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
Contributed by Diana Cooper, Green Cluster, Economic Development Office
The Arts on Main Gallery has now completed an installment of super efficient LED light bulbs, thanks in part to an interest-free loan from PELA CFDC and LED lighting specialists Lumicrest. The project, which cost $4,000, will save the gallery $1,500 – $2,000 per year in hydro, halogen bulbs and air conditioning costs, estimates gallery Chair, Steven Draper.
“As a business, we were watching the costs and wanted to be pre-emptive, one of our biggest expenses is our Hydro bill. So switching to LED made business sense.” Before, the gallery used on average 1.5mw of power per year to illuminate their unique collection of Prince Edward County artists. They are expecting to cut that down to 300 – 400Kw after the conversion.
As I walked through the gallery admiring the new show, aptly named “The Gift of Light”, I marveled at the colours and textures bursting from each piece. Not only did the gallery save money, according to Steven, they got much better lighting quality, giving the collection more “punch” and “pop”.
But it is not just about the money. Steven emphasized “We want to be conscious of our use of resources. As artists, we are interfacing with nature on a regular basis. If we can reduce our energy consumption, we reduce our impact.”
Most of us in Prince Edward County rely on the beauty and bounty of nature for our inspiration and quality of life. Who do you know that is a bright light in green business?
Contributed by Dan Taylor, Economic Development Office.
I love it when dreams come true. I have been working with Dave and Stacey Hatch on and off for many years to help them grow their business and business in the county. We finally hit on a winner about a year ago and now their dream is coming true.
With the help of some funding from PELA CFDC and some strategic guidance from our office, The Headland a new creative enterprise space is open and starting to fulfill it’s mission. As a bonus this new space has helped the Hatch’s more than double up their staff and output.
On Monday June the 14th we are co-hosting an open house with the Hatch’s to introduce the community to The Headland, meet tenants, learn how they are already working together to grow their collective businesses and to see if the space might be right for other small business owners in the community.
What is also exiting about this project is it illustrates that new economy, global export oriented, year around, well paying jobs are possible in this community and made possible by people like the Hatch’s and entrepreneurs who set up shop in The Headland. It’s happening one job at a time and that’s o.k., because it keeps happening over and over again!
I hope to meet our local entrepreneurs at the open house and see you on Monday June 14th, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. at 6 Ross Street. If you are looking for high speed internet and a turnkey creative office space, this may just be the ticket for you!