Ismail Terrace BC GEW On The Road ambassador

For Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) this week, we have teamed up with Amway Canada to send three ambassadors across the country to report live from the road as they visit Canadian entrepreneurs, small businesses, community partners in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and attend GEW events. Yesterday GEW On The Road Ambassador Ismail was on the road in Terrace, BC for the day. Here is a recap of his time in the city and some of the ‘ah-ha’ moments he had along the way.

After grabbing coffee at The Elephant’s Ear, Ismail’s first stop of the day was at Butter Hair Salon, the winners of the 2017 ThriveNorth Business Challenge Audience Award. There he met founders Andrea and Kory and learned more about the business and their environmentally-friendly practices.

Afterwards, he stopped by White Goat Coffee Roastery, where he got to learn all about their unique roasting process and the story behind the business. White Goat Coffee is also a ThriveNorth award winner – founders Bryan and Aleksa received the “Best New Business (29-39)” award at the ThriveNorth business challenge this past summer.

For lunch, Ismail dined at Bert’s Delicatessen, which is conveniently located right next to Butter Hair Salon. A highlight of his day was seeing owner Aleksa order lunch for her clients at the salon. “There’s a real sense of community in Terrace,” he says.

His last stop of the day was the ThriveNorth business planning workshop, where he got to learn about some of the amazing new businesses brewing in Terrace. A highlight for him was hearing the story behind kids toy start-up, “Stacks”.

It was a whirlwind day for Ismail, visiting small businesses and learning all about the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Northern BC. “There are lots of resources out there,” says Ismail about his time in Terrace. “It’s incredible how much support Futurpreneur provides. I thought it was only in the big cities!”