Here are some happenings in the local small-business scene:
The U Center, a business incubator in Mooresville, is under new ownership, and McLean and Riki Harper are looking to show off their professional meeting and event space.
Their open house on May 26 is 5:30-8 p.m. and includes live music, beer and beverages, food, and door prizes.
At 6,885 square feet, The U Center offers amenities for member companies and meeting space available to rent for flexible time periods.
The Harpers also offer marketing and technology services, including websites, mobile apps, social media setups, graphic design and more. In a press release, the Harpers say their vision for the U Center “is to help small business owners and members drive the conversations that make things happen in the community through networking and events.”
For more information, go to theucenter.org or call 704-660-5510.
Small Business Summit
As part of Small Business Month in May, Charlotte-based Pride Public Relations is sponsoring its annual Small Business Summit on May 24, 8 a.m. to noon, at Wake Forest University Charlotte Center.
Called “Innovate. Accelerate. Dominate,” the free summit is open to businesses at any stage, and will focus on helping owners examine their organization with an eye on growth.
Featured talks include a keynote address, “Why Businesses Fail,” from Tim Elleby, Wells Fargo market president and banking manager for Cabarrus and Stanly counties.
There’s also a panel discussion featuring moderator Fabi Preslar of Spark Publications, and panelists Camisha Farris of Anointed Flooring, Justin Gaither of Campus Ventures, Amish Shah of venture capital firm SierraMaya360 and Aaron Caldwell of Wells Fargo.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IABC expert speaks June 1
Business communicator Mark Schumann is the featured speaker at a June 1 workshop and luncheon sponsored by the Charlotte chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.
According to a press release, Schumann, a past IABC chair, “will show how organizations can jettison old priorities, expectations and habits and redefine their approach to communicating with important stakeholders.”
The event happens 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at Advent Coworking, 933 Louise Ave., Suite 101. Fees range from $20-$65. For more information and to register, go to www.ciabc.com.