Thursday, May 18, 2017

Decision Day for Thrive North contestants, with Finale set for North Coast Convention Centre

The North Coast Convention Centre
is the host for tonight's Finale of
the Thrive North Business Challenge

Northwest entrepreneurs will be waiting with anticipation through the day today as the final stage of the Thrive North Business Challenge takes place in Prince Rupert later this evening.

The annual event returns to the city tonight from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, taking place at the North Coast Meeting and Convention Centre, part of the Chances building on First Avenue West.

Twelve finalists have put their plans up for review all in quest for up  to $10,000 dollars in funding money, as well as a $5,000 prize that is up for grabs through audience vote.

The candidates make their final pitches between 6 and 7:30 tonight, following the outline of their proposals, those taking in the Challenge will then have an opportunity to view some of the offerings of the Marketplace and connect with local business owners and past entrepreneur champions.

The Final portion of tonight's celebration of Entrepreneurial spirit takes place from 8 to 8:30 when the Awards are handed out and the proposals that most impressed the judges, as well as the audience vote award celebrated.

Three Categories make for the main awards for tonight; Best new business (ages 18-28), Best new Business (ages 29 to 39) and Best Growth opportunity.

There are three Prince Rupert residents in among the mix of those looking to see their plans make it to the finish line tonight:

Reid Skelton-Morven will share some background about his company Skeena Exterior Cleaning and Coatings.

Meghann Patterson will outline her plan to start up an exterior house cleaning business.

Marcie Leblanc, who is already established in the city's Cow Bay area has expansion plans on her mind and will share her vision of increasing her business footprint through e-commerce and Pop Up store opportunities.

Snapshot profiles of all the contestants in the Thrive North Challenge can be found here.

Tonight's event is free to the public and offers up a chance to learn more about some of the percolating business plans that are in the minds of the twelve entrepreneurs.

A look at some background towards tonight's awards is available here.

The audience vote balloting is taking place online and you can cast your vote for tonight's award here.

In addition to the competition between entrepreneurs, the Thrive North Program included a number of business planning workshops taking place in the Northwest through the month.

Tonight's awards program is sponsored in part by Northern Savings and CityWest, while the Thrive North program is supported by Futurepreneur, Prince Rupert LNG and the Province of British Columbia.

You can find out more information explaining what Thrive North is all about here

More background on Commercial notes for the Northwest can be found on our archive page here.

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