Knowing What You Have to Get What You Need

For many business owners, building their successful businesses began by accurately determining what they had. Whether their businesses provide products, services or ideas, the success they experien ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Jan 22, 2018
Residential Real Estate

For Association Boards, CAI Membership has its Privileges

You’ve settled into your dream house and with the free time you now have to do some volunteer work, you have decided to join your community association board to be active in – and an adv ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | Jan 22, 2018

How Will the New Tax Cuts Impact You?

On Dec. 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax-cut package that fundamentally changes the individual and business tax landscape.   Whi ...

Susan Willett - Old North State Trust, LLC | Jan 19, 2018

Artificial Intelligence Is No Longer A Thing Of The Future

Artificial intelligence (AI) may sound like something from a sci-fi movie, but chances are you have already interacted with it. If you have ever flown in a plane that uses an automatic pilot feature, ...

Marty Cayton - TeamLogic IT of Wilmington & Fayetteville | Jan 19, 2018
Residential Real Estate

What We Do is Open Doors

People from all walks of life enter the real estate profession - college kids, housewives, stockbrokers, attorneys - all for different reasons, and all with different goals. Experience, knowledge, pr ...

Kirk Pugh - KBT Realty | Jan 19, 2018

New Tax Rules: A Q&A

Many questions came to us during the conferences that cobbled together two bills, and we had no answers.   In the next few articles I will simplify the tenants that are the most common to indiv ...

Karen Durda - Century Accounting and Tax Services, Inc. | Jan 19, 2018
Economic Development

Advancing Our Success into 2018

New Hanover County had a good 2017, and I am looking forward to another productive year in 2018. I am confident the county will continue to further our economic progress, enhance the health and saf ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | Jan 18, 2018

UNCW to Develop Graduate Programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences

UNCW broke ground this week on its new allied health building.   The facility will increase the university’s ability to provide future health care professionals with the highest level of ...

Aswani Volety - UNCW College of Arts and Sciences | Jan 18, 2018
Legal Issues

The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act’s Impact on Elder Law & Estate Planning

Love it or hate it, the Tax Cuts and Job Act is now in effect as of Jan. 1.    As pertinent to elder law and estate planning, the act contains important provisions that govern gifting and ...

Kara Gansmann - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | Jan 16, 2018

Work Smarter, Not Harder

This Insights article was contributed by Dr. Stephen Hill, Assistant Professor of Business Analytics, Cameron School of Business   Detecting spam and malware. Guiding autonomous vehicles. Dis ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - University of North Carolina Wilmington | Jan 15, 2018
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Owner & Director, School of Learning Arts
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Executive Principal, Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina (MARBIONC)
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Vice President, Carolinas Division, W.M. Jordan Company
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Dean , Cameron School of Business - University of North Carolina Wilmington

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President & Owner, TeamLogic IT of Wilmington & Fayetteville
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Derek Cohen

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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Chief Executive Officer, Cape Fear Clinic

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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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Vice President, Account Director, Signal
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President & CEO, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce

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Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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Owner, Summerfield Custom Wellness
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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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President & Creative Director, Wilmington Design Company
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Chief Executive Officer, Wilmington Health
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Licensed Real Estate Broker , Network Real Estate
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Family Service Manager, Dignity Memorial
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Partner, Rountree Losee LLP
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Executive Director, Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry
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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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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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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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Broker, Managing Partner, Coldwell Banker Commercial SunCoast
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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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Managing Partner, Adam Shay CPA, PLLC
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Councilman, City of Wilmington

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Business Coach, ActionCOACH
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President, The Retirement Company

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Executive Director, Cape Fear Habitat For Humanity
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President , Liberty Senior Living Management Services, LLC
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General Manager and Vice President , Teleco
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Co-Owner/President, CAMS (Community Association Management Services)
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Mortgage Consultant/Owner, Market Consulting Mortgage
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Owner and Broker, Sweyer Property Management

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Executive Director, Cape Fear Literacy Council
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Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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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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CEO, Pathfinder Wealth Consulting
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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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Partner, Earney & Company, LLP


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Dec 6, 2017

Women in Business: Achievements & Obstacles

Within recent years, women have made great strides in the business world, both locally and across the country. They now hold a little more than half of all professional-level jobs in the United States, and the number of women in upper management positions is steadily on the rise. Between 2015 and 2016, women’s entrepreneurship rates increased at twice the rate of their male counterparts and, according to last year’s Kauffman Index of Startup Activity, the number of new female-ow ...

Nov 20, 2017

The Benefits & Challenges Of Tech-Powered Business

Without question, technology has changed so many aspects of our daily lives and interactions with others, including - to a large degree - how we research, shop for and purchase products and services. And those changes have, in turn, influenced how businesses present and offer those products and services. That adaptation often inevitably leads to the incorporation of new technologies to help streamline day-to-day business operations and redundant tasks. While embracing continued technologica ...

Oct 23, 2017

Health Care Changes And Challenges

In the midst of proposed changes to “Obamacare," patients and medical providers alike continue to feel the impact of federal regulations on the availability of affordable care. But those regulations have prompted those in health care industry to think outside the box and partner with other providers and the community at large. In the following pages, five industry officials offer their thoughts on the changing health care landscape. For the full PDF version, click here. How do ...