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For Rent – Studio Space for Creative Entrepreneurs Inside Incubator

About me:

My name is Michael Bole a business developer with a proven track record.

Over the past 20 years, I started off selling my own t-shirts, then moved on to throwing parties, starting with basement parties moving my way up to bars and eventually Richmond Street before I was out of high school. I've had the opportunity to do the grunt work for fortune 100 and 500 companies and establish startups, helping either in sales, advertising, client, or tech support.

I've been fortunate enough to pitch several multi-million dollar concepts (that I helped developed from the ground up) to investors. In the past 2 years, I've been part of several teams, helped with their ideas, team dynamics, and the projects they work on with various degrees of success.

I got to learn what works and what doesn't work in business, and I understand that no successful idea can happen without some friction and used my expertise to design SMARTER.

Right now: I've been researching SMARTER collaboration for the past 8 years, building and developing where I've worked with over 200 artists through The Annex Art Party currently in its 4th iteration and am in the process of starting an incubator group for creative entrepreneurs called Creative Unicorns of Toronto.

Rent incubator space: I have two spaces available for rent for creative entrepreneurs who can complement each other. Each is about 5 by 6 feet in size. The location for this incubator is located at Bloor & Ossington less than 5 minutes walking from Ossington station

What is CreativeUTO? Creative Unicorns of Toronto is (420 friendly) profit share-based incubator space for creative entrepreneurs who can work on their own projects, as well as in-house or 3rd party projects.

Why it's important? We waste a lot of our lives looking for comfortable spaces where we can be ourselves,  and work on our passions without having to sacrifice ourselves for people who may judge us negatively! We are passionate about our projects but often find out that it's 95% working on mundane business stuff with people who are looking to pervert it for profit and about 25% actually working on the things we're passionate about before we even factor in our lives and the obstacles it brings. This incubator/co-working space is designed to eliminate that by adding entrepreneurs that complement each other's skills and cut the mundane stuff, including the cost to find and pay people in half enriching the end result of what you're building.

Paying rent: SMARTER collaboration - Simplified Methods Achieving Results Through Exact Rythm is a collaboration system that allows for us to work on projects together. I don't profit from renting the space ($350 per month) but a part of the rent (about $100 per month) is put aside to cover amenities including cleaning and maintenance, Wi-Fi, food, office supplies, art supplies, tech equipment, the software to operate them, and whatever else we decide will enrich the community.

What is profit share? In order to keep collaboration free flowing where we're not concerned about getting paid or our time all projects within the incubator will be broken into 3 payment structures. The creator will always get the largest cut, collaborators will get equal or second highest cut and the house CreativeUTO will get a cut to cover day to day operation

Day to Day operations:

  • Part of SMARTER collaboration will be to go through a 4 phase process for our projects which are jumpstarted through a business canvass model.
  • The incubator space will be open to the public from 1 pm to 7 pm to maintain order for the organizations involved. (hourly rentals are between these times)
  • 7 am till 1 pm are focus hours where anyone who comes in focusses on works.
  • Afterward, there will be breaks every 2 hours to maintain productivity.
  • It's a 420 friendly co-working space, but it's not a party, so music will be contained to our ear-phones (also a sign that we're busy and to not disturb)

Rent (AKA buy-in)

  • Must make a 6-month commitment and pay last month's deposit
    to move into both spaces $600 ($500 for rent $100 to cover operations costs).
  • a single section is $350 per month ($250 to cover rent $100 to cover operation costs)
  • or $30 per hour (minimum 4 hours).

Spaces available May 1st send email through the contact form to set up viewing times. Cat won't be included 🙁

mb.fmim@gmail.com

 

#TAAP4 – Early Bird Ends February 28th (Register Today!)

The Annex Art Party is an event featuring positive vibes for a creative community; emerging artists of Toronto can connect through a series of beautifully choreographed events that include vending their art, mixing and mingling, and performing live art like dance or music. The event also offers food and beverages to artists and vendors alike.

Philosophy
The philosophy (not theme) for TAAP4 is Sunrise. We all had to sunrise from the darkness at some point in our lives.

Start Time
The event is on Saturday, March 31st setup starts at 1:00 pm doors open at 2:30 pm

Registration

Early Birds
We've re-introduced an early bird pricing of $45 per table which ends February 28th.

Then tables go back to $60

Here is the link to start the registration process and set up your table. 

Here is the link for full Event Details + Logistics

We are pushing for a huge turnout. Every artist, make sure you invite your Facebook friend list 

#TAAP4 Vendors Register & Animate Your Table Space

Creative community + positive vibes

The Annex Art Party is an event featuring positive vibes for a creative community; emerging artists of Toronto can connect through a series of beautifully choreographed events that include vending their art, mixing and mingling, and performing live art like dance or music. The event also offers food and beverages to artists and vendors alike.

 Community Members - Click this link to access the Google Form. 

Buy – Business Development Workshops

Business Development Workshops for Creative Entrepreneurs.

  • Our workshops provide inclusive spaces where individuals can explore personal creative growth through a design thinking process and leave the workshops with tools that will assist them in building strong entrepreneurship skills, reduce financial risks and make profit

What makes us credible? 

  • Comprised of a team of individuals with 20 years of accumulated experience in sales, advertising, customers service, project management, psychology, and community building through The Annex Art Party, the unicorns at CreativeUTO have teamed up together to spread the wealth, help creative entrepreneurs realign themselves, discover their passions, and reposition their ideas to sell it to their customers in 30 seconds.

 

The workshops include:

The Art of the Sale:

  • a design thinking workshop that uses the class as an incubator to help you develop your idea on a business canvass model and teach you how to sell it in 30 seconds.

 

Know Thyself:

  • a design thinking workshop that uses an arts-based approach that will help you create an outline of who you are as an artist and your passions.

Creative Community and Positive Vibes:

  • We are expanding CreativeUTO, with each new subscriber.  Your recurring payments will allow us to open up a 2,600-sq. ft. facility where we incubate creative entrepreneurs and their projects.

How to Join:

  • A monthly subscription with a startup fee allows us to maintain a community of emerging artists while keeping prices low. 
  • Community members can use their accounts to register for upcoming projects and or join events, such as The Annex Art Party, Artists, and Social Innovators Expo, or future workshops. There are no commitments required beyond the initial start-up fee. You can cancel anytime.

 

$120 Startup Fee

$10 recurring afterward (you'll be notified ahead of time through Paypal)
|Cancel anytime but your membership helps us build an infrastructure to help artists
|Covers your membership for 10 months

|Gets you 4 event spaces
+ 4 workshops

 

$60 Startup Fee

$20 recurring afterward (you'll be notified ahead of time through Paypal)
|Cancel anytime but your membership helps us build an infrastructure to help artists
|Covers your membership for 2 months

|Gets you space at 1 event
|+ 1 workshop

]

 

$90 Startup Fee

$15 recurring afterward (you'll be notified ahead of time through Paypal)
|Cancel anytime but your membership helps us build an infrastructure to help artists
|Covers your membership for 6 months
|Gets you 2 event spaces
|+ 2 workshops

 

Click here for our refund policy

Start My Project

The Annex Art Party is a quarterly pop-up marketplace hosted at CSIAnnex. #TAAP is positive vibes, a creative community, and emerging artist of Toronto vibing through a series of beautifully choreographed events that includes vendors, art, mixing, mingling, live art, performances, dance, music, food, and beverages at the bar. 

Black
$120for 4 events

$120 Startup fee 
|Covers your membership for 10 months 
|$10 recurring afterwards 
|Gets you 4 event spaces and access to all our workshops 

Yellow
$90for 2 events

$90 startup fee 
|Covers your membership for 6 months 
|$15 recurring afterwards 
|Gets you 2 event spaces 
|+ 2 workshops


There are no commitments required beyond the initial start up fee. You can cancel anytime. A subscription service allows us to maintain a community of emerging artists and help them become established, keep event costs low, provide business development workshops, while researching and developing for an Art's Cafe,

Our current goal is to get 76 artists to join our community and become self-sustainable

Click here for more info

Social Media Marketing + Community Outreach

Posts are viewed an Avg. of 998 times per day through the FMiMBranding Facebook page
We hit a peak of 4,053 views on Facebook on June 19th
68,570+ foot and vehicle traffic through our #FollowTheYellowBrickRd. viral marketing campaign, sponsored by @kingtextilestoronto!
Over 50 Emerging artists presented art, fashion, performed and or painted live
Over 400 art pieces decorated were presented #TAAP2
We kept consistent traffic anywhere between 75 to 100 event goers for about 4 hours. The 1st 50 got beer tickets!

The Artists and Social Innovator's Potluck

We are following up a wildly successful Innovator Drinks by rebranding it to The Artist and Social Innovator's Potluck. The potluck networking event will be on October, Friday the 13th starting at 4:30pm.

It is a remix – not a replacement - of the long-standing Social Innovator's Drinks by CSI and hopefully a monthly series. The 1st 50 event goers get beer (or wine) tickets, we eat each other's food, discuss art, social innovation and iron out final details for TAAP3.

Hosted at the beautifully restored CSIAnnex at 720 Bathurst. Setup starts at 5 p.m. doors open at 6 p.m.

Toronto Spider-Man Returns for #TAAP3, November 23rd #CSIAnnex

 



Positive Vibes

  • The Annex Art Party is positive vibes, a creative community, and emerging artist of Toronto vibing through a series of beautifully choreographed events that includes vendors, art, mixing, mingling, performances, dance, music, food, and beverages.


About #TAAP2

  • #TAAP2 featured 16 painters and visual artists, 8 live painters, 6 live performers, and over 10 jewelry and crafts makers. We had a consistent crowd of 75 to 100 people for 4 hours.


Artist and Social Innovation Ex

  • We are following up a wildly successful Innovator Drinks by rebranding it to The Artist and Social Innovator's Potluck. The potluck networking event will be on November 10th starting at 4:30pm.
  • It is a remix – not a replacement - of the long-standing Social Innovator's Drinks by CSI and hopefully a monthly series. The 1st 50 event goers get beer (or wine) tickets, we eat each other's food, discuss art, social innovation and iron out final details for TAAP3.


#TAAP3 November 23rd

  • Setup starts at 5 P.M. Thursday
  • Event starts at 6 p.m.
  • goes through 10:00 p.m.

 

Event goers RSVP on Facebook

 

There are 30 Emerging artists registered, spaces still available

Vendors - Click the link below to register

@CreativeUTO – Become a Community Animator & Learn the Art of the Sale

Unicorns!

I’m looking to add 5 more community animators who’ll help build the CreativeUTO community as well as help facilitate our Business Development Workshops and the quarterly TAAP events for 2018

About us

  • CreativeUTO is an artist incubator group that helps bring awareness, incubate, and or create sustainable growth, for creative entrepreneurs a 

In return

  • We help you develop, position,  and how to sell your idea in 30 seconds
  • You participate in our profit share system
  • Get table space at #TAAP events
  • Experience working with a startup

You'd be working from home on your own time

  • So you'll need a laptop
    • Amazing communication skills 
    • and a curious attitude  

Your day to day tasks will include

  • Strategic Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Business Strategy
  • Strategic Sales
  • Business Analysis
  • New Business Development
  • Conflict resolution & negotiation skills
  • Sales Management
  • Managing complex teams

Your weekly tasks include

  • A mastermind meeting where we discuss the pitfalls of the job,
    • learn any of the subjects presented above (even if I have to bring in experts)
    • and work to improve our efficiency

Account Management

Location

  • You can work from anywhere as long as you have a smartphone or laptop and Wi-Fi. 

Training
I’ll walk you through the system – very easy - we’ll meet every week to do discuss the downs and ups of this exchange in order to keep improving ourselves… and the system. I genuinely believe in an open source business system where we work towards a common goal.

Here is what you get in return
1st we must pay our overheads or else there is no business. Then Free Minds in motion takes 60% and you get 40% on each sale.

  • Right now our avg price point for The Annex Art Parties are at $83 but those will go up to $360 for #TAAP2018
  • Table space at The Annex Art Party
  • Business Development workshops

Terms
Will be based on the term you choose to join for. There are 2 months, 6 months and 1 year.

 

Click this link to register

 

Buy – Community Membership Help us Open an Incubator Space

100 subscribers will help us open a 2,600 Sq. Ft. incubator space where creative entrepreneurs can develop themselves, their projects and or sell.

A subscription service allows us to maintain a community of emerging artists while keeping overheads low. Community members can use their accounts to register for upcoming events like The Annex Art Party, or future workshops. There are no commitments required beyond the initial start-up fee. You can cancel anytime.

Click here for more info

 

$160 Startup fee

$10 recurring afterwards (you'll be notified ahead of time through Paypal)
|Cancel anytime but your membership helps us build an infrastructure to help artists
|Covers your membership for 10 months

|Gets you 4 event spaces
+ 4 workshops

 

$60 Startup fee

$20 recurring afterwards (you'll be notified ahead of time through Paypal)
|Cancel anytime but your membership helps us build an infrastructure to help artists
|Covers your membership for 2 months

|Gets you space at 1 event
|+ 1 workshop

]

 

$90 Startup fee

$15 recurring afterwards (you'll be notified ahead of time through Paypal)
|Cancel anytime but your membership helps us build an infrastructure to help artists
|Covers your membership for 6 months
|Gets you 2 event spaces
|+ 2 workshops

 

Click here for our refund policy

Refund Policy

We are entrepreneurs and we get excited when payments come in. It means we can eat and have the energy to continue helping other entrepreneurs become 'richer' by providing our services but we understand mistakes happen and relationships can go sour.

Community Memberships

Given the nature of our community memberships and your access to downloadable digital content, we can only offer an equivalent service in return, store credit, or an extension of your membership unless it is required by consumer law, the product you've purchased is delivered broken or has been canceled.

In case we do refund please give us 30 days before the transaction is complete.

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