Ben Holmes wins Kenan Institute Impact Award

August 08, 2017

Ben graduated in May from Kenan-Flagler Business School. He started working with NCGrowth as an analyst in August 2015. He has been an incredible asset to NCGrowth’s team and undoubtedly furthered the mission of the Kenan Institute. More

Students Experience Entrepreneurship; S.E.A.L. Style

August 03, 2017

Throughout its 5-year annual tenure, the Teen Entrepreneurship Bootcamp sat amongst its only rival; itself. This 2-week camp has continued to task itself with the challenge of creating an environment where a selected group of students from camps located around Edgecombe County could learn about entrepreneurship; NCGrowth has supported this effort for the last four years. More

NCGrowth Field Day Experience

August 03, 2017

The NCGrowth program kicked off the beginning of summer in a great way! We had the opportunity as student interns and analysts to learn more about the work of NCGrowth through an NCGrowth field day. Our team had an amazing time getting a tour of historic Downtown Durham, and also P&A Industrial Fabrications in Roxboro. More

45th Annual Basic Economic Development Course

June 05, 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. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

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. More