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Gifts that give back to Calgary

The holidays are upon us, and in the hustle to get something for everyone on your list, we encourage you to consider purchasing meaningful gifts from social entrepreneurs such as those from Thrive’s business development programs!  This holiday season, give the gift of community economic development:  Alora Boutique designs meaningful jewelry with sustainably-sourced gemstones, recycled brass and silver. With each sale, 5% goes […]
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Incubator graduate fights human trafficking with beach bags

Thea Caye is changing the world for women, one beach bag at a time.  A passionate feminist and advocate for those living in poverty, founder Carlie Rioux partners with a Fair–Trade factory in Nepal, hiring women to sew beach bags at a living wage — all of whom are survivors of human trafficking.  “Human trafficking is the fastest-growing […]
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VIDEO: Apply now for the Fall 2019 Incubator

Incubator is a free 24-week program to help start-up and aspiring entrepreneurs flesh out their ideas and build a full-fledged business plan with the help of hands-on class time, peer support, and one-on-one business coaching. The next cohort begins on October 1 and we can’t wait to help you make your business idea into a […]
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Colouring it Forward shares Indigenous pride through colouring books

Diana Frost was looking for meaningful ways to support her Indigenous community when she founded Colouring it Forward – a publishing and colouring book company, working directly with Indigenous elders, artists and authors. The idea came to her one night in a dream.  “Isn’t that perfect?” she says, “It’s a very Indigenous way to decide what you’re going […]
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Following the call for co-ops: a Q & A with Jared Blustein

Jared Blustein is a passionate social entrepreneur and advocate for cooperative business models. On May 11, he will be leading a workshop at the New Central Library — Worker Co-ops: Workplace Democracy for a Solidarity Economy — to spread awareness for worker co-ops specifically. We sat down with Blustein to get the skinny on how […]