Most people when they think of moving to the United States, automatically think that acquiring a Green Card is key to their move, but that is true only when one wants to work as an .
Now, some Canadians may be asking the question, why go to the United States? Why not offer the jobs here? And I can truthfully say God knows how much I’ve tried, but our Canadian culture, as lovely as it is, is not as open-minded, especially when it comes to combining creative and do-good work as a viable business, not only to secure grants from, but also to sell to, as most Canadians I’ve discovered are more comfortable with the traditional and the known … not leaving much room for growth and expansion of a company using creativity to make a positive difference in the world.
So, after many attempts here and much more good fortune happening in the US, I’m just following the course of action many other Canadians have had to follow in order to do the work they love and for the income the US provides.
Interestingly enough, today I received an invitation by email from Huron County, the result of my last spring’s early participation in an Angels’ Investors’ contest that I withdrew from by my relocation back to the Greater Toronto Area.
With my relocation to the Town of Georgina, I recently applied for a grant to grow and expand my business, but I was declined, in part because I didn’t have enough of my own cash to invest, but also because the very nature of the company is foreign to our Canadian culture, as demonstrated by our country’s two options for organizations, either a for-profit business venture or a non-profit, whereas in the US, particularly in just a few states, including California, there is a third option called a social business venture.
These organizations are for-profit structures who also commit to allocating a certain percentage of their profits to a social cause … and since my company exists to meet a social need, our existence will also give back in several ways:
1.For our social work that earns us profit while doing good.
2.For the profit that provides operating funds, thereby enabling the company not to have to solicit funds from other organizations.
3.The structure, sole proprietorship/partnership, prevents the company from establishing a board that could distract the company from its goal by a profit mandate.
4.The model prevents the company from taking on sponsors who could compromise the company’s image
5.Allows the company the flexibility to grow, change, and adapt in order to best meet its goals.
Now, since my time here in Georgina the past six months, I had been thinking perhaps this was going to be the area of my east coast, Canada-based operations, but after receipt of today’s Huron County invitation, perhaps the most prudent location could be closer to where I grew up, not too far from Huron County, which is close to the US border and my printer in Michigan.
Regardless though, the San Francisco/Bay Area and north of these areas remains the target location for the US and west coast base.
Currently, I’m waiting for the IRS to approve my ITIN application number and next on the docket will be my applications, first for a Business Visa and then the step-up Visa for creative and entrepreneurs, which is great to have discovered as I dig deeper into what it will take for my company to also be based in the United States … sooner than later.
Much change is on the horizon .. the positive, healthy kind of change … hooray for the many who will benefit … not just in the US or Canada, but also around the world!
Because everyone matters.
March 2, 2017
Kaitlin Ann Trepanier, Founder/President of Connecting the Dots … with The Respect Principle … the for-profit social business venture raising Respect Levels with original entertaining, educational, and inspirational books, products, and services. ©All Rights Reserved 2016