Financial

Unemployed? Put Yourself On A Well-Planned Financial ‘Diet’

Unemployment is on everyone’s mind, with millions suddenly out of a job in the fallout of the global coronavirus pandemic. If you are among those who are having to cope with an abrupt loss of in ...

Alyce Phillips - Old North State Trust LLC | May 30, 2020
Residential Real Estate

Best Practices For Virtual Board Meetings

With the Coronavirus pandemic affecting nearly every aspect of daily life, people are turning to technology to facilitate many activities that were once conducted in person. This has of course become ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | May 29, 2020
Other

How To Protect Your HVAC From Hurricanes

Who’s ready for three weeks or so of driving rain, power outages and a lot of uncertainty?  Definitely not this guy, but considering that we have already had two named storms at the time of ...

Chris Jones - Green Dot Heating & Air | May 28, 2020
Other

How To Protect Your HVAC From Hurricanes

Who’s ready for three weeks or so of driving rain, power outages and a lot of uncertainty?  Definitely not this guy, but considering that we have already had two named storms at the time of ...

Chris Jones - Green Dot Heating & Air | May 28, 2020
Education

Strategy 101 For Startups

In the face of uncertainty, it’s difficult to offer startups useful advice. And, yet, that’s our goal at the CIE. It’s tempting to fall back on ‘hang in there’, we’ ...

Diane Durance - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | May 27, 2020
Technology

The Road Map To Secure And Economical Printing Practices

These days we are all too familiar with phased approaches due to Covid-19 stay at home orders and re-opening plans. Sometimes the best way to introduce policies with a complex community of people is b ...

Drew Smith - Copiers Plus | May 26, 2020
Insightful Discussions

Business Growth And Development

How do you know when your business is ready for expansion? Since our company is in the construction business, I will address this question regarding business growth from the standpoint of the c ...

Insightful Discussions - | May 22, 2020
Insightful Discussions

Reopening After COVID-19: What Business Owners Should Know

We are going to reopen as soon as the Governor lifts restrictions. What are the most important things I should be thinking about as a business owner?   J ...

Insightful Discussions - | May 22, 2020
Residential Real Estate

Environmentally Responsible Home Building

A panel from the local building and design industry got together to discuss sustainable housing efforts and its impact on the environment. Building material advancements have provided new homes ...

Scott Byers - Majestic Kitchen & Bath Creations | May 22, 2020
Financial

PPP Forgiveness - What You Need To Know

This article is current as of 5/20/20. The SBA has indicated that there will be constant, ongoing updates. Many businesses have been fortunate enough to receive funds via the Paycheck Protection Pr ...

Caroline Montgomery - Adam Shay CPA, PLLC | May 20, 2020
Other

Home Sweet Home - Make It Safer

By-line by AARP NC Volunteer Margie Sigman If you’ve been homebound for a while, your indoor scenery may be getting old. You’ve probably cleaned out a closet or two by now, but what abo ...

Suzanne Black - AARP | May 20, 2020
Economic Development

New Hanover County Offers Expertise And Resources For Safe Reopening

Since March 21, our community has been operating under a Stay At Home Order and navigating mitigation measures set by either state or local authorities to slow the spread of COVID-19. Residents, busin ...

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government | May 19, 2020
Education

Planning For Your College Student’s Success During COVID-19

As the father of a college student and a recent college grad, I can empathize with the stress that parents of college-aged children are experiencing during this unusual time. Should I send my child ba ...

Jim Morton - Cape Fear Community College | May 19, 2020
Financial

Growing Business Value When Times Are Tough

In times of great uncertainty or disruption, some business owners will panic and bury their heads in the sand. Some will sit tight and wait for things to settle down. But others will try to create opp ...

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors | May 15, 2020
Education

Coronavirus Analytics

This Insights article was contributed by Dr. Stephen Hill, Associate Professor of Analytics at the UNCW Cameron School of Business.   At the time of the writing of this article (early April 202 ...

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington | May 15, 2020
Residential Real Estate

Large-Scale Community Associations

Communities that are considerably bigger than your average neighborhood are, in the community management industry, referred to as large-scale communities. And, as you might imagine, the needs of these ...

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services) | May 15, 2020
Other

COVID Scams High For Veterans And Military: Beware During Military Appreciation Month

Scammers are on the prowl with Americans’ increased anxiety over COVID-19. As we commemorate Military Appreciation Month in May, a warning goes out to veterans and military families since they a ...

Suzanne Black - AARP | May 11, 2020
Financial

How Corning Credit Union Is Helping Its Communities

At Corning Credit Union, we exist to serve our members and local communities, especially during tough times. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way many of us live, work, and serve others in a rapi ...

Robin Davis - Corning Credit Union (CCU) | May 9, 2020
Technology

Cut Costs Today Through These Hacks

As we begin to look at how we will move forward and get back to work, we understand that many things will be different than they were previous to Covid-19. One of those things for many companies will ...

Drew Smith - Copiers Plus | May 9, 2020
Residential Real Estate

Long-Term Rentals vs. Vacation Rentals: Why Long-Term May Be The Best Choice For Investors

As with many other things in the world today, there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding vacation and short-term rentals which, in North Carolina, are any rentals for a period of less than 90 days. Eve ...

Dave Sweyer - Sweyer Property Management | May 8, 2020
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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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AARP NC Coastal Associate State Director, AARP
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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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Chris Coudriet

County Manager, New Hanover County Government
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General Manager, MarineMax Wrightsville Beach
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Director of Operations and Member Experience, Corning Credit Union (CCU)
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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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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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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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Gary Greene

President, Greene Resources, Inc.
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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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Chris Jones

Managing Partner, Green Dot Heating & Air
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Rob Kaiser

Publisher, Greater Wilmington Business Journal
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Family Service Manager, Dignity Memorial
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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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Partner, Rountree Losee LLP
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Richard Walsh

Director, Swain Center for Executive Education & Economic Development
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Managing Partner, City Club of Wilmington, LLC
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President and CEO , Coastal Horizons Center, Inc
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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.

May 22, 2020

Business Growth And Development

How do you know when your business is ready for expansion? Since our company is in the construction business, I will address this question regarding business growth from the standpoint of the construction industry in general and our company specifically. Being ready for expansion is different than expanding. Market conditions provide the fuel for a business to grow. There can be no significant increase in market share, number of active construction projects, number of project managers/ su ...

May 22, 2020

Reopening After COVID-19: What Business Owners Should Know

We are going to reopen as soon as the Governor lifts restrictions. What are the most important things I should be thinking about as a business owner?   JAMES TODD:  The most immediate concern for many businesses is how to bring employees back to the business safely and with minimum disruption to normal operating procedures. It is important to follow any changing Centers for Disease Control, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the ...

Apr 3, 2020

How To Protect Your Legal Interests As A Business Owner

Business owners must make several decisions when structuring and executing their business plans, but carefully considering a legal arrangement that is customized to their needs may be most important. We asked four local law experts to provide their advice on some important questions about legal protection as a business owner.    How can an attorney help when you’re starting a new business or adding offerings? CHRIS EDWARDS: An attorney can be an invaluable partner when ...