2023 WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo


Thursday is our region's largest annal gathering of the business community. Join us!

Online pre-registration has closed, but you can register at the Convention Center for $10 for full access to the Expo Hall, Seminars and After Hours. (UNCW, CFCC and Brunswick Community College students get free access for the Careers + Talent focus.)

The Keynote Lunch is sold out! To be added to the waitlist, email Jamie Merrill at [email protected]. (Note: The Expo Hall will be closed during the Keynote Lunch.) 

The Agenda:



Booths 100-222      Booths 300-419      Booths 500 - 622      Booths 700-721     
100 - Cape Fear 
Community College
101 - Cape Fear Community College
102 - Optimism Oasis
103 - Premier Staffing Solutions
104 - Capone & Associates
105 - JohnnyLukes Kitchen & Bar
106 - Port City Apparel
107 - Miller-Motte College
108 - CAMS
109 - BAQS
110 - 9Round
111 - Boys + Girls Club
112 - Liberty Healthcare
113 - RSVP Cape Fear
114 - Crew-Tech Hardware Software Solutions
115 - Helping Hands of the Cape Fear
116 - Dignity Memorial
117 - Port City Java
118 - Coastal Horizons
119 - Communities in Schools
120 - Communities in Schools
121 - UNCW Center for Marine Science
200 - UNCW Center for
& Entrepreneurship
201 - CFCC Small
Business Center
202 - Genesis Block
203 - YWCA
204 - BCC Small
Business Center
205 - Bank OZK
206 - Thalian Hall
207-  United Community Bank
208 - Hilb Group
209 - Southern Lighting
210 - Port City Pergolas
211 - Port City Pergolas
212 - A Touch of Country Venue
213 - Sharonview Credit Union
214 - Saltwater Signworks
215 - SCORE
216 - NCMBC
217 - Channel powered
by Live Oak Bank
218 - AARP
219 - SBTDC    
300 - Greater Wilmington
Business Journal     
301 - WILMA Magazine
302 - WB360
303 - The Good Life
304 - Utility Management Services    
305 - Samet Corporation     
306 - Highland Roofing Company
307 - Lower Cape Fear Water & Sewer Authority
308 - Port City Pergolas
309 - Port City Pergolas
310 - WARM NC
311 - Hill School of Wilmington
312 - TeamLogic IT
313 - Health Begins from Within
314 - Office Furniture Salvage
315 - Heir Media
316 - Catapult
317 - Nothing Bundt Cakes
318 - Cape Fear Solar Systems
319 - Cape Fear Solar Systems
400 - Cape Fear Solar Systems
401 - Cape Fear Solar Systems
402 - YMCA
403 - DesignLoud
404 - DesignLoud
405 - WNY People Development
406 - Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity
407 - Elderhaus PACE
408 - Dogwood Patent & Tademark Law
409 - Wide Open Tech
410 - Cape Fear Public Utility Authority
411 - Cape Fear Public Utility Authority
412 - Freedom Boat Club
413 - Signs By Tomorrow
414 - Citrus Cans
415 - Occasions...Just Write
416 - PickleBall Corporate (team) Building
417 - Summit Design & Engineering
418 - Earney IT
419 - Earney IT
500 - Earney IT
501 - Earney IT
502 - Momentum Companies
503 - Momentum Companies
504 - FOCUS Broadband
505 - Connect Cape Fear
506 - Progress Medical
507- United Way of the Cape Fear Area
508 - Studio 403
509 - Self-Help Credit Union
510 - Salty Bins
511 - Salty Bins
512 - Salty Bins
513 - CW IT Support
514 - Inspire Cabinetry
515 - Target Solutions
516 - UNCW CSB/Swain Center
517 - UNCW Center for Cyber Defense Education
518 - Patriot Illumination
519 - Patriot Illumination
600 - Patriot Illumination
601 - Patriot Illumination
602 - Pioneer Strategies
603 - Goose Masters
604 - Coastal Golf Academy
605 - Salty Fox Services
606 - Adecco
607 - StepUp Wilmington
608 - Business Growers
609 - Business Growers
610 - Axis Fitness + Training
611 - Axis Fitness + Training
612 - CertaPro Painters
613 - Segra
614 - Renewal by Andersen
615 - CloudWyze
616 - Tropical Smoothie Cafe
617 - Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
618 - Excite Credit Union
619 - Excite Credit Union
700 - Excite Credit Union
701 - Excite Credit Union
702 - One80 Counseling
703 - Winnow Services
704 - CloudWyze
705 - The Diamond Group
706 - Eagle's Dare
707 - Carolina Cleaning Services
708 - Carolina Cleaning Services
709 - Tayloe Gray
710 - Mobile Brake Doctor
711 - Mobile Brake Doctor
712 - Springer Studios
713 - Grey Outdoor
714 - Spiffy
715 - Spiffy
716 - Spiffy
717 - Spiffy
718 - First Tee Greater Wilmington
719 - Pine Valley Market
720 - Barefoot Flooring
721 - UNCW Continuing + Professional Education


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.

MADE Award winners are selected by a judging panel and will be profiled in a special MADE section of the Sept. 15 issue of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal as well as featured at the annual WilmingtonBiz Expo on October 5 at the Wilmington Convention Center.

If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected]

2023 MADE Award Winners:


  1. Art in Bloom Gallery
  2. South Castles Swimwear
  3. The Quartermaster


  1. Champion Valves
  2. Fathom Offshore
  3. G-Code

Food & Beverage:

  1. The Butcher's Market
  2. Carolina Candy Company
  3. Brunswick Beer & Cider

Functional Products:

  1. Marine Bean
  2. Creatively Covered
  3. NC Lumber & Supply


  1. PaperFoam
  2. Surgilum
  3. Evolve Golf


  1. Leath HR Group

Award categories:

  • Manufacturers (Example includes: Goods mass-produced in the tri-county area)

  • Exporters (Example includes: Companies that export outside the United States)

  • Functional Product (Examples include: furniture, tools, gadgets, beauty products, industrial, medical, energy devices)

  • Food/Beverage (Examples include: wine/spirits, dry/baked/canned goods, sustainably-grown foods)

  • Arts (Examples include: apparel, accessories, textiles, home goods, stationery)

  • Supporter (Examples include: Businesses that support these innovators including law firms, lenders, makerspaces, studio spaces, retail markets, manufacturing associations, etc.

Despite rising interest rates and a national real estate slowdown, our region continues to see significant population growth. On October 5, we will take a look back and a look ahead with the President of the Richmond Federal Reserve and UNCW’s Regional Economist. 


Speakers Include:

The National Outlook with Tom Barkin, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Tom serves on the Fed’s chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee, and is also responsible for bank supervision and the Federal Reserve’s technology organization. He is “on the ground” continually in the Fed’s Fifth District, which covers South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, D.C., West Virginia, and Maryland. His engagement in the region has brought real attention to areas facing economic challenges.
Prior to joining the Richmond Fed, Tom was a senior partner and CFO at McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm, where he also oversaw McKinsey’s offices in the southern United States.

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

Mouhcine Guettabi joined 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. In addition to his academic work, during his time at UAA, he regularly produced economic forecasts, analyzed the state's finances, conducted analysis on key policy issues, and testified in front of the legislature.
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Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 9:15 AM to 10:00 AM

Brian Satz, President, CW IT Support

Don't Fall Victim to Cybercrime: Keys to Keeping Your Business Protected & Productive

In this session we will explore the current trends of cybercrime and the impact it can have to you and your business's safety, reputation, productivity, and bottom line.  We’ll discuss some methods used by hackers to exploit the weaknesses of their victims and some practical tactics you should employ to minimize your risk and exposure against such threats.

CW IT Support
Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 9:15 AM to 10:00 AM

Terry Espy, President, MoMentum Companies & Joan Loch, Business Broker, MoMentum Companies

The Multiple Aspects of Business Ownership: Start-Up to Exit Strategy

Whether you are considering starting the business of your dreams or currently have an ongoing enterprise, it is vital that you keep the end game in mind.  The process begins the day you decide to start the business! So many times business owners become consumed with the day to day operations that it is difficult to maintain a 30,000 foot perspective.  Throughout the years you end up dealing with the ups and downs of the economy, market changes, staffing challenges and end up reacting when you intended to be proactive.  This seminar will give you an opportunity to look at your business with a clear vision for the future.  Excellent examples of businesses that have grown from infancy to maturity will be discussed with valuable examples of “what not to do” and “what worked well”.

MoMentum Companies
Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 9:15 AM to 10:00 AM

Derek Schmidt, Founder & CEO, DesignLoud Marketing Agency

Mastering Digital Marketing: A Comprehensive Guide for Small Business Owners Scaling Up

This presentation aims to provide small business owners with an in-depth understanding of essential digital marketing strategies. It covers a range of topics from the customer journey, SEO, PPC advertising, social media marketing, content marketing, email marketing, analytics and reporting, online reputation management, eCommerce marketing, to influencer marketing. By the end of this presentation, attendees will have a holistic view of digital marketing and be equipped with practical knowledge to implement these strategies effectively.

Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 9:15 AM to 10:00 AM

Katherine Daniel, Founder & Principal, Montani Consulting & Dr. Yolanda Pollard, Director, UNCW's Swain Center

Recharge, Succeed, Repeat: The Self-Care Cycle for Professionals

Whether you're a rookie or a seasoned pro, an entrepreneur or dedicated employee, discover a transformative cycle tailored to your career stage. Learn the art of nurturing yourself as you evolve, ensuring sustained success. Embrace recharging to fuel achievement and integrate it seamlessly into your routine. Prioritize self-care as an essential element of your professional growth - because our aim is not just to survive, but to truly thrive.

UNCW Swain Center
Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM

Austin Stone, VP of National Business Development, Target Solutions

Why Partnering with a Turnkey Restoration Company is Valuable to Your Business

Target Solutions will be discussing a variety of topics centralized around the restoration, remediation, and reconstruction of small and large loss events. The presentation will highlight the importance and benefits of Preplanning for Catastrophic events, day to day disruptions and touch on insurance navigation. Audience participants will hear of some notable case studies highlighting recent and ongoing projects, lessons learned and how adapting in the industry is essential to minimizing client business disruption.

Target Solutions
Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM

Janaiah von Hassel, CEO, Winnow Services

Recruiting Best Practices

Simplicity and systems are the keys to effective recruiting, saving you time and money. Learn practical steps your team can use to create a foolproof recruiting process that wins every time. Don’t let the bells and whistles of complicated procedures overwhelm you. Explore the simple measures you can take to improve your recruiting efforts, enhance your interview process, and commit your time and energy to effectively recruiting the best candidates for your company’s needs. 

Winnow Services
Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM

Derek Schmidt, Founder & CEO, DesignLoud Marketing Agency

Supercharge Your Small Business: Unleash the Power of AI to Transform Your Marketing Campaigns

This presentation will explore the potential of AI in boosting small business marketing campaigns. It will delve into how AI-powered tools can automate processes, personalize customer experiences, and improve decision-making based on customer insights. By highlighting various AI marketing tools and presenting real-life examples, this presentation aims to equip small business owners with the knowledge and confidence to incorporate AI into their marketing strategies.

Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM

Stefanie Adams, Founder, WNY People Development

Leading Across Generations: The Multigenerational Workplace

For the first time in history, five generations of employees are in the workplace. In this interactive and engaging presentation, participants will learn work and communication styles, Boomers to Gen Z, and the historical context that contributes to them; strategies presented to leverage multigenerational strengths and differences. Simple and actional relationship building activities will be shared to create inclusive environments where all employees, regardless of age, will feel valued, respected, and seen.

Participants will learn to foster a more culturally competent and inclusive multigenerational workplace through data, resource sharing, interactive activities, open dialogue, and a little bit of fun.

WNY People Development
Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM

Robert Parker, COO, Cape Fear Solar Systems

Creating an Outstanding Company Culture

Creating a vibrant company culture that supports and nurtures employees is so important that it is the key to our success—and a unique and sustainable competitive advantage. By treating employees exceptionally well, they take great care of your customers, then your customers take care of your business. Learn how Cape Fear Solar Systems has created a culture that is fun, engaging, team oriented, and focused—which has helped increase profits.  

Cape Fear Solar Systems
Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM

Coach Reggie, Master Business Coach & Global Trainer

Sales Training Master Class Preview

In this fast-paced, power packed session you will pick up sales tactics and strategies that will instantly help you close more sales. You will hear the “Greatest Hits” from our 12-Week Sales Master Class that is increasing commission checks and growing the bottom line of many local businesses. To be a top performer you must train with the best. In 45 minutes, you will experience a small sampling of the best sales training available in the Wilmington area.

Business Growers
Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM

Theresa Bassett, CEO, The Diamond Group

Inbound Marketing: The Formula for Making Your Website & Digital Doorstep a 24/7 Salesperson

*How to Attract More of the Right Conversations
*The Marketing Mix - Organic Search + Paid
*Clarity is King - messaging and amplifying your brand

The Diamond Group
Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM

Shaun Olsen, CEO, CloudWyze

Go Fund Yourself: A Discussion on How Your Business Can Leverage Grants

Are you missing out on capital available to your business? There is a diverse landscape of grant opportunities for non-profits, entrepreneurs and small business owners that you may be able to benefit from, but they can be challenging and complex to navigate. CloudWyze CEO, Shaun Olsen will lead a discussion with a panel of professionals experienced in grant funding on how to identify the right grants, write compelling proposals, and increase your chances of success. Whether you are a startup or an established business, this discussion is a must-attend event for anyone looking to secure funding for their ventures.

Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM

Robert Parker, COO, Cape Fear Solar Systems

Emerging Energy Technologies

Learn what’s new in energy technology with a focus on how to utilize and develop scalable technologies in any business. Join us as we explore the top energy technology trends for 2023 and beyond. Energy remains one of the biggest areas of investments worldwide. As the world moves away from fossil fuels, the renewable energy market is taking off. In this session you can expect to gain key insights on energy technology deployment plans, adoption timelines, values, and risks.

Cape Fear Solar Systems
Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM

Coach Reggie, Master Business Coach & Global Trainer

Management Training Master Class Preview

If you are a top performer and high achiever that has been catapulted into a position of management without the training, tools and development to be a great manager, you are not alone!  In 45 minutes, you will learn strategies and tactics that will instantly make you a better manager. This session will give you the “Greatest Hits” from our 12-Week Management Master Class that teaches local managers practical systems and processes that helping them get better outcomes from their team, reduce drama, and lower chaos in their organizations.

Business Growers
Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM

Angela Conicelli, VP of Sales, Craig Snow, Sr. Marketing Consultant & Stacey Stewart, Sr. Marketing Consultant, Greater Wilmington Business Journal

Are You Lost in the Noise?

Does it feel like you are marketing into the wind? Who sees your message? Do they understand and trust what you have to say? Join us for an interactive session to understand how your marketing messages and personal brand can break through the noise. Make connections that improve your business and your life. Create new habits that will help you build trust in your brand through clarity, compassion, and community engagement.

Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM

Shaun Olsen, CEO, CloudWyze

Raising Capital 101: Panel Discussion

Are you an entrepreneur looking to take your business to the next level? Are you a startup founder seeking funds to fuel your growth? If so, join us as we bring together professionals from various industries to share their insights and experiences on securing funding for your business. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out, this discussion will equip you with the knowledge and strategies you need to successfully raise capital and propel your business forward.


Thursday Oct 5, 2023

9:00 AM to 5:30 PM


Wilmington Convention Center

515 Nutt St.
Wilmington, NC 28401