About

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.

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Students present their work with businesses and communities in eastern North Carolina.


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Students Emily Edmonds and Nicole Thomas Meet with Clients to Discuss a Garysburg Food Hub

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Audience Discussion Following the Presentation of the Bertie County Community Economic Development Plan

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Carolyn Fryberger presents her research on biogas production to stakeholders in Duplin County

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Student Mayank Agrawal and CEO Kevin Thorne Meet to Discuss Growing Best Diamond Packaging

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Ashwini Rathi and Carl van Staalduinen Travel to Meet with a Customer

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Student Joanna Furgiuele Meets with the Team At Raised in a Barn Farm in Chocowinity

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Kenan-Flagler MBA student Jessie Maxwell worked with Inner Banks Outfitters.

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Carolina Wild is a two-time participant in E-TAP

What Our Partners Are Saying

E-TAP provided Carolina Wild with an outstanding individual supported by an amazing group at Kenan Institute. We were able to evaluate and understand an important distribution channel much faster than if we had to do it on our own.
Dennis Tracz, Founder, CEO, Carolina Wild
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
The amount of support and guidance that LaChaun and Kenan provided to our Small Business Center is positively invaluable. We simply would not have created our roundtable program without their involvement.
Charles Gaylor, Small Business Center Director, Wayne Community College

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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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