- On Friday, October 24, 2014 the by-annual meeting of the Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship will convene at the Pembroke Holiday Inn. Then it will move to the UNCP Entrepreneur Incubator in Pembroke for a ground breaking for the new facility, where Mr. Jim Thomas will participate in the shoveling. The critical mission of these organizations is to help support the growth and sustainability of economic wealth of the region. The implemented strategy is entrepreneurial education, consulting, and technology transfer.
- The Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship is acting as the key contract for the Social Entrepreneurship competition. UNCP will provide two undergraduate and two graduate teams for the competition in February, 2015 against the other UNC Universities. The intent is to identify social needs and to apply entrepreneurial processes to impact these needs.
ABOUT THE THOMAS FAMILY CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship (TFCE) management recognizes the correlation between economic development and entrepreneurship and therefore is committed to entrepreneurship education and to entrepreneurial development. Its ambition is to stimulate entrepreneurial thinking amongst the UNCP student body as well as assist and support entrepreneurs and new ventures in the Southeastern North Carolina Region. As a consequence, the mission of the TFCE is focused on education, research, planning and community engagement.
Established in 2006, the TFCE was enabled by a generous gift from The Thomas Family Foundation, founded by James and Sally Thomas.
TFCE consultants reach out and support the community by providing one-on-one consulting and evaluation services for local entrepreneurs while assisting students in developing entrepreneurial competencies and knowledge. The result is to extend entrepreneurship education outside the classroom by allowing students to work with local entrepreneurs on critical business challenges. Experiential learning is a great asset to the entrepreneurship students. At the same time, local businesses benefit from the knowledge and advice provided.
Economic development and personal success are attained through entrepreneurs and innovators who thrive on imagination, creativity and passion.