12th Annual Coasta Roasta Oyster Roast @ Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
Nov 3 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us at the Chamber’s social event of the year! All-you-can-eat oysters and shrimp prepared by the Chamber board of directors, live music, open bar and more. Contact Megan Canny for registration information: 762-2611 ext. 202.

Seminar: Equity Incentive Plans @ Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
Nov 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Equity incentive plans can be a valuable tool for businesses to motivate, retain and reward employees. A well structured plan can help accelerate the success of a growing business while a poorly structured plan can make it more difficult for a company to raise capital or complicate the sale of a business. These plans come in different shapes and sizes, so it is important to understand the goals of the plan to structure it properly. Please join us for an insightful discussion on some of the different types of plans and the legal and tax issues associated with them. Topics discussed will include the different types of equity grants, how to properly set up the plans, how outside shareholders can be affected, corporate governance, taxation of the different types of equity grants, and the pros/cons of 83(b) elections.

Chad Wouters, CPA is a tax partner at Earney & Company, L.L.P. and has been with the firm since December 2006. Earney & Company, L.L.P. is a CPA firm that handles tax compliance, consulting and planning as well as audit and other assurance services. With an emphasis on strategy and planning, Chad works with his clients all year to ensure the most efficient tax strategies are put into place.

Henry Kopf is a business attorney who concentrates his practice on corporate counsel services, business law, due diligence reviews, securities law, and international business transactions. Henry was a successful entrepreneur before embarking on his legal career. He co-founded businesses focused on the development and commercialization of technology used for the filtration, purification and separation of liquids for biotechnology and pharmaceutical applications. Henry’s combined experience as both a business attorney and entrepreneur allow him to provide a unique and well-rounded perspective to clients.

RSVP Required: Megan Canny at / 910-762-2611 ext. 202

Small Business Expo @ Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach
Nov 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Celebrate local! Browse booths from local small businesses and learn more about their products and services at this holiday season kickoff.

3rd Annual Regional Economic Scorecard Unveiling @ Wilmington Convention Center
Dec 6 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Join us as the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce’s flagship initiative, Cape Fear Future, unveils the 3rd Annual Regional Economic Scorecard. This valuable tool helps business and community leaders and elected officials make decisions concerning factors that affect Wilmington’s economic health. The annual economic scorecard benchmarks our region against other peer regions using hard data. The publication is an honest assessment of where we excel and where we have challenges that need to be addressed.

Cost to attend: $45. Contact Megan Canny to reserve your seat: or 762-2611 ext. 202.

BizMix: Plantation Village @ Plantation Village
Dec 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Food, fun and networking! Join us at Plantation Village for this networking event that’s free for Chamber members.

Seminar: Cyber Security Issues and How to Protect your Business @ Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
Dec 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

This seminar focuses on assisting the small business owner with identifying ways they can protect their business (and investment) by being aware of the security threats they face every day. Topics covered include viruses & malware, antivirus programs, disaster recovery planning, cloud security and online safety.

 Presented in conjunction with the Cape Fear Community College Small Business Center. Lunch provided.

RSVP required: / 762-2611 ext 202