People, Business, Community.


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

Dr. Mark Little and his team from the Kenan Institute have been most helpful to Beaufort County Economic Development in structuring a new work plan and developing incentive guidelines. They kept us on task and focused as we worked through the process.
Bob Heuts, Director of Economic Development, Beaufort County
Working with the Kenan Institute has been an absolute pleasure. They are committed to providing us with ideas, resources, research and quality students that strengthen our small business owners and tourism development projects in Edgecombe County. I would encourage any county or business looking to grow and excel to work with the Kenan Institute.
Jamilla Hawkins, Community & Rural Development, Edgecombe County Extension Center
The final product is going to be of significant value to us. It was an honor and a pleasure to attend the event last week. I didn’t expect such an interactive discussion. That was particularly memorable. I look forward to staying in touch!
Gabe Dough, Founder, CEO, Shure Foods

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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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