Creativity renews its space in Barrie

New business is incubating in downtown Barrie, and the community gets its first ‘official’ look at this growing enterprise, tomorrow (Friday) at the grand opening of The Creative Space’s (TCS) new downtown location.
The Space was operating from a location in downtown Barrie, however the new digs are three times larger. Inside the space can be found a creative stew of energies, including Devine Media Service, owner of City Scene Barrie.
Other inhabitants are creative entrepreneurs, including graphic designers, communications consultants, translator services, graphic designers, social media marketing, web development, and theatre production.
“We are following a model led by major cities who are partnering and backing these kinds of work environments for the good of their economy,” said creator and co-founder Chad Ballantyne, whose business, Rhubarb Media, also occupies some space in the Space.
“It’s where cities are heading in order to rejuvenate downtowns and attract young entrepreneurs.”
A welcome reception and press conference will be held Friday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a light brunch and VIPs in attendance, including Mayor Jeff Lehman, Ward 2 Coun. Lynn Strachan, Progressive Conservative Rod Jackson, Quammie Williams of Barrie’s culture department, as well as entrepreneurs and business owners.
“We’re continuing our mission to build a self-sustaining, innovation centre – a hub for working, meeting and education. It’s where individuals and small businesses can form communities of networking and show the collective talent that Barrie has to offer,” said Ballantyne.
The Space, said Ballantyne, conforms with the mayor’s ‘three Es’ strategy – expansion, entrepreneurship, education – and the 2010-2014 strategic plan for Barrie.
The Space, 12 Dunlop Street East, is open to start-ups, freelancers, students, artists and anyone who wishes to collaborate, socialize, teach, learn and play. It has been nominated in five Business Excellence categories for the 2011 Barrie Business Awards.

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