Filaprint is a unique company that creates custom land models and brings them to life by hand-painting landscape details. Founded in 2015 by Jody Mitchell in Tumbler Ridge, Mitchell’s clients use the custom product to bridge communication gaps and help people visualize the landscape by looking at the three-dimensional map on the table.
While researching in preparation to launch her business, Mitchell learned about Northern Development and the Supply Chain Connector database. Quickly, Mitchell registered her business with the Supply Chain Connector – a free industrial supply and service database of businesses located in central and northern B.C. that serves to connect businesses and procurement managers for work on major industrial projects.
“Thank you Supply Chain Connector for the best clients being directed my way,” Mitchell wrote in October 2018. “When I signed up with the Supply Chain Connector almost three years ago my goal was to help support B.C.’s largest industrial developments by providing 3D models for them to pitch with… I am certain that Northern Development has had a huge role in this and I am forever grateful for this service that you’ve provided.”
From the natural resources industry, to ski lodges, to commercial developers, Filaprint’s land models facilitate clear communication and easy visualizing for everyone involved. Mitchell estimates that almost half of her orders are from people who discovered Filaprint on the Supply Chain Connector.
“The Supply Chain Connector is putting my information and my story out there. It gives us a professional nod and allows us to get bigger contracts with larger markets,” Mitchell said. “Northern Development and Supply Chain Connector has made it possible for a single mom to make it, and make it relatively big. I’m not even sure I’d be in business without the Supply Chain Connector and Northern Development.”
In 2016, Filaprint won best concept at the Small Business BC Awards. The next year, they were in the top 10 for best innovation by the Small Business BC Awards. Most recently, they were in the top 10 for best community impact through the same awards.
Moving forward, Mitchell is keen to continue growing her business. She plans to expand into bathymetrics and produce three-dimensional maps that include the landscape from the depths of ocean channels to the peaks of mountains. She is also working with large corporations to recreate mine sites with added technology so people can interact with an accurate replica of the site by driving truck models around and moving figurines.
The Supply Chain Connector is the primary search tool for industrial service and supply businesses in central and northern B.C. In order to connect local businesses with major project procurement opportunities, the Supply Chain Connector offers easy access to a fully searchable database of businesses throughout the region. Visit supplychainconnector.ca to browse the database or register your industrial service and supply business for free.