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Thrive to merge with Momentum

Thrive is excited to announce some big news. This fall, the Thrive team will merge with the Momentum team. This means that the Thrive brand will be immediately decommissioned, but the important work of Thrive will continue, and is perhaps more important than ever.   As you may know, Thrive has been operating as a separate area of work […]

More Than Skin Deep

We caught up with Chad Zelensky just in time for Father’s Day. We’re thrilled to be able to share some of his reflections on his journey as both a Dad and a community-focused entrepreneur. For Chad Zelensky, owner of Lowen’s Skincare, the journeys of fatherhood and entrepreneurship have always been inextricably linked. The story begins […]
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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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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 […]

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 […]