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Data shows 2020 record year for new businesses in NC and US

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — While 2020 brought the worst national unemployment numbers in nearly a century, it was also a record-breaking year for the creation of new businesses–both in North Carolina and across the country.

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North Carolina experiences sharp rise in entrepreneurship amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Nyamekye Daniel | The Center SquareMar 16, 2021

(The Center Square) – North Carolina has seen about a 94% increase in entrepreneurship over the past year, U.S. Census Bureau of Statistics data shows.

Despite government shutdowns and restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, North Carolinians submitted 93.8% more new business license applications in January 2021 than January 2020.

The rate is a stark contrast compared with January 2019 to January 2020, when new applications increased by 0.4%.

Gregg Thompson, North Carolina state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, said the increase in business license applications is surprising and most likely is because of North Carolina’s flexible business climate and the gap left in services from business closures.

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Report: New business growth soaring at record rate in NC despite pandemic

by Rick Smith — March 2, 2021

RALEIGH – New businesses are being launched at a record pace across North Carolina despite the lingering effects of the pandemic, according to new data from NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.

Through the first two months of this year, new business totals are topping levels seen a year ago before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Marshall reported Tuesday. Based on that data, Marshall’s office is projecting launching of more than 170,000 companies by year’s end.

That number would far exceed 2020 which was a record-setting year with nearly 127,000 businesses being launched. That total was more than 27,000 higher than in 2019.

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She Can We Can Be an Entrepreneur Everywhere!

  • Fall 2021
  • Tues. September 14th, 2021
  • Elliot University Center
  • 8-6pm
  • Free to everyone!

She Can, We Can, Be an Entrepreneur Everywhere

The suffrage movement resulting in the passage of the 19th Amendment (women’s right to vote) in 1920 may be dated to at least the mid-19th century. Like other movements for social and political change in the nation, it was a decades-long grassroots undertaking. In communities across America and internationally, people picketed, negotiated, and sacrificed to gain not only women’s voting rights, but equal access to education, employment, and health care. While the movement in the U.S. was able to pass the Constitutional amendment through acts of extraordinary courage and determination, it was also riddled with contradictions and exclusions. Most notably, and with long-lasting effects in our society, African-American women and recent immigrants were excluded from the white-female dominated movement. Delving into this history helps us both recognize how far we have come, and how far we still have to travel in the ongoing struggle for equality and justice in the nation.

The history of the United States may be understood as an ongoing struggle to expand democracy among its people. Throughout 2020-2022, UNC Greensboro presents a diverse two-year series of events, discussions, and performances to examine the history and cultural context of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (women’s right to vote), and issues of equity and equality in our own time as well as asking, what political advances and compromises resulted in the passage of the 19th Amendment, and how have these shaped issues of equity in our own time?

New events for the Fall 2021 semester are being scheduled now, all events will be free and open to the public. Note: As we are in the midst of a pandemic, please visit this website frequently for changes.

North Carolina Small Business Coalition

Across the nation–in rural, urban, and suburban areas alike–small businesses and entrepreneurs create the unique identity of our communities and are drivers of local economic development. Nowhere is this more abundantly clear than in North Carolina, where businesses with between two and 50 employees make up 95 percent of all business entities and account for 44 percent of employment in the state.

As we emerge from a year that saw many businesses close their doors permanently following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health of countless other small firms remain in jeopardy. The pandemic has only amplified serious existing issues facing our state’s small-business owners and entrepreneurs long before the arrival of COVID in 2020.

Now is the time to implement long-term and statewide policy solutions to stabilize the economic viability of our state’s small businesses. The NC Rural Center, along with a statewide Small Business Policy Task Force (SBPTF), have introduced North Carolina’s New Small Business Plan, a set of state-specific policy recommendations addressing the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs in the following focus areas: funding, support, opportunity, and knowledge. You can read “North Carolina’s New Small Business Plan: A Pathway to Prosperity for All” HERE.

Please join me by adding your name/organization name to this coalition to voice your support in ensuring that North Carolina’s entrepreneurs and small-business owners have equal access to the capital, resources, and tools needed to prosper. Signup link is HERE.
As a member of the North Carolina Small Business Coalition, you will have access to the latest news and updates regarding small business legislation and resources in North Carolina. If you have any questions about the coalition or its membership, please contact our Advocacy Engagement Coordinator, Miles Kirksey, at mkirksey@ncruralcenter.org.

Why Everyone Needs to be an Entrepreneur?

Are you Competitive by nature? Do you have what it takes to be your boss? Do you think out of the box?
If yes, then Entrepreneurship is the right choice for you. Entrepreneurship is a lifestyle for those unique, goal-oriented, anti-routine future dreamers. It is simply for those extroverts, risk-takers, who are always open to learning from other people, experiences, and even failure. Watch the Galala University panel with our Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh below, or linked on their Facebook page here.


Dianne Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, was interviewed by Zippia.com concerning the job market for recent grads as part of an expert panel. Here is the link: Job Market Trends for Recent Grads

ECDP Founding Director – Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh

The Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program, and Founder and Inaugural Director Emeritus of the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center, Dr. Dianne Welsh has a new website! You can access her professional history and valuable knowledge, as well as an archive of all published works. Get to know Dr. Welsh better here!

TCU Neeley School of Business; Values and Ventures Competition

Virtual for 2021, with exciting new elements and more chances to win.

TCU Neeley School of Business
Values and Ventures® Competition
April 14, 2021

Rewarding undergraduate students as both innovators and investors. Innovators pitch your own business plans and act as investors in other teams, choosing who you think will advance.

More chances to win. Each finalist has a 25% chance to win at least $2,500.

Committed to conscious capitalism. All business plans must make a profit while making a difference.



Dr. Dianne Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Founding Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, and Founder and Inaugural Director Emeritus of the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center won the Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship at the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) alongside the Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at MIT who was also awarded the Legacy Award.

How I Built This with Guy Raz

Despite the economic crisis, Wayfair has seen an 84 percent sales spike, leading them to profitability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, co-founders Niraj Shah and Steve Conine have also dealt with unexpected challenges, from hundreds of layoffs in February to employee-staged protests outside Wayfair’s office in June.

These conversations are excerpts from our How I Built Resilience series, where Guy talks online with founders and entrepreneurs about how they’re navigating turbulent times.

Click here to listen

Berkman Foundation Funding Opportunities

The Harold & Muriel Berkman Charitable Foundation, Inc.®, announces funding opportunities for the 2020-2021 academic year. In the past four years, the Foundation has provided more than $300,000 in scholarships. Applications for scholarships are open yearly from May 1 to August 31, and awardees are announced by November 30. More information on the award categories and detailed eligibility requirements can be found at the Foundation website (berkmanfoundation.org/foundation). Candidates must be U.S. citizens who are either seeking a degree at an AACSB accredited institution.

S. Veteran Scholarships – open to U.S. Military Veterans pursuing a degree at an AACSB accredited institution during the next academic year in any major (graduation no sooner than May 2021). Click here to apply.

Entrepreneurship Everywhere event covered by Fox 8 News

The Entrepreneurship Everywhere event hosted by Market America, the Bryan School of Business and Economics, and the Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, and Tourism Department, on February 13, 2020, was covered by Fox  8 News who filmed the panel discussion during the event.

The Next Big Idea podcast by Dr. Channelle James with a special message for our students from Dr. Dianne Welsh

I-Corps Program Participates

LaunchUNCG is actively looking for innovative participants UNCG I-Corps program.

I-Corps provides grant funding and training to help faculty, students, staff, and alumni improve upon their research, innovation, or business idea.

The Greensboro I-Corps Program is open to UNCG + NCAT Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni.

For more information and to apply click here.

20 Years Near UNCG

Congratulations to Stoel Burrowes, one of our first 3 Entrepreneurship Fellows, on his retirement.

20 Years Near UNCG

National Library Association – Steve Cramer

Congratulations to Steven Cramer, Associate Director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program and Business & Economics Librarian for winning his 2nd national award from the National Library Association (ALA/RUSA)

Entrepreneur Extraordinaire Award 2020 – Marc Ashley

Entrepreneurship Everywhere 2020 Recap

Family Firm Institute Announces 2019 Achievement Awards in the Field of Family Enterprise

Barbara Hollander Award to Dianne H.B. Welsh, Ph.D., UNC Greensboro. The Barbara Hollander Award was created to honor the late founder and first president of FFI by perpetuating her profound interest in family business and her love for education and learning.

Dianne H.B. Welsh, Ph.D., is the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and founding director of the Entrepreneurship Programs at The University of North Carolina Greensboro. An FFI Fellow, she is a recognized scholar in women-owned businesses and franchising. In 2015 she held the Fulbright-Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship in Central Europe. With more that 150 publications in the field, Dianne is also the chair of the FFI Academic Awards Best Dissertation Committee.


The Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program implements creative classroom learning by blending innovation and entrepreneurship across campus.  Within the 50 plus cross-listed courses, students develop concept models, feasibility studies, business plans, and implementation plans for businesses and innovative ventures.  Students learn how to start/grow a business and to be creative/innovative in any organization, profit or nonprofit.

  • Entrepreneurship major for 4 courses or an Entrepreneurship minor for 3 courses if you are a Marketing major-double count any one of 5 ENT/MKT courses.

-Dr. Dianne Welsh, Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Program, was named the NC Board of Governors Teaching Award winner then link the article.


Dr. Dianne Welsh serves on the advisory board for  the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Conference-attended in Stockholm where UNCG is a member school.