Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship
Homegrown businesses represent an important way to build and sustain rural economies. Through the Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship, the center helps North Carolina and its communities develop policies and programs that encourage the start-up and growth of locally owned companies of all shapes and sizes. Read more about the guiding principles behind this work.
Project GATE, or Growing America Through Entrepreneurship, helps laid-off workers explore options for starting their own businesses. It provides access to free, one-on-one business counseling and scholarships for business management and vocational training. Project GATE is part of a federally funded demonstration that involves several statewide partners.
Training retreats bring together teams of local leaders to learn the principles of creating an entrepreneurial community and then return home to implement their new strategies. The training is called Energizing Entrepreneurship, or E2 Express, depending on the duration. Contact us to learn more about setting up a training retreat for your community.
Barry Ryan, Senior Director of Programs
N.C. Rural Economic Development Center
4021 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610