Economic Development

Sewer And Water Along 421 Creates Corridor Primed For Growth And New Jobs

In business, in economic growth…if you build it, will they come? I think the answer, at least in the case of our industrial corridor on US-421, is yes. And I don’t mean building new of ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | Jan 16, 2020
Residential Real Estate

The State Of The Rental Market In The Greater Wilmington Area

As you might expect, the state of the economy and the housing market - both locally and nationally - can have a huge impact on how your investment will fare in the upcoming year. The Wilming ...

Dave Sweyer - Sweyer Property Management | Jan 16, 2020
Business Growth

7 Tips For Delegating Better

You have way too much to do, you’re buried in work, and it seems there’s no way out from under it all. But there is: delegation. Yes, you know it’s important to do and you know it wi ...

Lynn Whitesell - Harris Whitesell Consulting | Jan 15, 2020
Education

Collaborative Education In An Online Setting

This Insights article was contributed by Dr. William Sackley, Director of BB&T Center for Global Capitalism and Cameron School of Business Professor of Finance   Last summer my colleague, D ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Jan 10, 2020
Financial

3 Ways To Position Yourself And Your Family For Future Success

Many business owners support their families through their businesses. If something were to happen to you, such as a sudden death or permanent incapacitation, it may affect both your business and the l ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Jan 9, 2020
Education

Put Happy In The New Year

Engaged and happy people are the secret ingredient in every success story. Imagine an unhappy entrepreneur or employee setting the world on fire with a new idea and an enthusiastic team of followers & ...

Diane Durance - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Jan 8, 2020
Residential Real Estate

What To Do If There Are Insufficient Reserve Funds

What are reserve funds and what are they used for? Reserve funds are broken down into capital and non-capital expenses; capital would be replacing a roof; non-capital would be painting. These are IRS ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | Jan 7, 2020
Financial

Why Defining Goals Is Important And How To Do It

Planning for a successful business future is an exercise in foresight and commitment. Without foresight, it may be difficult for you to determine what success means to you. Without commitment, even th ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Jan 3, 2020
Residential Real Estate

Benefits And Drawbacks Of Renting To College Students

There are many advantages provided to investors who own rental properties in a college town. As long as there is a college or university accepting students, there will always be people looking for ren ...

Dave Sweyer - Sweyer Property Management | Jan 3, 2020
Residential Real Estate

How To Increase Homeowner Participation In Your Community

Homeowners can often have differing views of their community associations — some positive, some negative —  depending on their source of information and experiences in the community. ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | Jan 3, 2020
Financial

Repairing Estate Planning Mistakes: There Are Ways To Clean Up A Mess

Sometimes, despite best intentions and best efforts, an estate plan leaves unintended problems for heirs, trustees and others to solve. For example, a trust may have become outdated because of changes ...

Alyce Phillips - Old North State Trust LLC | Jan 3, 2020
Technology

Embrace The Decade Ahead With Updated Printing Procedures

The past decade was one full of technological advancements spanning from 13 different iPhone releases to industry disruptors Uber and Lyft implementing rideshare technology. How we approach our daily ...

Drew Smith - Copiers Plus | Jan 3, 2020
Financial

Found Money: Tax Extenders And Disaster Relief

On December 21, 2019 President Trump signed into law a spending bill that included good news for taxpayers in Southeastern NC. The spending bill included retroactive major disaster related tax relief ...

Caroline Montgomery - Adam Shay CPA, PLLC | Jan 1, 2020
Financial

The S Corporation: The Evolution Of Self-Employment Taxes And The Reasonable Salary

This Insights article was contributed by Richard Pasquantonio, CPA/CFF, CFE, CDFA (NC License Number 33577), an associate at Adam Shay CPA, PLLC. S corporation (S Corp) taxation is a popular elect ...

Caroline Montgomery - Adam Shay CPA, PLLC | Dec 23, 2019
Residential Real Estate

Finding Qualified Tenants For Your Investment Property

One of the best ways to guarantee that you'll get a good return on your investment home is finding quality tenants. Though this may sound simple, the discerning landlord will understand that there ...

Dave Sweyer - Sweyer Property Management | Dec 18, 2019
Financial

Finding Happiness In Retirement

This Insights article was submitted by Rob Penn, President and Wealth Advisor. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, with over 27 years of working with retirees, I feel like I have ...

Jason Wheeler - Pathfinder Wealth Consulting | Dec 16, 2019
Education

Purpose Is The Future Of Business Success

As 2019 winds down, expect a steady stream of predictions for the business climate in the coming year and decade. There’ll be exciting trends in technology, concerning forecasts on climate chang ...

Diane Durance - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Dec 16, 2019
Business Growth

Stress Can Work For You

It’s the end of the year with all its inherent stressors and I recently offered you an article about failure. What could be more of a downer? Okay, let me redeem myself and throw you a lifeline. ...

Ron Hewett - Academy Leadership | Dec 16, 2019
Business Growth

To Be A Great Leader And Achieve Goals, You Must Learn How To Delegate Well

The new year is upon us, and leaders are already wondering how to accomplish all of their 2020 goals. You can start by doing what you do best, delegating what you can, outsourcing where needed, and th ...

Lynn Whitesell - Harris Whitesell Consulting | Dec 16, 2019
Education

Cape Fear Community College: A Look Back At 2019

Each December, you hear it everywhere. “A year in review,” “favorite sports moments of the year,” “best music and films of the year,” and so on. When the end of yea ...

Jim Morton - Cape Fear Community College | Dec 16, 2019
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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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Robin Davis

Director of Operations and Member Experience, Corning Credit Union (CCU)
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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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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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Jeffrey Feldstein

Regional Manager and Claims Representative, Metro Public Adjustment
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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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Catherine Hanley

Vice President & Head of Marketing, Alcami
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Charles Hardy

Founding Dean and Professor, UNCW College of Health and Human Services
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Ron Hewett

Facilitator , Academy Leadership
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Michael Higgins

Family Service Manager, Dignity Memorial
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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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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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Owner, Strickland's Home
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Fred Kumpel

Owner, Strickland's Home
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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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Alexandra Lysik

Agency Owner, Cavik Insurance
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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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Caroline Montgomery

Tax Manager, Partner, Adam Shay CPA, PLLC
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Founder and Chairman, The Forté Institute, LLC
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Jim Morton

President, Cape Fear Community College
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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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Alyce Phillips

Marketing Director, Old North State Trust LLC
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W. Grayson Powell

Broker, Managing Partner, Coldwell Banker Commercial SunCoast
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Sherri Pridgen

2019 President, Cape Fear REALTORS®
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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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Jon Rosborough

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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Drew Smith

Director of Communications, Copiers Plus
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Dani Somers

Assistant Director of Admissions, North Carolina Wesleyan
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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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Jonathan Weiss

Managing Partner, City Club of Wilmington, LLC
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Margaret Weller-Stargell

President and CEO , Coastal Horizons Center, Inc
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Christy West

Co-Owner, Roof Rescue of Wilmington LLC/Roof Maxx
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Jason Wheeler

CEO, Pathfinder Wealth Consulting
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Lynn Whitesell

Managing Partner, Harris Whitesell 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.

Dec 20, 2019

Business Technology Trends & Challenges

No matter what size the business, it will not reach its full potential — nor in many cases even exist — without technology. Which technologies are impacting businesses today, and what is coming down the pike to help deliver products and services to customers more effectively? We spoke with local business leaders who have their fingers on the pulse of business technology about trends and challenges. For a full PDF version of this discussion, click here.    What r ...

Oct 23, 2019

Commercial Real Estate: Changes, Opportunities

Commercial real estate is a driving force in the Cape Fear region’s economy. Where are we today, and what challenges are we about to face in the future? We asked Norman and Yates Chambliss of Chambliss & Rabil Contractors, Inc. for their unique take on the Wilmington market. For the full PDF version, click here. What changes are you seeing in the region’s commercial real estate market? We have seen dramatic positive changes in our region’s commercial real estat ...

Oct 21, 2019

Health Care: Where are We Now, Where are We Heading?

With the possibility of New Hanover Regional Medical Center being sold, the subject of health care is a hot topic in the Cape Fear region. Always a destination for retirees with unique health care needs, New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties are now seeing significant population growth in people of all ages. How will this — and other issues — impact health care in our area? For the full PDF version, click here. The Cape Fear region’s population is growing; what ...