April 2017 NCGrowth NewsletterPeople, Business, Community.
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NCGrowth Hosts Networking Lunch and Showcase in Roseboro
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.

Growth from the Ground Up
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.

InnovatEC: Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center in Northeastern NC
In 2016, The Albemarle Commission and Elizabeth City State University proposed teaming up to establish an innovation and entrepreneurship center in northeastern North Carolina. The center would be in Elizabeth City, and would serve not only the Albemarle Region, but the entire ECSU Service Region – a region comprising a total of 21 counties.

Lean Manufacturing with P&A Industrial Fabrications
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.

Elizabethtown Small Business Incubator
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.

MHM Marine Partners with NCGrowth on Business Development Project
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.

Expanding Norman Showcase Academy
Norman Showcase Academy (NSA) is an indoor athletic complex in St. Pauls, North Carolina that provides training for youth baseball teams. The mission statement of the organization is “helping youth reach their highest potential through athletics.”

Data Aggregation at Turn Bull Lumber Company
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.

NCGrowth Helps Unshakeable Builders Identify New Markets
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.

Growing the Waccamaw Siouan Tribal Daycare
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.

NCGrowth Conducts Workshop in Roseboro with the Construction Professionals Network Institute
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.

NCGrowth Explores Growth Strategies with Practicon
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.

Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise