Economic Development Planning & Research
NCGrowth leverages relationships with community partners and UNC schools and departments to support strategic economic development planning in communities and regions. We conduct research and analysis on economic trends particularly around alternative energy opportunities and impacts and incentive policies.
Entrepreneur Technical Assistance Program (E-TAP)
E-TAP helps business clients in a range of industries from tourism to manufacturing by identifying MBA student analysts, staff, and technical experts to work on projects for our clients. Clients are selected to participate based on a desire to grow, location in economically distressed region, market opportunity, and other criteria
Our clients:Beaufort County Bertie County Best Diamond Packaging Biofuels Center of North Carolina Carol Creech Promotions Carolina Wildest City of Goldsboro Community Innovations Community Nutrition Partnership & Farmer Foodshare Duplin County Eastern NC Regional Food Hub Edgecombe County Epiphany Cosmetics Halifax County Innerbanks Outfitters InteliPort LSA America Mackey’s Ferry Peanuts NC Biofuels Center NC Waste & Recycling NCEast Alliance Raised in a Barn Farm Rise and Grind Coffee House Shure Foods SpringboardNC Terra Ceia Farms Town of Garysburg Town of Princeville Vanderhorst Enterprises Warren County Warren FoodWorks
Students Emily Edmonds and Nicole Thomas Meet with Clients to Discuss a Garysburg Food Hub
Audience Discussion Following the Presentation of the Bertie County Community Economic Development Plan
Carolyn Fryberger presents her research on biogas production to stakeholders in Duplin County
Student Mayank Agrawal and CEO Kevin Thorne Meet to Discuss Growing Best Diamond Packaging
Ashwini Rathi and Carl van Staalduinen Travel to Meet with a Customer
Student Joanna Furgiuele Meets with the Team At Raised in a Barn Farm in Chocowinity
Kenan-Flagler MBA student Jessie Maxwell worked with Inner Banks Outfitters.
Carolina Wild is a two-time participant in E-TAP