page. They scroll through multiple images to try and draw our attention on all the top reasons to do business w ...

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company | Apr 22, 2019
Economic Development

County Construction Projects Stay on Budget & on Schedule

In any construction project, whether it’s building a new home or renovating your kitchen, it’s important to know how much things will cost. And it’s even better to know you won&rsquo ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | Apr 17, 2019
Financial

Do You Know Who You Are Dealing With? How to Mitigate Risk Through Investigative Due Diligence

Knowing who you are doing business with has never been more important. Borrowers, investors, vendors, customers and employees all represent a degree of risk to your organization. Financial transaction ...

Adam Shay - Adam Shay CPA, PLLC | Apr 15, 2019
Financial

Coaching for Life

With March Madness behind us, and with the ups and downs, wins and losses, it reminded me that the “Madness” of life and the Market are intertwined. When life is good and our finances a ...

Alyce Phillips - Old North State Trust LLC | Apr 15, 2019
Education

Small Colleges Focus on Accessible Course Formats for Adult Students

This Insights article was contributed by Dr. Evan Duff, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at North Carolina Wesleyan College.   It’s no secret that adult students cons ...

Dani Somers - North Carolina Wesleyan | Apr 15, 2019
Other

Oleander Memorial Gardens Offers New Final Family Resting Places

You work hard to provide your family with a safe and comfortable place to live and the best opportunities life has to offer.  You started stashing money away early for your eventual retirement ...

Michael Higgins - Dignity Memorial | Apr 10, 2019
Marketing & Sales

How To Save Dunder Mifflin

We all know that Dunder Mifflin has been a struggling paper company for some time. What would we do without our beloved mid-size regional paper supplier? Needless to say, our team is concerned. We ...

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company | Apr 9, 2019
Legal Issues

How Businesses Can Maximize Their Attorney-Client Relationships

Most businesses appreciate they need to get counsel involved if a lawsuit is filed against them or if they need transactional legal work that attorneys provide.  But there are other services, bey ...

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

A Rising Tide Tends To Lift All Boats But You Find Out Whose Swimming Naked When The Tide Goes Out

The second part of this headline should be credited to Warren Buffett as his way of describing how dangerous complacency about investment risk can reverse abruptly when a company is finally forced to ...

Eddie Nowell - South Atlantic Capital Management Group | Apr 8, 2019
Health Care

Overcoming the Opioid Overdose Crisis

Our community has come together, like many others, to combat the opioid crisis. Several local agencies have rallied to create impactful community resources. A 2016 survey by Castlight, which list ...

Catherine Hanley - Alcami | Apr 4, 2019
Business Growth

Why Make Your Business More Valuable Without You?

Businesses that rely on their owners as the primary source of success are common. They’re also the most dangerous kind of business to own when you want to plan for the future of your ownership i ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Apr 3, 2019
Education

UNCW Department of Film Studies to Host Visions Film Festival & Conference, April 11-12

UNCW’s Department of Film Studies will host the ninth annual Visions Film Festival & Conference April 11-12. Founded in 2006, the conference is the only undergraduate peer-reviewed joint fil ...

Aswani Volety - UNCW College of Arts and Sciences | Apr 3, 2019
Financial

Is Your Business Worth as Much as You Think?

As a successful business owner, you know that your business has value. It likely supports the lifestyle you and your family live. It provides a paycheck and perhaps benefits to the people you employ. ...

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

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence: What Does It Mean for Our Region?

This Insights blog was contributed by Dr. Adam Jones, Associate Professor of Economics at the UNCW Cameron School of Business. The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) and technological exp ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Apr 1, 2019
Financial

Is Your Rental Property Eligible for 20% of Income Tax-Free?

Recently, the IRS released final regulations on a provision of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, most commonly known as the 20 percent Qualifying Business Income (QBI) deduction.    This deductio ...

Adam Shay - Adam Shay CPA, PLLC | Apr 1, 2019
Legal Issues

North Carolina’s Baseball Rule Limits Spectator Liability

Baseball season is here!   Baseball is America’s national pastime, a game that millions enjoy this time of year. From hot dogs and Cracker Jacks at Legion Stadium to high school summ ...

Deedee Gasch - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | Apr 1, 2019
Legal Issues

How Can I Sue Someone After the Statute of Limitations has Run in NC?

Every civil lawsuit or cause of action that can be filed in North Carolina has a time limit beyond which the lawsuit can no longer be filed. This is referred to as a Statute of Limitations.  T ...

Russell Nugent - The Humphries Law Firm | Apr 1, 2019
Financial

Use Trust or ABLE Account to Ensure Care for Special-Needs Family Member

Caring for a child with special needs puts huge burdens on families, both emotionally and financially.   Some are obvious: paying for specialized services, which may include education; medical ...

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

Military Students: Making the Most of Your Education Benefits

This Insights article was contributed by Laura Estes Brown, Associate Dean of Veteran Affairs and Special Projects at North Carolina Wesleyan College.   Whether you are newly transitioning ...

Dani Somers - North Carolina Wesleyan | Apr 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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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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Catherine Hanley

Vice President & Head of Marketing, Alcami
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Mar 29, 2019

A Look at the Area's Homebuilding Industry

All in all, 2018 was not the easiest year for homebuilders in the Cape Fear region. Between torrential summer rains, Hurricane Florence in September, ongoing labor shortages, and a sudden spike in interest rates toward the end of the year, keeping up with the steady demand for housing in the area was a challenge. Despite those challenges, Scott Byers, President and CEO of Majestic Kitchens and Bath Creations, believes there is no more exciting industry to be in – and, perhaps, non ...

Feb 21, 2019

Advice for Long-Term Wealth Management

Market fluctuations, changes to tax laws and political uncertainty can weigh heavily on day-today investment decisions. But considering a certain amount of ambiguity will always be a given, the best approach to wealth management is planning for the long-term – in particular, paying for a child’s college tuition, exiting your business, retiring, ensuring long-term elder care is in place, and leaving assets to your family. We asked four local professionals to share financial plann ...

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 ...