ThriveNorth Blog

Spotlight on Lisamarie Johnston of Diverse Office Solutions in Houston

Posted: March 29, 2017
Photo of Lisamarie Johnston, owner of Diverse Office Solutions.

After moving to Houston, British Columbia in January 2016 Lisamarie Johnston had trouble finding full-time work. Through WorkBC she entered their self-employment program and even though the program was originally for bookkeeping, it’s there that she discovered virtual assisting and decided that was the direction she wanted to pursue so she started Diverse Office Solutions. […]

How to Make People Love Your Company Blog

Posted: March 22, 2017
Computer and coffee at desk.

Written By: Shelby Andrews, Marketing and Communications Strategist, Atlas Communications By now, we all know that blogging is an essential marketing tool for businesses. A company blog acts as a reference to your brand—it speaks volumes about your opinions and beliefs. Blogging can also increase traffic to your website, build trust in consumers and position […]

Five Tips for Developing a Winning Brand

Posted: February 22, 2017

Small businesses often confuse their brand with their logo, and that can be their biggest mistake. A brand is much more than just what your logo looks like, it’s the first impression that your consumers will get of you and the one that will stick with them. These are five things that you should be […]

Spotlight on Leah Leclerc of Blossom Baby Birth Services

Posted: February 8, 2017
Leah Leclerc, founder of Blossom Baby Birth Services in Terrace.

After graduating high school, Leah Leclerc moved from Terrace to Vancouver, British Columbia to work with children and to attend the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program at Capilano University. By 2013, she had found herself making her way back to Northern BC after the birth of her daughter. After experiencing the birth of her own […]

Bad Business Habits to Break in 2017

Posted: January 11, 2017
A stock image of a man looking upwards towards the year 2017 where the 0 is replaced with a drawing of a lightbulb.

We are all guilty of having bad habits, whether in our day-to-day lives or our businesses. With 2017 fast approaching, and everyone starting to consider what their New Year resolutions and goals will be, it’s time to reevaluate. Here are some bad business habits that you should consider breaking for the New Year. Micromanaging Micromanagement […]

Spotlight on Hazelton Hops

Posted: December 21, 2016

Hazelton Hops started when a friend asked entrepreneurs, Bill and Laurie, what they were going to do with the 20 acre field on their property. He had suggested that they grow hops for the brewery he was starting in a couple of years and that got Bill and Laurie curious. The pair started researching how […]

Shop Local This Holiday Season at these Prince Rupert Businesses

Posted: December 7, 2016

Shopping locally this holiday season has more benefits than you may think. Not only will you be purchasing a unique gift that you can’t necessarily find anywhere else for your loved ones, but you’ll also be supporting your local economy. Did you know that for every $100 spent in a chain store, only $13 of […]

Spotlight on Naomi Smethurst of Terrace Trails and Tails

Posted: November 23, 2016

After living in British Columbia for the past 11 years and in Terrace for the last three, Naomi has always been an active person with a passion for hiking and spending time outdoors with her dog, Duke. Ever since adopting Duke from a local shelter, she realized she wanted to do something where she could […]

Shop Local This Holiday Season at these Terrace Businesses

Posted: November 14, 2016

Shopping locally this holiday season has more benefits than you may think. Not only will you be purchasing a unique gift that you can’t necessarily find anywhere else for your loved ones, but you’ll also be supporting your local economy. Did you know that for every $100 spent in a chain store, only $13 of […]

Spotlight on Andrea Pollock of Island Sugar

Posted: October 26, 2016

Andrea loves to make people smile and have fun. She launched Island Sugar – an old-fashioned candy and confection company –  to do just that and provide  work experience and  job training to entrepreneurial minded youth in the Prince Rupert community. See an opportunity and make it happen Island Sugar is not Andrea’s first foray into […]

Golden Rules to Finding Your First Client

Posted: October 12, 2016

At what moment can you say that your business has officially launched? Once you’ve made your first sale, of course! Highly symbolic, a business’s first sale is proof that it truly responds to a need in the market. It tells you that your project is a viable one. Although the task may seem relatively simple, […]

Spotlight on Jill Whitfield: Best New Business Runner-Up

Posted: September 28, 2016

After graduating with her 2200 hour diploma from ICT Northumberland College in 2004, and becoming a member of the Natural Healthcare Practitioners of Canada, Jill Whitfield worked in various atmospheres such as university sports clinics, physiotherapy clinics and spas. After gaining the valuable experience through past work opportunities, Jill decided to go out on her […]

A Breakdown of Social Media Platforms and Their Uses

Posted: September 14, 2016

Social networks come in all shapes and sizes, and knowing what network is best for what, and for who can be overwhelming for new business owners. Jumping on the bandwagon of every social network “just because” isn’t going to garner the success you are looking for, so taking the time to get to know each […]

Transcend Fitness: How the People’s Choice is Growing Their Business

Posted: August 30, 2016

Passionate about health and fitness, and helping women succeed in these areas, Kristine Ewald and Simone Crook took their years of experience being involved in sports and fitness to create Transcend Fitness in Terrace, British Columbia. Transcend Fitness is a women’s only group fitness gym that offers total body classes, barre, yoga, kickboxing, and more. […]

Entrepreneurship in Remote Northern Communities

Posted: August 22, 2016

Written By: Katy Carr, Community Coordinator, ThriveNorth On July 27, I had the privilege of spending the day in Metlakatla First Nation along with ThriveNorth Project Manager Joanne Norris. Located off the coast of Prince Rupert, this beautiful community is home to about 90 residents. Various people from the mainland also work in the community […]

Getting Back to her Roots

Posted: August 2, 2016

Active in her community and eager to bring people together and improve lives, Heather Bohn is preparing to launch a coffee shop, eatery and meeting space in the Kitsumkalum community. Our Roots, Café Eatery & Community Space will provide delicious treats and great coffee, as well as a common community space offer programs for youth […]

Synergy is Good for Business

Posted: July 21, 2016

Written By: Judy Carlick-Pearson, President, Synergy Aboriginal Business Strategies, Prince Rupert Consultant, Futurpreneur Canada Starting your own business has its challenges and many of these challenges aren’t identified in the beginning of the process. Plus, there is a lot of unpredictability that forces you to adapt and learn. Having a strong support team and someone […]

Partner Spotlight on Northwest Training & WorkBC

Posted: July 4, 2016

Northwest Training Ltd (NWT) has been serving the community of Terrace and communities in the Northwest for over 25 years. Lynn Hughes and Lorna Sandhals are the owners/executive directors. NWT has its roots in Northwest Counselling Centre (1987) in which Lynn is the founding member. The centre has 16 employees working from our Terrace Centre and […]