Community matters, y’all

A new joint report was released yesterday from our colleagues at the NC Rural Center and Thread Capital showing that a decade after the Great Recession, North Carolina’s small businesses are still struggling to recover and catch up with their urban counterparts in the state.

The report, Small Business Dynamism in North Carolina, found that North Carolina small businesses have fewer brick-and-mortar banks operating in their communities and significantly less access to the critical commercial capital needed to start, sustain, or grow their businesses.

Rural Center President Patrick Woodie says, “We as a state must address the growing chasm of capital access between our rural and urban counties. The economic engines of our largest urban counties might drive our state’s economy, but it is the rural small business owner who sustains our local communities.”

The full report can be read here, and an interactive database that shows small business dynamism in each of the state’s 100 counties can be viewed here.


The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) will meet Thursday, May 9, at 9 a.m. in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.

The agenda is available online.  The meeting will be audio streamed for those who cannot attend in person.


  • Education bills moving through Senate

    WRAL | 05/07/2019

  • Teachers who fail their licensing exams could stay in the classroom under Senate bill

    The News & Observer | 05/07/2019

  • NC superintendent defends school finance website as critics call data deceptive

    WRAL | 05/07/2019

  • Supporting Students Outside the Classroom

    EducationNext | 05/07/2019

  • UNC Charlotte chancellor: Thank you, Charlotte and Niner Nation

    The Charlotte Observer | 05/07/2019

  • Rural broadband in NC: A new season or more reruns?

    Carolina Public Press | 05/07/2019

  • To promote success in schools, focus on teacher well-being

    Brookings | 05/06/2019

  • KIPP Weighs in on Higher Education Act Rewrite, Calls on Congress to Make College More Accessible to Low-Income Kids

    The 74 | 05/08/2019


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