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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

Challenges Come With Running Small Business

Challenges Come With Running Small Business

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.  Continue Reading…

Guys in Ties Hop on the Bus!

Guys in Ties Hop on the Bus!

Hop on the Bus! is a statewide business plan competition open to all high school students in North Carolina. REAL is a co-sponsor of the competition along with the Rural Center, the Public Schools of North Carolina and the North Carolina Council on Economic Education. Teams submit plans that are judged by small business experts who choose ten semi-finalists for closer consideration. The semi-finalists are invited to create a video presentation of their business plan for the judges who select the top three. The three teams selected for fall 2014 were:  Continue Reading…

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Contact Us

REAL Entrepreneurship

P.O. Box 41612

Raleigh, NC 27629


T 919-448-8015

REAL Online: Register Now!

Watch here for announcement of the next REAL Online class.

Learn about REAL Online and what it offers you by watching this short, informative video

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

Cost: $199 for 8-week course.


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