2019 WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo


Thank you for being a part of the 2019 WILMINGTONBIZ EXPO!  
Click here to see pictures from this year's event and Click Here to see a video from the Keynote Lunch with Pierre Naude, CEO, nCino. 

Save the date - March 18, 2020 for next year's Conference & Expo.




11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Keynote Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. EXPO Hall 

1:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Business Seminars

1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
 Meet the winners of the MADE competition, featuring local makers, artisans & manufacturers.

4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. WilmingtonBiz After Hours

 For event questions contact Maggi Apel at [email protected].

Booths 100-222 Booths 300-419 Booths 500 - 622 Booths 700-721
100 - Cape Fear Community College
101 - Mobile Mini
102 - Beach Bagels
103 - Infinity Payment Systems
104 - New Hanover Printing
105 - Badger Box Mobile Storage
106 - Carolina Pure Water Systems 
107 - Mission BBQ
108 - StepUp Wilmington
109 - Terah Wilson Photography
110 - C12 Group 
111 - EXPOGO Displays & Graphics
112 - Craftspace Design
113 - Leonard USA
114 - Leonard USA
115 - Leonard USA
116 -  Gateway Mortgage Group
117 -  Lawn Doctor of Wilmington
118 - Computer Warriors
119 - Computer Warriors
120-  LeafFilter North of NC
121 - UNCW CIE
200 - UNCW CIE
201 - SBTDC
202 - tekMountain
203 - Brunswick Community College Small Business Center
204 - SCORE Cape Fear Region
205 - Lower Cape Fear Hospice
206 - New Hanover County Arboretum
207-  DesignLoud Inc.
208 - DesignLoud Inc.
209 - Craftspace Design
210 - Aquesta Bank
211 -  Waccamaw Telecommunications
212 -  Waccamaw Telecommunications
213-  Baker Roofing
214-  WordsWorking
215 - AARP
216 - Coastal Women's Ventures
217 - NCMBC
218 - SBA
219 - Cape Fear Commnunity College Small Business Center
300 - Greater Wimington Business Journal
301 - Greater Wilmington Business Journal
302 - Momentum Companies
303 - Pender County Tourism
304 - Copier's Plus
305 - Novus Glass
306 - LeadersCare,LLC
307 - Edward Jones-Anne Parham
308 - Fish Window Cleaning
309 - Dignity Memorial
310 - Rulmeca Corporation
311 - Bank of America
312 - Matterhorn Media
313 - Highland Construction
314 - Corning Credit Union
315 - ActionCOACH
316 - West Shore Home
317 - Coldwell Banker Commercial Sun Coast Partners
318 - Delta Dental of NC
319 - Delta Dental of NC
400 - Delta Dental of NC
401 - Delta Dental of NC
402 - UNCW Continuing Education
403 - Mark Steelman Photography 
404 - Action COACH
405 - WARM
406 - Proforma
407 - Summerfield Custom Wellness
408 - All Star Flags
409 - Select Bank
410 - Spirit Communications
411 - Copycat Print Shop
412 - Element Outdoor Living
413 - Element Outdoor Living
414 - O'Brien Service Company
415 - Piedmont Credit Union
416 - Big Talker 106.7 FM
417 - Big Talker 106.7 FM
418 - Cloudwyze
419 - Cloudwyze
500 - Cloudwyze
501 - Cloudwyze
502 - Airmax Heating & Cooling
503 - Wilmington Wax
504 - Sito Chiropractic
505 - Cavik Insurance
506 - Goodness Gracie Gourmet Foods
507-  Harold K. Jordan & Co.
508 - Dogwood IP Law
509 - Express Employment Professionals
510 - Studio Three Architects
511 - Sold Buy the Sea Realty
512 - Shoreline Pure Water Solutions
513 - Sleep Number
514 - Signs by Tomorrow
515 - A & I Fire and Water Restoration
516 - UNCW Cameron School of Business
517 - UNCW Cameron School of Business
518 - Alliance Credit Union
519 - Alliance Credit Union
600 - Alliance Credit Union
601 - Alliance Credit Union
602 - Sloane Commercial Real Estate / Coldwell
Banker Sloane Realty
603 - Stifel Financial-Teh Frey Financial Group
604 - NC Wesleyan College
605 - Port City Elevator
606 - Mrytle Grove Chrisitan School
607 - North Brunswick Magazine/Wilmington
Today (Carolina Marketing Co)
608 - Coeco
609 - Battle House
610 - The Carolina Company
611 - Pye Barker Fire & Safety
612 - Monarch Roofing
613 - Salt Air Heating & Cooling
614 -  JHS Documents
615 -  The George
616 -  BluSky Restoration Contractors
617 - Northwestern Mutual- Jerome King
618 - Cricket Wireless
619 - Markraft
700 - Markraft
701 -  Spectrum Enterprise
702 -  Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
703 - Bear Trail Golf
704 - The George
705 - Matthews Motors
706 - Marine Max
707 -Marine Max
708 -Marine Max
709 - Stricklands Window Coverings
710 - K9000
711 - K9000
712 - Support the Port
713 - Johnson Controls
714 - Wilmington Sharks
715 - Leath HR Group
716 - AlphaGraphics
717 - AlphaGraphics
718 - Southern Lighting Services
719 - Keith Beatty Team- Intracoastal Realty
720 - Pavillon
721 - Elderhaus

MADE: Great Goods from Greater Wilmington 

Produced by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, MADE is a nomination-based competition seeking to spotlight makers, manufacturers, artisans, designers and small businesses in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties.

With roots in an economy originally built on tobacco, textiles, and furniture, North Carolina is no stranger to the making of things. While its industries may have broadened over the years, the focus on locally made goods continues to hold strong. MADE was created to spotlight some of the innovations occurring in design and manufacturing originating in the tri-county area. Winners are selected by a judging panel and will be profiled in a special MADE section of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal as well as featured at the annual WilmingtonBiz Expo on March 27, 2019, at the Wilmington Convention Center.

2019 MADE Winners:


Food & Beverage:

  1. Louie's Hot Dogs
  2. Tama Tea
  3. Panacea Brewing Company


  1. Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts
  2. TheatreNOW Productions
  3. Frogs and Friends

Functional Products:

  1. Rulmeca Corporation
  2. Coastal Live Edge
  3. Bluewater Surfaces


  1. Tayloe/Gray, LLC


  1. Tri-Tech Forensics, Inc.
  2. Dmanna


  1. K9000 Dog Wash USA
  2. CandyCo INC., Signa Scents, Candy & Company Boutiques

Wilmington’s Unicorn 
In Silicon Valley and other technology hubs, “unicorns” are the rare species of privately held start-ups valued at more than $1 billion. Now Wilmington has its own unicorn — nCino, which spun out of Live Oak Bank in 2012, raised more than $150 million from investors and grew into a global business with nearly 600 employees. nCino CEO Pierre Naudé will talk during his Keynote Lunch interview at the 2019 WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo about building a fast-growing technology firm in Wilmington, lessons learned along the way and the software company’s plans for the future.

Naudé has 30 years of financial technology experience, he is passionate about transforming the financial services industry through innovation, reputation and speed.  Under his leadership, nCino has become one of the fastest growing fintech companies in the world, and has been featured by top publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur and American Banker. Today, nCino helps over 200 financial institutions of all sizes around the world, including 11 of the top 30 U.S. banks, increase efficiency, grow profitability and improve the customer experience. Prior to nCino, Pierre held leadership positions at S1 Corporation, a software development company. Pierre also served in various global senior management roles at Unisys Corporation. He holds a bachelor's degree in finance and management from Upper Iowa University.
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Event Discussion


Presenter Seminar Sponsor
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

Lisa Leath, SHRM-SCP, President of Leath HR Group

Effort is Attractive: Get and Keep Talent

Get a competitive edge for your business!

  • Attract the right people
  • Intentional practices to keep them
  • Brand ambassadorship 
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Leath HR Group
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

Ulku Clark (Ph.D. Associate Professor, Cameron School of Business, UNCW) and Geoff Stoker (Ph.D. Lecturer, College of Arts and Sciences, UNCW)

Current Cyber Threats and UNCW Center for Cyber Defense Education

UNCW has recently received NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence designation. Drs. Clark and Stoker will talk about the current cyber threats our nation is dealing with and how UNCW and other CAE institutions are helping the nation by training young minds to be the nation’s cyber warriors. In addition, the new initiatives of UNCW Center for Cyber Defense Education will be announced. 
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Cameron School of Business, UNCW
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

Erika Squires, Intake Coordinator at Elderhaus PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly)

Elderhaus is Here to Help

Given the option, majority of seniors would rather age in place, choosing to receive care in their homes over assisted living and nursing facilities.

That is where Elderhaus PACE steps in. PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) services are provided by Elderhaus and covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Our overall goal is to manage all the health and medical needs of our elderly clients. Our work prevents premature hospitalizations and nursing facility placements, enabling our seniors to live in the community for as long as possible.

It is the mission of Elderhaus, Inc. to provide coordinated, community-based healthcare and socialization for adults.
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Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

Fred Kumpel, Owner, Stricklands Windows, Gretchen Rivas Owner, Relax! Massage Therapy & Infinity Acupuncture, Brian Satz, Owner, Computer Warriors

Top 7 Ways to Massively Grow Sales, Profits and Cash Flow

Business Growth Lessons from the Trenches - Learn the Top 7 Ways To Massively Grow Sales, Profits & Cash Flow
Over the last several years three local businesses, Strickland’s Window Blinds, Shades & Shutters, Relax! Massage Therapy & Infinity Acupuncture and Computer Warriors have consistently and systematically grown their customer base, sales & profits. In this session, you will learn their top processes, strategies, and tactics that can work for you in your business. (Click on the Buy Tickets tab to register.)

Action Coach
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Grayson Powell (President/Managing Partner Coldwell Banker Commercial, Sun Coast Partners) and Mark Johnson (EVP/Sales Manager of Coldwell Banker Commercial, Sun Coast Partners)

Understanding Commercial Leasing – Pitfalls and Priorities

Overview of commercial leasing with a focus on where things tend to go wrong, and how to avoid the pitfalls. 
If you’re considering a new lease or even renewing an existing one:
we’ll cover common mistakes for first-timers;
explore the infinite possibilities of lease details;
discussion of advantages of leasing vs. buying. 
If you are a business that owns its real estate or a landlord of a multi-unit property:
considerations of a sale/leaseback;
creative lease structures to keep your tenants for the long-haul;
tips to keep your property leased and/or prepare for a sale;
value in being professionally represented in the transaction.
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Coldwell Banker
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Elizabeth Baker, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Cameron School of Business, UNCW

Held for Ransom(ware): Your Data...And Your Company. How NOT to Be a Victim.

It can happen at any time...you get that phone call that your corporate servers are locked up. No one can login and all of your data has been hijacked. A mysterious message appears on the server screen stating that for some price, you can regain access to your servers and data. WHAT IS HAPPENING? It’s called ransomware, and it is a growing concern among corporate and personal cybersecurity practitioners. There was a 229% increase in ransomware attacks from 2017 to 2018, causing several million dollars in damages. Learn more about this growing hazard, and how to keep your servers and data safe from these attacks.
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Cameron School of Business, UNCW
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Kevin Oberman (Vice President of Sales at Copiers Plus), Glen Kinlaw (Regional Sales Manager at Copiers Plus), Drew Smith (Director of Communications at Copiers Plus)

The World Beyond Scanning to Email and Why You Should Be Embracing It.

In this session you will:

  • Explore why employees and organizations alike gravitate towards scanning to email.
  • Why scanning to email is inadequate
  • The benefits of incorporating scanning strategy alternatives that align with your business objectives.
Through organization levels from basic to enterprise, we will explain how each sized organization utilizes scanning through email and the differences when paired with newer more innovative technology. Regardless of your organization’s size, this seminar will show you why growing companies are ditching scanning to email and why you should too.
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Copiers Plus
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Fred Kumpel, Owner, Stricklands Windows, Gretchen Rivas Owner, Relax! Massage Therapy & Infinity Acupuncture, Brian Satz, Owner, Computer Warriors

Top 7 Ways to Build Leverage In your Business through Teams and Systems

Business Growth Lessons for the Trenches - Find out the Top 7 Ways that these local companies have built leverage in their business through team and systems.
Over the last several years three local businesses, Strickland’s Window Blinds, Shades & Shutters, Relax! Massage Therapy & Infinity Acupuncture and Computer Warriors have consistently and systematically grown their customer base, sales & profits. In this session, you will learn their top processes, strategies, and tactics. (Click on the Buy Tickets tab to register.)

Action Coach
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM

Jason Clamme, Engagement Manager at Lower Cape Fear Hospice

Advance Care Planning: A Workplace Wellness Program

Employers often implement programs to assist employees with maintaining a healthy balance between work and home life….but rarely do they include end of life support.  An unexpected emergency, advanced illness, accident or injury, or the death of a loved one can result in lost productivity for employees juggling workplace responsibilities with caregiving or household duties.  The process of advance care planning can help prepare and support employees (and their families) before the healthcare crisis occurs. 

This presentation will provide information, resources, and positive encouragement for employers to include advance care planning as part of their employee benefits programs and wellness initiatives.
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Lower Cape Fear Hospice
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM

Janie Canty-Mitchell, PHd, RN, Founder and CEO, LeadersCare, LLC

Connecting Principles and Practices for 21st Century Leaders

Business leaders have increasing needs to strengthen interpersonal skills in employees who serve diverse populations. While many leadership programs focus on communication, few focus on how to connect effectively with others. This workshop focuses on the five principals and five practices of connection, as outlined in the book, Everyone Communicates Few Connect, by Dr. John Maxwell. The participants will engage in practical, fun, and interactive exercises and gain skills needed to increase connectivity with others in a diverse 21st Century workforce.  Dr. Canty-Mitchell is a certified coach, trainer, and speaker with the John C. Maxwell team, comprised of 20,000 members globally.
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LeadersCare Health and Leadership Consulting
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM

Coach Reggie, Platinum Master Coach to High Growth Businesses

Coach Reggie’s 7 Business Growth Hacks For Massive Growth in 2019

Learn 7 simple yet powerful growth hacks that Coach Reggie has used to create massive success in many local businesses. These 7 hacks can be immediately implemented into your business to create instant accelerated results in your business. If increased sales and profits and better performance from your team is a priority in 2019 and beyond, this will be a powerful session.

Action Coach
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM

Melissa Pressley, VP of Sales and Business Development at the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and WILMA Magazine

Make Digital Marketing Your Friend

The amount of digital marketing options can be paralyzing. But cutting through the clutter can point you to a simple strategy that works for your organization. This seminar will show why quality content is more important than quantity, how to efficiently reach your target audience online as well as the benefits of building your brand while simultaneously expanding your digital reach.


Greater Wilmington Business Journal

Wednesday Mar 27, 2019

11:30 AM to 7:00 PM


The Wilmington Convention Center

515 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

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