Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth

Entrepreneurship has a long tradition in Northwestern North Carolina. The majority of the regions major employers in tobacco and textiles, for example, were started by local entrepreneurs decades ago. It is this spirit of innovation and creativity that is being reinvigorated. Provided the proper tools, Surry Countys residents is rebuilding its employment base one company at a time.

Northwestern North Carolina is very diverse in terms of education, workforce skills and economic performance yet the region strives to reduce disparities among the counties. The stimulation of entrepreneurship through the formation and development of new commercial businesses and social enterprises plays a key role in employing underutilized resources in the distressed areas of the region.

Several entities currently provide services for entrepreneurship within Northwestern North Carolina with programs ranging from training, technical assistance, funding, and networking. Although there are numerous groups providing an aspect of entrepreneur development, the most overarching organizations in the region are the Triad Entrepreneurial Initiative (TEI), serving Forsyth, Davie, Yadkin, Surry, Stokes, and Rockingham Counties, and the Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council (BREC), serving Western North Carolina and including Alleghany and Ashe counties.

Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council is a nurturing organization for entrepreneurs in Western North Carolina, creating homegrown jobs and growing the region's economy. BREC supports entrepreneurs through the following four focus areas: education, mentoring and networking, communications and capital formation. BREC meets monthly, and provides quarterly opportunities for qualified entrepreneurial businesses to present plans before a group of local investors, the Blue Ridge Angel Investors Network.

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RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship - , The RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship strives to be the focal point for efforts to stimulate and support private and public entrepreneurship development in communities throughout rural America.

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http://www.energizingentrepreneurs.org   Last Updated on 10/4/2008
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The Council of Entrepreneurial Development (CED) - , The Council of Entrepreneurial Development identifies, enables and promotes high growth, high impact entrepreneurial companies and accelerates the entrepreneurial culture of the Research Triangle and North Carolina.

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http://www.cednc.org   Last Updated on 10/4/2008
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Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) - , The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) is the national leadership organization and the voice of microenterprise development. By providing cutting edge training, knowledge sharing, Federal and State public policy and advocacy, and communications, AEO empowers a community of nearly 500 member organizations to be uniquely effective in serving the needs of microentrepreneurs who do not have access to traditional sources of business education or capital.

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http://www.microenterpriseworks.org   Last Updated on 10/4/2008
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Blue Ridge Angel Investor Network - , Blue Ridge Angel Investor Network is a group of individual accredited angel investors. Its mission is to provide opportunities for members to obtain outstanding financial returns by investing in innovative companies with a presence in western North Carolina or a willingness to relocate or expand to the region, and that have intellectual property, job creation potential and realistic exit strategies.

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http://www.brainnc.com   Last Updated on 10/3/2008
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Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council - , An initiative of the AdvantageWest Economic Development Group, the Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council is a nurturing organization for entrepreneurs in Western North Carolina, creating homegrown jobs and growing the region's economy.

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http://www.brecnc.com   Last Updated on 10/3/2008

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