Rowan-Cabarrus provides free seminars for local small businesses

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 1, 2019

SALISBURY — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College offers seminars for local small business owners through the Small Business Center. Seminars are free and open to the public.

Micah Vanderburg, an entrepreneur and owner of Micah Van Signature Home Accents in Concord, found success through the Small Business Center. He opened Micah Van in January 2017, selling custom kitchen cabinets, bath vanities, sinks, faucets, tile and other fixtures he’d spent 25-plus years installing in homes as a construction worker. That is when he teamed with Meghann Hasty and reached out to the Small Business Center.

“Although I knew construction, I had zero experience in retail,” said Vanderburg. “The (Small Business Center) helped me start the retail operation, gave me a plan of action, a timeline to keep things on track and provided us with good resources from web design to bookkeeping,”

Today, Vanderburg focuses on the sales side of the business and Hasty handles the operations. They’ve recently hired their first employee, Brooke Ryan. For more about Micah Van Signature Home Accent, go to

Small Business Center seminars include basic topics like selling online and business certifications to more advanced topics like business funding and branding.

“The Small Business Center at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College provides business resources in Concord, Kannapolis, Salisbury and surrounding towns. Whether starting a small business or growing an existing business, the Small Business Center can aid in developing a plan of action for lasting success,” said Barbara Hall, director of the center. “Our goal is simple — to provide high-quality small business education and relevant, comprehensive assistance to you.”

For more information on seminars at the Small Business Center including course descriptions, classroom locations and how to register, visit

The Rowan-Cabarrus Small Business Center can also help access data on hundreds of industries, information needed to make marketing decisions or to write a business plan. A small business counselor can help find information about consumer preferences, use of social media, profit margins and more. For free, one-on-one counseling appointment, go to