In the Economic Development Puzzle, How Do Foreign Trade Zones Fit?

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | Jessie Maxwell

It’s been several weeks since my last blog post, and now I am well into my NC Growth project for Halifax County. I have learned a lot about Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs), the application process, and the regulatory environment. I’ve also researched rurally located FTZs to get a better understanding of how the export-based economic development tool works in non-urban areas. More

Kenan Institute Insider: Dr. Johnson on Using Innovation to Solve Pressing Issues in Society

Monday, November 17, 2014 | Kiara Burroughs

One of my favorite courses right now is Entrepreneurship and Minority Economic Development. This course, taught by Professor James H. Johnson Jr., has allowed me to connect with local entrepreneurs and collaborate with my classmates to create strategies that the owners could use to grow their businesses. This week, I was able to learn more about Dr. Johnson’s interest in economic development as well as discover our shared interest in improving education systems in the U.S. More

Carolina Sport Business & Fitness Expo Recap

Thursday, November 13, 2014 | Bryce Parrish

This past Saturday, on November 8th, I had the privilege of attending the second annual Carolina Sport Business & Fitness Expo (CSFE). This event, put on by the undergrad Carolina Sport Business Club (CSBC) under the leadership of Deborah Stroman, Director of Sports Entrepreneurship at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, has quickly established itself as the go-to event for those interested in learning more about sport as well as those whose career aspirations reside within this industry. More

Kenan Institute Insider: Elizabeth Basnight on Her Experiences in E-TAP

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | Kiara Burroughs

This week, I sat down with Elizabeth Basnight to discuss her role at the Kenan Institute. Elizabeth is the manager for the Entrepreneur Technical Assistance Program (also known as E-TAP), a program under NC Strategic Economic Growth at the Kenan Institute. Elizabeth helps NC Growth develop relationships with North Carolina entrepreneurs and companies and ultimately match them with current MBA students. Once matched, students work with companies on projects that are critical to the company’s growth. Additionally, she writes the newsletter and updates the NC Growth website. More

MD/MBA Student Works with Preclinical Imaging Startup, SonoVol

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | Jeremy Ford

My name is Jeremy, and I am proud to be part of a group of nine MBA students involved in the Kenan Institute’s Startup Consulting Program. Under the guidance of the program’s director, Dr. Jason Doherty, we have the unique opportunity to assist local companies with projects to help them grow while concurrently putting our burgeoning business acumen into practice. This semester, we are working with a diverse set of startups holding exciting intellectual property, ranging from a novel blood thinner to a high-potential cystic fibrosis therapeutic. More

Student Spotlight: Chris Long On Finding His Passion

Friday, October 31, 2014 | Kiara Burroughs

I recently had the opportunity to learn about one of my friends and fellow classmate’s work with the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. Chris Long, a 2nd year MBA student, has worked with the institute since last Fall to provide financial consulting services to three distinct businesses in the eastern North Carolina community. More

In Her Own Words: Kiara Burroughs, New Student Blogger

Monday, October 27, 2014 | Kiara Burroughs

My name is Kiara, and I am the newest blogger for the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. During my first year, I had the opportunity to learn more about the Kenan Institute, but I never completely grasped or knew about all of its happenings. For several months, I wondered what exactly was going on in the “other” building at Kenan-Flagler Business School. Therefore, when I had the chance to serve in a marketing role at the Kenan Institute, I seized the opportunity.  I knew that this would allow me to learn more about the Kenan Institute, meet key players in the building, and build my marketing skills in a digital space. One of my responsibilities is to write weekly blog posts to inform students and others in the community about the Kenan Institute. More

Hands-On Business Librarianship Training

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | Stacy Gilbert

During my first semester as a Master of Science in Library Science student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I was pretty clueless as to what I wanted to do with my degree. It wasn’t until the second semester when I heard about a job called “business librarian” that realized I finally found my calling. During the same semester, I began working at the Kenan Institute as a Market Research Intern. I support the office in many ways, but I mainly work on the KI’s Patent Landscaping & Market Evaluation Program by researching various types of industries and markets for UNC-Chapel Hill’s inventors and entrepreneurs who are interested in patenting their ideas. More

Kenan Institute Student Onboarding Program: Launching the Next Group of Entrepreneurial Thinkers

Friday, October 10, 2014 | Kiara Burroughs

The Kenan Institute recently concluded it inaugural Student Onboarding Program. The purpose of the program was to familiarize students with the Kenan Institute’s mission and prepare them to work with the institute. The mission of the Kenan Institute is to develop key partnerships—with other North Carolina universities, state and federal government agencies, and private industry—that will connect entrepreneurs, researchers, leaders, organizations and residents, create new ideas and entities, and accelerate economic growth. In the final session, students were reminded of their responsibility to drive ideas to practical benefit. More

From 3rd Grade Lesson Plans to Foreign Trade Zones

Thursday, October 2, 2014 | Jessie Maxwell

As a graduate student enrolled in two master’s programs and with a handful of internships under my belt, I’m used to being dubbed a “career changer”. It makes sense. I used to teach elementary school in the North Carolina public school system. After three years in the classroom, I decided to head back to school myself to pursue an MBA and a Master’s in Public Policy. More