Leap and the Net Will Appear

Posted on Wednesday September 19, 2018 at 08:30AM

For years now, I've been providing services quietly out of my home office in a spare bedroom of our home in Carlyle, Saskatchewan. It has been a good run, and I've enjoyed the work. Now, with the MBA almost (please let me get it done on time) finished, I've made the radical leap to move my business to a great space on Carlyle Main Street. Why now? It is a business based on community services, and it needs a spot in the community. And, this is a great space.

The vision is this...bright beautiful space with a largish meeting room where I can have people come to see me, where I can bring in speakers and poets and writers and trainers. Where music plays in the background and where all are welcomed. A space that can be made available to the public as needed, can be used for a meeting space for others, and can facilitate education and learning and sharing. A place to showcase artists and their art. A peaceful place, a fun place. The meeting place.

And this...a large office for private contemplative work, where I can spread out my books, and maybe have an easel for those times when I need to think, and a big bright window where I can wave at Martine across the street. Painted a pastel peach because I love that color, with a comfy chair and high speed internet.

I get asked quite a bit what I will do there. My business model is based on 4 support pillars. They are supports to Councils, supports to non-profits, supports to individuals and supports to business. That means at any given time I have lots on the go, and work several projects in several different communities. Currently, I am developing asset management plans in Bienfait and Whitewood, just applied for an asset management plan in Torquay, helping to manage a lagoon infrastructure project in Bienfait, and working on a supported employment training in Whitehorse. I am writing an operations plan in Creighton, and providing mentorship to an Economic Development Officer in Boissevain. The demand tells me I am on the right track.

I see myself as the connector. There are many very good supports available at low or no cost, but often people do not know those supports are there. For many people, all that is needed is a little information on where to go, and I'm happy to share those resources. I see my space as a place where people can come to access that information.

The most beautiful thing about this whole process has been the people I've met while developing the model. There is a lot of really good people willing and able to help the dreamers and the doers. I can't wait to get started.

Author: Solomon Matthewson Consulting


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