Elizabeth Basnight is the Assistant Director of Business Programs at NCGrowth. Since 2013 she has supported hundreds of businesses and communities to build shared prosperity through applied research and business technical assistance. Elizabeth has deep roots in Eastern North Carolina. As a student at UNC-Chapel Hill she was part of the NC Fellows Program and received funding to run a surf camp for girls in Nicaragua. She has worked on a risk-reduction program in Cambodia and for several non-profits in Chapel Hill. Her desire to engage students and her drive to support entrepreneurship education led her back to UNC where she served as internship director for the Minor in Entrepreneurship. She has years of experience with small-scale farming and an agritourism business in Saxapahaw, NC. In her free time, she goes back to her hometown of Morehead City and travels internationally to remote surfing destinations with her two young sons.