Diversity and Inclusion

Monday, October 5 - Watch Welcome Remarks from Chancellor Sartarelli Here

What it means to be a Veteran Friendly Business

10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Presenters: Jason Hadaway of National Speed and The Honor Foundation Graduates

Do you consider your business a ‘veteran friendly’ business? Do you want your business to be considered veteran friendly? Are you a veteran looking to work for a veteran friendly business or start one yourself? Join us for this session featuring graduates from The Honor Foundation and a local business that’s recognized as veteran friendly to gain insights on what it takes to set your business up to be recognized by the Veteran Community as veteran friendly.

View Session Recording HERE

Digital Marketing: Marketing Post COVID-19 (Spotlight Winner Announced: John Hunter, President, Hunter Family Company Inc.)

12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Presenter: NexGeneration Digital Marketing Agency, Toya Wilson-Smith

With the new normal of social distancing in place, people are online more than ever. How do you leverage more traffic to social networks, more orders online and thousands of hours of video being watched on the internet every day? Learn the top digital marketing strategies that will help you business grow during the COVID-19 pandemic. Digital marketing consultant, Toya Wilson-Smith, will share via webinar the top 5 strategies that business owners can implement to attract new customers. Are you worried about the technology or skills needed to enhance your web presence? Don’t be! Toya specializes in giving you the best tools to make it simple to get started with the strategies that will be discussed. 

View Session Recording HERE

Resiliency as a Business Owner

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 

Presenter: Healing Your Almond, Franchon Francees

We will begin with an introduction to brain science.  Our presenter will explain how stress, anxiety, and trauma impact the brain.  we know that when individuals feel unsafe (financial worries) and/or are under high or chronic stress this impacts our ability to operate at our full potential.  For many business owners, this is often our reality.  Resiliency as a business owner will teach individuals why and how stress impacts us as individuals AND as business owners.  We will also create a customized plan to help us make decisions from a functioning safety brain as opposed to a “stressed brain.”  The audience will leave with tangible skills they can utilize immediately.  We look forward to building resilience with you! 

View Session Recording HERE

Employing UNCW Students

4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Presenters: UNCW Career Center and UNCW Financial Aid Office

UNC Wilmington offers a variety of ways for employers to hire UNCW students and graduates. Whether you want to hire a full-time or part-time employee, temporary help, or a student intern, you can connect with well-trained, qualified applicants to meet your needs. Nonprofit organizations may be able to hire students at low to no cost to their organization.  Attend this session with the Career Center and the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid to learn more!  

View Session Recording HERE

Empowering Women for Today’s Retirement

*a #WE2020 event


6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Presenters: Carolina Retirement Planners, David Shucavage and Sam Shucavage

Empowering Women for Today’s Retirement is a complete personal finance course designed to prepare women for the retirement they envision. Whether you are married, single, widowed, or divorced, this event is designed to show you how you can get prepared to handle your finances. 

We will cover: 

  • How to build an income plan that you, nor your family will outlive 
  • Optimization strategies to help you get the most from Social Security 
  • Legacy and estate planning 
  • How to minimize fees and unnecessary taxation 
  • 5 things women need from their financial advisor 
  • How to build an estate plan that protects your legacy from probate 
  • How to pass your wealth to your loved ones in the most tax-advantageous ways possible 
  • Potential “what-if” scenarios 
  • What you can expect from Social Security when you claim (will it be there when you need it and how can you get the most amount possible?) 
  • The importance of an income plan (that works regardless of life changes). 
  • How to guard against inflation (ensure you and your family don’t outlive your money) 
  • How to avoid the TAX HIKES women experience if they outlive their spouse.

View Session Recording HERE

Tuesday, October 6 - Watch Welcome Remarks from Tufanna Bradley Here

The Coalition’s Business Roundtables

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Presenters: Regional Subject Matter Experts in Variety of Business Topics

The Coalition’s Business Roundtables 

The Coalition, a dozen groups devoted to the growth of entrepreneurs and small businesses in our region, has banded together for this special event. Subject matter experts on a range of business topics will be available for Roundtables discussions in separate Zoom Rooms to share practical advance and answer your questions. 

Here are the Roundtable topics you’ll be able to choose from:

  • Accounting For Business 
  • Health Insurance & Employee Benefits 
  • Buying & Leasing Commercial Real Estate 
  • Leveraging Technology For Growth 
  • Securing Business Loans & Credit 
  • Financial Planning 
  • Reaching Your Company’s Audience
  • Business Law
  • Winning Government Contracts 

Business Bookkeeping for Entrepreneurs

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Presenter: Tammika Brown Accounting & Tax Services

If you have a business or are looking to start a business, this basic business bookkeeping workshop is for you! This workshop will cover functions of recording your business transactions; revenue, cost of goods sold, expenses and depreciation.  Having the knowledge of where to record your business transactions is key! 

Great bookkeeping is the foundation to accurate financial statements, therefore it’s important to learn how to interpret your financial statements, you will easily identify the actual allocation of your funds for spending which is very important when you are planning your budgets and setting your targets. At the end of this workshop you will be able to interpret if your business is earning profits or incurring losses, as well as, if your business has enough resources to sustain and continue its operation.

You will learn the following at the end of this workshop:

  1.     Perform basic bookkeeping and accounting procedures.
  2.     Understand the purpose of bookkeeping and accounting in business. 
  3.     Recognize accounting terms and concepts.
  4.     Perform Double-Entry Bookkeeping System and the principles of debit/credit.
  5.     Record, analyze and interpret business transactions.
  6.     Open and establish an account, chart of accounts and book of accounts.
  7.     Create financial statements such as Balance Sheet and Income Statement.
  8.   Perform basic interpretation and analysis of the financial condition and operating result of the business based on the financial statements produced.

Contabilidad para Comerciantes y Dueños de Negocios 

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Presentadora: Tammika Brown: Servicios de Contabilidad e Impuestos. 

Si tiene un negocio o está buscando iniciar un negocio, este taller básico de contabilidad empresarial es para usted! En este taller le enseñaremos las funciones para registrar sus transacciones comerciales, registrar sus ingresos, sus costos de bienes vendidos y sus gastos y depreciación.  

¡Tener el conocimiento básico para registrar sus transacciones comerciales es clave para alcanzar el éxito! Una buena contabilidad es la base para tener estados financieros precisos que nos sirvan para planificar presupuestos y establecer objetivos. Por lo tanto, es importante aprender a interpretarlos e identificar la asignación real de sus fondos para gastos. Al final de este taller usted podrá saber si su negocio está obteniendo ganancias o teniendo pérdidas, así como si su negocio tiene suficientes recursos para sostenerse y continuar operando.  

Qué aprenderá:

 1. A Realizar procedimientos básicos de mantenimiento de libros y contabilidad. 
 2. Comprender el propósito de la teneduría de libros y la contabilidad en los negocios. 
 3. Reconocer términos y conceptos contables. 
 4. Realizar el Sistema de Contabilidad de Doble Entrada y los principios de débito / crédito. 
 5. Registrar, analizar e interpretar transacciones comerciales. 
 6. Abrir y establecer una cuenta, plan de cuentas y libro de cuentas. 
 7. Crear estados financieros como el balance general y el estado de resultados. 
 8. Realizar interpretación básica y análisis de la situación financiera y resultados operativos del negocio con base en los estados financieros producidos.  

View Session Recording in English HERE

View Session Recording in Spanish HERE

The Effective and Successful Leader (Spotlight Winner Announced: Erin Kirley, Owner, Kirley's Breads and Pastries)

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Presenter: Lori Harris, Harris Whitesell Consulting

Leaders who have higher cognition act from an authentic sense of clarity, purpose and intention. Effective leaders have higher levels of influence, are more influential, and accelerate value, optimize and maximize growth and opportunity - for themselves, their teams, their organizations, and their communities. This presentation will provide leadership insight, tips and tools on how to become a more effective and cognitive leader:

  • The ABCs of Cognitive Leadership
  • 8 Common Traits of a Bad Leader
  • Cognitive Distortion Exercise
  • Cognitive Leader Characteristics
  • Values Assessment

View Session Recording HERE

Rapid Realignment: Moving from Crisis to Opportunity 

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Presenter: Richard Walsh, UNCW Swain Center for Executive Education and Economic Development

Leaders today must address the challenges caused by COVID 19 and prepare their organizations to move from crisis to opportunity.  Hear what 100 other leaders shared with the Swain Center for Executive Education and Economic Development.  Then, apply proven tools in order to establish a plan, and better align your people, process, systems and technology to make this transition. You will leave this session with at least one new opportunity and a roadmap to move forward.

Pre-work - This session is designed to be hands-on.  If possible, review this five-minute video on Rapid Re-alignment.

Reajustándonos con rapidez: Transformado Crisis en Oportunidad

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Presentador: Richard Walsh, UNCW Swain Center for Executive Education and Economic Development.

Los líderes de hoy deben enfrentar los desafíos provocados ​​ por la pandemia de COVID 19 y preparar sus organizaciones para superar la crisis y transformarla en oportunidad. Escuche qué compartieron 100 líderes y dueños de negocios con el Swain Center for Executive Education and Economic Development para luego aplicar los resultados de estas experiencias para establecer un plan y coordinar mejor a su equipo con los procesos, los sistemas y la tecnología para hacer esta transición. La intención es que salga de esta sesión con una nueva visión sobre las oportunidades que tiene al frente y una guía para evolucionar.

Trabajo previo: esta sesión está diseñada para que sea práctica. Si es posible, revise este video de cinco minutos sobre la idea del Reajuste Rapido.

View Session Recording in English HERE

View Session Recording in Spanish HERE

2020 Cape Fear MED Week Vendor Business Expo

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Presenters: Minority small business owners in our region 

Let’s Socialize!  This easy-to-use platform offers face-to-face networking remotely from the comfort of your home or office.  The goal of the event is to showcase local minority-, woman- and veteran-owned business enterprises who offer goods and services in the construction industry while providing opportunities to build relationships with government entities, general contractors, and other organizations in the Cape Fear region. Community members are also welcome to participate. Attend to learn about the different businesses ready to serve your residential or commercial construction needs!

Genesis Block Demo Day

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Presenters: Minority Women Business Enterprises and Genesis Block

Genesis Block Demo Day is a program designed for Minority Women Business Enterprises to present their companies to a room full of selected investors, judges, press and other members of the community. 15 MWBE's will be selected to participate and winners will receive cash prizes, mentorship and networking opportunities. 

View Session Recording HERE

Wednesday, October 7 - Watch Welcome Remarks from Donyell Roseboro Here

1 Million Cups Wilmington

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Presenter: NALA Systems and the 1MC Wilmington Community 

Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and engage with their communities over a million cups of coffee, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups in 2012—a free program designed to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs around the country. As a program of the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups works with entrepreneurs, empowering them with the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses. Mr. Kauffman believed it was a fundamental right for anyone who had a big idea to be able to bring it to life - this week, 1MC Wilmington is highlighting NALA Systems, a company developing new patent pending membrane technology to dramatically reduce reverse osmosis (RO) operating costs and enable the generation of more clean water. Woman owned, pre-revenue, NSF/SBIR funded, in MassChallenge-TX 2020 Cohort.

View Session Recording HERE

Social Entrepreneurship Panel (Spotlight Winner Announced: Romona Ragin, Owner, Truck’s Chicken ‘n Fish)

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Presenters: Jess Boersma, Ph.D., UNCW Associate Dean for Student Success & Research; Patrick Brien, CEO of Cape Fear Collective; Heather McWhorter, Regional Director, UNCW SBTDC; Xaver Neumeyer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UNCW Cameron School of Business; and Girard Newkirk, CEO of KWHCoin.

Businesses of all types and sizes that develop solutions to social, cultural, and environmental issues are critical in today’s complex world. Learn more about how your potential or existing business can change the community you live in. Your business can do well while doing good. Panel participants will discuss opportunities, challenges, and resources to get you started in social entrepreneurship.

View Session Recording HERE

Setting Strategic Leadership Goals

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Presenter: Lynn Whitesell, Harris Whitesell Consulting 

Strategic goals align an organization’s vision, mission, values, and most importantly, culture. Leaders often struggle to design and lead, or do not fully understand the process of strategic goal setting, and how to best set strategic goals, leading the initiatives to create excellence and success. This presentation will provide insights, tips and tools on Setting Strategic Goals, Deciding Which Goals to Pursue, Maintaining Momentum, Staying Accountable and On Track, Achieving Goals, Building A Development Culture, and a Goal Planning Guide.

View Session Recording HERE

De una idea, a una empresa: conversación con emprendedores Latinos de la región de Cape Fear

3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Presentadores: Miembros del Consejo Empresarial Latinoamericano y Propietarios de Empresas de la Cámara de Comercio de Wilmington.  

Cuando el emprendedor detecta que hay una necesidad que no ha sido cubierta en una comunidad, es cuando tenemos el potencial de generar una idea de negocios. De ahí en adelante, si el emprendedor es lo suficientemente valiente y toma las decisiones correctas, de esa idea saldrá un pequeño negocio, que puede crecer e incluso replicarse, no solo en la comunidad en la que se encuentre, sino en toda la región. Regístrese en esta sesión para escuchar de la voz de los propios propietarios de negocios Latinos de Wilmington, cómo llegaron a donde se encuentran en estos momentos. Cómo hicieron para convertir esa idea en una realidad.  

From One Storefront to Many More: A Discussion with Latinx Business Owners

3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Presenters: Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Latin American Business Council Members and Business Owners

It starts with a need in a community – a restaurant, a market, a service, a product – and can grow from one to many then grow throughout the city, county, region, or beyond! Register for this session to hear from Wilmington’s own Latinx business owners how they grew their idea from one storefront to many to serve a need in our community and take away bits of advice to do the same in yours.

View Session Recording in Spanish HERE

View Session Recording in English HERE

Flipping the Couch: Rethinking Therapy-Screening

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Presenter: Healing Your Almond, Franchon Francees

This event will showcase a screening of a demonstration of individual therapy that took place in front of a live audience in October of 2019.  Then the audience had an opportunity to watch the Founder of Healing Your Almond, Franchon Francees in a therapy session.  Ms. Francees participated in the session authentically as herself.  The demonstration was not scripted or a role play.  After the screening the audience will have the opportunity to engage with Ms. Francees and other therapists.  The goal is to educate about the therapeutic process, reduce the stigma of mental health, and give the audience access to local therapists.  

Thursday, October 8 - Watch Welcome Remarks from Natalie English Here

Swain Center's Annual Economic Outlook Conference: From Crisis to Opportunity

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

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Presenters: Adam Jones, PhD., Regional Economist & UNCW Department Chair for Economics & Finance, Abigail Dunne-Moses, Global Director, Center for Creative Leadership and Lauren SanfilippoVP & Marketing Strategy Analyst at Bank of America 

Organizations are coping with unprecedented disruptions, requiring leaders to better understand economic, industry and business trends. The Swain Center’s Economic OUTLOOK Conference will include presentations on both the national and regional economy, presented by Regional Economist and Department Chair for Finance & Economics, Adam Jones, Ph.D. We will then provide key strategies to aid your organization in moving From Crisis to Opportunity, including how leading firms are building resilience and agility during these challenging times. We’re excited to host keynote Lauren Sanfilippo, Vice President & Marketing Strategy Analyst at Bank of America, as well as our returning speaker, Abigail Dunne-Moses, Global Director at the Center for Creative Leadership.

View Session Recording HERE

Preparing Your Business For the Next Major Event: Virtualizing Your Business and Maintaining Your Community on a Budget

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Presenters: Oferas Technologies, Gregg Lantz

The pandemic, and our region's weather, often require businesses to quickly virtualize. Moving your employees offsite while continuing to grow your customer base is possible when you're prepared. We'll discuss free and low-cost technologies businesses can use to continue to grow and thrive during and after a crisis. We will also address how to use your virtualized office capability to help maintain your business's customer base or "community" and do it without risking the private information our customers entrust to us.

Doing Business with Government Entities 

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Panelists: Julia Faircloth (CFPUA), Antoine Glasper (UNCW), James Chestnut (PTAC), Lena Butler (New Hanover County)

This event will be a virtual panel discussion with Procurement and Finance professionals from UNCW, New Hanover County Government, Cape Fear Public Utility and PTAC.  Panelists will discuss topics such as registering as a vendor, purchase orders, government contracts, conflict resolution, and address some frequently asked questions.

Cómo hacer negocios con entidades gubernamentales 

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11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

En este evento tendremos un panel de discusión virtual con profesionales de adquisiciones y finanzas de UNCW, el gobierno del condado de New Hanover, Cape Fear Public Utility y PTAC. Los panelistas discutirán temas tales como: 

  1. Cómo registrarse como proveedor. 
  2. Cómo hacer órdenes de compra. 
  3. Cómo hacer contratos gubernamentales. 
  4. Cómo resolver conflictos. 


How Women Lead: The Rise of Women Leaders and the Organizations they Lead (Spotlight Winner AnnouncedVictoria Velazco, Publisher/Editor, VIDA Familia Latina Magazine)

*a #WE2020 event


1:00 p.m.  - 2:00 p.m.

Presenter: Lynn Whitesell, Harris Whitesell Consulting 

Women in leadership often get stuck due to bad habits and lack of self-awareness. This presentation will provide insights, tip and tools for women in leadership:

  • 12 Habits that Hold You Back
  • Key Women Leadership Competencies
  • Leadership Survey

View Session Recording HERE

What’s All the Hubbub about HUB: A HUB Certification Workshop (Pre-Recorded)

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Presenters: NC State HUB Office, Tammie E. Hall and Melissa Terrel

The State’s HUB Office will give a presentation on the requirements for HUB certification, the application process, the benefits of becoming HUB Certified, and how to use HUB certification to help market your business and develop relationships. 

View Session Recording HERE

Intentional Collisions Networking Event

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Presenters: Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, African American Business Council and Latin American Business Council

Intentional Collisions is a networking event intended to bring people together from different walks of life. This social event is hosted by Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, African American Business Council (AABC) and the Latin American Business Council (LABC).

Join us online and learn how these two councils work in the community and how you can get involved. We will intentionally collide you during breakout sessions and following the networking, we will recognize 3 outstanding businesses: a Woman-owned, an African-American owned, and a Latin-owned business, who were nominated by their peers. 

Chamber members AND nonmembers are welcome to attend the event!

Intentional Collisions Recognitions 2020

Friday, October 9 - Watch Welcome Remarks from Cheryl Sutton Here

How to Do Business with Your Hospital

8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Presenters: New Hanover Regional Medical Center leadership including Kirk Wiedmeier, Director of Supply Chain; Amy Riechers, Director of Strategic Sourcing and Contracting; Brian Turner, Director of Construction Services; Taylor Simms, Director of Facility Planning; and Lee Mosley, Director of Environmental Services   

Participants will gain insight into how to become a vendor with New Hanover Regional Medical Center. NHRMC Services and Supply Chain Departments will provide an overview and introduction to include typical outsourced services and how to get set up within the medical center’s system as a qualified vendor.  

View Session Recording HERE

Financing Seminar: Show me the money

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Presenters: Jody Edwards, Owner of Hampstead Donuts, Inc.; John Hunter, The Hunter Family Company, Inc.; Diane Lantz, Small Business and Technology Development Center

Join us for an engaging and educational discussion on what a business needs to know before they apply for financing.  Learn what is needed for a successful application, why the information is needed and advice and tips from small business owners that have firsthand experience and understand the frustrations from a business owner viewpoint.  The information provided will help small businesses be more successful in obtaining financing.

View Session Recording HERE

Saturday, October 10

Flipping Femininity: Misconceptions of Us

*a #WE2020 event


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Presenter: Healing Your Almond, Franchon Francees

We are creating a space for women by women.  We have speakers address the pressures placed on women. They will address topics about being a business owner, motherhood, being single and body image.  They will tackle difficult topics and give the audience an opportunity to ask questions. The goal of the event is to help reshape the image and dispel myths about vulnerability, decrease societal pressures and increase healthy perspectives.  Women business owners in particular struggle with balancing how to be a business owner AND a woman. 1-2 of our speakers will also be business owners.  We want to encourage everyone to attend this event!

View Session Recording HERE