ThriveNorth Blog

ThriveNorth Holiday Shopping Guide 2017

Posted: December 7, 2017
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We put together this list of amazing local Northern BC businesses to help inspire your holiday shopping this season. From trendy boutiques to fun travel experiences, you can find something for everyone without having to leave your local community.

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Hidden Acres Farm & Treehouse Resort

Posted: November 21, 2017
Jaclyn Gagnon, Founder of Hidden Acres Farm and treehouse resort

Located on the Skeena River, Jaclyn Gagnon and her husband Jon have transformed their quiet 90 acres of farmland in Terrace, BC, into a nature escape.

Tips & Tools: The Importance of Staying True to Yourself as an Entrepreneur

Posted: November 7, 2017

Staying true to yourself is not as simple as it sounds, especially when running your own business. You may often feel the urge to conform to a stereotypical notion of what it means to be an entrepreneur. But the truth is, being an entrepreneur has many definitions and the journey is different for every individual.

Spotlight on White Goat Coffee Roasters

Posted: October 26, 2017
White Goat Coffee ThriveNorth

Bryan Last and Aleksa Havelaar are the co-founders of the small-batch coffee roaster, White Goat Coffee Roasters. White Goat roasts fairly-traded organic coffee beans slowly and carefully in order to highlight flavors which are unique to the beans’ geographic origins.

How to Never Stop Learning

Posted: October 16, 2017
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Whether you’re an entrepreneur, or simply looking to learn something new, here are some tips and resources to help you get started.

Spotlight on Hayley Wilson of Adventure Camp Tourism

Posted: September 28, 2017
Hayley Wilson Adventure Camp Tourism

Hayley Wilson is the co-owner of Adventure Camp Tourism, a tourism company that offers unique, customized mountain adventures in Northern, British Columbia.

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
Man using building blocks.

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
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. […]


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