ABM Without Borders are intensive online connector events designed to accelerate business, especially in times of social distancing.

Facilitated by ABM’s custom software, they offer ten curated 20-minute online appointments over the course of four hours.

These pre-scheduled business development appointments are a forward-looking and efficient way to engage one-on-one with key decision makers otherwise not accessible. With national and international reach, ABM Without Borders catapults members into a diverse environment of ideas, shared knowledge and opportunities.

Each ABM Without Borders is curated according to a specific focus, from opportunities in reclamation to land use planning to marketing services. These focuses are determined by members of the ABM Network that come to the table with specific interests and priorities, which we then use to curate an event. Contact us if you do not see what you are looking for!

While these events are scheduled for a specific date, they are much more flexible than the ABM Classics and, because of how focused they are, our curation process is even more intensive. This means that depending on who registers, and what factors allow everyone to operate at the top of their game, these dates are re-negotiated among the participants to achieve maximum results. We are in close contact with all of our actively business matching ABM Members and once you are registered, you become part of a dynamic and focused group of key decision makers with aligning business interests. You are productively engaged throughout the entire preparation and business development process and we work with you to ensure you move your goals forward.

Mikwam Makwa Ikwe (Ice Bear Woman): Harnessing the Power of Dynamic Partnerships – Thursday, January 28, 2021 – 9 am to 1 pm PST –

ABM is excited to announce our Without Borders series in partnership with the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub.

The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) is designed to address the needs of diverse women entrepreneurs across regions and across sectors. Led by Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute, in collaboration with Ryerson’s Brookfield Institute for Innovation, they enhance the capacity of women entrepreneurs and the organizations who serve them by linking them to resources and best practices from across the country.

On August 25, 2020 led by Ashley Richard, Lead for Indigenous Partnership Development and Outreach, WEKH took part in a traditional pipe ceremony where the name Mikwam Makwa Ikwe was given to WEKH by Elder Margaret Lavallee of Sagkeeng First Nation.

Mikwam Makwa Ikwe is Anishinaabe for Ice Bear Woman. The polar bear is a symbol of courage. She is strength. She is a protector. Her Spirit is always within and alongside all Indigenous woman entrepreneurs throughout their journeys.

Mikwam Makwa Ikwe: Harnessing the Power of Dynamic Partnerships

This event is focused on the building of dynamic partnerships that support Indigenous women in their entrepreneurial endeavors.

Partnerships are key to building networks, obtaining knowledge through peer-mentorship, strengthening capacity, and adding resources, especially through non-monetary trade, resulting in mutual benefit.

We cannot emphasize enough how much these multi-dimensional partnerships support the growth of small Indigenous businesses, while also creating powerfully beneficial relationships for non-Indigenous businesses that are serious about doing business in the Indigenous business space.

If you would like to support Indigenous entrepreneurship, attend this event.

If you’re an Indigenous woman entrepreneur, tell us what you need and we’ll find a partner that will help you get it.

“I am an Indigenous woman from Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation in Ontario, Canada.  I am a licensed Paralegal with the Law Society of Ontario and opened my business in October 2019; however, my business was impacted by COVID-19, leaving me discouraged.

I was introduced to the ABM Network and have participated in three events hosted by the organization since joining in November 2020.

My opportunities have motivated me to focus on my market and I am connecting virtually which allows me further development on my presentation skills.  I am advertising my experiences, my skills, and knowledge which may result in partnership engagement, client referrals, or professional referrals to address needs that can be pursued within my community.

ABM is a National network, so I am exposed to many organizations across Canada which allows me to develop a broader network of opportunities.

ABM helps me identify services that will make me money and bridge gaps needed within my business.

I am still new to the network and have already connected with decision makers across Canada who may become clients, partners, or peer mentors.  The ABM Team is furthering my business development by arranging meetings with peer mentors to accomplish concrete tasks that will take me onto the next stage of my business.

My participation with ABM is free, so if you are Indigenous and thinking about starting your own business or are stuck in the process like I was, I strongly encourage you to contact ABM and get involved in the events offered.  You will not be disappointed.

Meet with me at one of the ABM Without Borders events and let’s help each other grow!”

Jaime L. Montour, Owner, JLM Professional Outsource

IMPORTANT! If you are an Indigenous business start-up (in business for three years or less) and in the development and pre-profit phase, we will provide you with your registration for free. Find out more here.

If you have any questions about this online event, please connect with  Katrin Harry, Managing Partner with ABM,  at 1-604-483-6421 or katrin@advancedbusinessmatch.com.

You can find information about individual registration fees here and about ABM Membership here.

If you are an Indigenous youth, your registration is also free. Click here for more info!