“Penticton Top 40 under 40 is presented by Prospera Credit Union in partnership with the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce and JCI Penticton, with support from Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen”
Nicholas Vincent moved to Penticton from Sydney Australia in July of 2009. He quickly went to work establishing himself in the community as a focused and passionate entrepreneur. Before coming to Penticton he created “Visualize It” in 2002. An Architectural Visualization, Web Services company within Canada and Australia. His ambitions lead him to being a big part of the Farm Bag Fundraiser program. This innovative program allows families to put local fruits and vegetables on the table, while directly and financially supporting farmers and schools in the community. The sale of each bag nets a profit for the fundraising body.
Farmers who supply to the program benefit from advance and flexible sales in addition to receiving a higher than average return for their produce. The 5-month season, which runs from October to February, means that the program is able to source locally grown, long-storing produce with preference given to organic suppliers.
If he wasn’t busy enough with that he decided to open up a vibrant environment for professionals to work on their projects, providing a strong internet connection, a place to collaborate and network and be creative called Cowork Penticton. Cowork holds regular workshops for anyone looking to improve their skills in business and professional networking. With now a second location “Art House Penticton” available after only 18 months of the first location being available Cowork has proven to be a valuable asset to the community.
Nicholas is a published artist who maintains some practice in photography and painting. He was recently elected to be the President on the Board for the Penticton Art Gallery; he is a navigator in the civil air search and rescue association (CASARA), was the photographer at the 2013 JCI Penticton’s Mr Muscle Miss Bikini Contest and is in partnership with Little Green Book and Local Motive Organics.
Nicholas says his greatest regret in life so far is not finding time to create more art and his greatest success is meeting and marrying the lovely Jennifer Vincent! She is the reason he came to Canada and the reason he has the opportunity to be recognized for his achievements!
When asked these questions Nicholas replied:
1. What inspires you on a day to day basis?
2. What was the most significant obstacle you faced and how did you overcome it?
I have to answer questions 1 & 2 together because for me they define each other. To be truly inspired to the degree where the ‘day to day’ requirements of life’s pressures can not stop you is, in my opinion hard work. Being able to keep my focus on my true goals and drawing inspiration from them, I would consider to be the most significant obstacle I face and one that needs to be overcome frequently.
We live in an amazing part of the world and waking up every morning in Penticton is in itself inspiring. But after you open your email and read that note from the client that hasn’t watched the sunrise and is feeling a little put out with the world, can quickly flatten that inspiration. Staying objective and positive through the tough times in business, when clients are pushing and cash flow is tight is a real challenge and this is when keeping focus on your goals can give you the motivation to keep going.
Well defined and achievable goals that address the important areas of my life, family, health (mental and physical), social and then financial are where I draw my true inspiration. And therefore are how I overcome the significant obstacles in my life.
3. What words of advice would you have for up and coming entrepreneurs?
Do it. But don’t do it alone.
Business is not a solo activity, which is something I have to continually remind myself. Advisors and mentors are critical to your success and should be included every stage of business. Use them to answer questions about sales, marketing, finance any area they have expertise in that you don’t. If they’re good, they’ll show you gaps and opportunities in your business that you didn’t see, saving you time and money!
We all hear about the famous business icons, and often get the impression via the media that they built everything themselves. Nothing could be further from the truth, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Dell, Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch… the list goes on, love them or hate them the businesses they are famous for were built by hundreds of other individuals supporting them.
4. What does the word “community” mean to you?
Everything. Community is a very strong word that is used to describe many different collections of ideas and voices. I spend a lot of my time online and while I get great value from various online communities both professional and social, face to face time with the people can’t be replaced.
The cultural and community value of the gatherings that occur around the places I’m involved with (the Penticton Art Gallery, Cowork and Art House) is vital. Face to face contact with people and the experiences shared cannot be replaced and must be encouraged.
5. If you were not doing what you are doing now, what would you be doing?
More art, a lot more art, photography and painting. Travelling, definitely. More art and learning how to be a cabinetmaker.