Celebrating ten years of REAP

Thanks to DIRTT Environmental Solutions for creating this anniversary video

Watch video

Be an Agent of Change!

Help local businesses grow with your next move.

Learn More

Be Local is brought to you by REAP.

We're an association for locally owned businesses that care about the community and the planet.

Learn More

Join our business network!

Become a member today. 

Click Here

Living Locally

The Urban Painter values family and community

November 15, 2017

Since the age of 14, Jon B.* dreamed of starting his own business. In 2008, that dream became a reality with The Urban Painter.

Specializing in both interior and exterior paint jobs, Jon and his brother David are looking to shake up the industry. “We wanted to make an impact while looking after other people,” Jon says.

Being a family-run business, Jon felt it was important to treat The Urban Painter team like family as well. In lieu of hiring subcontractors (a common practice in construction), the brothers opted to hire 30 employees full-time with benefits.

One of those benefits is paid time off for volunteering. The Urban Painter is heavily involved in the community, donating regularly to Calgary Interfaith Food Bank and doing annual pro-bono projects for non-profit spaces like Decidedly Jazz Danceworks – a project that Jon says was lots of fun.

“It gets our team out to do something that doesn’t feel like work, and improves the space for an organization that does a lot of good for the community.”

In partnership with the City of Calgary, The Urban Painter has also been facilitating paint can drives since 2016. By picking up unused paint in exchange for a donation of non-perishable food, The Urban Painter simultaneously helps people declutter their garages of old paint cans, ensures that unused paint is properly recycled, and generates donations for Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. To date, the company has diverted about 1,500 gallons of paint, with hopes of quadrupling that number next year.

“We want to continue being involved in the Calgary community. To do more, and do better,” Jon says.


*Last name withheld by request


Click here to learn more about The Urban Painter’s Interior, Exterior, and Commercial services.
Reach out for a quote here.
Connect with The Urban Painter on Instagram and LinkedIn.
Check out The Urban Painter’s Sustainability Profile!

Read More

Did you know?

52% of Albertans are happiest when they feel a strong connection to nature

Featured Event

Sustainability for Breakfast: Forging Business Culture

Dec. 5, 2017 - Dec. 5, 2017

Raw Bar, Hotel Arts
119 12 Ave SW

Sustainability for Breakfast presents "Forging Business Culture"

Connectivity, job automation and the intensifying search for more meaningful consumerism are driving the emergence of what Trendwatching calls “glass box brands”. Any of you who are on social media will understand what this means – there is no longer a dividing line between internal and external communications when it comes to your brand. What your employees experience, your customer also experiences, immediately, through social media, so it’s more important than ever to actively create your culture. 

Employee Engagement has fast become the most pivotal business issue of our time. With over 3/4 of employees operating at various levels of disengagement nationally, there will be two types of leaders in the coming decade; those who learn how to engage their employees and those whose businesses will simply fail. 

Shane Wallace, CEO of Culturesmith Inc., will share how to intentionally forge a business culture that will attract and keep customers and employees who share your values, so that you can grow your business.

About Shane Wallace:

Shane works with Entrepreneurs and C-suite Executives of rapidly scaling enterprises to craft the type bulletproof Corporate Cultures needed to inspire their people to bring forth more discretionary effort daily. 

As a Speaker he is driven to educate Leaders as to the size and scope of the Engagement Epidemic, and inspire them to take action by providing real, tangible strategies that they can implement with minimal cost and effort.  

As a Thought Leader, his aim is to add shape to the concepts of Culture and Engagement, to pull them from the ether and provide a set of tools you can use to create meaningful, rewarding and sustainable businesses.  


 Arrival, breakfast & networking 8:00-8:30 am
Presentation and interactive discussion with Shane Wallace 8:30-9:45 am
Wrap up 9:45-10:00 am

Food: Breakfast will include gluten-free and vegan options, coffee, and tea. This is included in your registration.

Access: This venue is accessible for all people with limited mobility. 

Parking: Street parking is located along 12 Avenue, 1 Street SW and Centre Street around the building. It is free before 9 am. For those who wish to bike, Hotel Arts is on the Cycle Track Network. Visit http://www.calgarytransit.com for transit options.

Registration: Payment is required at the time of your RSVP and is $30 per person. There will be a limited number of spaces at the door for those wishing to pay by Calgary Dollars. Please reserve one of these spaces by posting a comment.

Proudly organized by REAP Business Association. 
Bullfrogpowered with 100% green electricity.


The registration fee is required to cover REAP's ongoing costs to organize this event series: catering, promotional expenses (signage, Meetup organizer fees), insurance, and staff time.
more >

Did you know?

REAP businesses generate $21 billion in annual revenue