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Nearly $1 million grant from SunTrust Foundation to NCGrowth will help economically challenged communities in the Carolinas hire locally

August 03, 2018 • NCGrowth

The SunTrust Foundation will give a nearly $1 million grant to NCGrowth, an affiliated center of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, to help create new jobs and stimulate transformative development in three high-potential communities in the Carolinas. These business incubators will help startup companies hire local workers in an effort to address issues such as unemployment, underemployment, low wages and significant poverty. More

New Research by Kenan Institute’s Bingham Counters Myths of Entrepreneurship

July 25, 2018

New research published by Chris Bingham and fellow researchers Susan L. Cohen and Benjamin L. Hallen in the Administrative Science Quarterly disputes conventional start-up wisdom and explores how widely accepted practices might actually hinder entrepreneurs’ success. More

Wharton Tax Researcher Joins Kenan Institute Senior Faculty Fellows

July 18, 2018

Jennifer Blouin, professor of accounting at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, is the Kenan Institute’s newest Senior Faculty Fellow. More

Kenan Institute Board of Advisors Chair Honored by Global Investigations Review

July 11, 2018

Kenan Institute Board of Advisors Chair Karen A. Popp is the recipient of the inaugural Award for Services to Diversity, bestowed by the Global Investigations Review (GIR). More

Kenan Institute’s Feldman Co-Authors Guardian Op-Ed on Big Tech Alternatives for U.S. Cities

July 03, 2018

Kenan Institute Senior Faculty Fellow Maryann Feldman and Good Jobs First Executive Director Greg LeRoyco-authored an op-ed published in The Guardian on why American cities should stop trying to attract big tech and offer up alternative strategies to boost local economies. More

Kenan Institute Hosts North Carolina Investment Forum Summer Symposium to Discuss Progress, Recommendations

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June 25, 2018

On Tuesday, June 12, scholars, investment influencers and government officials convened at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh to participate in working groups and discussion as part of the North Carolina Investment Forum (NCIF) Summer Symposium. As a follow up to the North Carolina Investment Forum held in November 2017, the working groups offered up their recommendations for increasing private investment opportunity and improving the business climate across the state. More

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 • Urban Investment Strategies Center

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

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

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June 14, 2018 • UNC Tax Center

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

Edwards Speaks to Young Professionals

May 30, 2018 • UNC Tax Center

On Thursday, May 24, members of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network learned how recent global and domestic market fluctuations and federal tax reform will affect their bottom line. More