2021 · volume 4

President's Message

Boozhoo, members!

Ontario has entered a stay at home until May 5th, and we hope your families and communities are well despite these ongoing challenges. The recent Federal budget includes increased support for small business and Indigenous business through to September, so more details may be available soon if your organization needs some extra help at this time.  

We have a timely virtual fireside chat one week from now on best practices in online and remote communication, and this event is free of charge for our ABPA membership and for members of any First Nation community. We hope we can help to keep our network strong and growing, even from a distance. Join us on April 29th, and you can find event and speaker details in our newsletter below. Also featured is our Member profile on The Growcer, employment and funding opportunities, and other news for your interest. 

We at the ABPA will continue to advocate for our First Nations businesses and entrepreneurs in Northern Ontario, and we remain confident that we will emerge stronger together. As always, please share your thoughts with us at




Welcome to The Growcer! The Growcer empowers communities, retailers, and organizations to grow local produce effortlessly anytime and anywhere; from the arctic to the desert with their hydroponic container farms. See their website for more details on the fascinating opportunities this modern farming innovation can create for communities. 

In the community

Upcoming Webinar April 29th at 1:00PM (EDT)! This Fireside Chat will explore best practices for Virtual Communications and Events. Moderated by Steven McCoy of Gencity Consulting, the panel includes Brian Davey of NADF and Shannon Anderson of Ingaged Creative Productions. You can find all the details at our event page, or register today —->

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Member Kubota Thunder Bay assisted Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek in the development of an exciting biomass energy project. Kubota delivered a Kubota M7 tractor along with a Farmi Forest wood chipper to Papasay Value Added Wood Products early in April. It’s always a pleasure to see our organizations lifting each other and increasing prosperity for the region! Well done, Kubota & Team!

Did you have a chance to see NADF’s milestone video? We’ve included it again, because it’s wonderful news during a stressful time! 50 million in funds have been disbursed to help create, maintain, and grow Indigenous Business in Northern Ontario. Congratulations again to NADF, you can see their inspiring video below. 

The ABPA has prepared a response to the recently released Federal Budget. You can read out statement below:



The Entrepreneur Centre at the CEDC is rerunning their Summary Company Program this summer. Summer Company is the Government of Ontario’s flagship youth entrepreneurship program. It provides enterprising young people, aged 15 to 29, with the opportunity to start and run their summer businesses. When a youth is accepted into the program, they will receive an award of up to $3,000, hands-on business coaching, and mentoring from local community business leaders who will work with them to make your Summer Company a reality.
Please see more info about eligibility at the link below.

Superior Strategies Inc/Warrior Engineering is looking a new Team member from the following areas:

  •  Atikokan
  • Fort Frances
  • Dryden
  • Sioux Lookout 

Must have some Mechanical/Technical Knowledge, Valid Driver’s License and a reliable vehicle.

 Questions or interest? Reach out to Superior Strategies below.

Do you have upcoming news, events, or something to share with the network? Email us for inclusion in the next newsletter.

Benefits of your membership

We provide information sessions and networking events targeting relevant topics and projects for business expansion in Northern Ontario.

We develop best practices for major First Nations development projects and non-First Nations businesses related to procurement policies and human resource polices focused on inclusion.

Members will be the first to know about special discounts on all events and access to new programs for doing business in Northern Ontario

Members will have better access to economic buyers and key decision makers in Northern Ontario through our business directory and special events and conferences.

We Need to hear from you.

Are there topics or areas of interest that you want to learn more about?

Do you know an Indigenous professional who you think our members should hear from?  

What do you want to see from your ABPA membership?

We try to keep an ear to the ground, but Indigenous enterprise is a thriving, growing economy, and there’s always new voices to hear and new faces to see.

 If there is something or someone you would want to see in a seminar, workshop, or networking event, we invite you to get in touch. Feel welcome to pitch us a topic, nominate a speaker, or simply tell us what’s important to you. Let us know…

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Ch-Miigwetch for your support for Indigenous Business!