NCGrowth’s mission is to help businesses create good jobs and to help communities create sustainable and equitable opportunities for their people.
With a passionate staff and a dynamic pool of graduate student analysts, we partner with businesses, communities, governments and other organizations to tackle outcome-based economic development and entrepreneurship projects.
Students present their work with businesses and communities in eastern North Carolina.
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.
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
I am very pleased with the overall E-Tap experience and also with Ashwini's ability and devotion to the project. As a small business owner, time and money are two of the resources always in short supply. Partnering with E-Tap allowed me to focus on an area of my business that I want to develop by helping me pull together all the necessary information for formulating a plan. Ashwini guided me through this process by asking the right questions and using his own abilities and E-Tap's extensive support system to turn my ideas into a written document - one that I can use for the next stage of development. Now that I have a great plan, I can begin to look for the other thing necessary to grow our business; capital!
Carl Van Staalduinen, Owner, Terra Ceia Farms
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