North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development (NCIMED)

"NCIMED is pleased to assist MCNC in the implementation of the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative. Small, disadvantaged and minority-owned businesses have significant opportunities to work on portions of the GLRBI as prime and sub-contractors. NCIMED is pleased to help MCNC promote the RFPs related to the GLRBI."

Andrea Harris, executive director of NCIMED

MCNC is working with the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development (NCIMED) in Durham to reach North Carolina companies who qualify as small, disadvantaged and minority-owned businesses. NCIMED has been advising MCNC on BTOP-related opportunities for several months and will continue to work with MCNC to make businesses throughout the state aware of BTOP-related opportunities.

The NCIMED, through their Minority Business Enterprise Center, has with partners like the Self Help Credit Union, created loan programs targeted for small, minority, and local businesses who desire to bid on ARRA opportunities. Respondents interested in learning more about these loan programs should contact Kaye Gantt at the Minority Business Enterprise Center via e-mail at or phone at (919) 956.8889.

NCIMED is a statewide nonprofit organization representing the interest of underdeveloped and underutilized sectors of the state's economic base. The Institute's working philosophy is that information and business development are critical to wealth creation and to building the asset base among low-wealth sectors of the population. Balanced information affords the state and its communities an opportunity to make responsive decisions. Information is the key to sound public policies and private-sector practices. It builds understanding and strengthens the quality of life for all citizens.

Business development initiatives are based within the three M’s of Money, Markets and Management. The Institute's business development team works to assist historically underutilized businesses in accessing affordable capital, expanded market opportunities, and stable internal management and control systems. Through direct one-on-one technical assistance and small group education and training, businesses are positioned for growth and expansion. The Institute's work is grounded within the state's goal of achieving widely-shared prosperity.