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Emergency Funds for Small Businesses

April 17, 2020

As of April 2020, the full economic impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are still unknown. Millions of Americans have filed for unemployment compensation, and non-essential businesses have been forced to close. In the process, small business owners have been left wondering how to meet debt a … Continued

A Review of SBIR Grant Funding in North Carolina

January 24, 2019

Begun in 1982, the Small Business and Innovation Research (SBIR) grant program provides funding to small businesses throughout the country. The purpose of the program is to leverage the innovation capacity of small businesses and encourage the commercialization of private sector research and develop … Continued

Food Trucks, Waste, and Economic Opportunity

January 27, 2015

How do you turn a small urban park into a massive culinary festival? Invite 45 food trucks to show up for the afternoon. Planning a sunny 50 degree day after a week of rain helps as well. “Food truck rodeos” have become a popular way of bringing people into urban areas to support small businesses an … Continued

Using a Crisis to Localize Your Rural Economy

January 23, 2014

Imagine that the employer your community has depended on for decades shuts down unexpectedly. Suddenly, ten-thousand people are now out of work and the local economy is in flux as residents begin searching for employment in neighboring municipalities. How do you respond to the sudden uncertainty and … Continued