Once again, North Carolina has endured a devastating weather event. And once again, before Florence even left the range of our radar images, North Carolinians rallied to help one another.
Across the state, friends, family, and neighbors are looking after loved ones, as well as complete strangers. It is in the rich tradition of the state and in our DNA. Perhaps that makes this the perfect time to share another example of friends and partners across the state helping others.
Today, we are announcing the second cohort of our NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM Partner grantees; thirteen organizations (sharing $1.5 million in funding) that are working to help people realize their entrepreneurial potential. The groups recognized below will be joining our first cohort (11 awarded in 2016) in offering a variety of grants and programs within the communities they serve across the state.
This group was selected from 34 applicants based upon multiple factors, including how well they understand the needs of the entrepreneurs they serve, and how they might be better served by a statewide network of service providers that can augment their locally available offerings.
Whereas we are excited to make this announcement today, we do recognize that several of our new partners have been significantly impacted by Hurricane Florence. But that will not suppress the power of entrepreneurship and we will stand with them ready to support their activities as they rebuild. That is, after all, the entrepreneur’s way – the North Carolina way.