Cabarrus Center Launches Team-Based Entrepreneur Mentorship Program

10 local ventures and 25 mentors join the pilot of Cabarrus Center VMS, licensed by MIT After months of planning, training, and recruiting, the Cabarrus Center Venture Mentoring Service (VMS), licensed by MIT, has launched its pilot program with 25 local mentors and 10 new ventures and existing small businesses. The Cabarrus Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, located in historic downtown Concord, has been the hub of entrepreneurial development since it opened in March of 2021. However, key stakeholders in...

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Cabarrus Center Launches Second Retail Lab Boot Camp

Applications Open to New Retail Entrepreneurs on February 1, 2022 The Cabarrus Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship announced the Spring session of its Retail Lab Boot Camp and is accepting applications starting on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. The Retail Lab was created to address the complexities of starting and operating a retail business. The Retail Lab serves early-stage retail business owners in Cabarrus and Rowan counties. It is an application-based, six-week immersive Boot Camp, followed by an opportunity...

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The Cabarrus Center Retail Lab Program Graduates 14 Local Entrepreneurs

CONCORD, NC – On Wednesday, November 10, fourteen local entrepreneurs will complete the inaugural Retail Lab Boot Camp—a brand new program created to address the complex and sometimes daunting nature of starting and operating a retail establishment. The graduates of Retail Lab completed an application-based, six-week immersive boot camp, and are preparing to compete later this month for grant funding and an opportunity to test their concept in a pop-up retail space for six months. The entrepreneurs will each pitch...

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The Women-Owned Small Businesses of Gibson Mill

Did you know that Gibson Mill is home to a unique variety of women-owned small businesses? The once thriving 20th century manufacturing facility was purchased by local friends in 2004 and restored to offer an array of retail, office and warehouse space for local entrepreneurs. The reinvention of the space has given many female entrepreneurs the opportunity they need to take their innovative ideas to the next level by starting up a new business. As we close out National Women’s Small Business Month, take a moment...

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