Category: Resources

Rent – Studio Space for Creative Entrepreneurs

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 🙁


 

#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? 

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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. 

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$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.

Buy – Community Memberships & Help us Open a Bigger 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.

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$160 Startup fee

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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.

Shipping Items

In case you purchase an item from FMiMBranding.com, you'll be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are non­refundable.

If you receive a refund, the cost of return shipping will be deducted from your refund.

Project Paper Trail – 1,000 postcard sized flyer distribution inside an elegant envelope

Project Paper Trail - We distribute 1,000 postcards sized flyers inside an elegant envelope through community outreach and only to pre-qualified customers starting at $99

Why it works:

  • Consumers today value human beings over the white noise of social media
  • The personal touch adds value to existing social media presence
  • Consumers search on their phones the 1st chance they get.
  • We value our flyers like business cards made of gold and pre-qualify customer
  • We focus on grassroots, social enterprises, and related events.
  • We maintain a database on our website redistributing future traffic to you
  • 20 organizations offering special services in 1 envelope makes PPT valuable for social consumers.
  • 1,000 envelopes 2,250 flyers distributed per month
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Blog – The 3 Levels of Woke

The 3 Levels of Woke

Think outside the box?

Growing out of one box only grows us into bigger boxes. Like school. We start in kindergarten, eventually graduating to high school, chase good grades, please the people, please our mothers, impress our friends, get laid, just to belong.

The 1st level we're dormant, we just live our lives according to our primitive understanding of the system. We conform within its boundaries, and everyone outside these boundaries is going to hell.

The 2nd level of consciousness comes in recognizing these boundaries.

We do this through study, sometimes on purpose (fewer times with purpose) sadly, however, most of us wake up because we take information in passively.

It takes a level of trauma to trigger us into a moment of clarity, and wake us up (think, the kick in Inception). This moment of trauma isn't the first, it's one in a million paradigm shifts we'll go through in life. We start these first when we learn to walk. Suddenly some of the thing we never saw before become clear to us. Letters become words, words to sentences, paragraphs, books, music, poems.

The 3rd level of consciousness is the hardest. It's the flesh versus the spirit.

The ego.

The 3rd level of consciousness is the hardest because we have to drop everything we have come to attach ourselves to. School, religion, friends, everything we learned through the 2nd level, even our mother’s wisdom.

We must reconstruct these, and figure out how we fit into those boxes.

We must question everything.

Question existence itself.

We do this by accessing the neural pathways (trains of thought) formed within our mind and traveling through time. Judging ourselves for whom we really were during those times and weighing this understanding out in the context of the universe. In the context of the universe, we are but a note in a lyric, grain of sand on a beach, a letter in a word.

We are nothing.

Nothing.

Matters.

Once we realize this, we're back on the 1st level.

Blog – The Paradigm Shift Between, ‘We Businesses’ & ‘I Businesses’

Robert Kiyosaki was 1 of the first books I read on business. When I was barely coming out of high school organizing parties in Scarborough, several business friends at the time recommended it to me. My business partner at the time bought it first. Forcing me to stop procrastinating and buy it too.

I remember working the midnight shift for The CN Tower at the time, and therefore had to travel 2 hours back to Scarborough. Smart phones weren't relevant back then (I had the Mike from Telus at that point) so I read... on the bus. A routine I’d maintain with future 9 to 5 jobs. I can't remember the line, maybe it was several lines, or just the book itself, but I do remember the street. I was on Yonge and Eglinton of all places, early morning, zombie mode, just reading and BHAM. Everything turned white.

The McDonald's' sign, the Burger King sign, all the stores across the streets, even the movie theater and TD Bank were gone. I remember going home, opening my closet full of jerseys and throwing them all out (showing my age). I evolved beyond one place and started to see the world for what it is. A maze with a 1000 rats fighting for a dollar. And that maze... or at the very least, what makes this a maze are all the logos forcing us to conform to society norms.

What happened?! I went through a paradigm shift (one of many since then). This is the point I figured this all out. Consumerism. The left side of the cash flow quadrant is based on people who think in I. Thinking in I forces us to work for our money. Those are the people who work a 9 to 5 and or are self-employed. They think they can do everything themselves.

The other person thinks in, 'we'. Liberated from the constraints of the cash flow itself, understanding that leverage is the name of the game.

Those who think in I have higher narcissistic tendencies or presentations, because they will name the business after themselves, have their face plastered all over it and their spirit is synonymous with the idea. Those who think in WE understand that regardless of the idea, the system stays absolute, in service to everyone