Flywheel Foundation Announces Holly Sloop as Program Manager

The Flywheel Foundation announced the selection of Holly Sloop as program manager. Holly Sloop joins the Flywheel Foundation with over ten years of community development experience working with local small businesses in both government and nonprofit settings. Holly is a native of Cabarrus County and graduated from UNC Charlotte with a degree in Communications. She has received training form the NC Main Street and Rural Planning Center to facilitate the Main Street program for Downtown Concord providing programming...

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Retail Lab Graduate to Open Its First Brick-and-Mortar Location

Rockers Rejoice! Local Guitar Shop Opens in Downtown Kannapolis! The Cabarrus Center is thrilled to announce the grand opening of J. King Guitar at 201 Oak Avenue in downtown Kannapolis on Saturday, September 3 from 11:00am to 6:00pm! J. King Guitar founder, Jack King, graduated from the Cabarrus Center’s Retail Lab Boot Camp earlier this year. This program provides early stage and pre-launch retailers in Cabarrus and Rowan counties with six weeks of immersive, application-based training focusing on business...

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Cabarrus Center Retail Lab Graduates 10 Local Entrepreneurs, Awards 5 Grants

Ten local entrepreneurs are celebrating their graduation from the Retail Lab Boot Camp—a new program created in 2021 to address the complex nature of starting and operating a retail establishment. The 10 graduates of Retail Lab completed an application-based, six-week immersive boot camp on May 4. The following week, five of the graduates chose to pitch for members of the Entrepreneurship Council for $2,500 micro-grants. All five of them were successfully awarded the grants. Bethann McGinnis, owner of Little Beautiful...

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Cabarrus Center Celebrates Retail Lab Pop Up Store Grand Opening

Six Retail Lab graduates launch their businesses inside new co-op store in Downtown Concord On Wednesday, April 13 at noon, new local retailers will cut the ribbon to officially open the Retail Lab Pop Up Store at the Cabarrus Center in downtown Concord. The idea for the Retail Lab Pop Up Store was birthed after the completion of the Cabarrus Center’s first Retail Lab Boot Camp program in the fall of 2021. Members of the cohort were offered the opportunity to pitch for the use of the Retail Lab space in the Cabarrus...

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