ThriveNorth Blog

#ShopLocal: Supporting Small Business this Holiday Season

Posted: November 26, 2019
ThriveNorth Shop Local Holiday 2019

 Each year it feels as though the holidays come around faster than the last, and we find ourselves facing the same dilemma time and time again… where to do the holiday shopping! Lucky for us, our options are coming closer to home, with the number of small businesses launching in communities across Canada on the rise. […]

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Andrew Wille of Southside Beverage Co.

Posted: November 7, 2019

 Father of four, Andrew Wille, has called Smithers home for 20 years. The former forestry industry worker turned pilot is an avid snowboarder and outdoorsman, and the idea to start a business came from a yearning to be able to spend more time at home. Dreaming of sipping cocktails on the “SouthSide” of his deck […]

ThriveNorth Spotlight on April Gibson of Helping Hands for Seniors

Posted: October 23, 2019

April Gibson has always enjoyed the company of seniors. In fact, it was the time she spent supporting her grandfather in Calgary following a hip surgery that spurred her business idea. Helping Hands for Seniors provides non-medical and driving services designed to support and assist seniors with day-to-day activities. From transport for errands and appointments, to […]

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Chucky’s Cycle Shop

Posted: September 26, 2019

 Cole and Charles share a love for nature, adventure, and life outdoors. This led them to work in Natural Industry jobs that took them out of town for weeks and months on end, but it was the closer community connection they craved that brought them closer to home and to life as small business owners. Together […]

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Mile 0 Farrier Company of Sunset Prairie B.C.

Posted: August 30, 2019

 ThriveNorth Business Challenge finalists Rachel Vowles and her husband Matt Roberson are the owners of Mile 0 Farrier Company, specialized equine hoof care dedicated to the promotion and maintenance of optimal health for horses through applied farrier science. Entrepreneurship has been a longstanding interest and way of life for both Matt and Rachel. Matt comes from a […]

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Lucy Sager, All Nations Driving Academy of Terrace B.C.

Posted: July 23, 2019
ThriveNorth Business Challenge 2019 Winner Lucy Sager

 Lucy Sager is the 2019 winner of the ThriveNorth Business Challenge in the Best New Business (29-39) category for her work with All Nations Driving Academy. Lucy started All Nations Driving Academy in response to the transportation challenges and barriers facing many First Nations communities in Northern B.C. By equipping local community members with the tools […]

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Cameron Bell, Farmer Cam’s Foods of Terrace B.C.

Posted: June 28, 2019
ThriveNorth Cameron Bell Farmer Cam's Bell

After completing an Environmental Studies degree at UNBC, Cameron spent two years in local government and economic development before committing to a career in agriculture. Cameron has worked with farms, social enterprises and urban agriculture consulting firms in BC and his home province of Ontario. Last winter, Cam returned to the Northwest to start his own […]

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Sarah Spencer, Green Eggs Market of Haida Gwaii B.C.

Posted: April 29, 2019
ThriveNorth Spotlight Green Eggs Market

How a couple turned a health scare into an opportunity to bring health and wellness to their community. Learn about Sarah and Lyle and how they started Green Eggs Market in small-town Haida Gwaii.   When devastating floods hit the town of High River, Alberta, it sparked a moment of change for Sarah and Lyle who […]

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Krystal Anderson-Gosselin, Unicorn Studios of Fort St. John B.C.

Posted: March 19, 2019
ThriveNorth Spotlight Krystal Anderson-Gosselin of Unicorn Dilemma & Studios Fort St. John

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 […]

Celebrating women who lift communities with ThriveNorth Project Manager Joanne Norris

Posted: March 12, 2019

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 […]

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Dannielle Young, Divine by Dannielle of Smithers B.C.

Posted: February 28, 2019
Dannielle Young - Divine By Dannielle Smithers BC

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 […]

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Dan Plugboer, Basement Dwellers of Houston B.C.

Posted: February 11, 2019
ThriveNorth Business Spotlight on Dan Plugboer of Basement Dwellers

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 […]

ThriveNorth Spotlight on Stephen Beard, Beard’s Brewing Company

Posted: December 13, 2018

 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 […]

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, […]