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NCGrowth’s Collaboration-based Work Profiled by UNC System

September 10, 2020 • NCGrowth

As North Carolina's entrepreneurs, industries and communities move forward amidst COVID-19, Kenan Institute affiliated center NCGrowth is helping to make sure they have the tools to succeed when business can fully re-open again. More

Little Named to North Carolina Black Entrepreneurship Council

August 27, 2020

Mark Little, executive director of CREATE, a Kenan Institute-affiliated center, has been named to the inaugural North Carolina Black Entrepreneurship Council (NC BEC).  The council was founded by NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina. More

Kenan Institute Director of Research Discusses Consumer Consternation

August 12, 2020

As states reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, experts are looking to consumer spending as an indicator of a return to normalcy.  But consumers need to both be safe and feel safe for nonessential activities and spending to resume.  Kenan Institute Director of Research and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor Christian Lundblad spoke with WABC 11 News about this phenomenon, and how the institute is tracking it through a new data dashboard. More

Kenan Institute Executive Director Weighs in on Worker Confidence

August 06, 2020

Greg Brown, executive director of the Kenan Institute, spoke with ABC 11 (WTVD) News about LinkedIn’s workforce confidence survey.  The survey shows that North Carolina workers’ confidence in workplace safety dropped 10 points from May to June — which Brown said is not surprising. More

Kenan Institute Executive Director Greg Brown Featured on WRAL News Segment

July 17, 2020

Greg Brown, executive director of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, discussed on WRAL-TV’s July 16 primetime newscast the shortcomings of the federal COVID-19 economic relief package and outlined provisions to make the next stimulus package more effective. More

North Carolina Governor Names Jim Johnson to New Equity Task Force

July 16, 2020 • Urban Investment Strategies Center

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has named Dr. James H. Johnson Jr., William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and director of the Kenan Institute-affiliated Urban Investment Strategies Center, to the newly created Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental, and Health Equity Task Force. More

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $300,000 in CARES Act Funding to Boost University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Capacity to Help Communities and Businesses Respond to and Recover from Economic Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic

July 07, 2020 • NCGrowth

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $300,000 CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's NCGrowth University Center to boost their capacity to support regional economic development strategies in response to the coronavirus pandemic. More

What is the Economic Impact of COVID-19?

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May 28, 2020 • NCGrowth • CREATE

From small towns to big cities and everywhere in between, there is still a long road ahead to address the current economic crisis spurred by the coronavirus pandemic and adapt to the new normal, but NCGrowth and SmartUp have been hosting webinars to provide communities with key resources. On Wednesday, May 20, three panelists offered their perspectives to explore the economic impacts of COVID-19. More

Kenan Scholars Honor Graduating Seniors at Senior Sendoff

May 26, 2020

The Kenan Scholars program gathered virtually on Thursday, May 7 to honor its graduating seniors during the Senior Sendoff. This event provided the Kenan Scholars Class of 2020 the opportunity to reflect on their experiences, acknowledge fellow scholars and Kenan Institute staff who have made a positive impact, and be congratulated by students, faculty and staff for their achievements. More

SMU and UNC-Chapel Hill Announced as 2020-21 VC University LIVE Hosts

May 18, 2020 • Entrepreneurship Center

NVCA and Startup@BerkeleyLaw have selected SMU and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to host VC University LIVE programs in 2020-21, spotlighting the local venture communities and convening local and coastal industry leaders. More