WilmingtonBiz Expo shows growing economy

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– The Greater Wilmington Business Journal held its 5th annual Expo today with the largest turnout yet.

It’s opportunities like this that Cloudwyze CEO Shaun Olsen says keeps them growing.

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“We’re not your typical kind of technical company that’s a bunch of nerds walking around,” Olsen said.

He says they do things a little differently. They engage the audience and capture the moment all to promote their business that’s aimed for improving other businesses.

“A big challenge for them is dealing with the technology that it takes, so we help them overcome that,” Olsen said.

That is why they say the business expo is their number one branding avenue. This year Wilmington Business Journal publisher Rob Kaiser says their audience is bigger than ever.

“We’ve got a waiting list of exhibitors that wanted to still get in and I think we have an improving economy,” Kaiser said. “We’re starting to see a lot of buildings come up in Wilmington. I think business people are feeling good.”

It’s that improving economy that lead Olsen to move his Leland company to the Murchison building downtown.

“It’s becoming a destination,” Olsen said.

It’s a destination for some, and an opportunity for others.

Kaiser says this year the expo’s keynote speaker was Vertex Rail CEO Don Croteau, because once Vertex hires 1,300, they will immediately be one of the largest employers in town.