ThriveNorth Blog

Introducing the ThriveNorth Northern Trainer Network

Posted: June 18, 2018
Meet the ThriveNorth trainers!

As ThriveNorth enters its fifth year, we’re excited to introduce a new program for Northern B.C. – the ThriveNorth Northern Trainer Network!

Tip & Tools: How to Host a Successful Pop-Up Event with Brianne Miller of NADA Grocery

Posted: May 25, 2018
pop-up event

We asked Brianne for some tips on how small businesses and start-ups can make the most of their first pop-up event.

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Nathan Gifford of Cecil Lake Honey

Posted: May 10, 2018
Nathan Gifford - Cecil Lake Honey

Located in the Fort St. John area of Northern BC, Cecil Lake Honey produces 100% pure honey, pollen and honey-based products like lip balm, skin cream, soap and candles.

Tips & Tools: 4 Ways to Make Your Start-Up More Eco-Friendly

Posted: April 26, 2018

There are a million reasons why implementing eco-friendly practices can benefit your start-up. However, when it comes down to it, three reasons come out on top – it’s good for the planet, it’s good for your brand and it’s good for business.

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Brit Kinahan of HaloApparel

Posted: April 12, 2018
Brit HaloApparel

HaloApparel is a home-based business that focuses on custom made-to-measure athletic wear that uses the highest quality fabrics to ensure the best possible garment.

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Melissa Bennett of SOLE Shoes

Posted: March 22, 2018
Melissa Bennett Sole Shoes

Balancing motherhood and entrepreneurship is no easy feat, but Smithers’ own Melissa Bennett is doing it in style. The young mom is the owner of SOLE Shoes, a boutique shoe store providing comfortable, quality footwear for women, children and men.

5 Inspiring Quotes from ThriveNorth Women Entrepreneurs

Posted: March 8, 2018

Let’s face it – starting a business is daunting.It can be even tougher for women to take the leap into entrepreneurship. For instance, a lack of female mentors can be a big barrier for women looking to set off on their own. The ThriveNorth Project has been helping to address this by connecting with and […]

Tips & Tools: 4 Tips for Hiring Staff for your Start-up

Posted: February 22, 2018
Hiring staff

Hiring staff is hard for any company, but to build a solid team for a young business is even harder.

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Amy Brockmeyer of A+ Ice Cream

Posted: February 6, 2018
Amy Brockmeyer A+ Ice Cream

Amy Brockmeyer is an elementary school teacher turned food entrepreneur whose artisanal ice cream, A+ Ice Cream, is taking Hazelton, BC by storm.

PR 101: How to Work with Influencers to Promote Your Brand

Posted: January 25, 2018

Here are some key things you need to know in order to work with influencers to promote your brand. 

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Forever Young Therapy Services: Occupational Support for Northern BC Youth

Posted: January 11, 2018
Forever Young

The youth of today face many unique challenges and, now more than ever, support is needed in many Canadian communities.While community-supported programs do exist in the Terrace, B.C. region, there is still a ways to go to ensure that area youth are receiving the support they need.Tara works full-time as an occupational therapist at the […]

Tips & Tools: How to Unplug as an Entrepreneur

Posted: December 19, 2017
How to unplug

It’s no secret that being an entrepreneur requires a strong work ethic. On top of that, there is a lot of pressure to stay constantly connected.

ThriveNorth Holiday Shopping Guide 2017

Posted: December 7, 2017
thrivenorth holiday shopping guide 2017

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
how to never stop learning

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.