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Forum to be held centered on small businesses

WILMINGTON — A forum to help small businesses across the state strengthen the talent pipeline within their workforce is taking place at the end of the month.

Cape Fear Workforce Development Board and NCWorks will collaborate with nine other workforce boards to host the event on Thursday, Jan, 26, 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn about no-cost resources.

According to a press release, those who join the forum will be able break off into virtual rooms and interact with business services specialists from many counties; if attendees counties aren’t represented, they can join a neighboring county’s session.

“For 20 years, I’ve run my company while helping other leaders run theirs,” said Olalah Njenga, CEO and chief strategist of Yellowwood Group and an NCWorks Commission member. “I know firsthand that workforce is the fuel that drives performance and profitability in small businesses. That’s why it is essential for small business owners to hire people who can help them solve tomorrow’s problems today.” 

CFWDB’s business engagement manager, Naari Honor, said the forum helps with economic prosperity in the Cape Fear.

“We are excited to be a part of the forum and share information to assist entrepreneurs navigate the many phases of business development and ensure they have the tools necessary to achieve growth and sustainability,” she said in the release. 

There are 22 workforce development boards in the state that oversee the NCWorks Career Center system, including CAWD, Cape Fear, Charlotte Works, Eastern Carolina, Foothills, High Country, Mid-Carolina, Mountain Area, Piedmont Triad and Rivers East. 

Registration for the event is here

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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