Our clients are businesses, communities, governments and other organizations. Together we tackle outcome-based economic development and entrepreneurship projects.

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
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
Terra Ceia Farms
Town of Garysburg
Town of Princeville
Vanderhorst Enterprises
Warren County
Warren FoodWorks


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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

What Our Partners Are Saying

Thanks. You have no idea how much your help is appreciated. Bertie County can never thank you enough.
Steve Biggs, Director of Economic Development, Bertie County
We were honored to be included in the initial E-TAP program via referral from Beaufort County Community College. Being an extremely young company (less than one year old), and venturing in an entirely new career and business in the area, E-TAP helped us to focus and gain connections that will no doubt lead to many important decisions as we grow our business at Raised In A Barn Farm. All of the participants from UNC-CH were very supportive and encouraging in all aspects of our dreams and goals. Though I have been a business owner for decades, all of my experience has been self-taught and definitely consists of many flaws. Raised In A Barn Farm is a tremendous career change, a labor of love for both myself, my family and the community we serve, and it is my hope that by continued association with UNC-CH E-TAP, we will grow to become a very valuable service to our local community, both for recreational purposes and providing local fresh foods from our farm and others.
Jane Boahn, Owner, Raised in a Barn Farm
KIPE is a vital and strategic partner for SpringBoardNC. Kenan and it's leadership provide critical guidance and resources during the visioning process and execution of our initiatives. Their experience and regional relations help us to connect the dots which would otherwise not be possible.

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NCGrowth’s mission is to help businesses create good jobs and to help communities create sustainable and equitable opportunities for their people.

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