BECOME AN ÉCONOMUSÉE
Économusée is also a business model that enables artisans to make practicing their trade economically viable, thereby helping to perpetuate traditional know-how in a sustainable manner.
The concept makes it possible for artisans to meet their public. Visitors are welcomed in the artisans’ workshops where they can share their know-how. Opening the doors of workshops to visitors allows for a variety of exchanges to take place between them and the artisan, which demonstrate artisans’ passion and significant contribution to the preservation of intangible cultural heritage. Through fee-based guided visits and boutique sales, artisans are able to generate additional business revenue and circulate their products outside of their region. The distinctive tourist offering that the économusée represents plays a role in creating jobs and hence in the vitality of local communities.
For over 25 years, the ENS has helped business-owning artisans to stand out from the competition. It has demonstrated its outstanding expertise in assessing tourist projects focused on enhancing cultural heritage with all the necessary skills for supporting the development of high-quality tourist products.
Becoming a member of the ENS puts you at the heart of a network that has a grasp on the entire set of variables that determine your business’s sustainable development and allow you to stand out from the competition by putting out a world-class offering.
The ENS provides effective business mentoring that has a proven track record with the ÉCONOMUSÉE® business model, as well as formal support for your unique product’s marketing under the Artisan at work and Économusée labels.
The ENS acts in your best interests at all times and it takes to heart your business’s development.
- TOURISM OFFERING DEVELOPMENT
- BEING PART OF A QUEBEC AND AN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
- PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR IMPLEMENTATION OR FOR VISITOR EXPERIENCE ENHANCEMENT
- SEARCH FOR FUNDING
- CREATING MEMBER CIRCUITS
- STRATEGIC KNOWLEDGE
- COMPETITIVE CAPABILITIES
- ÉCONOMUSÉE®BRANDING STRATEGIES
THE ÉCONOMUSÉE BUSINESS MODEL‘S SUCCESS
The ÉCONOMUSÉE®business model’s success is owed in part to a solid process of supporting businesses. In addition, the improvements brought about in businesses become vectors of growth:
- Significant improvement of visitor facilities, visits, and sales
- Improving visiting customers’ experience through contact with the artisan and the discovery of the manufacturing process of local and authentic products
- Increasing revenue (product sales and fee-based guided visits) through an enhanced customer experience and increased visitation
- Rapid adaptation to clientele needs as a result of direct contact with them
- Greater visibility thanks to membership in the ÉCONOMUSÉE® network
- Increased revenue for businesses enabling greater investment in new equipment and developing new distribution channels (other members of the ÉCONOMUSÉE® network, opening shops in urban areas, public markets, trade shows, grocery stores, SAQ) with a view to maintaining competitiveness
WHO CAN BECOME A MEMBER?
The ENS is an artisans’ network, i.e. individuals practicing a craft or using traditional techniques or techniques inspired from tradition, whose work consists in consists in using their know-how and talents to manufacture unique items as a means to earning an income. At the heart of the ÉCONOMUSÉE® lies the artisan at work, in other words “a heritage earning a living.”
The network seeks to attract creative artisans practicing a craft associated with intangible know-how. They are actors of a community’s cultural heritage, whose identity they help to define through their know-how:
- Know, an intangible witness who is part of a local culture, tradition, and transmission
- How, a tangible witness of a type of economic activity characterized by its artisanal nature and raw material processing in order to attribute added value to it.
An artisan can be defined as a person who, with a view to earning an income :
- Practices a professional activity
- Is self-employed
- Manufactures utilitarian items in limited numbers
- Ensures most stages of the manufacturing process
- Usually has a workshop
Artisans create artisanal items
- By hand and using machines
- Using a limited number of tools
- Inspired from tradition while integrating new technologies
ARTISAN SELECTION CRITERIA
- Having a privately owned, for-profit business, a workers’ cooperative or a non-profit organization that has been active for at least three years
- Using a traditional technique or know-how, or inspired from tradition, to create products
- Creating items whose quality is recognized
- Having the ability and desire to be innovative in the production process
- Maintaining production year-round and opening the business’s doors to the public, or agreeing to do so, for at least four (4) months per year
- Having a turnover of over seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000) per year (Québec) and being able to demonstrate the business’s financial viability
- Showing a marked interest for welcoming visitors
- Being in a location with a potential for attracting visitors
- Working in a building with the required space for hosting an ÉCONOMUSÉE and welcoming visitors (15 to 20 people at a time) or planning to acquire such spaces
- Working in a location and buildings of quality
To these are added considerations such as enjoying peer recognition, support from the tourist, economic, or political spheres, and above all, being dedicated to passing on know-how.