Marketing & Sales

Facebook Ads: What’s Changing

In the wake of the recent Facebook data privacy scandal, the company is changing the way its popular Custom Audiences feature works.   If you’re a marketer who uses Custom Audiences to ta ...

Jim Ellis - Signal | May 24, 2018
Education

What is SOLA?

One of the biggest questions I’m often asked by parents is, “What does SOLA mean?” The truth is, SOLA – or School of Learning Arts – encompasses so much more than just ...

Steve Adams - School of Learning Arts | May 22, 2018
Economic Development

What is the Real Unemployment Rate?

Hint - What you’re being told is wrong.   I launched Cape Fear Jobs in March 2016 because no one was talking about the local job market.   Employers across the region were looking ...

Corey Lewis - Cape Fear Jobs | May 22, 2018
Human Resources

Is South Africa Running Out of Water or is Something Else Going On?

Often, what you see on the surface of a situation is really just the symptom of a bigger problem, not the problem itself. To really remedy the situation, you must work backward and go deeper to get to ...

Dave Hoff - EASI Consult | May 21, 2018
Economic Development

County projects are Investments in Our Future

A new fire station, library, Public Health and Social Services building, and the potential development of Project Grace. Those are four of the major projects New Hanover County is working on right ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | May 21, 2018
Financial

Where to Turn for Tax Debt Relief

You owe the government thousands of dollars in taxes, and you have no idea how you are going to pay them.   You want to make an offer to the Internal Revenue Service to pay off back taxes and s ...

Karen Durda - Century Accounting and Tax Services, Inc. | May 17, 2018
Economic Development

Nonstop Flights Drive Real Estate Investment While Keeping Family and Friends Connected

This Insights article was co-written with Erin McNally, Marketing Specialist for ILM It’s no secret that Wilmington and the Cape Fear Region are a great place to live.   More and ...

Julie Wilsey - Wilmington International Airport | May 16, 2018
Financial

The Two-Pronged Approach to Exit Planning

When business owners begin to think about their business exits, they tend to focus on one specific goal they want to achieve. Some owners focus on when they want to exit, some focus on how much mon ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | May 15, 2018
Education

Rudeness in the Workplace

This piece was contributed by Dr. Andrew Woolum, Assistant Professor of Management, Cameron School of Business   Rudeness in the workplace has gained a great deal of attention in the last 10 ye ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | May 15, 2018
Financial

Spring Cleaning

It’s the time of year when we normally turn to cleaning out closets, garages, etc.    We have boxes, bags and armfuls of items to donate or trash, but what do we do with those items ...

Susan Willett - Old North State Trust, LLC | May 15, 2018
Residential Real Estate

Interior Decorating Dos and Don’ts

When it comes to selling a home, interior design plays a huge role. There’s nothing worse than a potential buyer spotting a gorgeous home from the outside, taking a look inside and then immedia ...

Neal Johnson - Network Real Estate | May 15, 2018
Legal Issues

Estate Planning & Estate Administration Considerations for Bitcoin

As the investment world has seen the rise – and, sometimes, the fall – of bitcoin value or other crypto currencies, estate planning attorneys are also working with these unique digital ass ...

Kara Gansmann - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | May 15, 2018
Education

Time, Talent, Then Treasure: How Milestone-based Fundraising Puts Entrepreneurs First

This Insights article was contributed by Brendan Collins, Seahawk Innovation Partner and CEO of mimijumi Friends and family. Angel investors. Incubators. Series A. Convertible preferred stock. Liqu ...

Diane Durance - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | May 15, 2018
Marketing & Sales

The Rise of "No-Click Search Results"

Google processes more than 1.2 trillion Google searches every year.   This means people around the world perform more than 40,000 unique searches every second, and more than 3.5 billion searche ...

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company | May 15, 2018
Commercial Real Estate

Linking Parenting & Leadership from One Generation to the Next

W.M. Jordan Company’s founder, Robert “Bob” Taylor Lawson passed on April 11 at age 91. He left behind a larger-than-life legacy through his love for family, the company he built and ...

Rob Beale - W.M. Jordan Company | May 15, 2018
Technology

Are You Ready for GDPR?

May 25 is an important deadline for many businesses, and it’s coming up fast. The deadline has to do with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and numerous U.S. businesses have been ...

Marty Cayton - TeamLogic IT of Wilmington & Fayetteville | May 15, 2018
Education

Applied Learning Prepares UNCW Students for Post-Graduate Success

Earlier this month UNCW graduated its largest class to date at the university’s 95th commencement ceremonies. More than 2,200 undergraduates, 400-plus graduate students and 10 doctoral studen ...

Aswani Volety - UNCW College of Arts and Sciences | May 15, 2018
Financial

Changes in Cash vs. Accrual Accounting: What’s Best for your Business?

Now that the 2017 tax season has officially ended, we can focus more attention on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) our government enacted at the end of 2017 and shift our attention to the ...

Chad Wouters - Earney & Company, LLP | May 14, 2018
Education

The Importance of Preparing A Great Foundation

I was 22 years old when I started a landscape design business. A buddy of mine, Jay, was a custom home builder. At the time, I knew nothing about custom home building. What I did know was I was h ...

Steve Adams - School of Learning Arts | May 9, 2018
Financial

Is Private College Really More Expensive than Public?

My boys, Reece and Ryder, love rooting for the Tar Heels and the Fighting Irish.  Reece recently asked me how much it costs to attend both schools. When I told him it was over $70,000 a y ...

Brett Tushingham - Tushingham Wealth Strategies | May 9, 2018
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Steve Adams

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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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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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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Natalie English

President & CEO, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
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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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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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Chris Hinnant

Member Attorney, Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, PLLC
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

May 21, 2018

Women's Health: Managing Stress

How does stress impact women’s health? Women are the caregivers in our society. When women have to deal with not only family and personal issues but also work-related issues, that puts additional stressors on them. Not that men don’t take care of families and kids, but the overwhelming burden is on women. Women also deal with stress differently than men. They take stress more personally. In a study by the American Psychological Association, women reported higher levels of st ...

May 21, 2018

Women's Health: Dental Care

How have recent advances in technology impacted women’s dental health? We searched high and low in designing our practice and selecting certain technologies to bring an elevated experience in terms of comfort and convenience, which are often reasons people neglect to turn up at the dentist. Who wouldn’t prefer to have a cavity removed without the sound of that drill or the frozen face that goes along with the injection? We are thrilled to offer Solea laser technology, which ...

Apr 20, 2018

Legal Advice for Business & Personal Matters

For many, the legal system can be intimidating and difficult to navigate alone. But when you need an attorney – whether it be to help manage your business, guide you through a divorce or family matter, or due to some unforeseen crisis – where do you start? We asked five legal professionals about hiring the right attorney, managing the cost and what benefits counsel can provide. For the full PDF version, click here. What questions should someone ask when looking for an atto ...