People in the News
Monday, July 1, 2019
ECU senior gets economic development internship
East Carolina University rising senior Jonathan Kahn has joined the university’s Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement as part of its new RISE29 microenterprise program.
The program connects small business ideas with regional community needs, using a mix of student teams, interns and community leaders to launch new businesses, strengthen existing companies with long-term continuity plans and commercialize new technology.
Kahn, an industrial technology major, will spend the summer interning with Ann’s House of Nuts in Martin County.
Established as a home business in 1973, Ann’s House of Nuts is the top provider of trail mixes in the United States. Ann’s processes nuts, dried fruits and trail mixes. Kahn will assist Ann’s in tracking inbound and outbound shipments and internal movements of raw materials and finished goods, while also using historical data to analyze material movements based on current volume profiles and recommend optimized material flows.
“I wanted to work with RISE29 because they can help me build on the skills I’ve learned in the classroom and gain experience in my career field,” Kahn said. “RISE29 has done an excellent job placing me with an intern position that is closely related to my course study.”
Funded in part by a $1 million grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation, RISE29 represents a partnership between ECU and the eastern region. The heart of RISE29 lies with student entrepreneurs responding to community-driven needs based on input from community leaders.
Students enter the program with one of three goals: starting a new business, taking over an aging business or developing a new technology. Student entrepreneurs are then matched to communities to begin new startup companies or provide support for business continuity plans. Advanced tools for data analytics housed at ECU’s Economic Growth Collaboratory provide economic development intelligence to drive focus and increase the likelihood of success.
RISE29 leverages ECU and partner assets to support these ventures, including laboratories, greenhouses and collaborative spaces at ECU. Regional partners provide expertise alongside regional assets such as human capital, facilities, funding and existing programming including community colleges, chambers of commerce, downtown development corporations and small business centers.
At the end of the process, student teams launch microenterprises — businesses with six or fewer employees — across the region, contributing to a vibrant economic future for eastern North Carolina. Students continue to receive mentoring even after launching their businesses, ensuring that the student teams, ECU and its partners are held accountable for the success of the microenterprise.
Deputy town clerk receives certification
Jamie D. Moles, deputy town clerk of Grimesland, has been awarded the designation of North Carolina Certified Municipal Clerk from the North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks, along with the School of Government of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Moles earned the designation as a state-certified municipal clerk through the completion of the N.C. Association of Municipal Clerks Program, conducted in cooperation with the School of Government of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Established on Nov. 5, 1975, the association promotes educational and professional development opportunities for municipal clerks to enhance their knowledge and effectiveness. The Association partners with the North Carolina League of Municipalities, the School of Government of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) to meet the needs of each individual municipal clerk.
The North Carolina Certified Municipal Clerk program is a five-year designation with requirements for continuing education to sustain and develop the knowledge of the profession.
Emanuel receives Edward Jones Award
Tim Emanuel of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Greenville recently won the firm’s Jim Harrod Award for his exceptional achievement in building client relationships.
Emanuel was one of 905 of the firm’s more than 18,000 financial advisors to receive the Jim Harrod award
The award is named after Jim Harrod, whose many contributions during his 28-year career earned him induction into the firm’s Hall of Fame in 2011.
“It’s truly an honor to receive recognition for building relationships with those clients we serve,” Emanuel said. “And it’s quite inspirational to receive an award named after a firm legend such as Jim Harrod who was dedicated to individual investors and understood each investor’s unique financial goals.”
Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the investments its financial advisors offer to the location of its branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm’s 18,000-plus financial advisors serve more than seven million clients and care for $1 trillion in assets under management.
Keller Williams Points East hires new agents
Keller Williams Realty Point East has hired four new agents.
Joe Ella Day is a native of Scotland Neck who has lived in the area for 25 years.
Day is single with one child. In her spare time she enjoys traveling.
She has a B.S. in accounting from NCA&T University and a master’s in contract management and finance. She has been in the real estate business since 1999.
Jennifer Wiggins is a New England native who has lived in the Pitt County area for two years.
She is married with four children. In her spare time, Wiggins enjoys reading, dancing and spending time with her family and two dogs.
She received an A.A. in psychology and has been a volunteer mentor for 15 years.
Wiggins has been involved in real estate for two months.
Melody Carlson was born and raised in Maine and has lived in the area for one year.
She is married and has one adult son. She enjoys real estate and attending theater productions.
She received an A.A.S. from Andover college. She has been in real estate for nine months.
Jasmine Crumb was born in London, England, and raised in Farmville. She has lived in the Pitt County area for most of her life.
Crumb is married and in her spare time she enjoys reading, writing and going to the beach.
She has an associate’s degree in accounting and business.
She has been in real estate for one month.