this blog is contributed by Janet Davies
In Part I of The Tale of Trevor Crowe, we told how getting laid off by Big Industry spurred TC to start a video production company. Here’s why he brought that company home to the County.
“When I came down to the County again, I was amazed at what’s happened since I left. Seriously! Maybe everybody else knew but I didn’t. At the EDO’s Creative Minds meetings I met lots of young entrepreneurs who understood that a lot of County business is website-driven. People shop, plan trips and look for services online. County businesspeople get that. I saw opportunity here.”
He moved Crowe Productions from Belleville to The Headland in Picton – a sort of creative incubation space where TV producers Dave & Stacy Hatch rent out space and share facilities. Trevor incubated fast and moved to bigger space at SparkBox, owned by young entrepreneurs Chrissie Poitras and Kyle Topping. “Then we almost bought the Ideal Bike condo property, (outgrown by yet another young biz growing fast) but we realized we’re going to need even more space. So we’ll wait a bit and see what develops.”
“I wish I had more time in the day. I have lots of ideas, and there’s so much opportunity here.” Really? “Oh yes. There’s a huge transition in industry, and Transition = Opportunity. I know the manufacturing world. Small firms handle a lot of the R&D today, and they could easily be based here. Manufacturing goes overseas, which is too bad, but design and prototypes can be done anywhere. I don’t think people realize how easy it is to connect with the rest of the world.” He’s busy, optimistic, raising a young family in a beautiful place where “everybody knows your name” – and talking global. Stay tuned for Part III of Return of a County Kid. Meanwhile, Trevor tells it himself in a 5-minute film he made soon after coming home. Rural Renaissance