Annette McArthur celebrated the opening of her new venture, Aldergrove Enterprise Centre, on May 3 in the company of many friends including business associate Steve Stein.
The official opening will be on June 8, when renovations will be completed on the 1,200 square foot space at 3227 – 264 Street (below the Langley Banquet Centre).
McArthur has been in the public relations business for 25 years, and after relocating to Aldergrove from Langford a couple years ago, decided it was time to venture out on her own with a new concept.
Aldergrove Enterprise Centre will serve as a base for home-based businesses that need a professional space for meetings and special presentations.
“I know how hard it can be to work from home sometimes, with distractions and so on,” said McArthur. “This space will give home-based businesses, freelance professionals and sales reps a sense that they belong somewhere.”
The Enterprise Centre will have a front desk and secretary, a board room, a half dozen micro-offices and a broadcast studio for live streaming video. All of these services and spaces will be available for rental rates that are affordable for small start-up businesses.
There will also be networking opportunities, along with the PR advice of seasoned PR people like McArthur and her associates.
“It’s most important that small businesses succeed — there is an 80 per cent fail rate. Many of them die of a broken heart,” says McArthur.
“People talk about thinking outside of the box but the ‘box’ works. Sure, get creative, but don’t venture too far astray.”
McArthur says “Aldergrove is perfect” for this venture, as it is centrally located with easy access to all points in the province and the U.S.