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The REAL Entrepreneurship Mission is to develop entrepreneurial talent through action learning and to foster the creation of sustainable enterprises.

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

In addition, over 1,500 entrepreneurs, bankers, accountants, and other professionals have provided assistance to REAL Entrepreneurship participants and graduates through REAL’s Community Support Teams. This reinforces REAL Entrepreneurship’s community-driven model of fostering a culture of support within communities for entrepreneurship.

REAL Entrepreneurship is a subsidiary of The Sequoyah Fund, Inc., a Community Development Finance Institution committed to lending and training for small businesses. The Sequoyah Fund, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is located in Cherokee, North Carolina. Sequoyah Fund purchased REAL Entrepreneurship from NC REAL, Inc. in 2015.

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Former NC REAL Director to Lead Workshops

Join us in welcoming Tonya Snider as she joins Sequoyah Fund in a contract position to direct training workshops and assist in the growth and future development of the REAL curriculum.

We are pleased that Tonya will serve as lead facilitator for the upcoming training events in Clemmons, New Bern, and Greenville, NC. She will also serve as Institute Director for the certification Institutes coming up in February and June, 2016.

Tonya is the former Western Associate Director for NC REAL. She was a longtime REAL facilitator prior to her employment with NC REAL. AS a NC REAL employee, she served as instructor and director for multiple Institutes and workshops.

Tonya now performs many of these familiar functions through her training and consulting firm, TenBiz, Inc. She has been part of the REAL family for years, and we’re happy to have her as part of our family going forward. Her experience and knowledge add immeasurable value to current and future REAL facilitators and their REAL journey.

“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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We will soon be sharing details of the REAL Entrepreneurship Institute in Wrightsville Beach, NC, March 14-18.

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