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BACK TO BUSINESS: Hay River’s Poison Graphics first to receive GNWT funding support under new program

A Hay River business has become the first recipient of support under a new GNWT program. Poison Graphics received $100,000 to help with the purchase of a specialized printer. The funding, announced on Jan. 14, is the territorial government’s inaugural NWT Manufacturing Innovation and Technology Contribution. Introduced in the Northwest Territories Manufacturing Strategy of 2019, …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Sole Fort Smith groomer Northern Hound Supply beats pandemic odds

The pandemic tried to take a bite out of Northern Hound Supply, but the year-old Fort Smith business is relatively unscathed amid the dog days of Covid. Anna Gervais launched Northern Hound Supply on Nov. 28, 2019, primarily as a grooming service. She added a store for pet food and other items. Her partner Robin …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Just Furs reopens to warm up Yellowknifers in winter

Just Furs is back, just in time to help keep Yellowknifers warm as temperatures drop further, and as owner Kristine Bourque ponders the future of her shop. The Old Town fur apparel shop reopened on Nov. 2, more than seven months after Bourque closed it in March when the Covid-19 pandemic reached the NWT. Bourque …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Do you know where your chocolate comes from?

It’s no secret that the chocolate industry can be shady business.  Before Cabin Snacks and Chocolate became foraged wild food chocolate bars, Sarah Van Stiphout originally sought to make baked goods with forest harvests and use chocolate as an additional ingredient.  When she saw how difficult it would be to find ethical, sustainably sourced chocolate …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Two stores, two decades, one pandemic survived for downtown retailer

Owning a business is not something that Vicki Tompkins grew up dreaming of, but in her now decades of entrepreneurship she said she “loves every aspect of it.”  Tompkins has run the For Men Only (FMO) and For Women Only (FWO) downtown clothing boutiques since they opened in 1999 and 2001 respectively. “It’s not perfect …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Tamarack Computers achieves ‘level of comfort’ after turbulent months

The Covid pandemic has exerted push and pull effects on most businesses, and Tamarack Computers has experienced both. The Yk Centre Mall-based company offers hardware sales, training and services for clients across the NWT and Nunavut. When its downtown shop closed in mid-March, its in-person software, networking and security training courses were suspended, hampering the …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: North Star Adventures pivots to local clientele for showcasing NWT beauties

With borders closed for the busiest tourism months of the year, North Star Adventures is pivoting to staycationers to share the gems of the NWT.  Joe Bailey launched North Star in 2007 to share his love of the land and “showcase all that beauty we have in the territory to the world.”  Originally touting themselves …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Ragged Ass Barbers keep its eyes on customers’ hair while the pandemic looms

Experiencing a pandemic during his 10th year in business might seem like an awkward milestone, but James McGaughey is still working and glad to see his customers. The co-owner of Ragged Ass Barbers has been with the YK Centre Mall barber shop since he helped open it in 2010, and its 10th year has been …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Focus on Northern roots key to beating pandemic slump for Blachford Lake Lodge

The Covid pandemic stacked the odds against Blachford Lake Lodge over the summer, yet the decades-old fly-in resort defied them. Like many tourism operators and hospitality outlets in Yellowknife, Blachford has come to rely on international and out-of-territory Canadian guests for most of its customer base during the year. While Covid halted the flow of …

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