As a local entrepreneur and founder of Unicorn Dilemma & Studios, Krystal set out on a mission to challenge the notion that the arts are reserved for big cities, instead paving the way for building creativity and artistry in her community of Fort St. John. For Krystal, growing up on a cattle ranch in small […]
As we celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we’re introducing some of the Futurpreneur women who are working to build the future of Canada, like ThriveNorth Project Manager Joanne Norris. Passion for small business With a background in International Development and extensive experience as a gender business expert in island and regional economies across […]
At 17 years old, Dannielle left her hometown of Smithers B.C. to travel the world in search of adventure. But with roots so strong, Dannielle found herself heading back home to northern B.C. 17 years later to follow her dream of starting a business in the town that raised her. Paving her own path Dannielle […]
For Dan Plugboer, opening a “nerd store” came to life when the opportunity arose to take over a retail space in his hometown of Houston B.C. Excited to create a social hangout for gamers in his community, Dan started Basement Dwellers and was able to generate sales and bring new products in faster with support […]
This year we’ve had the opportunity to connect with even more young entrepreneurs as we expanded our reach to the small business community in Northeast BC. To mark the move we hosted the 2018 ThriveNorth Business Challenge in Fort St. John where we welcomed an array of innovative business ideas each leaving a valuable impact […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
As ThriveNorth enters its fifth year, we’re excited to introduce a new program for Northern B.C. – the ThriveNorth Northern Trainer Network!
We asked Brianne for some tips on how small businesses and start-ups can make the most of their first pop-up event.
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.