2022 WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo

Register Now for the 2022 WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo!
October 6, 2022
Wilmington Convention Center

The WilmingtonBiz Expo is your business’s opportunity to personally connect with more than 2,500 potential clients – all in one day.

Join the Greater Wilmington Business Journal today at Wilmington's largest business conference, where professionals come to network and grow their businesses! This year's event will include a Keynote Lunch, featuring the annual Economic Outlook program from UNCW’s Swain Center, the Expo Hall with more than 100 exhibitors, Strategy Seminars and an After Hours party.

For more details on the Keynote Lunch speakers, Seminar topics, Expo Hall Map and MADE winners, browse the tabs above.

Note: Keynote Lunch tickets are sold out. The Expo Hall opens at 1:30pm and the Seminars start at 1:45pm. If you didn't pre-register, it will cost $10 to register at the door. Registration includes access to the Expo Hall, Seminars and After Hours. 


Parking options:

  • Convention Center Garage: $3 for first hour, $2/hour thereafter (max of $13). Attendant on site.
  • Nutt Street Parking Deck: $1/hour payable by debit or credit card only.
  • CFCC Student Lot #2: Available for free. Limited spaces will be available.


11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Keynote Lunch
(Doors open at 11, program starts at 11:45)

1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Expo Hall

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

1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Meet the winners of the MADE competition, featuring local makers, artisans & manufacturers.


4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  WilmingtonBiz After Hours


Booths 100-222      Booths 300-419      Booths 500 - 622      Booths 700-721     
100 - Cape Fear Community College
101 - NC Wesleyan College
102 - Rotary Club of Wilmington
103 - SVN/Efird Commercial Real Estate
104 - Cape Fear Pro Wash
105 - Cape Fear Pro Wash
106 - Port City Apparel
107 - Express Employment Professionals
108 - Healthy James
109 - We Surv
110 - JDS Consulting
111 - Miller-Motte College
112 - Matthews Motors
113 - Matthews Motors
114 - Matthews Motors
115 - Matthews Motors
116 - 9Round Fitness
117 - Earney Consulting
118 - Coastal Horizons
119 - Montani Consulting
120 - True Blue Butcher & Table
121 - Earney & Company
200 - UNCW Center for Innovation 
& Entrepreneurship   
201 - CFCC - Small Business Center
202 - Genesis Block
203 - YWCA
204 - Thread Capital
205 - Allen + Shariff
206 - O'Brien Service Company
207-  Lumina on Wrightsville Beach
208 - RSVP Cape Fear
209 - United Community Bank
210 - Hawthorne Executive Search
211 - Forte Institute
212 - YMCA
213 - Puroclean of Wilmington
214 - Century 21-Jeff Lesley
215 - Score
216 - NCMBC
217 - Partner Community Capital
218 - SBTDC
219 - Reserved
300 - Greater Wilmington Business Journal
301 - Greater Wilmington Business Journal
302 - Momentum Companies
303 - Edward Jones - Matthew Stowe
304 - FOCUS Broadband
305 - Samet Corporation
306 - UNCW Continuing Education
307 - Lower Cape Fear Water & Sewer Authority
308 - Dawson Med
309 - Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM)
310 - Lala & Elm
311 - Team Logic IT
312 - Team Logic IT
313 - Self-Help Credit Union
314 - Health Begins from Within
315 - Business Growers
316 - Nothing Bundt Cakes
317 - Sweyer Property Management
318 - Cape Fear Solar Systems
319 - Cape Fear Solar Systems
400 - Cape Fear Solar Systems
401 - Cape Fear Solar Systems
402 - Corning Credit Union
403 - Corning Credit Union
404 - Business Growers
405 - Honey Head Films
406 - Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity
407 - Elderhaus PACE
408 - Wide Open Technologies
409 - Wide Open Technologies
410 - Design Loud
411 - Design Loud
412 - Cape Fear Museum
413 - Minority Enterprise Development Week
414 - Minority Enterprise Development Week
415 - Alpha Graphics
416 - Alpha Graphics
417 - Seaside Honeybees
418 - Cloudwyze
419 - Cloudwyze
500 - Cloudwyze
501 - Cloudwyze
502 - TD Bank
503 - KBT Realty Services
504 - Computer Warriors
505 - Minority Enterprise Development Week
506 - Minority Enterprise Development Week
507-  Rob Rens State Farm Insurance
508 - BlueTone Media
509 - Vestal Financial Group of Truist Investment Services
510 - Yacht Source
511 - Blockade Runner Resort
512 - Intracoastal Realty - Beatty Pittman Team
513 - Segra
514 - Summit Design and Engineering
515 - Leath HR Group
516 - UNCW Cameron School of Business
517 - UNCW Cameron School of Business
518 - Excite Credit Union
519 - Excite Credit Union
600 - Excite Credit Union
601 - Excite Credit Union
602 - Pioneer Strategies
603 - Community Boys & Girls Club
604 - WNY People Development
605 - Paul Davis Restoration
606 - Community Association Management (CAMS)
607 - Catapult
608 - Catapult
609 - Yacht Source
610 - AXIS Fitness
611 - AXIS Fitness
612 - Floor Coverings International
613 - Certapro Painters
614 - All Star Flags
615 - Brawley Company
616 - Cool Beans Wilmington
617 - NerdsToGo
618 - Connect Cape Fear
700 - Salty Bins
701 - Salty Bins
702 - Salty Bins
703 - FSIoffice
704 - Renewal by Andersen
705 - Fulford Heating & Cooling
706 - Coastal Gyms
707 - Coastal Gyms
708 - Southern Lighting Services
709 - Springer Studios
710 - Cape Fear Customs
711 - Cape Fear Customs
712 - Mobile Brake Doctor
713 - The Diamond Group
714 - Optimal Bio
715 - JohnnyLukes KitchenBar
716 - Spiffy
717 - Spiffy
718 - Spiffy
719 - UNCW Center for Cyber Defense Education
720 - Salty Bins
721 - Pure Air Partners, LLC

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 Sept.16 issue of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal as well as featured at the annual WilmingtonBiz Expo on October 6, 2022, at the Wilmington Convention Center.

2022 MADE Winners:

Food & Beverage:

  1. Acme Smoked Fish of North Carolina
  2. N Sea Oyster Company
  3. Kind Cultures


  1. Anchor Hardwoods
  2. Savage Surfboards
  3. The Wall Printer

Functional Products:

  1. C3 Custom Golf
  2. Port City Signs & Graphics
  3. Polyhose Inc.


  1. Rulmeca
  2. Paperfoam Packaging
  3. Cape Fear Customs


  1. American Hammer


  1. Cape Fear Manufacturing Partnership


As our region and country emerged in the past year from Covid restrictions, new challenges emerged in the form of inflation, employee shortages and stock market swings. Yet through it all, the Wilmington region has seen continued growth.

On October 6, we will take a look back and a look ahead with a national investment strategist, our regional economist and a panel of local leaders who represent some of our region’s biggest economic drivers. 


Speakers include:


The National Outlook with Brian Daley, Head of Equity Strategy, Chief Investment Office, Merrill and Bank of America Private Bank

Brian Daley is a Managing Director and Head of Equity Strategy for the Chief Investment Office (CIO) within Bank of America Corporation. In this role, Daley oversees and develops the individual equity and industry analysis investment strategy supporting Bank of America Private Bank.

Prior to joining Bank of America, Brian served in roles at Trident Investment Management, Conifer Securities, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch in equity research, trading, and research sales positions. Brian earned his B.S. degree in Finance with a concentration in Economics from Villanova University.

The Regional Outlook with Mouhcine Guettabi, Regional Economist, UNCW's Swain Center

Mouhcine Guettabi joined the UNCW in August 2021 and is serving as both an Associate professor as well as the area’s regional economist.

Before joining UNCW, he was an associate professor of economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage. On the academic front, he is an applied microeconomist, with his recently published research being found in some of the leading economic journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and the Journal of Regional Science. He earned his PhD in economics with an emphasis on Urban and Regional Economics from Oklahoma State University in 2012. 

Outlook Panelists:

Jeff Bourk, Airport Director, Wilmington International Airport

Jeff Bourk is the Airport Director at Wilmington International Airport. Bourk has over 30 years of aviation experience, including 20 years focused on airport management. He has managed airports publicly and privately operated. He soloed his first aircraft at age 16 and received his pilot’s license at age 17 (the youngest the FAA permits). Bourk holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an MBA from Daniel Webster College. In 2003, the American Association of Airport Executives designated Bourk as an accredited airport executive (A.A.E.), a prestigious honor within the industry.

Brian Clark, Executive Director, North Carolina State Ports Authority

Brian Clark has served as Executive Director of the North Carolina State Ports Authority since January 2021. Under Clark’s leadership, NC Ports has completed several critical infrastructure improvements and during his tenure, the Port of Wilmington’s container terminal was recognized as the fourth most productive port in North America by the World Bank Group and S&P Global Market Intelligence.
Clark has more than 25 years of experience in the maritime industry, having worked in senior positions in port operation in several US locations. He is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and is also a graduate of Duke University Fuqua School of Business Executive Education Program.

Lowell Davis, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Lowell Davis joined the University of North Carolina Wilmington as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs in May 2021. Prior to his tenure at UNCW, he held posts at Western Carolina University, University of Alabama, Indiana University and Hampton University.

In addition to his Vice Chancellor duties, Davis is also a member of the Chancellor’s cabinet; President of the North American Association of Summer Sessions Council; a member of the New Hanover County Commission for African American Heritage, History, and Culture; involved with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; on the Council of Advisors for Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina; and extremely involved with national accreditation efforts through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Davis holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University in higher education administration and student affairs, a master’s in counseling and a bachelor’s in English arts-secondary education from Hampton University.

Natalie English, President and CEO, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce

Natalie English began her role as president and CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce in 2017, after serving 11 years with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, including as its chief public policy officer. She has served for over 20 years in a chamber of a commerce leadership role and has almost 30 years of experience monitoring legislative and regulatory issues locally, statewide, and at the federal level. 

Natalie received her B.A. in Communications from North Carolina State University and achieved her designation as a Certified Chamber Executive in 2012, one of only several hundred. Natalie has also been an active volunteer and board member for numerous nonprofit organizations in Wilmington, Charlotte and at the state level.
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Thursday, Oct 6, 2022 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

Rob Duggan, Director of Technology Risk Advisory Services for Earney & Company, and Barrett Earney, Director of Information Technology at Earney & Company and CEO of Earney Consulting, which provides IT managed support services

Outsourcing IT? Crucial questions to ask your IT providers about cybersecurity and data privacy

Companies need to ask the right questions to whoever is handing your IT. This session will cover critical elements in the contracting process, the importance of defining who-owns-what, evaluating your service team and controls you need to ensure are in place over systems and data. We will also look at privacy regulation updates and special considerations for healthcare, education and financial institutions. Earney & Co. Technology Risk Advisory has a highly experienced and credentialled team serving trusted Coastal Carolina organizations with a track record of success.

Earney & Company
Thursday, Oct 6, 2022 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

Nicole Case, Learning Partner, Catapult

Equipping Talent: What Your Future Leaders Want

Your best employees are looking for advancement opportunities. It’s up to you to determine if that opportunity is at your company—or somewhere else. While it’s more cost- and culture-effective to develop talent internally than it is to recruit, many employers aren’t sure how to start conversations with employees about where they see themselves growing.

Attend this session to be guided through the development of actionable, collaborative performance and career plans that ensure the right talent finds its optimal role. Our development experts will also teach you exciting ways to illuminate learning opportunities alongside your employees for greater retention, better performance and stronger engagement.

Thursday, Oct 6, 2022 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

Coach Reggie, Platinum Master Coach to High Growth Businesses

The Business Owner Playbook

Would you like to learn some best practices that will make growing your business a whole lot easier and earn significantly more profits?  Learn the top plays from our Business Owner Playbook that we have been using for the last 17 years to help local business owners build more profitable, systematic, team-centered, and freedom-filled businesses. You will walk away from this session with at least 3 action items that you can immediately implement in your business that will save time and/or make you more money in the next 30 days!

Business Growers
Thursday, Oct 6, 2022 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

Stefanie Adams, Founder, WNY People Development

CheerLEADERship: Strategies to Drive Positive Culture, Collaboration, & Business Impact

2,4,6,8! Want to make your workplace really great? Harness the power of CHEER!  

Cheerleading provides highly applicable professional lessons for leaders in all industries, especially in our post pandemic work environment. Participants will learn simple strategies to build collaborative teams, drive business impact, and generate better work culture; themes include positivity, trust, wellness, adaptability, accountability, and inspiration.

WNY People Development
Thursday, Oct 6, 2022 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Robert Parker, COO, Cape Fear Solar Systems

What does the Inflation Reduction Act mean for clean energy and your business?

This seminar is ideal for Business Owners, CEOs, COOs, CFOs, Business Advisors, Builders, Commercial Developers and any professional wanting to learn more about the Inflation Reduction Act and how it can benefit your business. This session will cover an overview of the Inflation Reduction Act, clean energy and advantages for businesses. 
Because this is a highly demanded topic, we’ll leave time for Q&A to ensure attendees are able to get answers to questions relevant to their current or future businesses.

Cape Fear Solar Systems
Thursday, Oct 6, 2022 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Becky Drozdz, Director of Total Rewards Solutions, Catapult

Your Business’ Culture, Evolved

Employees are taking their jobs personally. After the last two years of shifting global conditions, mindful working environments that operate with empathy are shaking up what it means to build agile and engaged cultures. What can employers do to craft rewarding employee experiences? What measurable steps can you take to inspire belonging within your workplace?

During this presentation, we’ll teach scalable, actionable methods of building meaningful alliances between your business and your workforce. We’ll also share sneak-peeks of valuable Catapult Survey insights only available to our members.

Thursday, Oct 6, 2022 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Coach Reggie, Platinum Master Coach to High Growth Businesses

Scaling Up with Less Chaos and Industry Leading Profitability

Do you have a successful business that is ready to scale and grow?  Learn the ten principles and associated habits that your company needs to grow sustainably and without drama. With a killer strategy and/or heroic employees willing to work 18 hours a day, seven days a week, you might be able to make up for sloppy execution and lack of discipline. Unfortunately, that is neither sustainable nor desirable to you or your employees.

In this session, you will walk away with a checklist and a game plan that will help you get more of the important work done in your business. You will get simple tools and guidance to keep everyone on the same page, communicating effectively, and doing their part to achieve organizational objectives.

Business Growers
Thursday, Oct 6, 2022 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM

Bob Pious, Director, Swain Center for Executive Education & Economic Development, Cameron School of Business, UNCW; Katherine Daniel, Founder & Principal, Montani Consulting

Attracting and Retaining Employees in Today’s Labor Market

It's been called the Great Resignation, the Great Reshuffle, the Great Rethink; it's clear that the labor market shifted in recent years and is continuing to evolve. The Greater Wilmington Area isn't immune to this movement's effects; we do, however, have advantages employers can leverage to win the war on talent.

Learn about these practical solutions addressing employee attraction and retention that won't break the bank: the fundamentals of an effective compensation philosophy, the elements of a successful performance management program, and how to build and nourish an intentional organizational culture.

UNCW Cameron School of Business
Thursday, Oct 6, 2022 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM

Gabe Amey, Sales Manager, Cape Fear Solar Systems

What does the Inflation Reduction Act mean for clean energy and your home?

This seminar is ideal for Homeowners, Future Homeowners, Builders, Realtors and any professional wanting to learn more about the Inflation Reduction Act and how it can benefit homeowners. This session will cover an overview of the Inflation Reduction Act, clean energy, and advantages for homeowners. 
Because this is a highly demanded topic, we’ll leave time for Q&A to ensure attendees are able to get answers to questions relevant to their home, future home, or clients.

Cape Fear Solar Systems
Thursday, Oct 6, 2022 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM

Ea Ruth, 2022 President, Cape Fear REALTORS®/Broker, The Property Shop International Realty; Steve Mitchell, 2023 President, Cape Fear REALTORS®/Broker, Coldwell Banker Commercial Sun Coast Partners

Portfolio Investments: Income Generation Strategies

Build a portfolio that generates an income stream for your business through real estate investment. This timely session will review types of real estate investment portfolios, office and commercial, resort and vacation and long-term rentals. Ea and Steve will review the strategies that build wealth and offer tax benefits and positive income potential. Business owners benefit from multiple income streams and real estate is a valuable element of a balanced portfolio. This session is compelling for business owners and individual investors seeking a hedge against a churning market.

Cape Fear Realtors
Thursday, Oct 6, 2022 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM

Jaron Cayton, President, TeamLogic IT

Protecting Your Business - Cybersecurity in Practice

Join Jaron Cayton, from TeamLogic IT to learn how to protect your employees and business data from cyber threats. Jaron will discuss new threats for 2023 and beyond, and how to position your team to meet these challenges head on.

TeamLogic IT
Thursday, Oct 6, 2022 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM

Amy Conway, HR Consultant, Leath HR Group; Beth Looney, Senior HR Consultant, Leath HR Group

How to Win the War on Talent

Attracting, hiring, and retaining talent is something a lot of businesses are still struggling with. Why? Because the Talent War is constantly evolving.  It’s time to level up and win this war!  Join two of Leath HR Group’s Senior Certified HR Pros, Beth Looney and Amy Conway, as they walk through innovative strategies and tactics to attract the best talent for your business (and keep them)!  Learn a few simple, cost-effective tips that can help you develop and retain a thriving team. Walk away with tangible tools and a feeling of confidence - You can Win this War on Talent!

Leath HR Group

Thursday Oct 6, 2022

11:00 AM to 5:30 PM


Wilmington Convention Center

515 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401