Dan Taylor

The 5 Best Marketing Tools To Increase Sales

I was recently asked … What are the top 5 marketing tools lean operations can use to save time and money to increase their sales? The following article outlines the 5 tools. It All Starts With Your #1 Business Asset. What do … Read More

Product Development & Promotion

If there is one thing that I’ve learned in my career it is that as marketers, we need to stay relevant, top of mind and we need calls to action. We also need to create things of value that are … Read More

The Age of Giving & Mentorship

Here is what happens when a talented engineer wants to giveaway his secrets.  In fact he wants to transfer his knowledge on his “universal robot” to youth for a start up and mentorship opportunity. Here is my latest column from The … Read More

From Grape Clusters to Economic Clusters.

  When I first heard of Closson Road, it was a pastoral rural route as it still is. The main difference between then and now is the kind of businesses that are on the road today. Years ago, this was an old school … Read More

Back to School with Professor Dan

Well, I’m heading back to school. Not as a student this time but as a Professor, which is kinda cool for me. I get to blend two of my passions. Marketing and culinary. I’ll be teaching a marketing course to … Read More

Creative Economy – The Horizontal Sector

Call it “Industry Agnostic” or a “Horizontal Sector”, the chart below illustrates how Creative Occupations and the Creative Economy cuts across all sectors in Ontario. Industry Agnostic In my work in Prince Edward County and now Peterborough an insight came … Read More

What on earth is a Creative Rural Economy?

Dan explains the Creative Rural Economy at a Creative Minds event in Milford, Prince Edward County – Summer 2010.

Economic Ecosystem…

Economic Ecosystem…in a Creative Rural Economy edging towards sustainability can come from within and trading goods and services with each other in our own communities. Dan talks about how his local economy exhibits Economic Ecosystem Traits. What do you think? … Read More

Creative Minds – Networking the Creative Economy

Kevin Stolarick, Research Director at the Martin Prosperity Institute helped me understand the power of networking when it comes to the creative class. In one of our project meetings he indicated that three networks were required in order to successfully … Read More

BBQ in the winter
image by Stuart Miles

Prince Edward County is a fairly cold, quiet and lonely place in the winter. Recently my wife (marketing consultant) and I (Creative Economy Economic Developer) attended the first of many to come dinner club party’s. Our newly formed dinner club is a great crowd of creative class folks. Our hosts Mark (artisan) & Mary Jane (talent agent), their friend Kent, an artist from Toronto, Fred (a French winemaker) and his lady Jennifer ( a handmade soap entrepreneur), Lino and Manuel (Toronto creative class expats and “Accidental” artisan farmers) got off to a great start. Our friend Michael (chef) was not feeling well and didn’t make it

To beat the winter blues a BBQ summer theme was conveyed.

They have a modest but tuscan feeling homestead with a fabulous brick and timber kitchen. To kick the evening off we enjoyed mahi mahi fish tacos, charcuterie, red wine and olives as an appetizer around the country kitchen island. Dinner progressed to the farm table dinning room and featured a basil and fava bean salad, bbq ribs and chicken (cooked outside in -20 degree weather) and a quasi cassoulet bean mash. My wife finished the dinner service off with a no-dairy tofu inspired key lime pie that was a winner. There was great conversation to be had throughout the evening.

The key creative moment for me though was post dinner. This is a 30 something and 40ish crowd and they still like to party and dance. Not too many dance clubs in Picton, none:-(  really so Kent via our hosts’ mac and napster music subscription service spontaneously and on the fly put together an 80’s DJ inspired music list, then broadcast it to the impressive full sounding wireless speakers and voila the kitchen was turned into a post dinner dance club.

I was really impressed with the spontaneity of it all and innovation of turning the kitchen into a dance club in the absence of dance options in our charming but dance option lacking Creative Rural Economy.

Stay tuned for my next dance report on Prom Night