ThriveNorth Blog

Customer Loyalty – the Golden Rules

Posted: September 6, 2017

If you’re like me, you get more than a little irritated when some company offers you a new loyalty card. Another loyalty program, another account to create online, another password to remember… All this just to get a free coffee, a discount on a purchase or some useless plastic dishes. What a waste of time! […]

Spotlight on Marcie LeBlanc of LeBLANC Boutique

Posted: August 22, 2017
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After attending the Fashion Design program at the Blanche MacDonald Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Marcie knew she wanted to take what she learned and turn it into a boutique. LeBLANC Boutique, which is located in Prince Rupert, is a clothing and lifestyle boutique. It features quality brands, jewelry, housewares and art and focuses on […]

Why Failure is Necessary in Business

Posted: August 8, 2017
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Not so long ago, failing as an entrepreneur wasn’t very well perceived. You simply didn’t speak about it. It was considered a better option to work for someone else your entire life than trying out entrepreneurship and facing failure. The tide has slowly turned these past few years, and entrepreneurial failure has become less and […]

Spotlight on Reid Skelton-Morven: Serial Entrepreneur & Business Challenge Finalist

Posted: July 19, 2017

Entrepreneurship wasn’t a career path that Reid Skelton-Morven initially grabbed by the horns, in fact, he had his mind set on becoming a member of the RCMP since he was just a young boy. However, with a knack for creativity and finding innovative ways to solve problems and make money, such as selling lemonade on […]

Spotlight on Butter Hair & Co

Posted: June 28, 2017

Growing up in Northwestern British Columbia and practicing as a hair stylist for over ten years, Andrea Harmel wanted an outlet to create beautiful hair as well as the ability to build a workplace that encouraged staff to be creative and also have work-life balance. Kory Yamashita was born and raised in Terrace and grew […]

Email Marketing for Your Business: A Beginner Guide

Posted: June 14, 2017
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Never underestimate the power of email marketing, a tactic that often gets lost among the shiny and new social media platforms that keep popping up. There are three times more email accounts than Facebook and Twitter accounts combined and it’s more likely to get a click-through from an email than a social media channel. These […]

Introducing your 2017 ThriveNorth Business Challenge Winners

Posted: May 19, 2017

Entrepreneurship is alive and well in Northern British Columbia as over 100 people came out for our ThriveNorth Business Challenge finals in Prince Rupert last night to watch 14 finalists compete to win a grand prize of $10,000. Finalists competed in three categories: Best Growth Opportunity, Best New Business (18-28), and Best New Business (29-29). […]

Introducing your 2017 ThriveNorth Business Challenge Finalists

Posted: May 8, 2017
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After much deliberation, from reviewing almost 60 applications to judging the live business pitches of 24 semi-finalists, the results are finally in! Fourteen current and aspiring entrepreneurs from Northwestern British Columbia have been selected to move forward as finalists in the 2017 ThriveNorth Business Challenge. There are four finalists competing in each category: Best Growth […]

Announcing the 2017 ThriveNorth Business Challenge Semi-Finalists

Posted: May 4, 2017
Two semi-finalists competing at a Business Challenge

The results are in for the third annual ThriveNorth Business Challenge, in partnership with Futurpreneur Canada and PR LNG. Twenty-four semi-finalists have been selected to move on and pitch their business ideas in person between May 1-4. If selected as one of the top 12 finalists that will be part of the final live event, […]

Spotlight on Shauna Chandler of Moonlight Graphics

Posted: May 3, 2017
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Shauna Chandler has lived in Prince Rupert, British Columbia her entire life. She is a wife and mother of two little boys and loves being outside and spending time with her friends and family. Shauna started her business, Moonlight Graphics to help get people’s ideas on paper (or screen). As an amateur Photoshop user with […]

Building Your Sales Process

Posted: April 12, 2017
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Written By: Jean-Philippe L’Écuyer, Entrepreneur in Residence, Futurpreneur Canada, Any entrepreneur understands that knowing how to market your product or service is crucial to attain business success. As its main representative, you are your own brand’s appointed ambassador. Quite naturally, the progression of your business led you to develop—consciously or not— your own selling […]

Spotlight on Lisamarie Johnston of Diverse Office Solutions in Houston

Posted: March 29, 2017
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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
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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
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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 […]


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