Tag: Retail Lab

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 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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