Lake Norman & Mooresville

New business center opens

Nicole Filion-Ashline knew just what her next professional venture would be when she and her husband, Trevor, sold their highly successful business that made racing car safety restraints, to Simpson Performance Co. in late 2010:

She would convert the couple's two-unit building in River Park Business Park, off N.C. 150 West, into a member-based business center.

Her new U Center offers professional meeting space, free high speed Internet access and other amenities like full-service marketing opportunities and professional-development resources that aren't available in typical keyman office spaces, she said.

Individual offices in the 5,000-square-foot building are ideal for say, a Charlotte-based financial adviser or CPA who needs an upscale office space in which to meet with Lake Norman area clients, Filion-Ashline said in a recent interview at the U Center, which also has a second-story board room available.

The U Center - it's slogan is, "it's all about U" - offers different levels of business memberships, ranging from $20 per month to $240 per month. That pricing makes it affordable to smaller businesses and entrepreneurs, she said

The center will hold its official grand opening 4-7 p.m. March 15, including a ribbon cutting by the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce and tours all during the event. The center is at 119-A Magnolia Park Drive, 2.5 miles west of Interstate 77 Exit 36.

Filion-Ashline previously was vice president of Safety Solutions, which she and her husband, a well known safety expert in racing, founded 10 1/2 years ago. In her role with the company, she said, she honed her business and marketing expertise, working to build the Safety Solutions brand for occupant safety restraints for all types of racing.

She's also speaker/education coordinator for the Executive Women of Lake Norman, through which she's built a network of professionals who can assist U Center clients with professional development, she said.

Her college degree is in fashion design, and she attributes many of her skills today to spending her first years out of college working in numerous areas of the fashion industry - skills in customer service, industrial manufacturing, marketing and management.

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