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Save the date for the Fall 2023 NCGrowth Showcase in Bertie County, NC! Join us for engaging presentations and lunch on Nov 30th, 2023, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

June 5, 2023 | 12:30PM-3:00PM Jackson County Green Energy Park | 100 Green Energy Park Rd. Dillsboro, NC

Martin Community College

409 West Granville Street #2123 Windsor, NC 27983

Thursday October 20, 2022 to Thursday October 20, 2022 • James Thomas Hall UNCP - Thomas School of Business 1 University Drive Pembroke, NC 28372

"Princeville, NC is the oldest town incorporated by African Americans in the United States and we’re celebrating the rich heritage of this town with our first homecoming event. You’ll be taking a bicycle ride through historic eastern North Carolina stopping at black owned farms along the way."

Cultural Tourism and Agribusiness, Legacy and Succession Planning, Procurement and Vendor Readiness, and Land Management Opportunities (Forestry/Carbon Sequestration)

"This interactive forum is intended to educate local businesses on the fundamentals of doing business with the federal government; specifically, aboard Seymour Johnson Air Force (SJAFB), as well as to provide a venue for local small businesses to showcase their capabilities,"


"Pickle lovers, get ready: the North Carolina Pickle Festival returns to a live, in-person event for 2022! The festival kicks off Friday, April 22 from 5-10 pm, with the main day on Saturday, April 23 from 9 m to 6 pm in downtown Mount Olive,"


The Pembroke Showcase event will feature some of the work of CREATE and NCGrowth in North Carolina’s Sandhills Region. We will hear from small business and local organizations that are working to grow economic opportunities and create more good paying jobs in the region. We will also hear about the new AICER (Anchor Institutions Create Economic Resilience) initiative, which builds on previous work with UNC Pembroke to expand the university’s economic impact on the local region.

CREATE, in partnership with the Academy of Management’s Technology and Innovation Management division, will be hosting the “Emergence: Organizations, Markets, Platforms, and Regions” conference in Chapel Hill on August 26-27. Conference will include a paper development workshop that provides mentorship to doctoral students and junior assistant professors—applications are open now.

Many of North Carolina’s diverse businesses closed at the start of the pandemic, and a disproportionate number of these businesses never reopened. Without the proper financial and advisory resources, more of these businesses will not survive and thrive in the coming economic environment. In order for us to reach recovery, we must have a proper exchange of value and resources - The Black Business Forum: Scaling NC's Underestimated Entrepreneurs Post-COVID provides just that!

Join NCGrowth, the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission and the Conservation Trust for North Carolina to explore how economically mindful heritage placemaking is taking shape in Black communities across the country.