We had the good fortune of connecting with Dave Blauvelt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dave, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve always had an interest in being an entrepreneur and I wanted to be able to control my own destiny. I didn’t like the idea of having to rely on other people’s business practices and decisions for my success. My desire to pursue other opportunities when I was employed helped fuel me to start building a small customer base on the side. I did that for about a year every night after work. Once I gained enough clients, I finally got the courage to break off and start my own business. It was one of the best decisions of my life, well, besides marrying my wife : ) The journey hasn’t always been easy but I tend to envision the potential positive and let that be my driving force. Maintaining a positive attitude helps to gain momentum as you begin a new venture. If you harbor doubts about your potential for success, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Urban Canvas is a creative agency that unites beauty and utility. We are a collective of wild-hearted creatives who believe in connecting people through the power of design. Form + function is our mantra, your creative brief is our canvas, your success is our prize. I’ve learned that treating people right and doing great work has helped Urban Canvas to be a successful company. I believe in nurturing relationships. I’ve seen too many people with mentalities like “you work for me“ or “you should be grateful for this job”. I think all working relationships should be treated as a mutual partnership that has a collaborative goal of doing something great where each party benefits from one another. I also believe that when you let go of your ego, great ideas can form in a group. Our team does a great job of letting the best ideas speak for themselves regardless of titles.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I almost forgot what life was like before Covid. If I had someone visiting from out of town, my first stop would be at The Buckhorn Exchange to grab a drink and soak in the historic ambiance. After that, we would grab dinner at La Doña Mezcaleria to enjoy the greatest molcajete you’ve ever had and enjoy a mezcalrita. To end the evening, we would head to the Levitt Pavilion for a free outdoor concert.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m fortunate to come from a very supportive, hardworking family. I’d like to give a shoutout to my parents who taught me to work hard and to treat people right.