Taylor Fish Farm
Taylor Fish Farm Examines Distribution Options Through NCGrowth
September 1, 2016

Taylor Fish Farm (TFF) is a sustainable tilapia farm owned by siblings Valee Taylor and Renee Stewart in Cedar Grove, NC. By using a recirculating aquaculture system, TFF is able to provide clean, healthy and great tasting tilapia to its customers. Their state-of-the art facility is located in Cedar Grove, North Carolina and is one of the few sustainable aquaculture operations in the United States. NCGrowth analyst Madison Gilbert assisted TFF with research and outreach to potential distributors and clients.

Edgecombe County’s Teen Entrepreneurial Summer Camp
NCGrowth Supports Edgecombe County’s Teen Entrepreneurial Summer Camp
September 1, 2016

NCGrowth partnered with the NC Cooperative Extension Service in Edgecombe County for a second year to host a two- week entrepreneur boot camp for teens in the Nash and Edgecombe area. This camp introduces teens to entrepreneurship and small businesses as well as educates them on financing options, business plans and business pitches. Campers are introduced to local small business resources in their community. Undergraduate NCGrowth Analyst Fabiola Doissaint assisted with the camp this year. Fabiola is a junior studying finance at NCCU. NCGrowth analysts Madison Gilbert, Patrick Mosley, and Brittney Henry also provided support and hands on instruction during the week.

Tide Tamer Industries
NCGrowth Partners with Tide Tamer as They Grow Their Business
September 1, 2016

Tide Tamer, located in Snow Hill in Greene County NC, builds marine lifts for personal watercraft as well as a line of cargo lifts and elevators for raised coastal homes. Art Jackson, Economic Developer for Greene County, introduced NCGrowth to this growing business. NCGrowth analyst Zach Williams is helping Tide Tamer with a startup costs analysis and new business plan.

Locklear, Locklear & Jacobs and NCGrowth Kickoff Business Development Project
September 1, 2016

Locklear, Locklear & Jacobs in Pembroke, NC provides a broad spectrum of environmental and construction engineering services to public and private sector clients. NCGrowth is making recommendations for project management tools as well as analyzing their financials.  Abraham Saldana, a MBA student at Duke University is working with LL&J on a new project management system […]

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NCGrowth Completes Roanoke River Partners Ecotourism Impact and Opportunity Study
September 1, 2016

NCGrowth, in partnership with Roanoke River Partners, conducted a study on the impacts and opportunities of ecotourism in the Roanoke River region. A survey of Roanoke River Paddle Trail users was conducted to determine the average expenditures of a river user. This data was used to build a model to estimate the ripple effect of this spending on the five county Roanoke River region which found that the Paddle Trail contributes $553,270 to the regional economic growth each year. Additionally, NCGrowth made recommendations on how RRP can further boost the impact of the Paddle Trail on the region.

NCGrowth Spring 2016 Event
NCGrowth hosts its spring event at UNC-Pembroke
June 22, 2016

NCGrowth held their annual spring event at UNC-Pembroke’s Entrepreneurship Incubator on May 4th. The spring event is an opportunity for current and past NCGrowth clients, NCGrowth Analysts, and resource providers to come together from across the state. UNC-Pembroke Chancellor Robin Cummings made opening remarks and the group toured the newly opened incubator space. Caroline Lindley, […]

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Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise recognizes students at Board of Advisors Reception and Dinner
June 22, 2016

May 10, 2016 – Chapel Hill, NC – The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise held its semi-annual Board of Advisors Reception and Dinner on April 28. This event celebrates the student leaders who make an impact on the Kenan Institute’s research and other work in its core focus areas: entrepreneurship, economic progress and […]

Carolyn Fryberger Graduation
Carolyn Fryberger graduates from the Rural Economic Development Institute
June 22, 2016

Carolyn Fryberger, Program Coordinator for NCGrowth, graduated in May from the Rural Economic Development Institute, an intensive, three-month training program designed for those who help lead rural communities. Rural Center President Patrick Woodie presented graduation certificates during a ceremony at the N.C. State Legislative Building. Conducted by the N.C. Rural Center in Raleigh, REDI provides techniques to improve participants’ leadership skills […]

Paige Viren
Scholarship of Engagement Award
June 22, 2016

Paige Viren’s passion for travel and meeting people is part of her DNA. If you spend a few minutes with her, this fact becomes apparent. She has traveled to six continents and hopes to add another stamp to her passport with a visit to Antarctica on her bucket list. “I am always eager to share […]

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North Carolina’s Economic Imperative: Building an Infrastructure of Opportunity
June 22, 2016

In partnership with the John M. Belk Endowment, MDC has researched and written the report, “North Carolina’s Economic Imperative: Building an Infrastructure of Opportunity,” part of our work with the endowment to study, address, and propose solutions for the low mobility rate of too many North Carolinians. The report examines patterns of economic mobility and […]


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