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Thrive and Be Local to merge in 2020

After 15 years working in local communities to create a thriving, resilient economy for all, Thrive is proud to announce we will be merging assets in 2020 with Be Local – a network of sustainable businesses and non-profits, currently managed by the REAP Business Association. The REAP Business Association has spent the past 12 years […]

On the SunnyCider life: giving new life to old fruit

It began six years ago as a hobby between friends, and now SunnyCider is the first craft cidery in Alberta.  “I think we just have to bring back local business,” says SunnyCider co-founder Dennis Scanland. “If you’re shopping local, you bring it back to core values and helping each other out at a human level.”  Scanland co-founded SunnyCider alongside “instrumental” friends Tim and Darlene Kitchen, […]

Worker-owned restaurant flips restaurant industry on its head

Jared Blustein never thought he’d open a restaurant, until one day he thought to open a restaurant where every single staff member was also an owner. Thus, The Allium, Calgary’s first worker coop restaurant was born.  The restaurant launched in mid-August of 2019 in the heart of Downtown Calgary, boasting a locally-sourced vegetarian menu including mushroom spaetlzle, buckwheat polenta, and spaghettini, with […]

WeAble sees potential in adults with special needs

WeAble — a day facility for adults with special needs — was created by a devoted father’s desire to give people like his daughter a chance to thrive.  Vahid Ghomashchi’s 20-year-old daughter, Sara, is non-verbal and has a developmental disability. When she finished high school, Ghomashchi and his wife – like many parents of adults with special needs — struggled to find a suitable day […]

Local Investing YYC looking for new investments

Riding the high from its successful capital raise of $520,000 in February, Local Investing YYC is looking for new Calgary businesses to invest in for 2020. “We’re looking to raise between $500,000 to $1,000,000 for two to four local businesses that we can help scale their social and environmental impact through new capital,” says Barb […]