Thrive program accelerates growing businesses

Creating a community of social entrepreneurs in Calgary Cross-posted from REAP Calgary with our sincere thanks to Centaine Tyler For the third year in a row, Thrive’s Accelerator program is poised to help early-stage entrepreneurs [...]

Building Capacity with Toy Lending in Sunalta

Most people are familiar with the concept of libraries, but it may surprise some to learn the lending approach can be applied to more than just books! Using a little bit of creativity and a lot of volunteer energy, Calgary will soon have its very [...]

Repairing the Future through Business

Written by: Jason de Leeuw Owner and President of Father & Sons: Small Engine Services, Inc. Fall 2017 Thrive Accelerator participant. When a youth faces a life-changing event, in the negative sense, the most difficult hurdle to overcome is [...]

Growing Thrive’s Impact: reflections from 2017

As we turn the page on 2017, Thrive reflects on relationships that were fostered, projects that were advanced and new seeds that were nurtured over the past year. When asked what our team members were most proud of in 2017, the response was [...]

Community Hubs with Staying Power

Community hubs have been springing up all over Calgary, thanks to a partnership among The City of Calgary, Rotary, and the United Way. Now there is an on-line tool kit to help anyone in any neighbourhood build their own community hub. The document [...]

Congratulations Universal Access – #inclusive

REAP’s Be Local Awards have wrapped up for 2017, with Calgarian’s voting for their favourite REAP businesses from August until the end of October. On November 22, changemakers gathered at River Café to honour local businesses and nonprofits [...]

Why MBA in CED?

We're thrilled Cape Breton University is offering its MBA in Community Economic Development in Calgary starting in 2018. Fellow YYC changemaker and CBU alumni Roman Katsnelson (KRD Consulting Group) shares how it all went down, for him. We hope [...]

Open to everyone – #buildingcommunity

Right off 33rd Street and 17th Avene SE resides Calgary’s largest makerspace. They came together with one common vision: to create opportunity, self sustainability and, perhaps most importantly, community. By fusing talented individuals [...]

Meet the Thrive Accelerator fall cohort!

Thrive Accelerator is all about helping businesses grow and create social impact within their communities. Through unique learning delivery, this 6 month program integrates in-class learning with one-on-one business coaching for small business [...]

Conference ‘success’ was place-based

It’s a wrap! After more than 12 months in the making we are thrilled to say EconoUs2017, the 8th annual community economic development conference, and our first-go at co-organizing an event of this scale was a success. Quantifying ‘success’ [...]

Northern Hills Connect #socents in the making

In partnership with the Northern Hills Community Association and Vivo we’ve had the opportunity to introduce the communities of Northern Hills, Country Hills, Country Hills Village, Coventry Hills, Harvest Hills and Panorama Hills to social [...]

Grow your Food Biz with Thrive

Attention all YYC foodies! Thrive Accelerator is on the hunt for locally-owned and operated food purveyors who want to increase revenues and grow their business. Next cohort is Spring 2018. Why we care about food: We believe the food industry [...]