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Emerald Valley – One year old!

November 16, 2012

It has been a year to the month that we set up on Canal Street, and we are Empowering Change in Emerald Valley now!

We’ve grown, we’ve pivoted and we’re better than ever!

…at the Bath House:

Artful First Fridays is now a regular feature. Launched in October, Peadar Jackson generously shared his work. Ten pieces are on display through November. It has transformed the space. Visit and tell us which should become part of our permanent collection!Rostrevor artist Colum McEvoy will exhibit in December with an Artful First Friday reception on December 7th. We are open by appointment and most Friday evenings.

Winter Showcase!  “Good News” stories abound.  Join us Friday, 23 November.

The Women that Work group is hosting an open house and members will display their products and services. Start your holiday shopping or visit to see how our professionals can help market your business with their services.

Our partners at Absolute Entertainment Ireland have kept the Bath House busy! We were delighted to have hosted the filming of a music video by Allison McGrath.

With Wasted, we added film to our arts & culture repertoire. Cathy Brady and her film crew were resident for two weeks. A Newry native, she returned from England to set her latest film in the Mournes and Donegal. We are hoping to host a screening soon! Whet your appetite with a look at  her work.

We hosted Minister Arlene Foster on a Newry visit arranged by Councillor Connaire McGreevey. She toured the Canal Street co-working space, chatted with our resident start-ups and SME’s but seemed most taken with our young volunteers. …on Canal Street:

Our Summer Showcase introduced you to three new businesses we were proud to have “incubated” on Canal Street. Phlok.me – sponsored the Belfast DANI (Digital Advertising in NI) and I was delighted to join them. The application offers loyalty points and a social network to keep you up to date with friends & participating retailers between Dublin and Belfast.  Sign on and get points for following Grounded, Jack Murphy Jewelers, Maypole Interiors and more from Newry.

Then add merchants from Belfast to Dublin. You are on your way to a points award of £25.

Resident company,  SocialClix biz won recognition for their work on Tyrone Timber Frame. If your digital marketing is “do it yourself”, follow them on Phlok, Facebook or Twitter for a stream of updates to maximize your digital marketing impact. If DIY is exhausting visit SocialClix.biz – they’d be happy to review your strategy and propose a plan to streamline it.

We were delighted to read what Kallsafe.com had to say about their experience at Empowering Change:

The offices provide everything a start-up needs; space to grow when you need to, meeting rooms, good infrastructure and an environment of collaboration where entrepreneurs come together, meet, exchange ideas, challenge each other and celebrate successes.

Mobipaypoint – another pioneering resident has rebranded as Mozobi – after worldwide market research indicated this had the broadest appeal.  The rest is hush-hush until the official announcements – we can’t wait! Tech startups are not our only residents.

Traditional businesses and consultancies form the core of our residents. Prestige Design & Print (PDP), NetCare & Relive Productions – all resident for a year now, offer support – sharing their combined 1/2 century of experience – with folks just starting out.

New startups, residents & members include: Anabu, BMM People Development, Terra Nova and The Gaelic Foundation.

Startups don’t just happen.  Eve Earley and Empowering Change associates create the environment to energise success.

…at Empowering Change

We support your change in a disciplined, collaborative & supportive environment with individual coaching & counseling, group work and courses or by inviting you to participate in events with like-minded people at “Cafe Conversations” or “Friday Meet-ups”.

We also support Neo Ireland, a social enterprise whose board comprises our pioneering residents. Its mission is to grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem by supporting businesses and projects that will help change the culture to embrace the idea of self employment. This will make the way easier for us all.

A few of those projects include: BizCampNI,  Learn 2 Learn 4 Life and Newry’s POP – Newry’s Pride of Place.

Interested? Call in for a chat or join us on a Friday evening to catch the buzz on the Quay!

*Wondering about the “for Rent” sign on Canal Street? Help us out! It’s only the ground & 2nd floors that are available. We want great neighbours!

Our “pivot” moved half our residents to the more comfortable 1st floor (nearer the coffee!). We still offer memberships, desks and conference room rental.  We’re also supporting “The Hub” and “Mind Your Business NI”. There are now 3 co-working spaces in Newry. There is no excuse for spending the day at work in a hotel lobby or coffee shop. Take your small business seriously with a professional or virtual home with one of us!

 

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