ABM’s expertise is the curation of collaborative business networks for economic growth.
We are an Indigenous company, headquartered in the Coast Salish community of Tla’amin in “British Columbia, Canada”.
The Advanced Business Match’s first iteration in 2012 was under the name, “the Aboriginal Business Match”, with our initial mission as a business entity being to connect First Nations communities with mainstream business opportunities to support self-determination and economic reconciliation.
Before COVID-19, ABM held in-person events in six cities across Canada annually. Our Network was growing rapidly and leading us into the US and increasingly non-Indigenous markets. We were accommodating the increasing demand for our services by connecting with an even broader array of people and businesses, though Indigenous-focused business remained a central focus.
COVID was the catalyst that forced us to take ABM out of the box. We had to rereview every component of our business, evaluate them based on their productivity, and then reassemble.
What came about from this process was ABM Without Borders, which is a virtual business-matching event that maximizes the use of technology to facilitate what we’re really good at: creating business opportunities.
The Network has never been more cohesive or engaged. The results from our most recent evaluation prove it.
We rebranded from the “Aboriginal Business Match” to “Advanced Business Match” because the most integral piece of our business philosophy is that the most powerful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous decision-makers emerge when everyone does business together in the same stream.
ABM’s ultimate aim is to achieve regenerative economies that create equitable prosperity for all and, after a decade of working towards this end, we’ve found that the most effective way to get there is the integration of Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and relationship-building into the mainstream economy’s business dealings. It is not a question of one or the other.
Over the next few years we expect to see the confluence of Indigenous and mainstream business development into one dynamic Global ABM Network of Indigenous and non-Indigenous decision makers that create opportunities for business.