My work with Warren FoodWorks Café and Shared-Use Kitchen

Thursday, May 28, 2015 | Andrew Trump

Learn more about my work for Warren Foodworks Café, enabling it to become financially feasible, achieve its social goals, and persuasively articulate its business model to potential investors and funders.  More

The North Carolina historic national treasure that has been all but forgotten

Thursday, May 28, 2015 | David Ball

An hour and a half east of Chapel Hill sits a historical  national treasure that has been all but forgotten. Princeville, North Carolina  was the first town incorporated by African-Americans in the entire United  States.  Our NCGrowth team researches economic development for the town and its community. More

Working with Mackey’s Ferry Peanuts to grow their online presence

Thursday, May 28, 2015 | Jessie Maxwell

Mackey’s Ferry Peanuts is a food and  gift shop located in Jamesville, NC. The business owners wanted to revamp the website  and leverage their social media presence to reach more potential customers and  increase online sales. More

Carolina Wild and the land of the muscadines

Thursday, May 28, 2015 | Thomas Frere

This  spring, I had the pleasure of working with Carolina Wild – a muscadine juice  company headquartered in Pink Hill, North Carolina. The company is owned and  operated by Dennis Tracz and Elizabeth Maxwell. Carolina Wild’s product is a  premium, 100% muscadine juice. Muscadines are native to the South East of the U.S.  and have a taste profile similar to grapes. They are unique in that they have  extremely high levels of Polyphenols – micronutrients containing some of the  highest antioxidant levels and numerous other health benefits. The juice tastes  incredible and has fewer calories per serving than other premium juice brands. The company is in the  process of gaining distribution both locally and in the Northeast as a high  end, healthy produce brand. Dennis and Elizabeth’s goal is to bring a healthy NEW  juice to consumers while introducing and creating a market for muscadines. In  doing this, they hope to replace old tobacco lands with muscadine lands and  spur economic development in the region. More

Kenan Institute Insider: Stop by for Chocolate Bar & Chat with Karen McFarland, Business Officer

Thursday, May 14, 2015 | Kiara Burroughs

With all of the hustle and bustle going on in the Kenan Institute, one might wonder who is behind the scenes making sure that all the right levers are pulled so that things run smoothly. One of the key people making sure that happens is Karen McFarland, Business Officer/Director of Operations for the Kenan Institute. Her key responsibilities are making sure that the everyday operations of the Kenan Institute run smoothly including helping with hiring employees and making sure they have the best personnel for completing daily tasks. Her journey at UNC didn't begin at the Kenan Institute, however. More

Fast Break with Bryce Parrish

Monday, April 27, 2015 | Bryce Parrish

It’s Sunday, April 26th, exactly one week after the completion of the Basketball Analytics Summit (BAS). I can now get some decent rest and shut eye, but I still feel a sense of euphoria from having just completed a six month long project – the national Basketball Analytics Summit held here at UNC Kenan-Flagler. From both a marketing and leadership development perspective, it was honestly one of the most challenging projects that I have ever taken on. With that said, it too was arguably the most rewarding project that I have ever led, opening my eyes to a world for which until now I have only been able to view from the outside – the incredibly massive business of basketball that sits behind the veil of the sports industry. More

Student Spotlight: Rangoli Bhattacharjee on Her Interests in Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

Friday, March 20, 2015 | Kiara Burroughs

While many of the Kenan Institute Leadership Fellows are graduate students, undergraduate students are also a part of the program. Rangoli Bhattacharjee is one of the outstanding undergraduate students who is a part of the leadership fellows program. She is a Public Health major that attended UNC to explore her academic interest in health. She was also excited about the chance to meet and work with other UNC students who generate fresh ideas and work hard to make them come to life. More

Student Spotlight: Jake Petralia on Combining His Interests in Healthcare and Business

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | Kiara Burroughs

Interviewing Jake Petralia for this Student Spotlight blog has been one of the most enjoyable interviews I have conducted, primarily because Jake is absolutely hilarious. I have never laughed so much during a blog interview. Nevertheless, I was still able to learn about Jake’s accomplishments and his experience prior to grad school. Originally from the Bay Area, Jake attended Stanford as an undergrad. While there, he was a pre-med student pursuing his dreams of becoming a physician. More

Basketball Analytics Summit Team Building

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | Bryce Parrish

As a first-year MBA student, Kenan Institute Leadership Fellow, and Student Director of this year’s national Basketball Analytics Summit, it goes without saying that there are plenty of things for students to get involved with for which inevitably compete for our time. Despite that, one of the things that is critically important to me is making the time to continually connect with and build relationships with that of my peers. The article below highlights the memorable moments spent leading up to the night spent bonding with my peers, teammates, and friends that serve as part of the Core Planning Team for the Basketball Analytics Summit. More

Student Spotlight: David Ball on Using Business to Drive Social Impact

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | Kiara Burroughs

Some of my most memorable experiences in business school have taken place during my international trips. These eye-opening experiences have allowed me to elevate my understanding of other cultures and fueled my desire to learn more about the challenges faced by other countries. Many students in my program have had similar experiences, but David Ball’s have been some of the most interesting that I have heard. More