I was surprised, and I do this for a living

March 9, 2018 by Andrea Cook

Last year the bipartisan public policy organization EIG (Economic Innovation Group) published some noteworthy research focusing on geographic economic inequality and the precipitous decline in entrepreneurship; respectively, the Distressed Communities Index (DCI) and Dynamism in Retreat reports. The recent steep decline in business dynamism is alarming. Whereas the annual rate of business closures has remained…Read More

John and Lauren’s Excellent Adventure

February 22, 2018 by Andrea Cook

Road Trip! There are a bunch of great road trip movies – this one won’t make you laugh as much as National Lampoon’s Vacation or Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, but let’s call it John and Lauren Go to Lawndale, NC. Spoiler alert: we are energized by the interesting startups, spaces and programs that are thriving between…Read More

How to Make $5,000 an Hour

January 26, 2018 by Andrea Cook

    View this email in your browser During one of the holiday parties I attended last month, I met several university student entrepreneurs dutifully working to turn an idea into a viable company. The ideas were varied, even if their demographics were not; that observation being a subject for another time. During such encounters,…Read More

Buy Local from NC Entrepreneurs This Holiday Season

December 8, 2017 by Andrea Cook

You’ve made your list and you’re checking it twice. Or maybe you’re still trying to find that perfect gift for that special someone. We here at NC IDEA have some recommendations for your holiday shopping list from companies right here in the great state of North Carolina. We are proud to have supported these companies…Read More