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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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Reflections on SVI Hollyhock

The Social Venture Institute (SVI) conference series has been providing a platform of support for Canadian social entrepreneurs since 1995.   As cohosts of SVI Alberta, Thrive’s own Philip Lozano and Erin Melnychuk wanted to experience what the one that started it all, SVI Hollyhock, was like and what they could bring back from it. So, from September 11-15 they shuttled off […]
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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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Community Huddle and Soul Forum become one

For the first time ever Thrive’s annual community gathering, the Community Huddle, will be integrated with the Soul of the Next Economy Forum. “Our huddle has always been about bringing community residents, entrepreneurs and local change makers together to talk about a thriving and inclusive Calgary economy,” says Philip Lozano, Community Economic Development Coordinator at […]
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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, […]