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  • 1. Developing Entrepreneurship andInnovation in Rural Southeastern North Carolina Dr. Michael Menefee & Dr. Len Holmes University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • 2. North Carolina
  • 3. The UNCP AreaTotal population in Robeson County = 134,168
  • 4. Economic Issues• Highest poverty rate (31%) in North Carolina• 8,708 manufacturing jobs lost in less than twenty years• Manufacturing jobs fell from 31% of all jobs to 15% of all jobs in less than twenty years• Increases in unemployment and bankruptcies• Decreases in household income and business tax revenue
  • 5. Agents of Change: University of North Carolina-Pembroke UNC Pembroke provides educational anddevelopment programs for students and the community
  • 6. Agents of Change: Small Business Technology & Development Center• Provide management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses.• Help start-up and established businesses meet todays challenges and plan for the future.• Offers specialize market development assistance for: – Government procurements – International business – Technology development and commercialization
  • 7. Agents of Change:Carolina Commerce and Technology Center (COMtech) • Facilities for new and existing businesses • Economic incentives through the state and county • Training program on site through Robeson Community College • Business park for small business leasing
  • 8. Agents of Change: Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship• Educational Programs for UNCP students – Certificate, Minor, BSBA Concentration – MBA Track, Music Business, Interdisciplinary Studies• Research• Business consulting• Entrepreneurship Summits• Meetings and engagements• Future Plans – Angel Funds – Incubator
  • 9. Innovations inAgricultural BiotechnologyDr. Len Holmes & Dr. Michael Menefee University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • 10. UNCP Biotechnology Research and Training Center Mission:Provides leadership, education andadvocacy to make Southeast NorthCarolina the best place to live, work andvisit. Theory-into-Practice environment for: • education and training • research • technology development and transfer • regional economic transformation
  • 11. Goals of the UNCP Biotechnology Center• Increase the number of higher-paying biotechnology jobs• Increase the pipeline for underrepresented populations in biotechnology• Offer entrepreneurs technology, business support and connection to capital sources Laboratory space includes: → Bench-to-Pilot Scale Fermentation Suite → Microbiology /Molecular Genetics Laboratory → Biochemistry and Preparative Lab → Visiting Researcher space
  • 12. Selected Agricultural Biotechnology Projects UNCP-COMtech Honey Bee Project Mass Production of Biological Nematode Insecticides
  • 13. UNCP-COMtech Honey Bee Project• Principal Investigator: Dr. Charles Harrington, Professor of Business Administration•Maintain and culture honey bees • Education and promote beekeeping • Sale of bees to area farmers • Involve faculty and staff at UNC Pembroke • Established 20 acre Honey Bee Park with COMtech Partner Future projects include:• Sale of UNCP Honey• Investigations into prevention and treatment of honey bee disease GIS map of hive groups
  • 14. Hive Management Techniques Population management Integrated pest control Honey flow management and product quality control Queen rearing Seasonal hive management
  • 15. Mass Production of Beneficial NematodesQuestion: What are beneficial nematodes?Answer: Nematodes are microscopic roundworms that that occur naturally in soil and are parasitic to insect pest that have a larval or pupal stage of life.Question: How do beneficial nematodes work?Answer: The beneficial nematode penetrates into the body of the insect pest and proliferates, killing the insect host.Question: Is the agricultural use of beneficial nematodes regulated by the federal government?Answer: Beneficial nematodes are exempt from federal regulation (USDA, EPA) because they pose no threat nor are they harmful to animals or humans.Question: How are beneficial nematodes applied?Answer: Nematode product cultures are simply mixed with water and applied using a sprayer or watering can.
  • 16. Product Description• “Brave-Guard” is an effective insecticide for gardens, greenhouses andagricultural crops• Sold as a live nematode culture packed in proprietary medium• Available in packs for treating garden to acres size plantings• Simple to store, prepare and apply• Organic and environmentally friendly• Protects against:
  • 17. Economic Potential Limited manufacturing supply, world-wide Integrated pest management and biocontrol use Marketed regionally because of UNCP location in the heart of North Carolina agriculture National Internet marketing being developed in collaboration with the UNCP Regional Center for Economic Development Intellectual Property protection being developed in collaboration with Dr. Michael Menefee and the UNCP Thomas Center for Entrepreneurship With current production capacity, “Brave-Guard” can gross> $150,000 per year Challenge: Investment capital for labor, equipment maintenance and supplies Production labor is approximately 20% of gross
  • 18. Ms. Ashley “Nicole” Norris – Biotechnology StudentMr. Floyd Inman – Lead Microbiologist & Research Supv.