Virtual Events

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NCGrowth seeks to help businesses create good jobs and to help communities create sustainable and equitable opportunities for their people. One way we do that is by gathering our community of small business owners, economic developers, local government officials, and ecosystem partners to share strategies and stories. As COVID-19 has made it hard for us to gather in person, we’ve worked to bring our community together online! You can watch our past webinars and events below. In addition, you can also watch the Black Communities and COVID-19 webinar series here.

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Kara Stith, Senior Program Manager

NCGrowth Virtual Summer Showcase

June 17, 2020

This engaging online event featured tours and discussion centered on the outdoor industry and tourism in 2020. We visited: The Bertie Beach in Bertie County, NC, Kitsbow Manufacturing in Old Fort, NC, The Reaves Chapel Church restoration project in Navassa—Brunswick County, NC, Sandbar Oyster Company in Morehead City, NC and Hiking and mountain biking trails in Mitchell County, NC

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Featured Panelist(s):

Emily Yeager, Assistant Professor, East Carolina University
Heather Hodges, Executive Director, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
George Beatty, Board Chairman, North Carolina Rice Festival
David Billstrom, CEO, Kitsbow
Niels Lindquist, Founder, Sandbar Oyster Company
Steve Biggs, Executive Director, Bertie County Economic Development
Robin Payne, Project Facilitator, Bertie County
Rachel Taylor, Senior Analyst, NCGrowth
KJ Kearney, Head Idea Guy, Charleston Sticks Together
Sallie Ann Robinson, Chef and Gullah Cultural Historian

Moderator(s):

Carolyn Fryberger, Assistant Director Economic Development, NCGrowth
Mark Little, Executive Director, CREATE

NCGrowth Incubator Guide Launch

June 10, 2020

Understanding the benefits of an incubator is seemingly straightforward. Affordable spaces for budding entrepreneurs, a plethora of offered support services, networking opportunities, and more. However, not all communities are positioned to operate a successful incubator.

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Featured Panelist(s):

Hillary Sherman, North Carolina Economic Development Representative, EDA
Thom Ruhe, President & CEO, NC IDEA
Mavis Hill, Executive Director, Tyrell County CDC
Steve Fletcher, Community Partnership Manager, Lowcountry Local First
Jonathan Thill, President, Venture Asheboro
Will Leimenstoll, Analyst, NCGrowth

Moderator(s):

Carolyn Fryberger, Assistant Director Economic Development, NCGrowth

Mental Health Strategies Amidst COVID-19

May 27, 2020

Joined by a panel of experts, we explored resources and strategies to help business owners and their essential workers manage stress and anxiety in htis turbulent time. How can business owners be sensitive to the needs of hteir staff? What considerations need to be mad as we gradually "reopen"? How can resources providers best support their constituents? What are tangible skills anyone can use during this time?

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Featured Panelist(s):

Ruby Brown-Herring, President, Herring Training & Consulting
Janice McGilberry, Founder, connect.Center for Wellness
Dawn Baldwin Gibson, Emotional and Spiritual Care Task Force, NC Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Moderator(s):

Kellye Whitaker, Program Manager, SmartUp North Charleston
Nicole Outlaw Staton, Program Manager, SmartUp Elizabeth City

What is the Economic Impact of COVID-19

May 20, 2020

COVID-19 is causing unprecedented implications for our economy. Millions are filing for unemployment relief, many industries were forced to temporarily cease operations, and some businesses will remain closed indefinitely.

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Featured Panelist(s):

Jason Jolley, Professor of Rural Economic Development and MPA, Ohio University
Patricia Mitchell, President, NCEDA
John Quinterno, Principal, South by North Strategies

Moderator(s):

Kara Stith, Senior Program Manager, NCGrowth and SmartUp
Carolyn Fryberger, Assistant Director Economic Development, NCGrowth

Small Business Support and Success Amidst COVID-19

May 13, 2020

We explore small business support amidst COVID-19 with Lowcountry Local First. How can resource providers curate impactful, crisis-related resources and best connect to small businesses during this time? What resources have small businesses found most helpful as they’ve had to pivot?

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Featured Panelist(s):

Steve Fletcher, Community Partnership Manager, Lowcountry Local First
Jordan Amaker, Director of Marketing and Communications, Lowcountry Local First

Moderator(s):

Elizabeth Basnight, Assistant Director Business Programs, NCGrowth
Kellye Whitaker, Program Manager, SmartUp North Charleston

COVID-19 Emergency Loans for Small Businesses

May 06, 2020

The Development Finance Initiative (DFI) discusses best practices for local governments as they consider implementing a loan program for small businesses. The City of Fayetteville and The City of Belmont outline their experience with successfully creating small business emergency loan programs in their communities.

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Featured Panelist(s):

Marcia Machado Perritt, Associate Director, Development Finance Initiative
Tyler Mulligan, Director, Development Finance Initiative
Cynthia Blot, Economic & Community Development Director, City of Fayetteville
Suzy Hrabovsky, Executive Director, Center for Economic Empowerment & Development
Adrian Miller, City Manager, City of Belmont

Moderator(s):

Jessica Wilkinson, Economic Development Program Manager, NCGrowth
Carolyn Fryberger, Assistant Director Economic Development, NCGrowth

Business Owners & COVID19

April 29, 2020

Hear from business owners across North and South Carolina who were directly impacted by COVID-19. How did they decide whether to apply for one of the offered loan packages? How has their business had to pivot?

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Featured Panelist(s):

Diana Saillant, Founder and CEO, Saillant Language Consulting
Katie Chung, Sales Manager, Southland Electrical Supply
Eric Henry, President & CEO, TS Designs

Moderator(s):

Kara Stith, Senior Program Manager, NCGrowth and SmartUp
Vickie Gibbs, Executive Director, UNC Entrepreneurship Center

Choosing Which Federal Aid Program is Right for your Business

April 08, 2020

Confused about the CARES Act and curious about potential implications for your business? Considering applying for an SBA disaster recovery loan, but don’t know if you should consider the Paycheck Protection Program, instead? Wondering if funding packages can be combined?

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Featured Panelist(s):

Patrick Rodriguez, SBA Senior Area Manager, SBA
Martin Sullivan, Chief Economist, Tax Analysts

Moderator(s):

Carolyn Fryberger, Assistant Director Economic Development, NCGrowth

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

March 28, 2020

Featured Panelist(s):

Thomas A. Stith III, NC District Director, SBA
Patrick Rodriguez, SBA Senior Area Manager, SBA

Moderator(s):

Nicole Outlaw Staton, Program Manager, SmartUp Elizabeth City