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What is NC REAL?

NC REAL is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping bring entrepreneurship and small business creation to North Carolina. Through our training programs and curriculum, we have helped thousands of people create new jobs throughout our state.

NC REAL stands for North Carolina Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning. We provide educational programs and support for adults or youth interested in entrepreneurship. Learn More

Recent News

Youth in Carteret County Explore Manufacturing

Youth in Carteret County Explore Manufacturing

Malinda Todd, associate director, and Shannon Gallagher, eastern regional associate, participated in “Manufacturing Day” at Croatan High School in Morehead City in October. They brought an entrepreneurial perspective to the event that was part of the celebration of manufacturing.  Continue Reading…

Artists in Asheville Complete New Creative Industry Management Curriculum: Craft

Artists in Asheville Complete New Creative Industry Management Curriculum: Craft

REAL Entrepreneurship has worked hard over the past year and a half to create a curriculum to encourage entrepreneurship among craft artists. In August, a group of REAL facilitators were trained to offer the course. Three newly trained groups in the Asheville area wasted no time in putting the lessons learned in the train-the-trainer events to good use helping craft artists succeed as business owners. The Asheville Arts Council, HandMade in America and The Support Center partnered to offer the very first eight-week course they named the “Creative Industry Management Curriculum: Craft.”  Continue Reading…

REAL Grads Named as Finalists for National Entrepreneurship Award

REAL Grads Named as Finalists for National Entrepreneurship Award

In the June issue of the newsletter we featured a unique business started by a couple of REAL-trained small business owners. The name of the business is Waynesville Soda Jerks. Chris Allen and Megan Brown recently were named finalists for the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Student Enterprise Awards. The award will be presented at the NACCE 2014 conference in October in Phoenix, AZ.  Continue Reading…

Brunswick County REAL Youth Entrepreneurship Camp Inspires Students

Brunswick County REAL Youth Entrepreneurship Camp Inspires Students

Kaitlin Jones and Breanna Long “map” Brunswick County to discover business opportunities.
Katie McKee, Brunswick County 4-H Youth Development Agent, led a group of teens in a 2-day, “Be Your Own Boss Camp,” in June. Participants developed their business ideas by studying Brunswick County’s demographic information and thinking about what types of businesses would be most likely to succeed in their communities.  Continue Reading…

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NC REAL Entrepreneurship

3739 National Drive, Suite 100

Raleigh, NC 27612


T 919-448-8015

REAL Online: Register Now!

The next REAL Online class will start January 12, 2015.

REAL Online is a simple effective way to learn basic business skills in your home. It is unique and effective in the following ways:

  • Based on real-life challenges faced by small business owners
  • Led by REAL certified facilitator who provides valuable feedback at every step
  • Uses interactive activities in a safe and encouraging learning environment
  • Develops your business idea into a comprehensive business plan and presentation to peers
  • Includes activities in operations, feasibility, marketing and finances
  • Connects participant with local business experts as a mentor

Reserve you place in the class starting January 12 by clicking here. There is no commitment involved at this time, but you will be informed of course details as they become available.
Cost: $199 for 8-week course.

Upcoming Training Events

REAL Youth Entrepreneurship Camp January 22-23, 2015

REAL Innovative Student Enterprises (RISE) Workshop February 2, 2015

REAL Institute June 15-19, 2015

REAL Boomerang Institute June 17-19, 2015


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