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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.

Palmetto Goodwill Excel Center Announces New Board Member

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March 22, 2021

The Palmetto Goodwill in North Charleston, South Carolina, which is one of South Carolina's largest not for profit employers, recently appointed our very own Kellye Whitaker to its Excel Center’s Board of Directors. Kellye is a Program Manager for NCGrowth-SmartUp, and currently manages all of our South Carolina programs. More

Black Communities Conference 2021: Week 1 Overview

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March 22, 2021

Black Communities: A Conference for Collaboration gathered virtually for its 2021 annual conference over these past two weeks. The core mission of the Black Communities Conference, a.k.a. #BlackCom, is to foster collaboration among Black communities and universities for the purpose of enhancing Black community life and furthering the understanding of Black communities. More

NCGrowth’s Field Guide to Blueways: Leveraging Natural Assets for Economic Development

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March 22, 2021

Does your community have whitewater rapids, coastal waterways, or winding rivers? If so, you may wonder how you can leverage these unique assets for economic development and increased quality of life. Blueways, or paddle trails, are marked routes on rivers, lakes, canals, or coastlines for recreational use. NCGrowth’s new Blueway Guide provides tools to help your community plan and build these paddle trails, and strategies to connect visitors to local businesses. More

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