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eSAX podcast featuring Blair Kilrae of Collab Space with Jarrod Goldsmith

Jarrod is joined by Blair Kilrea, Co-Founder of Collab Space in Ottawa, Ontario. Jarrod and Blair discuss how Blair fell into entrepreneurship and has never turned back. Blair has advice for business in the start-up phase and discusses the value in collaborating and networking with other entrepreneurs.

ABOUT Blair Kilrae:

With a background in Technology Blair went on a journey to create unique spaces for business’ to connect and network. Blair’s passion is to help the entrepreneurial community to expand their individual reaches and has accomplished this through his development of Collaborative coworking spaces.

Using his charismatic and enthusiastic approach to business, Blair has touched the lives of many entrepreneurs in the Ottawa area. Having worked in a variety of industries for the past twenty years, Blair brings his passion for success to those around him. 

ABOUT Collab Space:

Story: Collab Space is the dream of Ottawa serial entrepreneurs Emile Salem and Blair Kilrea, who believe it takes a community to raise a successful business. Their vision – to create a space where entrepreneurs and small business owners can come together and support each other to overcome business challenges they may face on the road to success.

Philosophy: At Collab Space, we take a personal interest in the growth and success of every business. We don’t simply provide our members with a place to work; we offer a community of mentors and a wide range of tools and supports to help small businesses thrive.

Vision: To be the backbone of the small business community in Ottawa by being– a collaborative space where businesses can learn, grow and succeed together.


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eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience – https://eSAX.ca) is an entrepreneur networking community for small business located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. #eSAX Makes Networking Work!

eSAX was founded by entrepreneur and musician Jarrod Goldsmith. Jarrod is a Canadian small business community builder and is the embodiment of the small business spirit. He is one of Ottawa’s best known entrepreneurs and founded Sax Appeal (Canada’s Premier Saxophone Ensemble), Sax Appeal Productions (an agency for all live music in Ottawa and Gatineau providing live jazz music, classical music, Christmas and holiday music, cocktail music, or wedding music), eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience); Ottawa’s largest entrepreneur networking community for small business, eXclusive eXperience and hosts both Ask the Fedora (a YouTube video series on entrepreneur networking for smallbiz) and the eSAX Podcast series.

This podcast was produced by Barking Monkey Studio.

Managing expectations is essential for business networking events by Jarrod Goldsmith of eSAX Ottawa

When you go to a networking event you should have a plan. It’s wise to have measurable goals to achieve so you can judge if the event was beneficial!

ABOUT Jarrod Goldsmith:

Jarrod Goldsmith is a Canadian small business community builder and is the embodiment of the small business spirit. He is recognized as one of Ottawa’s premiere champions for fostering a stronger small business community. As an active member of the Ottawa Board of Trade (as well as all previous regional Chambers of Commerce in the Ottawa, Ontario, Canada area), he is one of the region’s best known entrepreneurial networkers.

Jarrod’s commitment to community engagement was further recognized when he ran for Ottawa City Councillor (Orléans, Ward 1) in the October 2018 municipal election.

Jarrod is an in-demand speaker who offers inspiration (and practical) knowledge to help others achieve their dream of entrepreneurship. He has been featured in dozens of televisionvideo and audio segments, as well as having articles published in newspapers, magazines and on-line forums promoting and motivating the entrepreneur community.

He regularly hosts workshops and seminars for students, startups, small business and community groups on the value of developing lasting professional relationships.

Jarrod’s passion for music, organizational abilities, public relation and leadership skills make for a perfect combination in creating not only Sax Appeal (Canada’s Premier Saxophone Ensemble), but also eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience) – an entrepreneur networking community for small business.

In addition, Jarrod hosts eXclusive eXperience; a monthly networking opportunity for senior executives.

As another way to help encourage, promote and offer greater assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs, Jarrod also hosts a regular YouTube video series titled Ask the Fedora (subscribe now to learn about how to make YOUR networking work)!

Jarrod is an extremely enthusiastic and dedicated communications professional who is available for pubic speaking engagements and consulting. Contact Jarrod for any media requests, speaking engagements or to see how he can help your business or organization with marketing, branding, social media or networking!


Subscribe to the eSAX YouTube channel for more entrepreneur networking tips and connect with us on social media! Twitter (#eSAX) / Facebook / Instagram / LinkedIn

eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience – https://eSAX.ca) is an entrepreneur networking community for small business located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. #eSAX Makes Networking Work!

eSAX was founded by entrepreneur and musician Jarrod Goldsmith. Jarrod is a Canadian small business community builder and is the embodiment of the small business spirit. He is one of Ottawa’s best known entrepreneurs and founded Sax Appeal (Canada’s Premier Saxophone Ensemble), Sax Appeal Productions (an agency for all live music in Ottawa and Gatineau providing live jazz music, classical music, Christmas and holiday music, cocktail music, or wedding music), eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience); Ottawa’s largest entrepreneur networking community for small business, eXclusive eXperience and hosts both Ask the Fedora (a YouTube video series on entrepreneur networking for smallbiz) and the eSAX Podcast series.

This podcast was produced by Barking Monkey Studio.