Free Virtual Event Features NCWorks Small Business Services

Raleigh, NC (Jan 17, 2023) – Capital Area Workforce Development (CAWD) and NCWorks are partnering with nine other workforce boards to present North Carolina’s first virtual Small Business Workforce Forum on Thursday, January 26, from 10 am–12 pm. Participants will learn about no-cost resources and programs available to support the talent pipeline of North Carolina’s small business economy.

Olalah Njenga, CEO and Chief Strategist of Yellowwood Group and NCWorks Commission member said “For 20 years, I’ve run my company while helping other leaders run theirs. 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.”

Barbara Brothers, Business Engagement Director at CAWD said “Every big company you’ve ever heard of was once a small business which is why small businesses are so vital to economic development. Yet many owners don’t know what’s available to help them through various phases of business development. We want them to be able to accelerate growth and sustainability. Having the tools to build a skilled workforce is certainly a major part of that.”

North Carolina has 22 workforce development boards that oversee the NCWorks Career Center system. The 10 boards participating in the forum are CAWD, Cape Fear, Charlotte Works, Eastern Carolina, Foothills, High Country, Mid-Carolina, Mountain Area, Piedmont Triad and Rivers East.

Attendees will go into virtual breakout rooms following the initial presentation to engage with the business services specialists that serve their counties. Attendees whose counties aren’t represented can attend the session of a neighboring county.

Go here to see the counties associated with each workforce board.

Individuals can register for the event here.


About Capital Area Workforce Development
CAWD is a public-private partnership and 501(c)3 funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. Through collaborations with business, government, education, and others, the organization has developed state and nationally recognized workforce programs, connected businesses to the education system and workforce resources, and helped thousands to gain employment.