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The Effect on Economic Development of an Entrepreneurship Program at a North Carolina Community College

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This article presents the findings from a review of a community college's entrepreneurship course designed to encourage business startups. The study utilized a survey to obtain information from 142 Haywood Community College students who completed the Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning (REAL) course. Qualitative interviews were conducted with two REAL graduates to provide additional insight related to students' experiences with the course and their business start-ups, and economic contributions by business owners. The results indicated that 26.8% of respondents started a business, 8.5% expanded a business after the completion of the REAL course and 34.5% of participants indicated that their future plans included some type of business start-up. Businesses started by course completers contributed to the local economy by creating jobs and revenues.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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