Local businesses play a huge role in developing a strong, sustainable economy. When local businesses pay a living wage, buy from local suppliers and become a part of their neighbourhoods, everyone in the community benefits. It doesn’t matter whether the businesses are cooperatives, owned privately or social enterprises run by nonprofits. If they are connected to the local community, they help build that community and keep it vibrant.
Thrive’s goal is for Calgary to have more
- locally owned and operated businesses that incorporate community economic development principles into their operations
- nonprofits that advance their missions through entrepreneurial social enterprises
Are you interested in starting such a business? Do you own one already? Do you work for one? Do you want to figure out how a nonprofit mission can benefit from an entrepreneurial, earned-income strategy? Do you want to spend your dollars at locally owned businesses that reinvest their profits in your community? Do you want to know what’s being done to support local business development?
Join the Thrive network. You’ll learn from others. You’ll be able to share what you know – and what you dream of for your community. And we’ll work together to make it happen.