The development of an entrepreneurial environment in rural southeastern North Carolina by the University of North Carolina at Pembroke through the Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship and the UNCP Biotechnology Center is taking place through 1) education, 2) consulting, and 3) research. A variety of programs at the Thomas Family Center focus on providing students with entrepreneurial education. The center also works with community colleges and high schools, provides free consulting for local businesses, and conducts two yearly summits for UNCP and community college students and local citizens. The Biotechnology Center provides a research environment to benefit the region. Current work is focused on agricultural biotechnology.