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Each month we release the Creating Prosperity newsletter, in which we highlight some of the great things happening across the CREATE team, from the innovative interventions of NCGrowth and SmartUp, to the ground breaking research of the Create Prosperity Research Lab, to the stories of communities successfully improving their economies on Homegrown Tools. To sign up for our newsletter please subscribe below.

SmartUp Business Highlight: Saillant Language Consulting

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February 24, 2021

Saillant Language Consulting is a Latina, female-owned translation and language interpretation consulting company located in Goose Creek, SC. When Covid-19 hit, Saillant was forced to temporarily postpone its face-to-face Language Interpretation continuing education course held at a local college. SmartUp offered to help convert the remaining 3 weeks of the course to a 100% online experience. More

SmartUp Business Highlight: Freedom Heating and Air Conditioning

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January 22, 2021

SmartUp works with many businesses in the North Charleston region, including Freedom Heating and Air Conditioning, which is a minority, veteran, 2rd generation owned HVAC company in rural Hampton, SC. A SmartUp analyst helped convert Freedom Air’s entire certification course to an online learning environment. More

NCGrowth-SmartUp hosts showcase featuring Elizabeth City

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December 10, 2020

Compared with other identity groups, American Indians have some of the worst social and economic outcomes, and are more likely to be negatively affected by funding cuts and policy changes. One of the most critical problems facing Native American communities is housing. More

NCGrowth Develops Whiteville’s New and Improved Business Starter Packet

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November 18, 2020

NCGrowth worked with the city of Whiteville to update and streamline their processes and documents for residents and others looking to open a business in the City. The result is a new and improved Business Starter Packet. More

Testing the Keys to Economic Recovery: Oct 28 Webinar on Community Innovations

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October 20, 2020

NCGrowth is partnering with the ncIMPACT Initiative at the UNC School of Government on a project to assess the short term impacts of local factors (e.g., COVID19 testing availability) and local government actions (e.g., small business grant funds) that aim to help people feel safe engaging in activities that improve the economy. More

Online Conference: Reginal Inequality in Europe and the US

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October 20, 2020

CREATE will be co-hosting an online conference on October 29-30 with partners at the University of Bremen in Germany titled “Regional Inequality in Europe and the United States – Are there New Empirical Measures and Policy Approaches?” More

NC Black Entrepreneurship Council Ecosystem Grant Opportunity

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October 20, 2020

NC IDEA recently established the North Carolina Black Entrepreneurship Council (NC BEC), and we are proud to say that our Executive Director, Mark Little, is one of many highly-accomplished individuals appointed to this new council. The council and NC IDEA recently announced a new grant opportunity: the NC BEC ECOSYSTEM grant. This grant is available to NC organizations executing on innovative and transformational ideas that will elevate Black entrepreneurship. Applications are due no later than November 2nd at 5:00pm EST. More

NCGrowth’s Incubator Guide Launch: How to Determine if an Incubator is Right for Your Community

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October 05, 2020

In this past NCGrowth webinar, NCGrowth Assistant Director of Economic Development Carolyn Fryberger spoke with five panelists about their experiences with business incubators, ways to foster resilient small business communities and the impact of COVID-19 on incubators. More

Black Communities Conference: Summer Webinar Recap

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October 01, 2020

During the first few months of the 2020 pandemic, our close partner organization Black Communities Conference hosted weekly webinars that explored how people across the African diaspora have been impacted by, and have navigated, the coronavirus. Covering topics from health disparities to the arts, the series featured participants from BlackCom 2018 or 2019 who discussed what has been going on in black communities where they live or work, as well as how COVID-19 has affected their own lives. Co-hosted by Karla Slocum and Mark Little, the series began in April and extended through June. More

NCGrowth Releases Report on Affordable Housing Challenges in NC’s Tribal Communities

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September 30, 2020

NCGrowth partnered with the NC Commission of Indian Affairs to conduct research on affordable housing challenges facing North Carolina’s tribal communities. The North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs addresses the concerns of North Carolina’s American Indian Tribes, and currently one of the largest concerns is housing. More