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October 2019

NCGrowth and SmartUp Honored with Top Award from the University Economic Development Association

NCGrowth, a Kenan Institute-affiliated center, has been awarded the Judges’ Award of Excellence from the University Economic Development Association (UEDA), a consortium of higher education institutions across North America who work with private sector businesses, nonprofits, government organizations and community economic stakeholders to create local and regional economic opportunity.


August 2019

  • NCGrowth Welcomed New Analysts This Summer!
  • NCGrowth Burlington Immersive: A New Chapter of Prosperity
  • NCGrowth Providing Technical Assistance to Start-Ups
  • NCGrowth Launched New Projects to Support Economic Development in NC
  • Navigating the Outdoor Economy
  • Upcoming Events

April 2019

  • Kellye Whitaker to Launch SmartUp in North Charleston, South Carolina!
  • Spring Showcase Recap
  • Pathfinders of Coastal Carolina (SmartUp Update)
  • Wetland Plants, Inc. (SmartUp Update)
  • Haand (E-TAP Project Update)
  • Sandbar Oyster Company (E-TAP Project Update)
  • Market Analysis for Proposed Lumbee Tribal Welcome Center
  • Promoting Economic Development in Liberty NC
  • Upcoming Events

February 2019

  • New Analyst Introductions
  • Fall 2018 Economic Development Projects
  • Fall 2018 E-TAP Projects
  • Homegrown Tools Launch

December 2018

  • Tribal Events Impact Economy
  • NCGrowth is Thrilled to Annouce the Newest Addition to the Team, Nicole Outlaw!
  • Best Practices for Risk Mitigation in Niche Meat Cooperatives Locally
  • Understanding the North Carolina Venture Capital Landscape
  • NCGrowth Works with Elect Builders to Expand
  • NCGrowth Supports Total Body Therapy & Wellness Center in Lillington

October 2018

  • Summer Showcase Highlights Flourishing Sanford Businesses
  • Nearly $1 million Grant from SunTrust Foundation to NCGrowth Will Help Economically Challenged Communities in the Carolinas Hire Locally
  • SmartUp Small Business Assistance Program Kicks Off in Elizabeth City
  • NC IDEA FOUNDATION Awards Thirteen NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM Grants to Partners Throughout State
  • Week of Celebration for Minority and Women Business Owners in Greenville
  • Business Assistance Projects Wrap-up
  • NCGrowth Partners with UNCP’s Economic and Business Research Center to Conduct Economic Impact Analysis of UNCP
  • Oct 30th Event in Asheville to Highlight the Business and Community Benefits of Employee Ownership

August 2018

  • NCGrowth Hires Summer Analysts from 5 NC Universities
  • Kara Stith Joins the NCGrowth Team
  • New Business Assistance Projects Underway
  • NC Choices and NCGrowth Partner to Support the NC Natural Hog Growers Association
  • NCGrowth Visits Businesses in Sanford
  • NCGrowth Attends the Annial Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Powwow to Measure Economic Impact
  • Alumni Spotlight
  • NC Idea Awards $147,000 in Grants to 15 Startups
  • NCGROWTH Supports Downtown Workshops Held in Scotland Neck and Pilot Mountain

Spring 2018

  • Updates on Current NCGrowth Business Projects
  • NCGrowth Economic Development Project Updates
  • Multidisciplinary Conference to Connect Black Communities
  • Immigration and Entrepreneurship
  • New Federal Grant Opportunities
  • Vacant or Neglected Commercial Buildings: Options for Local Governments (UNC SOG Blog)

Winter 2018

  • STARworks hosts NCGrowth Fall Showcase
  • 5 E-TAP One Pagers
  • NCGrowth leads cotton gin and collard farm tour in the Sandhills
  • Introducing New Hires to NCGrowth
  • Tabor City Industrial Incubator Feasibility Study
  • Research on FEMA Buyouts, Impacts on Land and People