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Starter Company: grants available for young entrepreneurs/artists/dreamers

Want to know why I quit my job to start my full time jewelry practice?  Honestly, it's because of Starter Company. No, I am not getting paid to write this. More accurately, I already got paid, and now out of gratefulness I can't help but to share this.  Starter Company is a province-wide grant program which provides start-up funds and mentorship to young people ages 18-29 to begin (or grow) their own full-time business. Each municipality runs their own Starter Company program, so I attended the courses here in Hamilton, Ontario - but the program is widely available throughout the province. This program is what helped me to start Wild Blue.  The process:  1. Attend an orientation session. At this point...

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Last Chance Holiday Market

A quick announcement for a craft show on Thursday Dec. 22:  The Last Chance Holiday Market: Perfect for all you last-minute holiday shoppers! Find something for everyone on your list, while supporting local artists and makers. Taking place in the beautiful old church at Harrrp Community Centre, 705 Main Street East, Hamilton. Admission is $2 & kids get in for free! Proceeds will be going back towards the amazing Harrrp programming and services they provide to their community. We will also have a gift wrapping station, manned by the kids of YOUcreate (a no cost after school program for students). They will be taking care of all of your wrapping needs, so you have one less thing to do. Wrapping is...

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Upcoming Shows & Events

Wondering where you can see my work in person? Here's a list of the shows and events you can find me at in November & December. Six shows in four weeks! All I'll want for Christmas is a nap.  Date Location Details Sat. Nov. 12 First United Church Port Credit, Mississauga  Craftadian Pop-Up Handmade Market: Craft Show featuring over 40 local makers, swag bags for the first 50 guests, $3 admission (children are free) Thurs. Nov. 17 Hamilton City Hall (Rooms 192 & 193) Start Up Crawl: Trade show style showcase where City Staff, community partners, McMaster University students, Mohawk College students, and anyone interested in the Hamilton Small Business scene will be welcome to attend.  Sat. Nov. 19 Shawn...

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"Wild Blue Yonder"

Often I'll get the question - what does "wild blue yonder" mean?  I had been searching for a good name for my company for weeks. I was tossing around a few options, but none that really ignited me. When I came across the phrase "wild blue yonder" (pretty sure I was on thesauraus.com looking at synonyms for 'sky') I knew immediately it was the right name for my company, for a few reasons.  1. Pushing yourself beyond what you think is possible. Whether it's a physical accomplishment, an emotional struggle, or a feat of any kind, my philosophy is that you can get there, and then some. Thinking beyond what is possible: this is a core value I want my company...

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