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#CTBF Posts

#ChooseTBayFirst: SEEK Adventure & Tours – Giant Steps

Giant steps for our community can start with small ones, and we often don‘t see until we look backwards just how far we’ve come. That’s the lesson we took from our meeting with Sue Hamel, owner of Seek Adventure and Tours. Her first small steps with local film-maker Michelle Derosier over a year ago eventually led to the creation of the Wake the Giant safe-spaces initiative…

#TBay’s Airport: Flying High with Big-picture Thinking and Collaboration

Our airport is more than just a well-oiled machine moving people between the ground and the air; it’s also an ambassador offering our visitors gracious first impressions and pleasant last experiences of Thunder Bay. Our airport is a rain-maker, cultivating partnerships that bring more business to the city.

Lowerys: Raising Expectations for Charity

We interviewed Shawn Christie at Lowerys recently as part of the development of our Charity Connect program and learned about the corporate discount and specially tailored programs they offer charity partners…

La Poutine Chooses TBay First for Character

Brigitte Tremblay of La Poutine told us that she loves working with other local businesses because of their character. “When you deal with a local supplier you’re not dealing with a business,” she said, “you’re dealing with people. And people have passion for their business.”

Lowerys: Raising Expectations for Charity

Lowerys: Raising Expectations for Charity

We interviewed Shawn Christie at Lowerys recently as part of the development of our Charity Connect program and learned about the corporate discount and specially tailored programs they offer charity partners…

La Poutine Chooses TBay First for Character

La Poutine Chooses TBay First for Character

Brigitte Tremblay of La Poutine told us that she loves working with other local businesses because of their character. “When you deal with a local supplier you’re not dealing with a business,” she said, “you’re dealing with people. And people have passion for their business.”

Pinetree Catering: Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Pinetree Catering: Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Nikos Mantis sees Pinetree Catering, the business he opened in 2013, as a grand opportunity for him and his growing team to build community through food, putting the long- and short-term good of Thunder Bay right into his bottom line where the rest of us can see it and be inspired, motivated, and – most often – made very, very hungry…

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Half-Way Motors: Choosing TBay First First

Half-Way Motors: Choosing TBay First First

No, the title’s not a typo. When we sat down to talk about Half-Way Motors with retired Dealer Principal John Trevisanutto we were expecting to talk about the usual things we discuss with local business, like the number of local people they employ, the property taxes they pay and the donations they make to support local charities. Instead we heard, in the best possible sense of the word, a manifesto…

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JB Evans: Paying It Forward

JB Evans: Paying It Forward

Growing up in the family clothing shop on Thunder Bay’s South Side has left Andrew Moro with a strong sense of being part of something bigger than himself. Maybe it’s because he works in a business where he talks with real people every day – the people who work and live in TBay, and whose patronage is directly responsible for his family’s living at JB Evans – that he sees himself as part of a community, with a responsibility to contribute…

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Building a Better Community with Habitat for Humanity

Building a Better Community with Habitat for Humanity

We sat down with Dan Stezenko from Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay to learn more about the relationships between local businesses and the charities operating in our community, and were treated to an uplifting story about a complex organization supported in an amazing variety of ways by a long list of businesses…

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Drink Superior Beer – Support a Superior Community

Drink Superior Beer – Support a Superior Community

It all starts with a tonne tote of malt, which comes from a plant less than 2 kilometres away. Actually it starts with the growing of those malted grains, some of which – and more every year – are grown right here in Thunder Bay, where the local malt processor offers local farmers incentives to grow for our local brewers.

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