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10 Women-owned Thrive alumni making a difference for all

International Women’s Day is on March 8th, and this year we wanted to highlight some of the fierce female entrepreneurs whose social businesses are furthering this year’s theme of “Each for Equal”: Alora Boutique – This handmade jewelry company is dedicated to uplifting women out of poverty. Through jewelry sales going to homeless and women’s […]
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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 […]
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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, […]
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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 […]
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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 […]