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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

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…

Scotland County Teacher Relies on REAL  in Classroom

Scotland County Teacher Relies on REAL in Classroom

Tilisa Adkins has taught entrepreneurship and business law at Scotland High School since 2007. During that period she also became a certified REAL facilitator and attended the “Boomerang” workshop to learn even more about REAL techniques. She is a fantastic proponent of how REAL actually works in a classroom setting.  Continue Reading…

Rabbit Creek Pottery Takes First Prize

Rabbit Creek Pottery Takes First Prize

Annie Burrell opened Rabbit Creek Pottery in Dillsboro in October 2013. In January she set out on her 8-week REAL journey that culminated with completion of a comprehensive business plan. She entered it into the Dillsboro Business Plan Competition and won! The first prize was $5,000, including a premium Chamber of Commerce membership.  Continue Reading…

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NC REAL Entrepreneurship

3739 National Drive, Suite 100

Raleigh, NC 27612


T 919-781-6833

REAL Online: Register Now!

First REAL Online class to begin August 11.
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 first class starting August 11 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 Craft Artists Entrepreneurship Workshop November 6-7, 2014

REAL Youth Entrepreneurship Camp January 22-23, 2015

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


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