Residential Real Estate

HOA Meetings are for More Than Board Members

If you live in a community with a homeowner’s association (HOA), you no doubt have seen signs, received emails, or even had people knocking on your door to alert you about HOA meetings. There ar ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | Oct 18, 2019
Financial

Reducing Some Positions

Recently, we have increased our holdings of cash equivalents to roughly 18 percent of portfolios as our expectation for future returns on some investments no longer meet our hurdle rate. Our framework ...

Eddie Nowell - South Atlantic Capital Management Group | Oct 18, 2019
Other

Celebrating a Life's Legacy in Outer Space

At Dignity Memorial® we strive each and every day to take personalized funeral services to the next level to honor and preserve the story of one’s life. We take pride in helping families cre ...

Michael Higgins - Dignity Memorial | Oct 15, 2019
Business Growth

Go Ahead, Change Your Mind!

I once sat in on a meeting between a government official and the Executive Director of a non-profit. The official arrived, sat down at the table and immediately announced, “I will listen, but I& ...

Ron Hewett - Academy Leadership | Oct 15, 2019
Financial

The Merits of Trusts vs. Guardianships for Minor Children

One essential duty for parents is to make plans for their children should the parents die prematurely. The first obligation, of course, is to decide who should be given the power and duty to care for ...

Alyce Phillips - Old North State Trust LLC | Oct 15, 2019
Financial

Up-to-Date and Accurate Books

Growing a business is tough — there are a lot of moving parts and information coming at you. All too often, we come across situations where people have made decisions without knowing their true ...

Caroline Montgomery - Adam Shay CPA, PLLC | Oct 15, 2019
Business Growth

Culture is Foundational to Organizational Success

Senior leaders are pointing to culture as key to future success, but they are having trouble defining it. In a recent study, 86 percent of global business leaders say organizational culture is an urge ...

Lynn Whitesell - Harris Whitesell Consulting | Oct 15, 2019
Other

Don’t Let Your Game Day Become Game Over

As a huge Alabama Fan, ROLL TIDE Y’ALL, I love to grill out on game day. I am proud to say I have also recently taken up fantasy football, so now Sunday football is also part of my fall ritual. ...

Alexandra Lysik - Cavik Insurance | Oct 15, 2019
Education

Connect with Resilient Coastal Living

Water, water everywhere…and more to come. Meet Jake Kheel, coastal development and sustainability expert, when Cucalorus Connect, the two-day innovation conference embedded in the Cucalorus ...

Diane Durance - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Oct 14, 2019
Education

Preparing for the Future

This Insights article was contributed by Richard J. Walsh, Director, UNCW Swain Center for Executive & Economic Development. The Swain Center is looking into the future, and helping leaders pre ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | Oct 9, 2019
Financial

What You May Get Wrong About Business Valuations

Business valuations are important to successful planning. They tell you what your business is worth to a potential buyer. Though business valuations seem simple on the surface, even the smartest and m ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | Oct 2, 2019
Residential Real Estate

Preparing Your Property for Cooler Weather

Now that the fall season has arrived in the Cape Fear region, it is a good time to consider what maintenance projects may need attention around your home. Fall is a great time to evaluate the conditio ...

Dave Sweyer - Sweyer Property Management | Oct 1, 2019
Education

A Closer Look at Innovations in Marine Science

There are many hidden gems at UNCW and the crown jewel of them all is the CREST Marine Science Campus. It’s where important marine biotech and marine science research is happening and new ventur ...

Diane Durance - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Sep 30, 2019
Residential Real Estate

Housing is the Best Medicine

We all depend on our homes to provide a safe, secure, and healthy place to eat, rest, play, and perhaps work. When we don’t have it, life starts to unravel. In some cases, a home’s deficie ...

JC Lyle - Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry | Sep 30, 2019
Financial

It’s Never Too Early to Think About End-of-Year Planning and Gifting

Autumn typically sneaks up on us here on the Carolina coast, with beach weather and summer-like temperatures lingering almost until Halloween. Nevertheless, the year is drawing to a close, and that me ...

Alyce Phillips - Old North State Trust LLC | Sep 30, 2019
Marketing & Sales

Four Signs You’ve Outgrown Your DIY Website

We see ads for new tools every day that promise to help build a perfect, seamless website — at a low cost or completely free. If you’re a new business then you have likely consider ...

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company | Sep 27, 2019
Business Growth

The Power of Listening

At some point when I coach executives and managers we arrive at a discussion of the most important characteristics of a good leader. You can find dozens of surveys pointing out the Top Ten characteris ...

Ron Hewett - Academy Leadership | Sep 27, 2019
Financial

When the Storm Passes

This article was contributed by Natalie Addy, a fraud and forensic accountant at Adam Shay CPA, PLLC. The latest storm has come and gone, and home and business owners are left dealing with the afte ...

Caroline Montgomery - Adam Shay CPA, PLLC | Sep 27, 2019
Financial

When is the Best Time to Buy a New Home? 

This Insights article was contributed by Bill Scott, Corning Credit Union Mortgage Specialist.   Homebuying is an exciting — yet complicated — process. Sometimes it is driven by unf ...

Robin Davis - Corning Credit Union (CCU) | Sep 27, 2019
Business Growth

Why Talent Management is an Important Business Strategy

As a business leader, you have most likely heard the term “talent management.” You may have even dismissed it as just “HR jargon.” But as a business leader or owner, it is impo ...

Lynn Whitesell - Harris Whitesell Consulting | Sep 27, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Director of communications, Wells Fargo Championship
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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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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.

Sep 24, 2019

Commercial Real Estate Choices and Challenges

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 local business professionals for their take on the Wilmington market. For the full PDF version, click here.   How is the commercial real estate market in the Wilmington area different today than it was five years ago? MARGARET GRAY: Five years ago, there was more commercial space and more commercial property ...

Sep 17, 2019

Technology and Business: Trends, Advances, Challenges

There are a plethora of technologies employed in every office environment, whether a one person operation at home or in a brick-and-morter location with dozens of employees. Copiers Plus Director of Communications Drew Smith shares insights into the role technology helps his company — and his customers — do business.  For the full PDF version, click here. What technology trends are impacting your industry? It used to be that equipment features and specifications d ...

Jul 19, 2019

Helping Loved Ones with Pre-Planning

Moving closer to the end of the road is not something any of us wants to think about. Still, leaving “at-need” arrangements to loved ones creates unnecessary burdens and stress, both emotionally and financially. We asked professionals involved in pre-planning about what we can do to help make this difficult time as painless and hassle-free as possible. For the full PDF version, click here.   What are some of the common hurdles family members face when dealing with loved ...