The Retail Lab was established at the Cabarrus Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship through a partnership between the Flywheel Foundation and the Small Business Center at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
The program serves early-stage and pre-launch retail business owners in Cabarrus and Rowan Counties by providing an application-based, six-week immersive Boot Camp that focuses on these main topics: Business Basics, Strategy, Branding and Marketing, E-commerce, Point-of-Sale and Inventory, and Real Estate/Licensing.
July 17 | Applications Open
Sept. 4 | Application Deadline
Sept. 20 – Nov. 1
Boot Camp Schedule
*No Class Oct. 4
November 8 | Pitch Day
November 15 | Graduation
Applications for the Retail Lab Boot Camp will be taken through midnight September 4, 2023. In order to apply for Retail Lab Boot Camp, you must:
Olivia Van Etten
No Hair Club
Clobell Diane Beauty
Florals at Jackson
Her Authentic Self
Dirt Skirt / Gasoline Alley
MarlieQ’s Caribbean Queen Food Truck
“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)
We want to recognize our program sponsor for helping us make the Retail Lab program possible.