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Living Locally

And the winners of REAP's 2015 Be Local Awards are...

November 19, 2015

From August 10-October 31 Calgarians voted for their favourite REAP businesses on our website. We’d like to extend our congratulations to:

Favourite micro business – Social Sesame
Favourite small business – Neal’s Yard Remedies
Favourite medium-large business - Community Natural Foods
Favourite non-profit - Green Calgary

In addition to your favourites, we’re recognizing four local businesses that are going above and beyond to conserve energy, strengthen the local economy, protect the environment, and fight poverty in Calgary through four separate awards. Our partner organizations - Bullfrog Power, Thrive, Green Knight Environmental, and Vibrant Communities Calgary respectively - determined these winners based on their selection criteria:

Bullfrog Power has named Market 17 the Encompassing Energy Leader for its innovative and diversified approach to reducing the environmental footprint of its operations.
Thrive has named Muttley Crue Organic Dog Grooming & Daycare the Community Economy Leader for its work to support a stronger local economy in Calgary.
Green Knight Environmental has named Green Event Services the Environmental Transformation Leader for its efforts to continually advance and implement its environmental strategy.
Vibrant Communities Calgary has named BluPlanet Recycling the Empowering Communities Leader for its employee programming, which supports staff to be active members of their communities.

We’d like to thank our title sponsor, First Calgary Financial, for their support of this exciting program as well as all of our leadership award partners and iKue Fotographie for sponsoring the awards presentation.

And thank you for voting! Your support for local business is making our city a more vibrant place.



1. Tell us what you liked best about this year’s Be Local Awards and/or if you have suggestions for how we can improve the program. Send an email to

2. Shop local this holiday season to keep our communities strong and vibrant. Consult our directory for inspiration!

3. Watch our Living Locally articles this holiday season for ideas on local gifts that give back, including this article on our new Be Local lip balm. Makes a great stocking stuffer!
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Featured Event

BoostR Stage: Pitch Event for Alberta's Changemakers

Dec. 2, 2015 - Dec. 2, 2015

Theatre Junction GRAND
608 - 1 Street SW

Watch Alberta’s social entrepreneurs pitch on the BoostR Stage. Your ticket gets you food, a drink and $20 to boost a business you hear from that night! What’s a social entrepreneur? A social entrepreneur is someone who’s changing lives and/or bettering the environment through the core operations of their business. Through day-to-day business operations, they inevitably create positive social impact locally or globally – the social and financial outcomes of their organization are tied together. What’s BoostR Stage? BoostR Stage is Alberta BoostR’s live pitch event. Imagine entrepreneurs pitching on a stage to a room full of over 300 Calgarians. The fun part is that YOU are one of those people and YOU get to decide who gets the funding. As an attendee, you’ll receive a $20 voucher to boost a business… THAT NIGHT! Excited? We are too. Which is why we invite you – the influencer, innovator, community builder, entrepreneur, philanthropist – to join us for the first-ever BoostR Stage event dedicated to celebrating Alberta’s social entrepreneurs. Come to network and support your fellow Albertans who are working hard to launch and/or grow their business, shape our local community and make a positive impact for people and the planet. The evening will include: - 6 pitches from social entrepreneurs running an Alberta BoostR crowdfunding campaign - 4 judges who will give candid feedback to the entrepreneurs pitching - A crowd of over 300 people from the local community, all of whom have a $20 voucher to boost a business – that night! - A libation on us - Networking with some of the biggest and brightest in Alberta - Appetizers – don’t worry, we have your stomach growls covered Rewards based Crowdfunding: the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people (“crowd”) in exchange for a reward that can come in the form of a product, service or fun/unique experience. About Alberta BoostR Alberta BoostR ( is a rewards-based crowdfunding platform from ATB Financial for Alberta entrepreneurs and changemakers. In addition to providing an online channel to raise funds, get marketing/exposure, insights/feedback and build a crowd, Alberta BoostR provides crowdfunding coaching, promotes businesses through ATB channels and holds live pitch events. If you're an Alberta-based entrepreneur or small business owner interested in crowdfunding through the BoostR community, find us at How are the entrepreneurs who pitch on the BoostR Stage selected? Entrepreneurs who pitch on the BoostR Stage are selected based on the performance of their Alberta BoostR crowdfunding campaigns. How does the $20 boost work? Upon arriving, every attendee of the BoostR Stage live pitch competition will receive a $20 promo code that they can use that night to fund a business that has an active Alberta BoostR crowdfunding campaign. Boosting a business is simple – you create a BoostR log-in (name and email address) and then you select the business you want to boost with the $20 (you can boost more than $20 if you like, in which case you would cover the funds above $20 with your credit card). There will be a team of volunteers circulating the room with iPads to help you boost but you can also do it from your phone. If the business you’ve boosted is successful in meeting its crowdfunding goal, the funds you boosted will be received by the entrepreneur. Most $20 boosts will also come with a reward for you that you’ll receive if the campaign is successful (bonus!)
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Did you know?

Mixed use neighbourhoods have twice as many minority & women owned businesses.