Out of 12 finalists, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd entrepreneurs earned top honours and a $10,000 prize at the ThriveNorth Business Challenge in Fort St. John last Thursday.
DC’s Holly-Anne Ritchie and Shay Bergunder were recognized for best new business by people aged 18 to 29 for their venture BowTie Party Boxes and Events.
Chetwynd’s Jessie Taylor was recognized for best growth opportunity for Mama G’s Country Kitchen, which now operates the concession stand at the Chetwynd Rec Centre.
All three category winners took home $10,000 each, with a people’s choice winner taking $5,000.
Stephen Beard, of Fort St. John, took best new business for 29 to 39 year old entrepreneurs, while Axel Whalen, of Smithers, took people’s choice.