Brianna sorensen cuts Granisle resident Jon Larsen’s hair at the Ye Olde Chop Bloc in Terrace.

Award winners focus on growth

Terrace winners of spring business innovation awards now putting plans into action

Winners and runners up of a regional contest aimed at developing small business owners have been putting their prize money to good use.

The contest was called the ThriveNorth Business Challenge, a project of a national non-profit business mentoring and development agency called Futurpreneur and financed by the BG Group, which is proposing to build a liquefied natural gas plant called Prince Rupert LNG at Prince Rupert.

Contestants gathered in Prince Rupert in the spring for two days of business concept pitches, after which a panel of judges decided on winners and runners up in different categories.

In Terrace, a Coast Mountains school district registered speech-language pathologist, Nathan Hoffart was the $10,000 winner of the social enterprise category.

He is moving toward meeting his goal of making the service more available in the area.

His plan was to have speech language pathologists travel to communities for specific therapy sessions.

For now, Hoffart has set up shop at the Terrace Hearing Clinic.

Another Terrace contest participant, Jeff Minhinnick, took home $2,500 as the runner up in the best business expansion plan category with his plan for a mobile version of the newly-opened Ye Olde Chop Bloc barber business in Terrace.

That’s still a possibility and Minhinnick and partner Travis Murphy have two barber chairs set aside for such an eventuality.

They’re now waiting for the launch of the large construction camps that will be needed based on anticipated final investment decisions for major industrial projects.

“Some of the companies we talked to wanted us to open a full barber shop,” said Minhinnick in response to their sales pitch for a mobile operation.

But that would be a bit of a financial risk for the new enterprise and mean having to hire an employee just for that location.

Instead, pending development of their mobile concept, Minhinnick is leaning toward having one barber chair in a small space at a camp and have it open for a set number of days each month.

New Hazelton’s Ria Smith won $10,000 for topping the new business category with her Fender Food Company mobile food kitchen.

She had already purchased a 28-foot long trailer that can be towed behind a truck and the money went a long way to outfitting the kitchen.

“It’s called a toy hauler. That’s the description for a trailer that you can put two vehicles into,” said Smith.

The unit is completely self sufficient, meaning Smith can move it anywhere to provide a catering  service or general food services at specific events.

Smith has also developed a local network of suppliers, saying she wanted to cement the concept that as a business, she can help other businesses.

“I want this to be sustainable. You support your business and they will support you.”

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

City says unlikely there will be a significant property tax reduction from proposed increase

One resident has asked the Town to consider reducing the proposed 7.4 per cent tax increase

Kitimat LNG Canada worker tests positive for COVID-19

The company announced the positive case to its workers on March 28

Bachrach to donate salary hike to community organizations

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP among growing list of MPs giving raise away amid economic crisis

Heli-skiing firm reports no further signs of COVID-19

Guest of Northern Escape Heli Skiing tested positive last month

Terrace announces economic response team in response to COVID-19

The team has sent out a survey to local businesses to hear about the resources they need

Trudeau rejects mandatory stay-at-home order for now; COVID deaths up

The virus has now infected more than 10,000 Canadians and cost 130 their lives

B.C. health care workers gain access to virtual health care options

During COVID-19 many clinics have closed, leaving health care workers with nowhere to turn

Tax collectors, auditors to help field ‘historic’ numbers of benefit-seeking callers

‘If you work for CRA, people think we are just there to take money from your pockets.’

Cowichan couple won’t self-isolate after returning from overseas

New law requires 14 days of self-isolation when returning to Canada

Family uses social media to help truckers find places to eat during pandemic

Restaurants Serving Drivers in Western Canada seeks to provide a list of places open for drivers

Advocates sound alarm over COVID-19 limiting access to contraceptives, abortion

The COVID-19 outbreak has hit sexual-health services from almost every angle

Celebrate Easter in a ‘safe way,’ Dr. Henry urges as B.C records 6 new COVID-19 deaths

Top doctor urges British Columbians to halt non-essential travel within the province

B.C. health officer says homemade masks may prevent spread of COVID-19 to others

Practising physical distancing, frequent hand washing and resisting touching your face are proven methods

Most Read