“The Retail Lab program has been an incredible opportunity to receive authentic insights from real entrepreneurs. I appreciated the time and the opportunity to be in the room with people at different stages of their business, who are aiming to be successful no matter what! said Nicole Hawthorne, a graduate of the Retail Lab’s fall boot camp.

The Flywheel Foundation collaborates with RCCC’s Small Business Center to structure the program on their self-directed learning management system complementing instructor-led sessions. The program will cover business basics, business modeling, branding and marketing, e-commerce, point of sale and inventory, and real estate.

Fall Retail Lab Boot Camp graduate and scholarship winner Stephanie Jordan used what she learned during the course and took the opportunity to test her concept by selling her treats at the Cabarrus Center.

“Being part of the Retail Lab Boot Camp gave me the opportunity to enhance the skills I already had and helped me strengthen myself in areas that weren’t so familiar,” Jordan said. “Selling my baked goods and sandwiches at Cabarrus Center allows me to connect with the community and strengthens me as a businesswoman as I prepare for my future endeavours.”

Jordan will have its grand opening at the Cabarrus Center in the Social Commons space on Tuesday, February 1, with weekday hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.