Financial

How to Leverage Your Strengths in a Business Exit

When preparing for a large-scale event – such as an extended trip to a foreign country, sending the kids to college, or preparing your business for the future – the planning required can s ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Jan 15, 2019
Financial

Taking the “Fun” Out of the Tax Code

Prior to the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), meals and entertainment expenses were required to be evaluated under Code Section 274 to determine if the expense was 100-percent or 50-percen ...

Adam Shay - Adam Shay CPA, PLLC | Jan 15, 2019
Marketing & Sales

Video (High) Resolutions for 2019

The best brand stories depend on a genuine human connection and exceptional experience – and there’s no better way to create that bond than video.   Live and motion content will con ...

Jim Ellis - Signal | Jan 14, 2019
Human Resources

Post-Flo Stress and Anxiety Management  

This Insights article was contributed by Jillian Howden, MPA, Facilitator and Instructor at Leath HR Group.   The continuous slow spin of rain, day after day, this last September, created havoc ...

Lisa Leath - Leath HR Group | Jan 14, 2019
Business Growth

There’s a Problem with Millennials… or is There?

This is the first article in a two-part series.   When working with groups of experienced executives and managers, discussions often get around to the subject of Millennials. To put it mildly, ...

Ron Hewett - Academy Leadership | Jan 14, 2019
Financial

Employee versus Independent Contractor

The global economy is shifting to a greater reliance on self-employed individuals and “gig” (remote or self-scheduled) workers. As a result, determination of whether someone is an employee ...

Ryan Skuce - Earney & Company, LLP | Jan 14, 2019
Legal Issues

‘A Person Shall Be Entitled to a Patent Unless…’

United States law gives inventors a right to a patent if they meet the requirements of the Patent Act.  Prior articles have discussed the requirements of 35 U.S.C. §101 (Section 101). This a ...

Russell Nugent - The Humphries Law Firm | Jan 7, 2019
Education

UNCW Receives $10M Gift, Largest in University History, to Establish New School

This Insights blog post is adapted from the UNCW news story by Christina Schechtman, UNCW Office of University Relations On Dec. 6, the University of North Carolina Wilmington received a $10 m ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Jan 4, 2019
Residential Real Estate

Maximum Sustained Giving

Harnessing the power of good to recover from Hurricane Florence Mayor Saffo helps Sandy Spiers of SunTrust Bank present checks to local nonprofits involved in hurricane response and recovery during ...

JC Lyle - Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry | Jan 4, 2019
Legal Issues

Kicking Off the New Year: Time to Review Your Business Insurance Policies

The New Year is a great time to review your business insurance policies.    Identify what coverage you have, what coverage you may need, and confirm your business is adequately protected i ...

Deedee Gasch - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | Jan 4, 2019
Legal Issues

The Battle Over Biotechnology Inventions Part IV:  Conclusion

After Rapid Litigation Management, the Federal Circuit issued two more cases under 35 U.S.C. § 101 that contribute heavily to this discussion[1].  In both of these cases, the Court decide ...

Russell Nugent - The Humphries Law Firm | Jan 4, 2019
Financial

In a Volatile Market, Cheap & Fast Advice Isn’t Good Enough

When the financial markets start to turn volatile – as we have seen so dramatically in the last few months of 2018 – investors become anxious, looking for good, timely advice about what to ...

Alyce Phillips - Old North State Trust LLC | Jan 4, 2019
Financial

How to Overcome the Overwhelming Parts of Planning

One of the toughest things you’ll confront in your planning is focusing on the goals that matter most. You might find that the things you want to do conflict with the things you must do. For ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Jan 3, 2019
Economic Development

Business is Growing at the ILM Business Park

This Insights article was co-written by Erin McNally, Marketing Specialist for ILM. Did you know Wilmington International Airport’s campus is home to many businesses and shovel-ready sit ...

Julie Wilsey - Wilmington International Airport | Jan 2, 2019
Residential Real Estate

Building Insights: Mark Johnson

Each month, Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations will feature a profile on an area leader in the residential building industry. This article highlights Mark Johnson, Founder of Mark Johnson Custom Ho ...

Scott Byers - Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations | Jan 2, 2019
Financial

Holding Stocks Through Potential Economic Weakness

There will always be periods of volatility in the markets, which currently are beset by nerves driven by constant discussions about potential trade tariffs, higher interest rates, and uncertainty over ...

Eddie Nowell - South Atlantic Capital Management Group | Jan 2, 2019
Economic Development

One Thousand, Five Hundred and Ten

One thousand, five hundred and ten. That’s the number of New Hanover County employees who stayed behind, served our community, and supported our residents for 21 straight days during Hurricane F ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | Dec 20, 2018
Legal Issues

Holiday Spirits: Four Things Alcohol Permittees Need to Know When Selling Alcohol

Tis the season. Bars and restaurants are packed with patrons looking to get in the holiday spirit – or perhaps just consuming spirits. Either way, selling alcohol comes with many responsibilitie ...

Deedee Gasch - Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP | Dec 17, 2018
Residential Real Estate

Should You Quit Renting and Try Home Ownership?  

With the increasing popularity of HGTV shows and beautiful decorating Instagram pictures, many people dream about fixing up their place to make it the home of their dreams.   Making big (and so ...

Becky Brown - KBT Realty | Dec 17, 2018
Financial

Are You Being Your Own Worst Enemy?

Many business owners believe that they want to sell their businesses to a third party when they first start considering their business exits. Owners who want to start planning for a third-party sal ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Dec 14, 2018
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Owner & Director, School of Learning Arts
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President and CEO, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
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Vice President, Carolinas Division, W.M. Jordan Company
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Interim President, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
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Owner, Summerfield Custom Wellness
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Owner, KBT Realty
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Owner, Will Brown Insurance Agency LLC
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Chief Executive Officer, Human Capital Solutions, Inc.
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Dean , Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington
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President & CEO, Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations
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President & Owner, TeamLogic IT of Wilmington & Fayetteville
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Realtor/Broker, Intracoastal Realty
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Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking , Bank of America Merrill Lynch
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County Manager, New Hanover County Government
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General Manager, MarineMax Wrightsville Beach
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President and Owner, Port City Signs & Graphics
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Chief Executive Officer, OrthoWilmington
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Chief Executive Officer, Cape Fear Clinic
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CEO and Creative Director, Sage Island
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Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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President, Enrolled Agent, Century Accounting and Tax Services, Inc.
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President/General Manager , Markraft Cabinets, Inc
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Vice President, Account Director, Signal
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Owner, KBT Realty
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Natalie English

President & CEO, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
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Regional Manager and Claims Representative, Metro Public Adjustment
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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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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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Attorney, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
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Senior Vice President , PNC Bank
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President and CEO , Osprey Global Solutions
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President, Greene Resources, Inc.
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Facilitator , Academy Leadership
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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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Chairman, Cape Fear Economic Development Council (CFEDC)
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Family Service Manager, Dignity Memorial
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PJ Kelly

Vice President, Logan Homes
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SHRM-SCP, President, Leath HR Group
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Founder, Owner and President, Cape Fear Jobs
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Partner, Rountree Losee LLP
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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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Founder, American Marketeur
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Owner of Wilmington Performance Lab, Live Oak Bank Wellness Coordinator, Wilmington Performance Lab
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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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President, South Atlantic Capital Management Group
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Russell Nugent

Attorney, The Humphries Law Firm
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Elder Law Attorney, CSH Law
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Founder, CloudWyze
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Director of communications, Wells Fargo Championship
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President, Perry’s Emporium
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President, The Wedding Dress Shoppe
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Alyce Phillips

Marketing Director, Old North State Trust LLC
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Broker, Managing Partner, Coldwell Banker Commercial SunCoast
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Broker and Realtor, KBT Realty
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Julie Rehder

Marketing and Public Relations Administrator, The Davis Community
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Founder/President, Robert J. Rickert, CPA, PC
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Executive Director, UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Managing Partner, Cornerstone Business Advisors
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Airport Director, ILM
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Founder, Solutions Engineer, Blue Fission Enterprise Technology
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Al Sharp

Project Director, FOCUS
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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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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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CFP®, CCFS®, Managing Member & CCO, Tushingham Wealth Strategies
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Associate Provost of Research, Dean of the Graduate School, University of North Carolina Wilmington
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Dean, UNCW College of Arts and Sciences
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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 ...