December 2015 NCGrowth NewsletterPeople, Business, Community.
Golden LEAF supporting NCGrowth expansion into the Sandhills
The Golden LEAF Foundation has awarded a new grant to NCGrowth. This grant, along with funds from the Kenan Institute, will allow NCGrowth to expand our programs into 13 counties in North Carolina’s Sandhills region: Anson, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland.

Participating communities selected for InnovateNC
The initiative, led by the Institute of Emerging Issues and nine partners, is a first-in-the-nation effort to spark innovation-centered economic development. The five communities were selected from a group of eighteen proposals submitted from across North Carolina.

UNCP's Entrepreneurship Incubator to Cut Ribbon on 17,000 sq. ft. Facility; Looking for Great Ideas
Local entrepreneurs have a new option for assistance growing from an idea into a viable business. The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will soon cut the ribbon on a brand new facility for start-ups.

Applications Open for The Rural Center’s Rural Economic Development Institute
Since 1989, more than 1,000 North Carolinians have participated in the center’s annual signature rural economic development leadership training program – the Rural Economic Development Institute. Graduates of the program become part of a larger alumni network of leaders. They also have the opportunity to participate in advanced training and continuing education.

American Indian Made In North Carolina recently launched
American Indian Made in North Carolina was created to assist native artists living in remote areas to reach new customers while still taking the time to make each object with care. The store’s purpose is to be the online marketing arm for the artists, who love to be creating, painting or sculpting in their studios.

North Carolina Small Business Program Accepting Applications
North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, announced that applications are now being accepted for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 One North Carolina Small Business Matching Funds Program. The program provides funding to help small businesses develop and commercialize innovative new technologies.

Kresge Foundation Issues RFP for Creative Food Initiative
The Kresge Foundation is inviting grant proposals from nonprofit organizations for food-oriented initiatives that contribute to economic revitalization, cultural expression, and health in low-income communities.

Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise