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Today, we chat with one of the makers from our Makerspace Hustle crew. Hemi Patel is a Makerspace tenant and the founder of Ottawa-area startup Bloom Upcycle.   What was your inspiration to start Bloom Upcycle? My inspiration honestly sparked because I was given a huge pile of otherwise garbage leather scraps that needed a new home (one that wasn’t the landfill). From there, I realized there was so much other scrap and “garbage” going to landfills for no reason. So, I figured I could help this issue by upcycling the scraps into something new and bloom a new life...

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A blog about the benefits of blogging? Talk about a mind-melt. Although studies have proven that as a collective, our attention spans are shrinking at a rapid pace and the majority of the population won’t read much further past the very first line of a blog post (yikes!), what you may not know is of the importance of SEO (Search Engine Optimization). * Definition of SEO: The process of maximizing the number of visitors to a particular website by ensuring that the site appears high on the list of results returned by a search engine. Yes, videos are fun to...

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While working more than one job isn’t a new concept, the “side hustle” (aka a gig worked on top of a typical 9-to-5) is becoming increasingly popular for 20- and 30-somethings across the globe. Creatives and “big ideas” people are being seduced by promises of freedom, flexibility, and location-independence. And let’s be real. If we could all make money doing what we love, instead of busting our backsides bringing in the bacon for someone else’s dream… Isn’t that worth exploring? While side-hustling and the gig economy have been taking some heat recently for perpetuating an unhealthy culture of overwork, we...

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With a unique mix of makers in our space, we saw an opportunity to have our tenants create new offerings exclusively for the Makerspace North website. Items that can’t be found or purchased anywhere else. Enter the Makerspace Hustle—a collection of curated specialty products from our community (and a new way to support your local creative entrepreneurs). 100% of each sale goes directly to the maker.  We're pumped to share the first three selections with you all: MAKE, SHAPE AND CREATE LEATHER BOOKMARK PACK by Bloom Upcycle  Bookmarks that are perfect for every type of maker out there! Keep track...

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At the start of 2020, we announced our new direction as a business incubator and go-to space for Ottawa entrepreneurs to get ideas up and running. Construction began in 2019 on 36 new rentable workshop spaces for industrious projects and initiatives in a warehouse environment. Also included in the launch: a shared co-working space and private office rentals for teams to work alongside entrepreneurs, creators, and makers in a community environment. Unlike a traditional makerspace, which provides equipment and tools for members to use, every business within Makerspace North operates independently, offering services, products, or workshops, to enhance the space...

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