ThriveNorth Blog

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Crystal Behn-Dettieh, In Her Footsteps

Posted: December 5, 2018

With the holiday season just around the corner, there is no time better than now for Canadians to shop local and support small business. This directive bears perhaps more weight for remote communities like Northern BC where, tight-knit by nature, the demand and reliance on small businesses as the integral drivers of local growth and […]

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Jessie Taylor of Mama G’s Country Kitchen

Posted: November 15, 2018

 As we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018, which puts the spotlight on women and young business owners making their mark on their communities, we look at how our own entrepreneurs like Jessie Taylor are driving change and innovation in Canada as far as Northern BC!   After four years in operation and a milestone 2018, including […]

2018 ThriveNorth Business Challenge Winners Awarded in Fort St John

Posted: October 5, 2018

After months of hard work and preparation, it came down to 14 finalists – 12 businesses – pitching at the 2018 ThriveNorth Business Challenge for a chance to win a share of $35,000 to support their small business dreams in Northern BC.To mark the first year the Business Challenge was expanded to Northeastern BC, the […]

Introducing the 2018 ThriveNorth Business Challenge Finalists

Posted: September 17, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 ThriveNorth Business Challenge finalists!Each of the young entrepreneurs will be pitching their business ideas on October 4th in Fort St. John for a chance to win a cash prize to support the further growth of their business. Winners from each category will receive $10,000. There is also a People’s Choice Award […]

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Terrace Dog Whisperer Kayla Brandenbarg and Kalum K9 Services

Posted: September 7, 2018

Tell us about yourself and your business I am a certified dog obedience trainer and work at the Thornhill animal shelter, which has been a great learning experience that led to the creation of my business Kalum K9 Services that offers off-leash hikes as well as house/pet sitting. The hikes run year-round, rain or shine, […]

Farewell from ThriveNorth Community Coordinator Katy Carr

Posted: August 23, 2018

After making the difficult decision to take the next step in her journey, Katy Carr shares her insights and experiences from the past three years as the ThriveNorth Community Coordinator. I started with ThriveNorth three years ago as a rookie to economic development and northern BC, and as I had always lived in cities, I wasn’t […]

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.