Monday, July 24, 2006

New endeavours, old connections

The dust hasn't settled yet, but Ottawa is slowly beginning to feel like home. In the last two weeks, I have reconnected with long lost friends and fellow small business owners. It is nice to have company on the path of incorporation.

Networking is an simple process once you get started but difficult to sustain by cold calling alone. Building new relationships is one thing, but renewing old ones can also unearth new leads.

Something as immutable as geography can spawn serendipity as I discovered last week with friends in New York City. Two people I know from different points in time, meet through someone else who knows both parties. Another local business owner and school friend I reconnected with today has a close contact in the publishing industry. School is definitely an important source of contacts for me, and that includes new schools. I am in the process of upgrading my French at École secondaire Le Carrefour des adultes.

I hope to offer bilingual services through Cursive Communications by the end of 2006. In the meantime, I am also displaying art online in this very rudimentary website. I have not gone so far as to watermark all the images, but I hope to augment my editorial services with fine art and digital art sales.

Bon soir d'Ottawa.

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