The NCICU Business Affiliate Program provides a mutually beneficial link between North Carolina’s business community and the state’s 36 private colleges and universities.
Our Business Affiliates are companies or individuals whose work with NCICU colleges and universities has earned NCICU’s endorsement.
To become a Business Affiliate, businesses must have the following:
- Affirmation from at least one North Carolina independent college or university that the applicant is successfully doing business within the State’s private higher education community
- Commitment from a responsible representative of the applying business that the business will endeavor to support North Carolina private higher education
- Annual financial support of $1,000
- Approval from Director of the Independent College Fund
For complete information about becoming an NCICU Business Affiliate, contact Colleen Kinser at [email protected] or call (919) 832-5817.
NCICU Colleges and Universities are encouraged to contact these business partners when there is a need for the products and services they provide. Each Business Affiliate can be located through the Campus Buyers Guide, along with a short description of their products, services, contact information and website.
Please check this page often, as we will be continually adding new Affiliates. The list of our current Business Affiliates is shown alphabetically below.
Adirondack Solutions is the worldwide leader in providing innovative software primarily for the college student life market. We offer solutions for campus housing management, conference and event services, parking/vehicle registration, conduct management, and much more. Most of our staff have worked in higher education and we collaborate with our clients to deliver products and services that meet the needs of an ever-changing and dynamic field. Couple that with the best customer service in the industry, and you’ll have a combination that can’t lose.
Since 2008, AffinityLTC, LLC has been a Coalition for College Cost Savings (The Coalition) endorsed program provider, specializing in the marketing and administration of employer and association sponsored Long Term Care (LTC) Insurance programs. AffinityLTC has always been exclusively focused in the LTC insurance marketplace. AffinityLTC has over 100 private Higher Ed clients across the country.
For more than 20 years, Apogee has been redefining the student campus life experience. As the only managed technology services provider with a sole focus on higher education, Apogee has become the trusted partner to more than 400 schools and 1 million students and administrators who rely on the company’s innate understanding of how superior Wi-Fi powers student vitality. Apogee’s comprehensive portfolio includes unmatched residential networks (ResNet) and Managed Campus networks that drive student and administrator success; video services that provide “like home” rich media experiences; and digital campus engagement services that act as an extension of the university’s staff. Partnering with Apogee enables schools to derive greater return on their IT investments and increase student satisfaction while achieving budget stability and predictability.
Aramark is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms. We create experiences that engage and inspire, we deliver an impact wherever people work, learn, recover and play.
BDO delivers customized accounting, consulting and financial advisory services to clients of all sizes – across industries, throughout the country, and around the world. We understand the changes and challenges facing institutions of higher education, from rising tuition and fees to reduced government funding, and our clients rest assured that their dedicated BDO industry leaders are at the forefront of the higher education conversation. What truly sets BDO apart is our commitment to higher education and our dedication to delivering exceptional client service, without exception. We understand that at its core, our job is about helping – in thousands of different ways, for thousands of different clients – and that we measure success one relationship at a time.
The challenges of higher education will continue at an extraordinary pace. As the industry continues to face these challenges, you will need an exceptional relationship with, and commitment from, a group of accounting professionals who advise you and support your efforts. For over 40 years, Brown Edwards has been dedicated to providing exceptional service and expertise to our higher education clients throughout the mid-Atlantic region. By partnering with our clients and understanding their needs and concerns, Brown Edwards is a true alternative to the “business as usual” approach. And, as a Top 100 firm, you can be sure you have access to industry-leading resources while receiving the personalized service our clients deserve and expect.
Campus is the leading web portal and mobile app software and support services provider for Higher Education. With a team of former university executives and technologists, Campus is rapidly replacing outdated portals with a modern, cloud-hosted platform that reduces costs, saves time and connects college constituents with a personalized one-stop-shop so they can thrive and succeed. Campus has offices in Denver (headquarters), New York and Melbourne, and is the flagship product of Ucroo Incorporated.
As a national full-service CPA and consulting firm devoted to serving nonprofit organizations, CapinCrouse provides professional solutions to organizations whose outcomes are measured in lives changed. Since 1972, the firm has served universities, seminaries, and other organizations by providing support in the key areas of financial integrity and security.
Captrust is an independently owned and operated retirement planning and investment advisory firm headquartered in Raleigh, NC with $250 billion in assets under advisory, we serve as fiduciary consultants for more than 146 educational institutions, representing approximately 437 retirement plans and totaling over $66 billion in assets under advisement in the education sector. As a firm, we work with 36 providers for 403(b), 457, and 401(a) plans — counting TIAA, fidelity, and VALIC as our top provider relationships. CAPTRUST has developed the specialized expertise required to help plan sponsors optimize their retirement plans while effectively managing fiduciary risk in a constantly changing environment. We are committed to the independence required for complete objectivity.
As a nationally recognized firm, Cherry Bekaert has the resources to take your institution to the next level. Our higher education industry specialists understand the current operating environment and challenges facing independent colleges and universities, so we can help you make the most of emerging opportunities while minimizing compliance headaches. Our capabilities go far beyond audit and regulatory compliance, and include customized solutions in the areas of risk advisory, cybersecurity, data analytics, technology consulting and solutions, compensation and benefits, and international tax services. Ranked among the largest accounting firms in the country, Cherry Bekaert specializes in offering solutions that impact our clients ability to succeed and grow.
Cintas leads the industry in supplying corporate identity uniforms, providing entrance and logo mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid, safety and fire protection products and services. We operate nearly 500 facilities in North America, (11 locations in the State of NC), 5 manufacturing facilities and 11 distribution centers.
Corporate Risk Management Inc. is an independent insurance consulting firm providing outsourced risk management services to clients on a fee-for-services basis. As we do not sell insurance, our firm is able to provide objective program review and expert advice in order to help our clients obtain the most comprehensive and competitively priced insurance programs available. Our client services include on-going full service agreements, managed marketing projects and program analysis reports.
With over 50 years of furniture management experience and a dedicated team of Higher Education specialists, CORT offers a wide array of furniture solutions for your campus. Our service varies from full furniture management to temporary project needs. Visit cort.com/highered for more information.
Coursedog is a next-generation operating system for Higher Education. Our mission is to empower Higher Education to innovate and drive student success. Today we support more than 70 institutions, many of which reside in North Carolina like Methodist University, Blue Ridge Community College, and North Carolina Wesleyan College, to streamline course scheduling, curriculum, catalog and event management in a single integrated platform. Our modern system helps colleges build schedules that increase degree velocity, optimize resources, eliminate consuming, error-prone manual data entry, and provides actionable insights to improve student outcomes.
CPL provides architectural and engineering services to higher education clients in the eastern US and in NC through our offices in Raleigh, Greensboro, and Charlotte. Our practice includes unique specialty services: space utilization/planning; building condition/system surveys; energy audits/planning; and capital/maintenance project planning. Dining, athletics, residence life, science & technology, renovation of historic campus buildings, and engineering of MEP systems are areas of expertise.
For 50 years, Delta Dental of North Carolina has championed healthy smiles across the state. As North Carolina’s leading dental insurer, we provide dental insurance to businesses as part of their employee benefits, and directly to individuals and families. As a member of the Delta Dental Plans Association, we are part of the largest dental insurance network in the nation, covering more than 80 million Americans. Our mission is to improve the oral health and the overall well-being of the communities we serve. One way we do that is by making it a priority to give back. Through funding, education and in-kind donations, we provide oral health education and dental services to those who need it most, from the mountains to the coast. Because we believe that everyone – and we mean everyone – deserves a healthy smile.
EDC provides Owner’s Representation and Project Management services to institutional owners for the design and construction of their new and renovated facilities. Established in 1990 and based in Midlothian Virginia, EDC has delivered over four million square feet totaling over $600 million of higher education and research and development projects. EDC manages the entire project from preliminary programming and budgeting through construction and occupancy.
Elinvar is an executive search firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina, that has a track record of success serving NC higher education institutions. The firm is also a long-time supporter of North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities, serving on the ICFNC board and supporting the scholarship program as well as the Ethics Bowl. The Elinvar team includes a group of consultants with experience working in higher education as well as serving higher education clients. Elinvar provides its executive search services to NCICU campuses with the added benefit of providing a discount of 10% for each search engagement conducted with the firm.
First American Education Finance provides NCICU institutions with customized financing solutions at preferred rates. For more than 20 years, First American has served the needs of the education community helping more than 800 schools deliver the best education possible to their students. Their unique financing solutions solve school challenges ranging from complex campus projects to technology management – all through a simple and transparent experience.
Examples of First American Programs Include::
- Technology Renewal Program
- Software Program
- Campus Maintenance Program
- Energy Program
- Athletic Equipment Program
- Purchasing Card Program
Driven by our food-first philosophy, Harvest Table Culinary Group brings innovative, authentic and personalized food experiences to life for each unique college and university we serve.
We believe everyone should experience the timeless camaraderie of mealtime, the delicious moments that a hand-crafted meal brings. Our world-class chefs and food enthusiasts create dishes to satisfy every nutritional need and evolving appetites for something new, exciting, and enriching.
School security, indoor air quality, energy costs and aging buildings can impact a learning environment. Honeywell offers Sustainability services including Energy Performance Contracting which allows Higher Education Facilities to turn utility inefficiencies into new efficient and sustainable infrastructure and pay for this program within their existing operating budgets – with a financial and performance guarantee from Honeywell International Inc. versus an LLC. Honeywell and its Building Automation System partners have over 50 field offices scanning the state from Manteo to Murphy with 1,000’s of certified Niagara technicians to support our customers located throughout the state of North Carolina.
HRP Associates, Inc. is an environmental health & safety risk management consulting engineering firm that specializes in the fields of environmental and OSHA health and safety compliance, lab safety, industrial hygiene, asbestos, mold, and lead paint consulting, and property acquisition due diligence.. To date, we have helped over 300 college and university campuses across the United States resolve their environmental, health and safety risk management challenges. HRP’s professional environmental engineers have been helping private and public organizations meet complex regulatory compliance obligations for over 35 years. Example services include compliance auditing, technical EPA and OSHA compliance training, permitting, and industrial hygiene testing. HRP works diligently to keep you up-to-date with changes in federal, state, and local EH&S regulatory requirements and provide you with sound and practical solutions that you can realistically implement.
IMA is a national risk management and commercial insurance broker. IMA has a property & casualty insurance program that is endorsed by The Coalition for College Cost Savings and is designed specifically for private institutions. IMA also specializes in employee benefits and student and athletic insurance. IMA has clients in all fifty states and has offices throughout the country. IMA has a 100% success rate in driving down net costs for private colleges. To learn more about IMA’s complimentary preliminary assessment, please contact Steve via the contact information provided below.
Jenzabar’s mission is to support education by enabling institutions of higher education to thrive, grow, and achieve student success. We help our clients align their technology solutions with their unique missions and goals—to generate the maximum return on their technology investments. Across the entire institution, our software and services enable our clients to deliver on the promise of higher education.
Kognito is a health simulation company that believes in the power of conversation to change lives. We are pioneers in developing research-proven, role-play simulations that prepare individuals to lead real-life conversations that result in measurable changes in social, emotional, and physical health. We offer a subscription to online, evidence-based role-play simulations augmented by services that support implementation, program usage, and evaluation. Our portfolio includes simulations designed for students, faculty, and staff. Topics in the portfolio address mental health, suicide prevention, sexual misconduct prevention, alcohol and other drug prevention, and military cultural competency.
Logically‘s mission is to enable small and mid-sized organizations to achieve their business objectives through information technology. To do that, our customers need a trusted IT ally with a wide and deep bench of IT talent with expertise in emerging and critical technologies such as cloud, cybersecurity, Office 365, mobility, and how the modern workplace operates. A trusted IT ally that can deliver reliability and operational excellence at an affordable price. A trusted IT ally like Logically.
The Campus Studio of McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture provides professional planning, architectural and interior design services to a Southeastern clientele of colleges and universities through 5 office locations in the Carolinas and Georgia. Past experience includes academic, athletic, residential and dining facilities on over 60 college campuses. We work with institutions to understand their culture and mission, creating spaces to enhance the social and educational experience specific to each.
Millennium Advisory Services, Inc. is a SEC registered investment advisory firm that provides 403(b) retirement plan services for private institutions of higher education throughout the eastern and mid-western United States. We work with other professional fiduciary partners offering a turn-key retirement plan solution to individual educational institutions as well as Multiple Employer Plans. Our solutions are designed to help plan sponsors meet their fiduciary obligations on both the participant level and the plan level. We provide communication and education services for plan sponsors as well as financial planning, fiduciary advice and professional asset management for plan participants and high net worth individuals. Millennium’s mission is to help plan sponsors deliver a retirement plan to their employees that truly changes participant behavior and drives meaningful retirement outcomes, helping participants and their families achieve their personal and financial life goals.
neteffect technologies, established in 1991, is based in Charlotte, NC and provides premiere IT support throughout the Carolinas and beyond. As a trusted IT advisor, we specialize in offering an array of IT solutions, services, and support to our clients. To include: managed services, security, virtualization, cloud computing, system design and integration, telecom, and more. With neteffect technologies, you’ll enjoy reliable, cutting-edge IT services whenever the need arises. Please consider neteffect technologies to be your valued partner: to augment your staff with scalable, ongoing support. Our team of support professionals is available to assist you promptly and efficiently.
Pharos Resources provides a comprehensive approach to improve student outcomes. Our unique software and approach will strengthen early alert, student care, and retention on your campus. Through Relational Retention engagement, our relationship-focused perspective, you will identify at-risk students, eliminate campus silos, increase student engagement, and enrich your culture of student success.
Regions Financial Corporation, with $126 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the 16th largest full-service bank in the nation, with products and services that offer customers convenience and the ability to bank the way they choose. Regions’ franchise spans across the South, Midwest and Texas.
Rodgers is headquartered in the Carolinas and ranks among the nations’ top construction managers. Rodgers offers full-service preconstruction and construction management services, with focused expertise in markets including healthcare, education, commercial/mixed use, cultural and community, senior living and concrete services.
Contact: Jason Moore
Email: [email protected]
Security Marketing Group is excited to partner with NCICU to serve the great Colleges and Universities here in NC. We provide innovative strategies around Student Loan Financial Planning, Long Term Care, Communication, and Specialty Rx for self-funded groups. Our clients see positive outcomes on Staff & Faculty retention & improved financial, physical, and mental health for their team. Our average forgiveness on student loans is $1M per 100 employees & average savings on Rx is $250 annually per employee.
SunTrust Banks, now Truist is a purpose-driven company dedicated to Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being for the people, businesses, and communities it serves. Truist leads a national movement inspiring Americans to build financial confidence. Headquartered in Charlotte NC, the Company has two business segments: Consumer and Wholesale. It operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states, along with 24-hour digital access. Certain business lines serve consumer, commercial, corporate, and institutional clients nationally.
Transact Campus Inc. provides NCICU campuses with an enabling agreement (pre-negotiated master terms) and aggressive year-one discounts on hardware and software for: securing campuses with access control and video surveillance; giving campuses the convenience of a true cashless environment; tracking attendance in the classroom; facilitating the delivery of financial aid and campus tuition and payments; and offering students a secure and easy way to make purchases on and off-campus using just their ID card or mobile credential. Our unified credential methodology includes using the ID card, mobile phone, and biometrics. Over 65% of all NCICU campuses use Blackboard Transact.
Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP’s multi-disciplinary Education Team has served institutions of higher education for 30+ years, helping them meet business, legal and regulatory challenges. We support the full range of legal needs in the education industry and are active with a number of organizations, including the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), Colleges and University Personnel Association (CUPA) and the North Carolina Bar Association Education Law Section.
Contact: Beth Jones
Email: [email protected]