It was August 2016 when a monumental shift occurred in the heart of Bunbury’s CBD. With great tenderness and care, an iconic business in one of Bunbury’s most treasured and historic buildings, Maker + Co, was passed down from young entrepreneur Jordan Gianfrancesco to Makers, Craig Holland, Colette McEntee and Katie Van Den Brand.
2017 was a year of blood, sweat and tears. Gaining traction for the business was tough. But our Makers were determined to keep the faith and gain increased momentum for the creative and innovative movement in the region.
The Directors at Maker + Co have a large range of skills in creative and innovative business development as well as in governance and project management: skills that have allowed for successful delivery of projects including:
South West Autism Network - Business Plan
Country Arts WA & the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA - Mapping Arts and Culture in Regional Western Australia
CircuitWest - Needs Analysis of Regional Performing Arts Centres in WA
Donnybrook Chamber of Commerce - Strategic Plan
Noongar Country 2017 - Exhibition Coordination Services
Margaret River Wine Association - Arts Consultancy services
State Innovation Strategy - Regional Addendum Contributor
Regional Rural and Remote Women’s Network of WA - Governance, communication and human resources support
And now a quick word from our directors about their year highlights!
Craig – my greatest moment was looking at the bank account and having enough to cover more than one month’s rent! I love being a driver for our creative retail space and seeing our artists and businesses grow.
Colette – The night we launched Downstairs @ Maker + Co was a highlight for me. The energy, support and good will within our partnership and in the community around us gave me total confidence in what we are creating here at Maker + Co.
Katie - being recognised by Hon. Alannah MacTiernan (Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food) as the driver of Innovation in the South West Region. Reflecting the work that has been done by Maker + Co around building and guiding a culture of innovation in Bunbury and the wider State, through our passion for collaborating to build community and ensure economic benefit for the regions.
A huge THANKYOU goes out to Maker + Co’s Foundation Partner, Edith Cowan University, whose support made Makers first great chapter possible.
And 2018 is set to be even bigger, better and brighter with many other great projects already underway!
These so far include:
Bunbury Wellington Economic Alliance - A Revitalised Economic Alliance for Bunbury Geographe
Bunbury Regional Art Galleries - SW Noongar Arts Strategy
City of Bunbury and WAITOC – Six Seasons Arts and Events
Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation - Strategic Plan, Business Plan and Website construction.
City of Mandurah - New Bridge Public Art
Stirling Street Arts Centre - Summer School Tuition
South West Women’s Refuge - Strategic Plan
We can’t wait to see what we can achieve in 2018. Watch this space!