Here’s a roundup of local happenings:
Business partners Heidi Barrier and Tiffany Carpenter have opened a creative art studio in downtown Concord, called Hip Hip HooWray, an art studio that offers private paint parties. The studio is located at 12 Union Street South. For details and to book events, call 704- 786-4449 or email at email@example.com. See more at www.facebook.com/hiphiphoowrayconcord.
Harrisburg-based JHE Production Group, a 28-year-old event production company, announced Feb. 22 it’s been acquired by CSM Sports & Entertainment.
CSM is a global agency with 24 offices in 19 countries, according to its website. JHE specializes in live shows, special events and corporate meetings in the motorsports industry. Sports clients include NFL and NBA and NASCAR.
“The acquisition will not only allow JHE to accept more diverse opportunities, but it will expand our network with more than 800 other CSM employees who are experts in their respective field,” JHE president Jay Howard said in an email announcement.
Indian Trail-based Total Medical Compliance, which provides compliance programs for health care facilities and organizations, is one of the 100 small businesses being recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for exceptional business practices.
Winners of the Dream Big Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards are recognized for strategic planning, employee development, customer service, and community involvement.
Winners will be honored at the 12th annual America’s Small Business Summit, which will take place June 13-15 in Washington, D.C.
The Charlotte Chamber East Chapter presents the 16th annual Business Showcase on March 16. It’s the chamber’s only business-to-business trade show, and more than 1,200 attendees and 150 exhibitors are expected. It runs 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m. at The Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Road. For more information, go to the events link at charlottechamber.com.
The SBA is planning events for attendees to learn more about becoming encore entrepreneurs - small-business owners age 50 and up who are launching ventures for the first time. Dates and locations for 2016 aren't set yet, but last year's North Carolina seminars were in Chapel Hill and Greensboro.
Check http://business.usa.gov/article/encore-entrepreneurs for updates.
In the meantime, the SBA offers free online courses specifically designed for encore entrepreneurs: There’s an introduction to starting a business at http://1.usa.gov/1hla0kM, and one for women encore entrepreneurs at http://1.usa.gov/1VGZX7B.