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Annual Fund Giving

Thank you for your support of our mission to create meaningful employment opportunities for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities! Your generous donation to our Annual Fund will help to fuel our growth for the next 5 years and will create even more opportunities for neurodiverse employees.

Smiling Extraordinary Ventures employees


Inclusive Business Spring Gift Market

Save the date for the Inclusive Business Spring Gift Market at Blue Hill Event Center at Extraordinary Ventures on May 13, 2023, co-sponsored by Work Together NC!

It’s the perfect time to pick up Mother’s Day gifts while supporting over 15 local businesses committed to employing an inclusive workforce. Many of the gifts are handmade by artisans with I/DD who operate their own small businesses.

Be sure to visit our Extraordinary Gifts table to pick up our handmade candles and soaps – they make great gifts for family, friends, teachers, and even yourself!


Orange Slices Feature: “Helping Autistic & Developmentally Disabled Young Adults Thrive in Chapel Hill”

Visit Chapel Hill recently wrote a feature about Extraordinary Ventures in “Orange Slices” describing our mission and small businesses: “Extraordinary Ventures is located in Chapel Hill and is best known for its public facing event center on Elliott Road, across from Whole Foods. What people don’t realize is that Extraordinary Ventures is an umbrella organization that operates many businesses that employ a neurodiverse workforce.”

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Happy Holidays from Extraordinary Ventures!

The employee holiday party on December 16, 2022 was a lot of fun. Our employees have told us that getting together for parties is one of their favorite ways to be appreciated. Thanks to our generous donors who make these events possible!

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Exterior of Blue Hill Event Center at Extraordinary Ventures

Fall 2022 Newsletter

As we continue to celebrate our 15th anniversary this year, we’d like to give a heartfelt thanks to our dedicated employees, community partners, and loyal supporters who make what we do at Extraordinary Ventures possible.

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Extraordinary Ventures Hosts Inclusive Employment Summit

Attendees included over 120 local employers, entrepreneurs, self-advocates, service providers, and family members.

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Summer 2022 Newsletter

It has been a busy summer so far at Extraordinary Ventures! See the latest news and get a sneak preview of what’s coming up this fall.

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Extraordinary Ventures Showcased on PORCH Blog

PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro, a small grassroots hunger relief organization, rents the Event Center at Extraordinary Ventures every month to process food donations to distribute to local families, pantries, and schools. This month, Extraordinary Ventures was featured as a community partner on their blog.

Spring 2022 Newsletter

Celebrating 15 Years! Catch up on all the good news, including an employee appreciation luncheon.

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Daily Tar Heel Feature: “Full of ideas and passion”

Extraordinary Ventures, a company with the goal of creating businesses employed by a neurodiverse workforce, hired Lisa Kaylie as their new executive director on March 1.

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Hometown Hero: Kwame Alston!

This week’s Chapelboro Hometown Hero, presented by Hendrick Southpoint, is Kwame Alston from Extraordinary Ventures.

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Chapelboro Feature

Made in NC: Extraordinary Ventures Gifts: Giving The Gift of Opportunity – Chapelboro feature about Extraordinary Gifts, which offers soy candles, bath, and body products, all crafted by adults with developmental disabilities in Chapel Hill.