Kielburger captivates at Brussels Meaningful Market - Dec. 20, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Huron County’s first-ever Meaningful Market event was a success according to Huron County Communications and Marketing Officer Katie Marshall.
Held at the Brussels Four Winds Barn on Dec. 12, the event featured a Dragons’ Den-style competition and vendor space for local social enterprises as well as guest speaker Me-to-We co-founder Craig Kielburger.
“It was really great,” Marshall said. “We had over 300 people walk through the market, many of whom stayed for the pitch competition and for Kielburger’s speech.”
Five enterprises competed for funding through the pitch event, with Nicole Urquhart, owner of Huron County Designs, capturing first place, earning funds to expand her business.
The judges for the competition also wanted to choose a second winner, and that honour went to the Pamela Patterson, also known as the Pallet Witch, who creates furniture and wood products from recycled pallets.
Marshall said that the event was inspired by the Meaningful Market hosted by the Pillar Nonprofit Network in London.
“We wanted to do an event similar to what they had done,” she said. “We wanted the event to be a celebration of local social entrepreneurs.”
She said the spirit of the evening was underlined by Kielburger during his speech.
As for the future of the event, Marshall says its success has the county considering running it again, though it may be in a different location.
“It would be nice to be able to move it around the county,” she said.