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The NC REAL Mission is to develop entrepreneurial talent through action learning and to foster the creation of sustainable enterprises throughout North Carolina, with special emphasis on rural communities.

The NC REAL Vision for the people and communities of North Carolina is a healthy, vibrant economy in which small business and successful entrepreneurial activity plays a vital role, where people develop the skills they need for productive participation, and where all people with entrepreneurial interests and aspirations have access to high quality entrepreneurship education.

Since the REAL program began in 1985, over 12,000 entrepreneurs have received intensive training and more than 500 North Carolina high school, post-secondary, and community-based organization educators and administrators have participated in NC REAL’s professional development seminars and week-long Institutes.

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Challenges Coming With Running Small Bussiness

Sharon Myers recently wrote an article in The Dispatch of Lexington that does an outstanding job of detailing the challenges that go along with business ownership. She paints a realistic and informative picture of taking the plunge by telling real stories of North Carolina businesses.

According to Forbes Magazine, eight out of ten entrepreneurs who start businesses see them fail within the first 18 months. One of the main reasons new businesses fail is because owners do not develop a financially sound business plan. Business planning is a central element of the REAL Entrepreneurship approach.

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“Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.”
Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter.
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
Walt Disney, co-founder of the Walt Disney Company.
“Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.”
Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks.
“There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world.”
Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote.
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game's winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that's why I succeed.”
Michael Jordan, NBA Hall of Farmer.
To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t, you’re going to regret it.
Catherine Cook, co-founder of MyYearbook.
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
Do. Or do not. There is no try
Yoda, Jedi Master


REAL Entrepreneurship,
The Sequoyah Fund, Inc.,
PO Box 1200,
Cherokee, NC 28719
Call us now! 828-359-5003

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Important Announcement

The team at Sequoyah Fund is delighted to be able to carry on the work of NC REAL. A lot has happened since we acquired the REAL curriculum. This new and improved website is being designed and is still under construction. You’ll notice this site is still under construction. For now please bear with us as we iron out the post-transition wrinkles. we look forward to serving you and the entrepreneurs you work with.