Updates

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

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. More

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. More

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. More

Data Aggregation at Turn Bull Lumber Company

May 26, 2017

Turn Bull Lumber Company (TBLC) is a hardwood sawmill, located in Bladen County between Elizabethtown and White Lake, North Carolina. TBLC opened in 1993 with 17 employees and has grown to employ over 35 employees today. TBLC engaged NCGrowth to help optimize their data aggregation and reporting process to free up the time of key staff members. More

Growth from the Ground Up

May 26, 2017

Tortillas Carolina is a tortilla manufacturer located in St. Pauls, North Carolina, and founded in 2008 by Enrique Elizondo. The company produces tortilla products, namely chips and table tortillas, for the restaurant and supermarket industries. In addition to selling tortilla products through the restaurant, distributor, and retail channels, Tortillas Carolina also owns and operates two restaurants and a catering business. More