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December 15, 2015 | Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

New Commerce Department data shows that minority entrepreneurship is growing

The U.S. Department of Commerce released the final results of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 Survey of Business Owners (SBO).

December 13, 2015 | WRAL Fox 50

Women's Business Center featured on HOLA NC News Program

November 12, 2015 | Triangle Business Journal

Black Women in Business Conference takes on policy challenges facing minority-owned businesses

"Andrea Harris is not one to shy away from a fight. As founder of the N.C. Institute for Economic Development, Harris has built her career on helping minority- and women-owned businesses find opportunities to succeed. Her work to improve diversity in the state's business marketplace earned her a lifetime achievement award from the Triangle Business Journal in 2014."

October 12, 2015 | Public Radio East

Minority Owned Businesses On The Rise In North Carolina

"The dark cloud of economic recession has a silver lining for North Carolina employees. A recent study by The Institute in Raleigh, confirms that a diverse number of businesses are hiring. These career fields are vast, but they all have one thing in common; they are minority owned firms. Sarah Finch has more on this demographic shift and its impact on the economy."

September 27, 2015 | Triangle Tribune

Minority-owned businesses bounce back from recession

"Minority-owned businesses are rebounding following the Great Recession, according to a new report by The Institute, an organization that aims to expand and diversify North Carolina's business base."

September 21, 2015 | Public News Service - NC

Report: Minority-Owned Businesses Bouncing Back from Recession

"Minority-owned businesses are rebounding following the Great Recession, according to a new report by The Institute, an organization that aims to expand and diversify North Carolina's business base. Its analysis finds African American-owned firms expanded their employee numbers at a higher rate than white employers' businesses."

September 17, 2015 | Press Release

Institute Reports: Minority Businesses Survived and Thrived Post-Recession

It’s not all bad news for minority-owned businesses that endured the economic downturn and recession, which peaked during 2008, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. A 2012 national survey of small business owners indicates positive growth for minority firms since 2007.

July 31, 2015 | News & Observer

As Joe’s Diner closes, Self-Help eyes acquisition that could help bring life to commercial district

"Joe’s Diner in East Durham closed last month, but that isn’t necessarily surprising, nor is it bad thing. Owner Joe Bushfan’s decision to expand his commissary into the restaurant space could be among a handful of efforts that help build foot traffic in the Angier Avenue-Driver Street commercial district."

March 5, 2015 | The Triangle Tribune

Women honor ‘business mother’ Andrea Harris

Women honor NC Institute of Minority Economic Development Founder, Andrea Harris for her inspiration and mentorship at "We Came To Win" Luncheon.

February 24, 2015 | News & Observer

Column: Access to capital, policies limit minority small businesses

Columnist Virginia Bridges speaks to Institute President & CEO, Farad Ali about how although the number of minority businesses is increasing, there is still cause for concern.

September 12, 2014 | Triangle Business Journal

Andrea Harris: Lifetime Achievement

In a special edition on its diversity award winners, TBJ talks with NCIMED President Andrea Harris about the organization’s work, goals and accomplishments.

August 5, 2014 | Triangle Business Journal

TBJ reveals 2014 Leaders in Diversity Awards winners

The business publication honors NCIMED President Andrea Harris with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

June 23, 2014 | News & Observer

SBA recognizes The Women's Business Center of NC for helping entrepreneurs

Writer Virginia Bridges highlights NCIMED’s center for its state, regional and national recognition, and talks to clients Tea and Honey Blends and Southport Graphics about how the WBCNC helped them grow their businesses.

May 29, 2014 | Triangle Business Journal

How to get a selfie with Royal Canadian Mounted Police without leaving Raleigh

Women’s Business Center of North Carolina director Briles Johnson tells the TBJ that Canada is a great place to start if you own a small business and want to start exporting.

February 17, 2014 | News & Observer

Overlooking differences, capitalizing on opportunity fuels building a business

Writer Virginia Bridges talks to NCIMED President Andrea Harris and NCIMED client Warren Arrington, president American Safety Products, about the rapid growth of black-owned businesses in the United States.

January 6, 2014 |

Column: Be prepared to make the perfect pitch

NCIMED's Women's Business Center Director Briles Johnson tells the N&O: "A solid, well-practiced pitch will make an impression and get your business noticed.

December 8, 2013 |

Clayton woman's high-tech jewelry packs crime-fighting punch

NCIMED client CJ Scarlet is developing a wearable device - the size of a pendant or pin - that could deter violence against women in a way that a can of pepper spray or a concealed .38 can't when they're at the bottom of the purse.

November 4, 2013 |

Column: Pitch parties target female owners

Guest columnist Sheon Wilson says Count Me In Urban Rebound Raleigh-Durham, a pitch contest directed by NCIMED’s Women’s Business Center of North Carolina, is a great resource for female entrepreneurs.

August 24, 2013 | The News & Observer

Lacy: Unintentional entrepreneurs find balance in owning their own business

NCIMED's Briles Johnson says many resources exist for working on your own.

August 19, 2013 | The News & Observer

Women create businesses in male-dominant industries

Briles Johnson, director of NCIMED's Women’s Business Center of North Carolina, says she is seeing more Triangle-area women entering construction, engineering, life sciences and manufacturing.

August 7, 2013 | Triangle Business Journal

TBJ reveals 2013 Leaders in Diversity Awards winners

NCIMED President Andrea Harris was among Triangle Business Journal's inaugural award winners recognized for their respect or inclusive treatment of others, advocacy for underrepresented groups and multicultural marketing.

February 1, 2013 | WRAL

Harris is her own economic engine

wral-videostill-harris-economic-engineWRAL reports on pioneering work of NCIMED and President Andrea Harris to create economic opportunity and drive business growth in minority and low-resource communities.


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