Creating purpose

Extraordinary Ventures runs successful businesses with a neurodiverse workforce. We have provided over 200,000 hours of meaningful employment for individuals with I/DD and Autism.

We are a non-profit business serving customers with top quality products and services. For more than 15 years, our extraordinary employees have been an integral part of our community and local economy.

Our Ventures

We operate a portfolio of approximately six ventures on a true business model. Your choice to use our businesses advances our community impact by providing employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities like autism. 

Have we got a story to tell

“One of our goals is giving adults with autism and other challenges a chance to be an integrated member of a workforce and contributor to society.”
– Lori Ireland, Founder of Extraordinary Ventures

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Special Event Parking for International Soccer Match at Kenan Stadium

Going to the International Soccer Match between Manchester City and Celtic F.C. on July 23, 2024 at Kenan Stadium? Extraordinary Ventures will be managing our gameday parking lot – you can get a great parking spot and support our mission at the same time! It’s the perfect location for visiting your favorite shops, restaurants, and bars downtown before the match.

The lot opens at 5pm. Spots will be first come, first served – no advance reservations. See you there!

July 23, 2024 International Soccer Match parking Kenan Stadium


Support the Spring 2024 Annual Fund

Please consider making a generous tax-deductible investment in Extraordinary Ventures by donating to our Annual Fund.

Because we have an exceptional employee retention rate, we must continue to grow our businesses to hire new people. Your support will allow us to tell more great employees, “You are hired!”

2023 employee photos


2024 UNC Gameday Football Parking Season Passes Now Available!

Did you know that Extraordinary Ventures operates a football parking lot for every UNC home football game? One of the easiest and most fun ways to support our mission is to buy football gameday parking season passes.

Our parking lot is conveniently located at 151 E. Rosemary Street, in walking distance to Kenan Stadium. Order season passes now to secure the perfect parking spot for every home game, including the big rivalry games like NC State.