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Friday, March 23 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Developing Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Rural Southeastern North Carolina

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The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) is located in the poorest county in the state and one of the poorest regions in the nation. The Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship (TFCE) was created to encourage innovation and business start-up and growth in the area. TFCE has developed academic entrepreneurship programs for almost all UNCP disciplines. The interest in entrepreneurship has produced new laboratories for innovative research. The TFCE has also developed counseling programs and summits for local entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship programs aimed at community colleges and high schools have been initiated. Financial resources are also being created in the area for small business development including a newly formed angel fund. The goals of these initiatives are to provide a basis for new business development and to persuade UNCP students to create new businesses here.


Len Holmes

Len Holmes is an Associate Professor in the UNC Pembroke Department of Chemistry and Physics. During his twenty years' tenure he has been active in research, service and teaching. He is successful in obtaining extramural funding from federal, state and regional agencies, and has brought greater than $3m in grants, contracts and gifts to the university for biotechnology development. Dr. Holmes' most significant contribution was the opening of... Read More →

Michael Menefee

Michael Menefee is the Thomas Family Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at UNC Pembroke. He has a BS degree in Management from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering and Management, and a PhD in Administrative Science from Purdue University. He has earned certificates as a financial analyst from Dun and Bradstreet and human resource management from SHRM. |   | Dr. Menefee came to UNCP after... Read More →

Friday March 23, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
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