Financial

Itemized Deduction Changes Everyone Should Be Familiar With

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was the most significant piece of tax legislation in the United States in years, which came with many changes, itemized deductions being no exception.   Throug ...

Ryan Skuce - Earney & Company, LLP | Nov 21, 2018
Education

Information Systems, “Mad Money” and NASA: How Are They Connected?

This Insights article was contributed by Dr. Rebecca Guidice, Associate Professor of Management and Leadership and Director of the Professional MBA  UNCW’s Professional MBA (PMBA) program, ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Nov 20, 2018
Residential Real Estate

When Good Goes Rogue

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity’s Lynne Wooten, Wilmington City Councilman Charlie Rivenbark, and WARM’s JC Lyle greet volunteers unloading 18 palates of donations. Why do nonprofits ...

JC Lyle - Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry | Nov 20, 2018
Financial

Reducing Risk Can Build Value

Building a successful business and minimizing risk may seem like opposite strategies but, typically, they go hand in hand. Once a business matures past the early, sometimes-chaotic stages of develo ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Nov 16, 2018
Financial

Think Ahead to Weigh Long-Term Care Insurance and Alternatives

As lifespans steadily increase but debilitating conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease become more prevalent, many older adults are facing the question of how to pay for long-term care.   Th ...

Susan Willett - Old North State Trust, LLC | Nov 16, 2018
Economic Development

For These Things and More, I Am Thankful

Thankful. It’s a word most of us use around this time of year but it feels incredibly fitting for me to use it now as I reflect on the past two months. I am thankful for our New Hanover Count ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | Nov 16, 2018
Education

New Geospatial Intelligence Certificate Program Broadens Career Prospects

This semester, UNCW received accreditation from the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) and began offering undergraduate and graduate certificates in geospatial intelligence (GEOI ...

Aswani Volety - UNCW College of Arts and Sciences | Nov 16, 2018
Residential Real Estate

Building Insights: Heath Clark

Each month, Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations will feature a profile on an area leader in the residential building industry. This article highlights Heath Clark, Owner/Partner of Bill Clark Homes ...

Scott Byers - Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations | Nov 16, 2018
Legal Issues

Product Liability: Making Safer Products

It is no secret I typically represent defendants in civil actions. The defendants are people or companies who are sued, typically for allegedly causing injury or damages to someone else. A common c ...

Deedee Gasch - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | Nov 16, 2018
Residential Real Estate

Are there Tax Benefits to Home Buying Before Year-End?

The year is almost over, and the holiday season is about to kick into high gear. If you have been searching for a new home, you may be tempted to take a break until the spring. One thing to consider ...

Becky Brown - KBT Realty | Nov 16, 2018
Legal Issues

What Will the Courts Really Protect Under Trade Secret Law?

Protecting valuable business information requires careful planning, as there is no system of registration that proves a company has a protectable trade secret. It doesn’t help that the standard ...

Russell Nugent - The Humphries Law Firm | Nov 16, 2018
Health Care

Cape Fear Clinic Makes Inroads Against Hepatitis C

You may have seen the ads on TV or read news stories – there are millions of people in the U.S., many of them baby boomers, who suffer from hepatitis C.   According to the N.C. Division o ...

John Devaney - Cape Fear Clinic | Nov 14, 2018
Financial

Opportunity Zones Create Opportunity for Tax Savings

As part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was passed in December 2017, a provision was created to help spur investment in distressed communities across the United States. These provisions related t ...

Ryan Skuce - Earney & Company, LLP | Nov 14, 2018
Financial

Is Passive Investing Wise?

We are witnessing a massive trend towards passive investing. Ads for tech focused Exchange Traded Funds fill the financial press.   But is this wise?   Yes and no. On average, the return ...

Eddie Nowell - South Atlantic Capital Management Group | Nov 14, 2018
Education

Please and Thank You Go a Long Way

This Insights article was contributed by Pat Fontana, owner of WordsWorking. True story: I went through a fast food drive-through. While waiting at the window for my food – after a very p ...

Diane Durance - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Nov 9, 2018
Legal Issues

The Battle Over Biotechnology Inventions Part II: Alice Corp.

After deciding Mayo Collaborative Servs. v. Prometheus Labs., Inc., 566 U.S. 66, 132 S. Ct. 1289 (2012), the U.S. Supreme Court decided a case involving a software-enabled invention and clarified the ...

Russell Nugent - The Humphries Law Firm | Nov 7, 2018
Financial

What Business Owners Assume About Financial Planning Hurts Them

One of the most important goals of exit planning is to position business owners for post-exit financial security. To do that, business owners and their advisors must have several pieces of informat ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Nov 1, 2018
Education

Business Recovery After a Disaster: First Steps to Recovery

This Insights article was contributed by Heather McWhorter, Regional Director of the Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC)   Hurricane Florence had a profound impact on our ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Nov 1, 2018
Marketing & Sales

Five Tips on Balancing Convenience and Privacy

Connectivity is accelerating our lives, and marketers must keep up by working smarter.   The trend encourages convenience as the bottom line – delivering value to customers as quickly as ...

Jim Ellis - Signal | Nov 1, 2018
Legal Issues

Lawsuits and Social Media: Think Before You Post

Social media is everywhere and, more and more, users are turning to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter among others to share thoughts and ideas.    If you have a legal claim or lawsuit pendin ...

Deedee Gasch - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | Nov 1, 2018
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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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Becky Brown

Owner, KBT Realty
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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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Scott Byers

President & CEO, Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations
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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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Tyson Emery

Owner, KBT Realty
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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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Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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Deedee Gasch

Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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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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Ron Hewett

Facilitator , Academy Leadership
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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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Honnalora Hubbard

Family Service Manager, Dignity Memorial
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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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Lisa Leath

SHRM-SCP, President, Leath HR Group
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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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Eddie Nowell

President, South Atlantic Capital Management Group
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Russell Nugent

Attorney, The Humphries Law Firm
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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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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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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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Ryan Skuce

Partner, Earney & Company, LLP
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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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Kyle Thorpe

Vice President of Operations, Infinity Payment Systems
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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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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.

Nov 16, 2018

HR Tactics for a Successful Business

The foundation for a lasting and thriving organization is most often built on the creation of a clear company culture that is embraced and practice by a dedicated team of employees. But sustaining staff buy-in and ensuring longevity as a company grows and evolves is a bit more complex. Balancing a high local cost of living with pay rates that are lower than in comparable areas and offering the right incentives to retain the right employees – all while juggling policy, procedure and ...

Nov 2, 2018

Managing Your Health and Wellness

Navigating the ever-changing landscape of health care can be challenging and, sometimes, a bit intimidating. Yet, understanding the various components of not just health, but also overall wellness, can empower patients to advocate for their own health – something providers certainly appreciate and recommend. Starting with understanding that distinction between health and wellness – and utilizing new medical technologies and clinical research trials – patients can, now more t ...

Oct 24, 2018

Commercial Real Estate’s Steady Rise

Signs that business is booming in the Cape Fear region are everywhere you look these days – from the surge of hotels in downtown Wilmington’s burgeoning Convention District and storefronts popping up in midtown Wilmington to the continued growth of northern Pender and Brunswick counties and grocery stores, medical offices and eateries cropping up at all points in between. With a growing population comes an increasing demand for more commercial real estate but the lack of avail ...