Kenan Institute Insider: Dr. Jason Doherty on Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | Kiara Burroughs

I recently attended the Startup Consulting presentations to hear about student findings from their projects this fall. Many of the projects that students worked on were related to the sciences. This was very intriguing to me since several of the students were MBAs. This provided an opportunity for them to apply their business principles to startups in the sciences space. Shortly after the Startup Consulting presentations, I sat down with Jason Doherty, the leader of the program, to gain more insight into his experiences and his work with students. More

Student Spotlight: Joanna Furgiuele on Eco-Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Friday, January 23, 2015 | Kiara Burroughs

A few days after her stellar dance performance in a variety show that I helped plan for the business school, Joanna Furgiuele sat down with me to discuss her journey to business school and experience as a Kenan Institute Economic Development Analyst (KIEDA). Originally from Yonkers, NY, Joanna attended the University of Montana for undergrad where she studied biology and ecology. While there, she was also on the equestrian team. Joanna enjoys horseback riding in general and even cleaned stalls in undergrad to pay for her riding lessons. After undergrad, she worked in pharmaceutical production for a multinational pharmaceutical company in Montana. More

Student Spotlight: Bryce Parrish on Uniting His Passions for Sports and Business

Thursday, January 15, 2015 | Kiara Burroughs

I can always count on running into one of my favorite first year MBAs almost every day: Bryce Parrish. Bryce and I met during the Student Onboarding Program at the beginning of the school year, and connected over our interests in marketing. Since then, I see him around all the time, but especially in the Kenan Institute where Bryce serves as a Kenan Institute Leadership Fellow. Bryce has had an active role in planning the upcoming Basketball Analytics Summit. I sat down with Bryce to learn more about his interest in sports and his background prior to business school. More

E-TAP recommends inventory system for LSA America

Thursday, January 8, 2015 | Chris Long

For my E-TAP assignment, I worked with LSA America. LSA America is a manufacturer of the Allegro, a specialized light support aircraft that have many extraordinary features. These aircrafts can climb to 1,000 feet in a minute, cruise at 120 miles per hour, weigh 680 pounds, and expend only 3.5 gallons per hour. Further, these planes are affordable and last longer than the rest of its competitors. The CEO, Doug Hempstead, bought LSA America from a company based out of the Czech Republic, and has since moved the company’s operations to Littleton, NC. The company already has letters of intent and contracts from China, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and more. LSA America has the potential to bring numerous jobs to Halifax County. More

E-TAP and SBTDC partner with NC Waste & Recycling to develop HR Handbook

Thursday, January 8, 2015 | Ferdinand Rouse

NC Waste and Recycling & Kemp Recyclers are a family-owned and operated business based in Goldsboro, NC in Wayne County. They specialize in recyclable materials and waste management along with demolition and asbestos removal. NCGrowth, in partnership with the Small Business and Technology Development Center at ECU, helped create a comprehensive, bi-lingual Human Resource Policy that established rules and procedures for the workplace and is a living document that can be updated as warranted by management. More

E-TAP creates promotional materials and staff onboarding program for Epiphany Cosmetics

Thursday, January 8, 2015 | Joanna Furgiuele

A Pathway to Independence is a nonprofit organization with the goal to assist underserved or unserved women in developing strategies that lead to education, careers, resiliency, and self-reliance. The program is focused on women and families in Tier 1 counties in eastern North Carolina. This intensive training program helps women in areas of interpersonal skill development, job readiness and placement, strategies to healthy living, and financial counseling. More

Terra Ceia Farms gets a new business plan through E-TAP

Thursday, January 8, 2015 | Ashwini Rathi

Terra Ceia Farms, a cut flower and mail order bulb business in Pantego, came to us with a great project, as they wanted to expand their operations and were looking for some help developing their business plan. It was a really challenging and fun project.  The Kenan Institute has experts from virtually every field related to business and helped me along the way. Pamela Santos gave me a great overview of what a business plan consists of and what it should exhibit. In addition, she explained to me how these are critiqued by investors so I could have maximum impact. After I got this crash course in business plan writing, I headed out to gather more information about the flowers grown at Terra Ceia Farms.  Carl van Staalduinen, one of the owners and my client, explained the crops and various other important inputs that go in growing. More

NCGrowth conducts feasibility study for food hub in Garysburg

Thursday, January 8, 2015 | Emily Edmonds

This project allowed me to expand my existing knowledge of food systems development into food hubs, and to become familiar with farm and food issues in eastern North Carolina. The data has been developed in a way that should be useful for other communities, particularly those in rural and low-income areas, and can help build a foundation for future food system and agricultural economic development projects through the Kenan Institute, NCGrowth, and agencies across the state. More

Student Spotlight: Andrew Trump on Economic Development

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 | Kiara Burroughs

As a student at Kenan-Flagler, I sometimes find it difficult to meet other graduate students on campus because of the time commitment of the MBA program. Therefore, when I have the chance to meet other graduate students, I seize the opportunity to learn about their experiences as graduate students at UNC. Andrew Trump is a dual degree student in the Public Administration and City and Regional Planning graduate programs. He is also a Kenan Institute Economic Development Analyst (KIEDA). His background and graduate studies allow him to bring a different perspective to the E-TAP program. More

Kenan Institute Connects: KIEDAs Present Findings from NCGrowth Projects

Friday, December 19, 2014 | Kiara Burroughs

Last week, the Kenan Institute Economic Development Analysts (or KIEDAs) gathered to present their findings to Kenan Institute leaders and NCGrowth partners. NCGrowth is committed to working in rural areas to create equitable and sustainable opportunities by partnering with individuals, businesses and communities. Eight KIEDAs presented their insights and recommendations for companies that they worked with during the fall. Following the presentations, there was a roundtable discussion on the student projects. More