Programs Overview

The Jesse Helms Center is the gateway organization for young students to first encounter the free-market ideas that are at the heart of our republic and our economic system, and to deeply engage with those ideas in a program designed to make a durable impression. Through our programming, students don’t simply memorize terms out of a book - they develop profound and lasting connections to these principles.


Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge

This program educates students about entrepreneurship, the differences between capitalism and socialism, free market economics, personal responsibility, principled leadership and corporate/personal philanthropy.


Free Enterprise Now®

A unique curriculum that allows students and others to learn about our free enterprise system.


BB&T Program

The BB&T program offers lectures at Wingate University for students and the general public on capitalism and other economics-based topics.