NCGrowth’s mission is to help businesses create good jobs and to help communities create sustainable and equitable opportunities for their people.
NCGrowth directly benefits communities in NC with the goal of completing about 30 projects a year in addition to creating and retaining over 100 jobs annually.
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April 8, 12:00 to 1:00 PM: Hosted by CREATE, the UNC Tax Center and the UNC Entrepreneurship Center - which federal aid programs are best for your business, including the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and others under the CARES Act. Speakers: Thomas Stith (NC SBA), Patrick Rodriguez (NC SBA), Martin Sullivan (Tax Analysts) Moderator: Carolyn Fryberger (CREATE). Please click the link to join the webinar.
We created a comprehensive list of COVID-19 resources for small businesses and economic developers. Check here for federal, state (NC and SC), local, and private resources.

Recent News & Media

NCGrowth-SmartUp to partner with Bertie County Tall Glass of Water Project

July 14, 2020

Bertie County, NC – July 14, 2020 NCGrowth-SmartUp, an initiative based at UNC-Chapel Hill, will work with Bertie County to analyze the potential for economic development and new business startups associated with the Tall Glass of Water (TGOW) project. The project will include a market analysis, case studies, and recommended strategies for leveraging the TGOWproject […] More

NCGrowth Summer 2020 Showcase Highlights Initiatives in the Carolinas

June 24, 2020

by Parker Martin, NCGrowth Senior Analyst Several times each year, NCGrowth hosts showcases in constituent communities across North and South Carolina to highlight its clients, recent projects and upcoming work. This June, due to COVID-19, NCGrowth’s most recent showcase took place over Zoom in the comfort of participants’ homes and businesses. The event featured video […] More

NCGrowth’s Incubator Guide Launch: How to Determine if an Incubator is Right for Your Community

June 18, 2020

In this webinar, NCGrowth Assistant Director of Economic Development Carolyn Fryberger spoke with five panelists about their experiences with business incubators, ways to foster resilient small business communities and the impact of COVID-19 on incubators. Panelists included Hillary Sherman, NC economic development representative at the Economic Development Administration (EDA); Thom Ruhe, president and CEO of […] More