Jonathan Morgan
45th Annual Basic Economic Development Course
June 5, 2017

The Basic Economic Development Course provides intensive instruction on the fundamentals of economic development practice. It is a four-day introductory course designed for economic development professionals employed by public, non-profit, and private agencies and for individuals new to the field. It is also appropriate for more experienced professionals seeking to update their skills.

NorthEastern NC
InnovatEC: Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center in Northeastern NC
May 26, 2017

In 2016, The Albemarle Commission and Elizabeth City State University proposed teaming up to establish an innovation and entrepreneurship center in northeastern North Carolina. The center would be in Elizabeth City, and would serve not only the Albemarle Region, but the entire ECSU Service Region – a region comprising a total of 21 counties.

Elizabethtown Small Business Incubator
May 26, 2017

Small business incubators, like the businesses they are designed to support, often fail at achieving their goals. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy describes a small business as an independent business employing fewer than 500 persons–meaning 99.9% of all US firms are small business. According to the Small Business Administration, 20.1% of establishments started in 2014 failed by the end of 2015.

MHM Marine
MHM Marine Partners with NCGrowth on Business Development Project
May 26, 2017

MHM Marine is a family owned boat-manufacturing business in Bladenboro, NC. Custom boat manufacturing is a highly competitive and low margin business and MHM Marine engaged NCGrowth and the E-TAP initiative to assist the company with addressing two business challenges preventing future growth for the company. Firstly, as a capital-intensive business, the ability to take new orders and deliver on time is highly dependent on the availability of cash.

Roseboro Networking Lunch
NCGrowth Hosts Networking Lunch & Showcase in Roseboro
May 26, 2017

NCGrowth hosted a networking lunch and showcase of NCGrowth economic development and business support projects on April 6th in Roseboro at the Railroad Street Steakhouse. Business and local government clients, community resource providers, state government representatives and NCGrowth Analysts hired from UNC-Pembroke, Duke, NC State, NC Central and UNC-Chapel Hill attended.

P&A Industrial Fabrications
Lean Manufacturing with P&A Industrial Fabrications
May 26, 2017

P&A Industrial Fabrications in Roxboro is a manufacturer producing premium woven fabrics. They primarily make paint roller fabrics for companies such as Sherwin Williams, and fabrics for automobile manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. P&A has about 45 employees and all of its products are made in the USA. P&A’s central philosophies are rooted in Lean Manufacturing principles and every employee participates in multiple 5S, Lean, and Kaizen events annually.

NCGrowth Explores Growth Strategies with Practicon
May 26, 2017

Practicon, Inc. is a business founded inGreenville, NC in 1982. They are a distributor and developer of dental supplies along with small dental equipment. Currently, Practicon offers over 3,000 products to its customers, who range from competitors to private dental clinics to various government institutions. Practicon is considered a leader of unique dental supplies that aid dentists in advanced care and increased productivity.

Construction Professionals Network Institute
NCGrowth Conducts Workshop in Roseboro with the Construction Professionals Network Institute
May 26, 2017

NCGrowth partnered with the Construction Professionals Network Institute (CPNI) to conduct a two-day economic development workshop in Roseboro, NC, on April 6th and 7th. CPNI is a statewide membership organization of business and professional leaders in the design and construction industry. The organization holds workshops to help communities improve their physical and economic environment, providing recommendations on how the built environment can be leveraged to improve a town’s economy.

Waccamaw Siouan Daycare
Growing the Waccamaw Siouan Tribal Daycare
May 26, 2017

The Waccamaw Siouan Tribe (WST) is one of eight state-recognized American Indian tribes in North Carolina. Its modern incorporation dates to 1971, and its citizens live in Columbus and Bladen counties. In 1991, the tribe established the Waccamaw Siouan Tribal Daycare, licensed under the North Carolina Department of Childcare Development and Early Education. The daycare is committed to providing affordable, quality childcare to families in the area, serving children ages 0 – 4 years old.

NCGrowth Helps Unshakeable Builders Identify New Markets
May 26, 2017

Unshakeable Builders is a construction firm founded in 2008 by Dewitt Newkirk. The firm first focused on residential and commercial renovations, but has since transitioned into residential new home construction in Pitt County. Their goal is for new home construction to make up a larger percentage of their project portfolio. To accomplish this goal, the firm plans to expand the scope of their operations to include markets that experience higher median home values and a larger amount of new home construction.


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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