September 2015 NCGrowth NewsletterPeople, Business, Community.

Five Touch Spa and Salon aims to grow its business in Wilson
Through the Entrepreneur Technical Assistance Program, E-TAP, NCGrowth worked with Five Touch Spa and Salon owner Tawanda Auston over the summer. Meisha McDaniel, a dual Kenan-Flagler MBA and City and Regional Planning student worked directly with Tawanda to help her achieve her goal to grow the business. NCGrowth provided Five Touch Spa and Salon research and recommendations pertaining to human resource management. During this project Meisha learned about recruiting and retaining talent in this part of the state and some of the unique compensation considerations that spa and salon owners face.

Flanders Solutions gets an implemented maintenance system through E-TAP
Flanders Solutions, a subsidiary of Flanders Corporation which makes residential and commercial air filters received the assistance of Ferdinand Rouse and NCGrowth through the Entrepreneur Technical Assistance Program (E-TAP) this summer. Ferdinand Rouse, a 2nd year ECU MBA student worked throughout the summer to help the company to implement a comprehensive maintenance program in their glass plant.

Princeville, the first town founded by freed slaves, is attracting more tourists
Over the summer, Kelvironta Harvey, a Kenan Institute Economic Development Analyst for NCGrowth and a dual NCCU MBA/MIS student worked to develop a customer profile for recruiting tourists to Princeville. Princeville’s leaders aim to host an annual event and a reenactment museum to drive more tourism to the area.

Footprints in the Garden is growing their farm in Mount Olive
Through the Entrepreneur Technical Assistance Program (E-TAP) Footprints in the Garden received new marketing materials, website, a CSA contract and financial projections. Footprints in the Garden is a spray-free vegetable operation in Mt. Olive serving the Triangle region and looking at opportunities to aggregate with other area farmers. Jessica Parrish, a dual NCCU MBA/JD student, worked with the founder, Carrie Martin and her daughter-in-law Brittany Rice over the course of the summer.

NCCU Undergrad completes NCGrowth internship
Patrick Minor, an NCCU undergrad studying business worked with NCGrowth and Jamilla Hawkins, Edgecombe County Extension Agent, on two projects in Edgecombe County. Patrick researched grant opportunities for Shiloh Landing, a historical site on the Tar River and also helped with the Tarboro Teen Entrepreneur Boot Camp.

NC Rural Assembly presented by the Rural Center to take place Sept 28-29
The 2015 N.C. Rural Assembly, Cultivating Connectivity: Leveraging Broadband to Accelerate Opportunity, will be held at the Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle on September 28 and 29. After the overwhelming success of last year's one-day Assembly, this year's conference has been expanded to include a workshop, networking reception and rural awards dinner the day before the main event. A variety of registration options are available.

NC IDEA seeking grant applications from high-growth startups starting August 17
NC IDEA, an organization committed to supporting entrepreneurial business innovation and economic advancement in North Carolina, announced today that the organization’s 20th grant cycle will open on August 17th. The upcoming cycle will kick-off with a series of information sessions being held throughout North Carolina. Interested applicants may attend any of the five information sessions being held in-person and via webinar. Interested parties can confirm their attendance at any of these sessions by visiting and following the registration link on the homepage.

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