ThriveNorth Blog

The Great Escape: Soul Food for Tumbler Ridge with Gypsy Soul Nature Yoga

Posted: August 13, 2018

Seven years ago Jayme made the leap from Ontario to the picturesque west coast in search of a better life. Soon, the nature-loving mother of two and yoga enthusiast who bore lifelong dreams of living and hiking in the beautiful mountain ranges of British Columbia found herself in small-town Tumbler Ridge, located at the base […]

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Lucy Sager of All Nations Driving Academy

Posted: July 24, 2018
All Nations Driving Academy truck

Lucy Sager grew up in rural Northern BC among many First Nations communities and was exposed firsthand to some of the heartache around the highway of tears and issues of transportation as it relates to basic needs and employment. She knows that running out to get diapers or milk can be a huge issue for those in remote communities. With Northern BC as home, Lucy was dedicated to investing in the well-being of her community and its members.

2018 Nisga’a Business Forum: Reflections on the opportunities and challenges in the region

Posted: July 11, 2018
On the road to the Nisga'a event

On June 13 and 14, 2018, I was fortunate enough to attend the 2018 Nisga’a Business Forum. This event was the first of its kind, bringing together individuals from all across the province, including people from business, natural resource, government and non-profit sector. The Nisga’a Business Forum had a two-pronged goal: to help Nisaga’a members connect with local resources and to show the community they were open for business.

Tips & Tools: 3 Ways to Earn Media Attention for your Product-Based Business

Posted: June 25, 2018
earn media attention

If you’ve dreamed of seeing your product in the glossy pages of a magazine or talked about on television, read up on these three tips to earn media attention for your product.

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.