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    Change Transforming the U.S. military

    “We’re in a unique and transformative time in global history,” said General Mark A. Milley, chief of staff of the U.S. Army, speaking at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

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    Kenan Institute Sponsors Black Communities Conference in Durham

    The multi-disciplinary conference brought together academic researchers and community members from across North America to collaborate on documenting, safeguarding and enhancing the life of historic black communities.

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    Unifi, Kirkpatrick Receive UNC Sustainability Awards

    The makers of a synthetic fiber made from recycled plastic bottles and the co-founder of a venture capital firm that focuses on green sectors are the recipients of the 2018 UNC Sustainability Awards.

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    Economic Aspects of the Opioid Crisis

    To determine the origins of this state and national crisis, examine its impact on American workers, businesses, and communities and explore steps toward a resolution, the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise hosted Economic Aspects of the Opioid Crisis, a roundtable discussion by public health experts, economists, policymakers and business and community leaders.

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    Adapting to an Aging Economy

    The “silver tsunami” of Americans over the age of 65 is dramatically transforming social, economic and political institutions. In this video, experts convened by the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise discuss the challenges – and opportunities – of this fastest growing segment of our population.


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Kenan Institute’s Feldman Wins Distinguished Scholar Award

June 19, 2018

Kenan Institute Senior Faculty Fellow Maryann Feldman has been chosen as the 2018 Wiley TIM Distinguished Scholar by the Technology and Innovation Management Division (TIM) of the Academy of Management (AoM).  The award will be presented to Feldman during a luncheon at the annual TIM conference in Chicago in August. More

American Entrepreneurship in Black and White (and All Colors)

June 14, 2018

The Great Recession of 2008 came with a counterintuitive twist – the unprecedented growth of minority-owned small businesses in the U.S.  But although the data shows that the representation of minority firms in the small business ecosystem increased from 2007 to 2012 while the percentage of white-owned firms decreased, the larger question is whether those minority firms also made headway toward achieving equity or parity with white-owned businesses. More

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Kenan Institute’s UNC Tax Center Co-hosts D.C. Conference on Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

June 14, 2018

On June 6, 2018, representatives from academia, the private sector and government convened at the Urban Institute in Washington D.C. to examine the effect of the recently enacted federal tax reform on financial reporting and investment incentives. The UNC Tax Center, an affiliated of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, co-hosted the event with the D.C.-based Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution. More

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Latest Research

Do Business Ecosystems See Color?

June 13, 2018

This article describes an American community survey and a survey of business owners of which the data are merged to assess the experiences of minority- versus white-owned small businesses between 2007 and 2012. This is highlighted due to it being a period encompassing the worst economic downturn since The Great Depression. White firms declined while minority firms grew rapidly. Despite recent efforts to create inclusive entrepreneurial and business ecosystems, however, minority business owners made little progress toward achieving equity or parity with white business owners. Policy prescriptions and implications for future research are discussed. More

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