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Retail Lab

The Retail Lab program is designed to help early stage and pre-launch retail business owners in the area through a six-week boot camp focusing on Business Basics, Strategy, Branding and Marketing, E-commerce, Point-of-Sale and Inventory, and Real Estate/Licensing.

Participants who graduate from the program will have an opportunity to pitch for grant funding through the Flywheel Foundation, and will also receive a 3-month Flywheel Membership that includes space use at the Cabarrus Center, amenities, and member benefits.

The Retail Lab was established through a partnership between the Cabarrus Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Flywheel Foundation, and the Small Business Center at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

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Spring 2024 Boot Camp

Feb. 29 | Application Deadline

Mar. 4-11 | Applicants will be notified of selection

Mar. 20 – Apr. 24
Boot Camp Schedule
(Wednesdays, 6-8pm)

May 1 | Pitch Night

May 8 | Graduation


In order to apply for Retail Lab Boot Camp, you must:
  • Have an early stage retail business or plan to launch a retail business in Cabarrus or Rowan County.
  • Commit to using the programming and resources of the Retail Lab Boot Camp Program to launch your idea.

Fall 2023 Graduates

  • Hapi Hood
    Jonathan Murray

  • Costera
    Julia Burr

  • Abhivyakti Gift Shop
    Medha Shenoy

  • Family Catering Service
    Shane Nelson

  • Sekayi’s Essentials
    Tuere Perkins

  • Cellar Door Wine Shop
    Andrew and Robin Angell

  • Barley Jean’s Taphouse and Bakery
    Mark and Melissa Allen

  • Evolve Natural Skincare & Handcrafted Soap
    Jill Sullivan-Keating

  • Teas & Tinctures Holistic Wellness Shop
    Kandra Johnson

“The Retail Lab Boot Camp was a fantastic experience. Before I started, there were so many unanswered questions. I have a much better understanding of how to market my product and grow my revenue streams to both online and retail outlets. The collaboration and insight from industry professionals, as well as my classmates, were extremely valuable.”

— James Wise, Wise Earth and Iron (Fall 2022)


Program Sponsor

We want to recognize our program sponsor for helping us make the Retail Lab program possible.

Accelerating Local
Economic Development

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Cabarrus Center
for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

57 Union St. S.
Concord, NC 28025

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