After the launch of our first issue, Advanced Business Match partnered with First Person Magazine. In a mutually supportive relationship from which we gain mentorship, we would like to also share this article from their blog which will tell you a little bit about the incredible work that they do. We thought that this article was particularly pertinent as this month is Women’s Empowerment Month. – The Managing Editors of First Person

ABM offers free registrations to female-powered Indigenous entrepreneurs

Indigenous women are becoming major players on our national economic stage.

Statistics Canada tells us Indigenous women are the youngest and fastest growing segment of the population, and more and more are pursuing post-secondary education as mature students to create better lives for their children and families. They are the only major demographic group to have seen increased employment rates since the 2008 recession. And the number of Indigenous women entrepreneurs is growing, representing 69% of Indigenous-owned businesses in 2011.

Female entrepreneurs generally tend to stay in business longer and are more likely to expand their businesses than men. Indigenous entrepreneurs are also likely to have goals and strategies that put sustainability, cultural values and community investment over profit, as their focus is on creating stronger communities.

But Indigenous women continue to face barriers to achieving economic security, including access to capital and access to opportunities to bring their ideas and projects to the broader business environment.

That’s where we come in.

At ABM, we believe prosperity is a necessity for Indigenous women to live self-determined lives. A team of eight produces ABM, four of us are Indigenous women. We know and understand the challenges faced by all entrepreneurs, but particularly by women. And since we are about finding opportunities for people to reach their goals, we are never afraid to put our money where our mouth is.

ABM is recognized for our support of Indigenous communities that need financial support to attend our trade shows. This year we also began offering free registrations to Indigenous start-up entrepreneurs, working with Aboriginal BEST Trainers linked to the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). We were thrilled to have several Indigenous women entrepreneurs attend our events in BC and Alberta.

Now we’re expanding our support to upcoming ABM events, starting with ABM Indigenous: Prairies in Regina in February.

Our team wants to see more Indigenous start-ups get involved, so they can benefit from the opportunities offered within an ABM network that is increasingly international in scope. These can be anything from consulting to financing to project collaborations. The connections made often lead to concrete deals and can therefore be game changers.

Says our fearless leader Katrin Harry:

“The support of economic self-determination through business development, and of equal participation by Indigenous people in the economy is extremely important to us. Two of ABM’s core values are ethics in business and social justice. Making our network accessible to as many Indigenous entrepreneurs as possible is of ongoing importance. Within that, women are a priority.”

If you are part of the ABM Network, you fuel social change while creating opportunities for your business, whether in the Indigenous business space throughout North America or in the Foreign Trade Zone on Vancouver Island. We encourage you to engage with all our Indigenous entrepreneurs. And if you are, or know of, a female Indigenous entrepreneur looking to grow her business, contact our team today – and get matched for success in the ABM network.

Amanda Wilson

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