From the event “Connections 2002“, an event hosted by Aboriginal businesses to promote building relationships between buyers and sellers of goods and services from Aboriginal owned businesses, the following business tips have come out.
Sponsors & Contributors
Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
Delta Hotels – St. Eugene Mission, Cranbrook
Delta Hotels – Pinnacle, Vancouver
Tale’Awtwx Aboriginal Capital Corporation
Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Tribal Council
Aboriginal Business Hosts & Exhibitors
- Aboriginal Computers Solutions Ltd. (West Vancouver)– seller of computer hardware, software and solutions, as well as other digital and electronic solutions. (604) 925-8106 www.acsl.ca
- Cree Industries / Heatlog Industries Ltd. (Chilliwack) – manufacturer of pressed wood residue logs and processing equipment. (604) 533-4950 www.heatloginc.com
- Robert J. Guerin (Vancouver) – independent marketer. (604) 267-7011, www.gnosis-is.com
- Eagle Bay Financial Services (North Vancouver) – group benefit specialist for Canada’s First People – group insurance, group pension plans, critical illness, individual and disability insurance, RRSP’s, Trust Funds, individual retirement plans. (604) 961-9440 or 1-866-425-6527 www.eaglefinancial.ca
- Kahtou Newspaper (Sechelt) – a monthly newspaper for Aboriginal people in BC to learn about the issues and events affecting them and a place for business and government to reach Aboriginal BC through advertising. (604) 885-7391 www.kahtou.ca
- O’Neil Marketing & Consulting / Numa Communications Ltd. (West Vancouver) – business and tourism planning, marketing strategies, media training and relations, writing services, event planning, facilitation, corporate gifts, graphic design & printing services. (604) 913-1905 www.designingnations.com
- St. Eugene Mission Resort (Cranbrook) – the newest edition to Delta Hotels, the resort opens in December offering Delta class guest rooms to compliment the St. Eugene Mission 18-hole golf course and Casino of the Rockies. Meeting facilities available. Also on-site is the Helping Hands Women’s Cooperative Gift shop. (250) 489-2372 www.golfsteugene.com or www.deltahotels.com
- Sto:lo Office Outfitters Inc. (Chilliwack) – is an Aboriginal wholesaler of commercial office furniture, stationery and equipment servicing First Nations in Western Canada. We have a full service office design team to maximize workplace efficiency. 877-333-2302 or (604) 858-5588, Fax 877-333-2301 www.stolooffice.com
- Tale’Awtwx Aboriginal Capital Corporation (Chilliwack) – financial lender to Aboriginal businesses and providing business planning and support services. (604) 824-2088 www.tacc.ca
- Visions First Nations Planning Group (North Vancouver) – consulting services on comprehensive community planning and consultation, policy development, treaty negotiations, strategic planning, team building workshops, business development, organizational evaluation and design, needs assessments and training plan design, research and proposal writing. (604) 924-0321 www.visions.bc.ca
*All businesses are Aboriginal owned.
Public Works & Government Services – Federal Government Registration
In order to do business with the federal government, you need to register on SRI for opportunities for goods and services under $25,000. The ones over $25,000 are advertised on the electronic tendering system MERX www.merx.bmo.com
There is a registration fee for MERX, however, you can do a free search for opportunities.
To register as a supplier as a supplier, you need to go on the Contracts Canada site: www.contractscanada.gc.ca
Questions? Contact: Shamim Jivani, Client Supplier Relations, PWGSC Pacific – Tel. (604) 666-1902, firstname.lastname@example.org
BC Hydro – Aboriginal Directory & Business Program
A couple of items that BC Hydro offers that you may be interested in are our Aboriginal Business Database and our Aboriginal Business Partnership program. The BC Hydro Aboriginal Partnership Program was just announced on Nov 6th and is receiving applications for grants until January 31st, 2003.
Contact BC Hydro directly for more information http://www.bchydro.bc.ca/ard/