Finding Inspiration On The Surface (Pro) By Nicole Darechuk of Terradare, eSAX Microsoft Blog

Finding Inspiration on the Surface (Pro)

By Nicole Darechuk, Terradare Inc.

Contrary to typically finding inspiration from within, I found inspiration on the surface. The Microsoft Surface that is. I have always dreamed of running my business from a beach and now it feels more like I can make it a reality with a Surface Pro.

When Jarrod Goldsmith, Founder of eSAX, arrived on site and handed me the new Microsoft Surface Pro, I stood there with box in hand thinking this will be an experience like any other with a tablet that totes itself to be a convertible wonder of productivity. My prediction about the experience was wrong. I better not quit my day job…for now!

After Jarrod departed, I carefully unpacked the tablet and keyboard from its fitted plastic wrap. Instinctively, I attached the two pieces together and was off to the races with a single click of the power button.

It booted in mere seconds and I became mesmerized with the glowing screen. One swipe and I’m in. This immediate inspiration resulted in instantly hating my very recently acquired convertible notebook and regretted not taking a chance of spending an extra bit of cash to have one of these for myself.

My first experience logging in was easy and being a Microsoft fan since the age of 12, I felt like I was “at home” while “at work”. Being a cloud-space tech-focused consultant and running my own business entirely on cloud tech, this machine was going to make my interactions with clients incredible. I could see the possibilities of being able to make such a great impression on my existing and prospective clients. I would no longer have to worry about having enough power to load my “tools”. I felt rejuvenated.

I was subsequently sad to have to return the Surface Pro to Jarrod who would then be passing it on to the next to-be-inspired entrepreneur, but I’m pumped about my future shopping trip to get one of my very own to keep!

Now that my dream has turned into near-future reality, I’ll be planning to relocate Terradare to the beach!

I would like to thank Waleed Hafeez, Commercial Digital Community Manager, and Jarrod Goldsmith of eSAX – The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience for providing me with access to the new Surface Pro in order to review it and the opportunity to let the entrepreneurial community know how Microsoft ensures an effective and reliable way to do business in Ottawa.

Terradare Inc. creates cloud-based solutions and strategies. Our Ottawa firm specializes in creating business intelligence platforms, improving processes with automation and implementing technology like CRMs, helpdesk and accounting apps. Expertise includes marketing and sales automation.

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Finding Inspiration On The Surface (Pro) By Nicole Darechuk of Terradare, eSAX Microsoft Blog

Pitchfest: July 11, 2018

eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience); is an entrepreneur networking community and tradeshow for small business to create connections, gain knowledge and promote regional economic collaboration among Chambers of Commerce. Events are held every 3 months (January, April, July and October); originally to coincide with the Ontario Self-Employment Benefits Program.

Featuring Dylan Black (Boom 99.7 FM and Daytime Ottawa) – Master of Ceremonies

with a special performance by Sax Appeal!

What is a Pitchfest?

A pitchfest is where entrepreneurs present in front of a panel (e.g., Dragons’ Den) to potentially win resources that will aid their business.


  • Have been in business less than five (5) years
  • Have generated less than $500,000 in revenue since inception
  • Be headquartered within 100 km of the National Capital Region
  • Note that a maximum of ten (10) companies will be eligible to pitch!


Deadline to apply is Friday, July 7, 2018 (midnight). Individuals must register and provide a business logo, website URL, Twitter account and 500 word description to prior to the deadline.


Participants will have five (5) minutes to explain their vision and business concept to ‘win-over’ the crowd. Live voting will be done by our entrepreneur peers in attendance @eSAX, so this will also be a great opportunity to receive considerable exposure in front of hundreds of other business and community leaders.


Will be awarded to the top three (3) applicants as judged by popular vote @eSAX (i.e., 1st prize, 2nd prize and 3rd prize).Each prize package will consist of multiple products/services as per details below.

The following prize packages (subject to change) will be awarded to the top 3 (three) applicants as judged by popular vote @eSAX on July 11, 2018*

  • Note that additional prizes will be added on an on-going basis!

1st Prize:

Ridout & Maybee LLP Patent, trademark, or copyright legal fees ($5000); Ottawa Business Journal Advertising ($1500); STELLACON Solutions Coaching Session ($1800); Founder Institute Fellowship up to 2 people ($1000 USD); West Ottawa Board of Trade Annual Membership Discount ($300); Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast x 1 ($50); Collab Space 1 month free membership ($200);

2nd Prize:

Nancy Morris 6 months business mentoring ($2497); Founder Institute Fellowship up to 2 people ($1000 USD); TiECon Ottawa Conference x 2 tickets ($500); Breakfast with Bruce M Firestone, PhD; Steve Cody mentoring session; Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast x 1 ($50);

3rd Prize

Ottawa Special Events Indoor movie night package ($550) (includes big screen, projector, audio & popcorn machine); Pita Pit catering for up to 10 people ($100); Ruckify Bucks (TBD); Dinner, Show & Night-Out Package with East Coast Limos ($625), Bamboo Restaurant ($100), 8 tickets to Yuk Yuk’s ($160) and a nights stay at the Cartier Place Suite Hotel ($200)

Join us as we reshape Ottawa’s entrepreneur community and raise funds for the CHEO Foundation, Max Keeping Fun & Ability First Ottawa!

Some Conversation Topics To Avoid At Networking Events

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Be sure to subscribe to our eSAX YouTube channel for more great entrepreneur networking tips, tricks and best practices.

#eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience) is an entrepreneur networking community and tradeshow for small business to create connections, gain knowledge from featured speakers and promote regional economic collaboration among Chambers of Commerce and community/business leaders.

#eSAX Makes Networking Work !

eSAX was founded by entrepreneur and musician Jarrod Goldsmith of Sax Appeal Ottawa