ABM first began in 2012, under the name “Aboriginal Business Match”, with our initial mission being to connect First Nations communities with mainstream business opportunities to support self-determination and economic reconciliation.
Since our first event, the ABM Network has grown exponentially and leads us into diversified markets with increasing reach into the United States. To accommodate the increasing demand for our curation services, we connect with an incredibly broad array of people and businesses, though Indigenous-focused business remains a central aspect of what we do.
We rebranded from “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.
At the beginning of 2020, ABM events were exclusively in-person and occurring in six cities across Canada annually.
COVID-19 brought ABM out of the box. It made us rereview every component of our business, evaluate them based on their productivity, and then reassemble.
What came about from this process was ABM Online; a virtual business-matching environment that maximizes the use of technology to facilitate what we’re really good at, which is the facilitation of business opportunities.
The Network has never been more cohesive or engaged. The results from our most recent evaluation prove it.