Financial

Successful Planning Starts Much Earlier Than You Think

Many business owners believe they have plenty of time to create a successful plan for the future of their businesses. Most commonly, owners think that if they give themselves a few years, they can tra ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Aug 23, 2019
Education

Forecasting the Future: Demystifying Two Common Assumptions in Our Economy

This Insights article was contributed by Dr. Adam Jones, Cameron's Regional Economist. Successful companies, communities, and individuals are intentional in their actions and make decisions bas ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Aug 23, 2019
Residential Real Estate

The Value of Partnering with Financial Institutions

Community management companies, like the rest of the world, are being targeted for fraud and the threats are growing. This includes people attempting to cash fake checks at local banks, embezzlement, ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | Aug 23, 2019
Economic Development

Purpose-Designed Government Center and Redeveloped Land Will Benefit the Community

A new government center. Possible retail, residential and commercial space. A new hub of activity for New Hanover County and the city of Wilmington. That’s what a public-private partnership on t ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | Aug 21, 2019
Residential Real Estate

2019 VolunTourist Season is Wrapping Up!

VolunTourism is a form of tourism in which travelers volunteer, typically with a charity, at their vacation destination. The trips tend to be short term, group oriented, and require little expert ...

JC Lyle - Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry | Aug 21, 2019
Education

Transforming the CHHS of Today to the CHHS of Tomorrow

Since the founding of the College of Health and Human Services in 2010, more than 6,500 students have graduated in the fields of health and applied human sciences, nursing and social work – and ...

Charles Hardy - UNCW College of Health and Human Services | Aug 20, 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 purpos ...

Fred Kumpel - Strickland's Home | Aug 19, 2019
Other

Have You Done Your Hurricane Homework?

Many in the Cape Fear region took quite a hit when Hurricane Florence rolled through in September of last year. With the most active period of hurricane season upon us yet again, we at Sweyer Property ...

Dave Sweyer - Sweyer Property Management | Aug 16, 2019
Marketing & Sales

Is Your Phone Listening?

It’s no wonder we love our smartphones. They’re wonderfully brilliant, make life a bit easier, and continue to advance with features like facial recognition, waterproof design, and high-re ...

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company | Aug 16, 2019
Economic Development

Advocacy: The Heart of the Chamber

The word “advocate” is at the heart of all initiatives at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. A chamber’s role in the community is to be the voice of business, and we work hard every ...

Natalie English - Wilmington Chamber of Commerce | Aug 16, 2019
Education

Social Workers Play Vital Role in Substance Use Treatment Process

There is a tremendous need for additional social workers and other allied health providers in the treatment of substance use disorders. New Hanover and Onslow Counties are battling the opiate epidemic ...

Charles Hardy - UNCW College of Health and Human Services | Aug 16, 2019
Financial

Trade Crypto Currency? Chances Are The IRS Knows About It

Recently, the IRS has made a PR push to let cryptocurrency traders know that letters are being sent to warn them to review the rules about tax reporting of cryptocurrency transactions. There are ...

Caroline Montgomery - Adam Shay CPA, PLLC | Aug 16, 2019
Residential Real Estate

Is Your Roof Absorbing Water?

In recent weeks, our city has been drenched with rain. Have you considered checking on your roof to see if it is absorbing water? It’s not too difficult to do; generally speaking, you ca ...

Christy West - Roof Rescue of Wilmington LLC/Roof Maxx | Aug 16, 2019
Financial

Instead of Isolation or Institution, a Third Approach to Senior Housing

People who are aging – and their family members – often face a dilemma when it comes to choosing the best housing arrangement. Staying in their homes can become overwhelming and can lead t ...

Alyce Phillips - Old North State Trust LLC | Aug 9, 2019
Financial

Fairness and Equity Among Family Members

If you’re like many business owners, your business plays a large role in supporting your family’s lifestyle. As you plan for your business’ future, you may run into questions about h ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Aug 7, 2019
Education

Which MBA Program Best Meets Your Needs?

In August 2018 the Cameron School of Business launched a fully online MBA program. The goal of the new program was to extend the reach and impact of the Cameron School within the State of North Caroli ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Aug 6, 2019
Education

Growing the Spirit of Entrepreneurship

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship has found a welcoming and supportive home in Wilmington. If you put your ear to the ground, you’ll hear interesting conversations about entrepreneurship all over t ...

Diane Durance - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Aug 5, 2019
Residential Real Estate

Measuring Nonprofit ROI

Donations to nonprofits, by their very nature, provide a return on a community’s investment. In many cases, the return can be estimated in dollars.   For example, with the help of volunte ...

JC Lyle - Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry | Aug 5, 2019
Financial

What’s Next for Equity Investors?

Two things are top of mind for equity investors; a market downturn due to a recession or a market downturn due to excessive valuations.   I wouldn’t lose sleep wondering if a recession wi ...

Eddie Nowell - South Atlantic Capital Management Group | Aug 5, 2019
Residential Real Estate

You Give Your Car A Tune-Up, Why Not Your Roof?

I was born and raised here in Wilmington, and have lived through many storms and hurricanes. I remember Hurricane Fran in 1996. Did you know that Fran was a Category 3, and is the last major hurricane ...

Christy West - Roof Rescue of Wilmington LLC/Roof Maxx | Aug 5, 2019
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Owner & Director, School of Learning Arts
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President and CEO, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
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Vice President, Carolinas Division, W.M. Jordan Company
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Interim President, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
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Owner, Summerfield Custom Wellness
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Owner, KBT Realty
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Chief Executive Officer, Human Capital Solutions, Inc.
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Dean , Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington
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President & CEO, Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations
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President & Owner, TeamLogic IT of Wilmington & Fayetteville
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Realtor/Broker, Intracoastal Realty
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Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking , Bank of America Merrill Lynch
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County Manager, New Hanover County Government
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General Manager, MarineMax Wrightsville Beach
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Director of Operations and Member Experience, Corning Credit Union (CCU)
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President and Owner, Port City Signs & Graphics
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Chief Executive Officer, OrthoWilmington
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Chief Executive Officer, Cape Fear Clinic
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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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Vice President, Account Director, Signal
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Owner, KBT Realty
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President & CEO, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
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Regional Manager and Claims Representative, Metro Public Adjustment
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Registered Dietitian and Owner, Lindy Ford Nutrition & Wellness, LLC
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Executive Director of the UNCW Research Foundation, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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President and CEO, Atlantic Computer Services

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Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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Senior Vice President , PNC Bank
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President and CEO , Osprey Global Solutions
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President, Greene Resources, Inc.
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Vice President & Head of Marketing, Alcami
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Founding Dean and Professor, UNCW College of Health and Human Services
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Facilitator , Academy Leadership
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Family Service Manager, Dignity Memorial
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Chief Operating Officer and Executive VP of Leadership Development, EASI Consult
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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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Licensed Real Estate Broker , Network Real Estate
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Chairman, Cape Fear Economic Development Council (CFEDC)
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Family Service Manager, Dignity Memorial
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Vice President, Logan Homes

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Owner, Strickland's Home
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Owner, Strickland's Home
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SHRM-SCP, President, Leath HR Group
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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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Former President and CEO , Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
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President, Wilmington Winlectric
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Professional Liability and Medical Malpractice Defense Attorney, CSH Law
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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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Partner, McIntyre, Paradis, Wood & Co.
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Broker, Network Real Estate
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Criminal Defense Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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Tax Manager, Partner, Adam Shay CPA, PLLC
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Founder and Chairman, The Forté Institute, LLC
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President, United Way of the Cape Fear Area
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President, South Atlantic Capital Management Group
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Attorney, The Humphries Law Firm
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Elder Law Attorney, CSH Law
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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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Marketing Director, Old North State Trust LLC
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Broker, Managing Partner, Coldwell Banker Commercial SunCoast
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Sherri Pridgen

2019 President, Cape Fear REALTORS®
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Broker and Realtor, KBT Realty
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Marketing and Public Relations Administrator, The Davis Community
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Founder/President, Robert J. Rickert, CPA, PC
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Executive Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Managing Partner, Cornerstone Business Advisors
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Airport Director, ILM
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Founder, Solutions Engineer, Blue Fission Enterprise Technology
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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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Business Coach, ActionCOACH
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Partner, Earney & Company, LLP
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President, The Retirement Company
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Assistant Director of Admissions, North Carolina Wesleyan
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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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Mortgage Consultant/Owner, Market Consulting Mortgage
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Dave Sweyer

Owner and Broker, Sweyer Property Management
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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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CFP®, CCFS®, Managing Member & CCO, Tushingham Wealth Strategies
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Associate Provost of Research, Dean of the Graduate School, University of North Carolina Wilmington
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Dean, UNCW College of Arts and Sciences
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Managing Partner, City Club of Wilmington, LLC
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President and CEO , Coastal Horizons Center, Inc
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Christy West

Co-Owner, Roof Rescue of Wilmington LLC/Roof Maxx
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CEO, Pathfinder Wealth Consulting
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Chuck Whitlock

Interim Executive Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Director of Trust Services, Old North State Trust, LLC
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Director, Wilmington International Airport
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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.

Jul 19, 2019

Helping Loved Ones with Pre-Planning

Moving closer to the end of the road is not something any of us wants to think about. Still, leaving “at-need” arrangements to loved ones creates unnecessary burdens and stress, both emotionally and financially. We asked professionals involved in pre-planning about what we can do to help make this difficult time as painless and hassle-free as possible. For the full PDF version, click here.   What are some of the common hurdles family members face when dealing with loved ...

Jun 21, 2019

Residential Real Estate: Keeping Up with Demand

This month the North Carolina Department of Commerce released projected job growth numbers for the next seven years which include the state’s fastest annual growth rate in Wilmington. New jobs mean new workers: as our population continues to grow, real estate will keep rocking in the Cape Fear region, but not without its challenges. We asked a panel of local industry leaders for their thoughts on some of the most important trends and issues facing home buyers and real estate professional ...

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 ...