Lunch & Learn:
Opportunities in Your Community
We are so excited to invite you to our upcoming Lunch & Lunch with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) on September 17. Since 2004, BBBS has been providing mentoring programs to children facing adversity in Cabarrus County.

Please join us as we hear from representatives from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas about the opportunity for engagement with future workforce and the benefits of doing so. You will also learn about Corporate Social Responsibility and the impact it has on businesses and employees.

  • Date/Time: Tuesday, September 17 - 11:30am-1:00pm
  • Location: 65 Church St S, Concord, NC 28025 (Map)
  • Free to attend. Lunch will be provided by Cabarrus Economic Development.
Interns Use 3D Printers to Make Life-Changing Products
For three weeks this summer, 24 students from Cabarrus County Schools NAF Career academies collaborated with local business partners to plan and 3D print items for people with disabilities. The NAF Future Ready Lab paid internship allowed students to apply real-world skills while also learning from experts in various fields.
Should My Company Offer Apprenticeships?
In North Carolina alone, apprentices are training in more than a thousand occupations , in traditional fields as well as newer ones, including mechatronics, computer simulation, banking, medical coding and pharmacy operations. Find out more about apprenticeship programs and how your company can start a customized training program to develop your future workforce.
Does Your Company Qualify for Training Grants?
UpSkill Centralina offers competitive training grants designed to address employees' skill gaps and thereby help your business grow. These training funds can be used to provide either occupational or educational training to help employees who have identified skills gaps and want to:

  • Upgrade skills and knowledge to retain their current job
  • Obtain industry recognized certifications
  • Gain new skills and knowledge to advance their career with their employer

Interested businesses should contact Anna Lu Wilson, Centralina WDB Business Engagement Coordinator, at (704) 385-4790 or to discuss the process, guidelines and eligibility requirements and to register for an information session.
Existing Industry Program: Services and Incentives
Through our Existing Industry Program, the current 200+ businesses in Cabarrus County specifically, manufacturing, aerospace and distribution benefit from a variety of programs and services, including:

  • Exclusive industry events
  • Workforce development resources
  • Expansion resources
  • One-on-one visits

A diverse group of businesses succeed and grow in Cabarrus County. They benefit from our thriving business community, pool of qualified workers, and unparalleled quality of life.

For more information about our Existing Industry Program and the resources we offer, contact Page Castrodale, Existing Industry Director, at (704) 490-4974 or .