What is REAL?
REAL stands for Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning. Virginia
REAL Enterprises' state office, operated by the Lonesome Pine Office on
Youth, works with selected rural high schools and community colleges to
provide adults of all ages with the opportunity to become entrepreneurs.
Lonesome Pine Office on Youth's REAL program is designed to assist and
empower a person with entrepreneurial interests and abilities to plan and
start a business or trade.
What is an Entrepreneur?
definition of an entrepreneur is "a person who organizes and manages a
business or trade." Other attributes often used to describe an entrepreneur
are "a risk taker," "an innovator," and "a business minded person."
Successful entrepreneurs come from both sexes and all racial, ethnic, and
What is the
REAL program requires a commitment to starting a business. The program
consists of two courses, REAL I and REAL II. Participants in REAL I will
analyze the local community, decide on the actual businesses they intend to
operate, develop a viable business plan to implement and seek funding from
revolving loan funds.
REAL II, participants who have started their enterprises will practice the
skills they need to operate their businesses successfully and solve any
How will I learn to
be an Entrepreneur?
Participants in REAL learn to be business owners and operators by doing!
Through experiential learning you learn by actually being an entrepreneur
instead of just studying entrepreneurship. Learning will take place in the
classroom, entrepreneurship lab and out in the community with fellow
participants and instructors.
Along with the nuts and bolts of the entrepreneurial process, the REAL
curriculum focuses on critical thinking, creativity, persuasive
communication, research and using technology effectively, thus reinforcing
students abilities to find their own answers to their own questions.
Whether they teach adults or young children, teachers receive the tools and
training they need to adapt REAL to their community's particular needs.
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