Are you a Dirty Local? If so, grab a t-shirt from the Mercantile and wear your Dirty Local label loud and proud!
What is a Dirty Local anyway? Well, they are a Bayfield-based small apparel business and we are pleased to carry their t-shirts at the Mercantile not only because the t-shirts have pretty cool design, but also because the company has a pretty cool story.
It all started last summer when the cousin of Dirty Local founder Keenan Coombs was skateboarding a local park. As a mother walked by with her children, one of the kids commented that his cousin Nigel had cool (blue) hair. The mother quickly grabbed her child's hand and said, "Don't talk to him, he is a dirty local". Of course the cousins laughed at the story. And Keenan thought, that if Nigel, who is a vegetarian, a photographer, active in local theatre, and lives in this beautiful area, could be labelled a "Dirty Local" who wouldn't want to be a Dirty Local? And thus, Dirty Local Clothing was born.
Keenan and Nigel are proud Dirty Locals, and so are we!
Are you a woman entrepreneur looking for support to start or expand your business idea? Rural Response for Healthy Children brings back the popular Huron SOUP event in support of women entrepreneurs.
Huron SOUP is a micro-granting community event that supports women who are interested in starting their own businesses in Huron County. The community is also invited to come to this event happening Sept. 15, 6 p.m., at the Huron County Museum to share a meal together and to help raise funds for local women entrepreneurs. Join us for a delicious locally-made meal from Cait’s Cafe.
HOW IT WORKS:
Each person that attends makes a minimum donation of $7 at the door. This provides them with soup, croissant, dessert, and a vote. Attendees will get the opportunity to socialize, network, and learn about the businesses that women are looking to start in our community. Each woman who has signed up to make a pitch, will share their idea to the audience. The presenters have 5 minutes to make their pitch and the audience is then invited to ask questions to the presenters. At the end of the presentations, votes are cast. The project that gets the most votes receives the donations collected at the door to support the start of their business.
WANT TO MAKE A PITCH?:
Do you have a business idea that needs a little bit of money to get started? We invite you to submit your proposal to make a pitch at the Huron SOUP event on Sept. 15. All participants will receive coaching from Huron Small Business Enterprise Centre Better (HSBEC) to perfect their pitch. The winning pitch will receive the donations collected at the door as well as the opportunity to take one Introduction to Business Processes credit course from Fanshawe College. This course will explore the various functions of business in Canada including business trends, marketing operations, employee management issues, financial resources, business ethics and social responsibility. HSBEC will also award the winner with access to Better Business Courses, ticket to the Huron Women in Networking Dinner, and an opportunity and support to apply for a grant.
But all presenters will benefit from putting their ideas out there in a safe and supportive environment, networking with others, and gaining more information about resources available to help them proceed with starting their businesses.
If you are interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
photo by Shannon Kammerer
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