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City Hall Are You Paying Attention?

With the Global population rising to 9 Billion over the next 10 -15 years, some municipalities are still going to shrink, and many will increase beyond it’s ability to provide services. What will City Hall do with it’s collapsing tax basins. A disclaimer, I don’t for a minute claim to understand what it’s like to sit on a City Council. I wouldn’t want the job truth be told, so I’m not saying what they do is easy, anyone can point fingers and complain. We the people have really set City Hall up to fail, but that’s not my point. I am however,  praying City hall is paying attention to a trend in our aging population, and business community.

Third world countries will have the most population growth over western countries, but we will eventually reach 9 Billion in the coming decade or so. The current challenge is not with the growth as much as it is with those wondering off to pasture, the baby boomers. The first of the baby boomers will turn 65 this year, but the real challenge is, the tail end of the baby boomers are turning 50 in 2014, and this generation is the largest portion of our population. That means the average age will be 40, the generations to come are unable to replace the boomers in the workforce, we will have to rely on immigration to fill the that gap. That is another topic for another time.

Imagine, today 50% of the population is over the age of 30, it won’t be long before 50% of the population is over 50. This trend will continue because we no linger birth children at the rate we used to, we could birth them fast enough to catchup and solve the problem of an aging world. The numbers alone don’t really show you the problem, it’s not the numbers as much as it is how the generations yet to come think. They won’t value what we value today. If you were to poll the under 20 generation today, they will tell you that ownership is not that important to them. The idea of owning a home, or a car for that matter, is not on the radar screen for most of them. They don’t value ownership the same way people do over the age of 40. What does that mean, less money filling the tax bucket in many municipalities. Is City Hall even looking at that problem?

The under 20 generation and the one’s to follow, will most likely buy into the co-op housing, or shoebox appartments long before owning a house on land. Why, They value lifestyle over workstyle. They are not willing to give up what many of us did to have the lifestyle we have, we traded our time for dollars, we worked to live. The younger generations don’t value work the same way, most people over the age of 40 have their identity wrapped up in what they do for work. Their work validates them, it is who they are, not what they do. Gen C and beyond do not have that conditioning to deal with, creating a different thought process on ownership of home and country.

City Hall also has to deal with another shift, 60% of all commerce is going online, that to may help shrink the tax basin. How? A local bricks & mortar business decides to sell it’s products and services online exclusively. Let’s say they have success. Before you know it, they have shutdown that bricks & mortar location, they discover they don’t even need an office, they’ve put everything out on the cloud, and then run their business by smartphone. How will that impact real estate, (read my thoughts on agents becoming obsolete here) let alone the tax revenues cities rely on. As you can see these shifts in thinking by the generations to come will rewite the rule book in every municipality. Is City Hall paying attention?

While all this is happening, we will have other issues to deal with, water shortages, possible food shortages and so on. We will enter into a society not unlike the one in the movie “The Book Of ELI”, in that movie, we kill (people) for things we throw away today. One man’s garbage is another mans treasure.

I don’t know how our City Hall’s will be able to change the way they think, but I hope they do, our communities depend on it. Protectionism and control are the current model of running a city, I fear that will be the undoing, because my kids kids won’t tolerate it.

This problem of an aging population belongs to all of us, we will have to work hard to maintain the economies and lifestyles we enjoy today here in the western front. What other challenges do you see?

Merry Christmas From The Greaves Household

It’s Christmas Eve and we are about to enter into a time of Blessing and Family, not everyone has this luxury. We can however, adopt those less fortunate and make this time of year a time warmth & love. I charge you to Bless someone this Christmas, someone you don’t know.

This year is somewhat sombre for me, I have struggled more this year than ever with missing my Father, he left us Dec 11th, 1998, Cancer took what life had left. Christmas was his favorite time of year, he would go overboard with decorating the house, and he made sure we had at least 5 or 6 presents for each of three kids. My Father always made sure those around him felt encouraged and watched over, he always helped someone, and he always made sure Christmas was special for everyone.

You’ve read it here many times, and if you’ve heard me speak, you know my war cry:

How Many People Are Better Off Because You Lived?

I pray this message finds you well and that 2010 will be a great year for you & your family.

So, from the Greaves Household, Merry Christmas & may 2011 Be The Best Year Yet!

The Annual Tourism Abbotsford Christmas Breakfast

I took in the Annual Tourism Abbotsford Christmas Breakfast Wednesday Dec 8th at the TRADEX, it’s located at the Abbotsford International Airport. I have to admit I was extremely surprised at how this event was presented, I walked in expecting the typical bare bones type of breakfast, but my hat goes off to the organizers for what I thought was a posh event. It was top drawer. I had the privilege of sitting with some very special people in our community, I am providing a few pics for you, they were taken by Rick Rake (known as THE UNGURU) and now the new media called TNN (Twitter News Network), he is everywhere. You can find Rick on Twitter by the handle: @rickrake

As I mentioned, I was fortunate enough to sit with these two beautiful roses, Wendy Schultz (General Manager) & Michelle Lalonde (Marketing Director) of Seven Oaks Mall . Seven Oaks Mall Twitter handle is: @shopsevenoaks

Also seated at my table was Rick & Kathleen Rake of Click Media Works, Gary Dickinson Owner of Abbotsford DUTY FREE, Ronald A. Kelly of Baker Newby.

A number of dignitaries were on hand and I was caught hobnobbing:

Here I am with Deb Lowell (Public Relations Director for The Salvation Army) & Mayor of Abbotsford George Peary : )

One of the key people who make Tourism Abbotsford run smoothly is Yvonne Hayden, she is the Visitor Services Manager, and the Head Tweeter on Twitter. Gotta love The Twitter. I’m flanked by Jodie Jacobsen & Yvonne in this picture:

This next picture was unexpected but what fun it was to meet Dan Stefanson, he happens to be the Executive Director of  Tourism Abbotsford, and next to him is the honorable JohnVan Dongen, MLA for Abbotsford South. Thanks to TNN (Rick Rake) for this great photo.

A good time was had by all and frankly I was very impressed with this event and highly recommend attending next year, well done!

Naked Boxer Briefs

Summer Dhillon and Model

The title says it all doesn’t it? Well, believe it or not, that is the name of a brand new product and company here in my community. I attended the coming out party for this group of amazing entrepreneurs last nite, and I had a blast watching men in Naked Boxer Briefs. I didn’t get the chance to ask Joel Primus (CEO & Founder) where and how the name came about, but I discovered the answer to that question on their Blog. I highly recommend you visit their site and witness a great company in the making.

Let’s face it, when you get invited to an event like this, you know it’s going to be fun. The location for this gala event was at the prestigious Ronald Allan Clothiers store in Abbotsford, the store alone is worth the visit, let alone men in naked boxer briefs. I should also mention that the Ronald Allan Clothiers store has been a fixture in this community since 1953, they are well known for quality fashions, commitment & service, it’s what they do. They have also been recognized with Sales and Service awards including Chamber of Commerce Retailer of the Year. So you know you are well looked after at Ronald Allan Clothiers.

The wine & not cheese event had it’s dignitaries present, here’s a picture of me with Abbotsford Mayor Goerge Peary and Dean Sutton of Sutton Industries International Ltd. I tip my hat to Mayor George Peary, he is a great supporter of his community, he doesn’t just give lip service, he shows up!

Owen, George & Dean

And no, we did not model the Naked Boxer Briefs, we were there to support Joel Primus & Ross Brown, along with the rest of their team, in launching Naked Boxer Brief in Abbotsford at Ronald Allan Clothiers. Here is a picture of Ross, myself & Joel:

Joel, Owen, Ross

Now Joel Primus is the CEO / Founder of Naked Boxer Brief, and every CEO has his right hand man, in this case, it’s Ross Brown. Ross is accomplished and well known in the Abbotsford area, he serves as Chairman of the Board, and is the Managing Partner of Altitude Consulting and Altitude Search Marketing, just to name a few. (You can read more about the team on their site)

If you are asking the question, what are Naked Boxer Briefs? They are just that, men’s under garments, you’ll have to make a trip to Ronald Allan Fashions in Abbotsford and try a pair on, I guarantee you’ll like the product.

The table with all the food was well attended, and you’ll never guess who I found guarding the table. The lovely and vivacious Chrissy Lambert of Fraser Valley Pulse. Chrissy is a featured writer with Fraser Valley Pulse, she covers Health, Beauty and you guessed it Fashion. She is all decked out with me by her side : )

Chrissy Lambert & Owen

As you can see, much is happening in our community, entrepreneurs are making they’re mark, and they are doing it in Naked Boxer Briefs! It was an honor to be invited to this moment in history, I wish Joel & his team well, and you will be hearing more about them here, so stay tuned to Owen Greaves.com for future Naked Boxer Brief events, you won’t want to miss them.

The pictures at the event and for this blog post were taken by the Social Media UNGURU Rick Rake, be sure to follow him on Twitter!

FRESH! Fraser Valley Sept 25th, 2010

In just a couple of days you will have the opportunity to meet and hear some budding entrepreneurs in our area at an event called FRESH! Fraser Valley. So mark Septemeber 25th on your calendar and plan to spend the day, it will be one the best investments to learn that you’ve ever made. The Fraser Valley is the eastern corridor of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada in case you were wondering. This includes the  communities of Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Mission, Aldergrove, and Langley.

An incredible line-up of speakers is on the docet, an opportunity to learn and grow through planned workshops is available to you. For a list of speakers and their topics, just go to this link: FRESH! Conference Speakers

Be sure to register, you can do that here: Register for FRESH!

It is with great pleasure to be one of the speakers at this event, I’ll be speaking on why sharing and resources can contribute to entrepreneurial success. I teach and preach the Open & Free Business Model, how to give away content and generate revenue. I know you want to know : )

I look forward to meeting you, and having the opportunity to share how you can give yourself away and increase revenues at the same time. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy informational booths with some of the sharpest entrepreneurs in our area. Come learn and network with like-minded people at FRESH! Fraser Valley.

The Venue:

The Ramada Plaza & Conference Centre
36035 North Parallel Rd. (Whatcom Road Exit on the Trans Canada Highway)
Abbotsford BC, Canada, V3G 2C6

See you there!