“Artist-2-Entrepreneur” initiative provides local artists a pathway for global opportunities

Nanaimo, British Columbia (7 March 2015) – The Network Hub – a coworking hub & incubator downtown Nanaimo that is home to community-minded entrepreneurs, is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Nanaimo Bar PopUP Shop on 11 March 2016 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Local artists will be featured over live music, wine and community spirit.

The PopUP shop is a year in the making for The Network Hub’s Chief Motivating Officer, Angie Barnard. “Supporting local entrepreneurs is integral to our mission, and Nanaimo is overflowing with artistic talent,” says Barnard, “The Nanaimo Bar PopUP Shop is the first step in the journey as we support local brands and expose them to larger markets. Our big, hairy, audacious vision is a permanent Artists Studio with work, event, training, retail spaces; and once thriving, to take that business model into other communities that have a base of distinctive artistic talent.”

Angie Barnard (left) and Fiona Friesen (right) prepare to kick of the Artist 2 Entrepreneur program at The Network Hub in Nanaimo

In addition to providing a venue for artists in business, The Network Hub will be collaborating with co-working tenant, Fiona Friesen of Glue Solutions, to launch an “Artist-2-Entrepreneur” support program. Friesen’s claim to fame in 2015 was turning three Boeing 737s worth of upcycled planeseat leather into Aviator Dopp Kits, a shaving kit that sold out in her Etsy store generating over $5,000 of revenue. “My background in marketing and business coaching was instrumental in making the right decisions, attracting media attention and drawing buyers from across North America,” said Friesen. “Artists do not follow the typical pathway of entrepreneurship from business plan, to investors, to sales projections. I’m eager to share the methods I use, which respect the Angie Barnard (left) and Fiona Friesen (right) prepare to kick of the Artist 2 Entrepreneur program at The Network Hub in Nanaimo 2 artist’s journey while providing evaluation tools to explore new opportunities, make smart business decisions and sell more.”

The Artist-2-Entrepreneur program is designed for artists who envision something larger and aren’t quite sure how to get there. It is based on effectual learning methods, which have been academically researched and proven as the way of choice among expert entrepreneurs. To learn more about the Artist 2 Entrepreneur program, contact Fiona Friesen at Glue Solutions (250-667-3496) or Angie Barnard at The Network Hub (250-713-9409), or check out the space at 256 Wallace Street.

Everyone is welcome at the grand opening of the Nanaimo Bar PopUP Shop where further details will be unveiled.


About The Network Hub: The Network Hub (Nanaimo) is the newest location of a growing ecosystem of coworking spaces with other locations in Vancouver, New Westminster, and Whistler. The Network Hub offers entrepreneurs of Nanaimo flexible coworking space ranging from hot desks to dedicated offices, all in a supportive community-oriented environment where connections are made and ideas flourish. Learn more at www.thenetworkhub.ca.

About Glue Solutions: Glue’s mission is to build strong, healthy entrepreneurial communities by partnering with business leaders who nod their head in agreement when the conversation turns to creating value in stakeholder relationships, well beyond the customer to include employees, partners, industry associations, media and investors. Learn more at www.gluehq.com.

For media inquiries regarding pop up retail or The Network Hub, contact Angie Barnard: angie@thenetworkhub.ca | 250-713-9409 (Nanaimo, BC)

For Program inquiries, contact Fiona Friesen at Glue Solutions: Fiona@gluehq.com | 250-667-3496 (Nanaimo, BC)