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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

What Local Governments Should Know about Creating Emergency Business Loans

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May 11, 2020 • NCGrowth

The UNC School of Government’s Development Finance Initiative (DFI) provides financial and development expertise to communities interested in neighborhood redevelopment and redevelopment, downtown revitalization or affordable housing projects, among other initiatives. DFI helps these communities attract the private investment necessary to successfully finish their desired projects. More

Two Graduating Students Honored with Kenan Institute Awards

May 01, 2020

The Kenan Scholars program congratulates two graduating students for their receipt of the Kenan Institute’s two highest honors.  Kenan Scholar Chris Dean Karras received the John Kasarda Research Excellence Award and Sarah Muneton, Kenan Scholars program assistant, was awarded the Kenan Institute Impact Award. More

“There’s always an opportunity”: Learnings from North and South Carolina businesses in the time of COVID-19

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May 01, 2020 • NCGrowth • CREATE

In the latest webinar collaboration with NCGrowth, Entrepreneurship Center Executive Director Vickie Gibbs spoke with three current and former clients of NCGrowth about COVID-19’s impact on small business. More

Sharecare and the Center for the Business of Health Host Student Competition to Identify Data-driven Solutions for North Carolina Well-Being

April 28, 2020 • Center for the Business of Health

Sharecare, the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for the Business of Health announced the results of the North Carolina Well-Being Data Analysis Competition, a student competition designed to drive local insights around well-being in North Carolina. More

How Are We Going to Afford COVID-19?

March 24, 2020 • UNC Tax Center • Institute for Private Capital

The COVID-19 financial downturn will have short- and long-term effects on personal and consumer finance, as explored by a panel of Kenan Institute-convened experts during a press briefing held yesterday. The full recording of this briefing—along with a deeper-dive analysis on the specific implications of the downturn on personal retirement income by Kenan Institute Executive Director Greg Brown—is available in this week’s Kenan Insight. More

Press Briefing: How Are We Going to Afford COVID-19?

March 23, 2020 • UNC Tax Center • Institute for Private Capital

A panel of experts convened by UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and its affiliated Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise will be offering a press briefing via webinar on the dramatic short- and long-term impact of the COVID-19 financial downturn on personal and consumer finance—including effects on retirement, mortgage rates and tax policy. Join tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24, from 11-11:45 a.m. EDT. More