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Wanting a return to “normal”, many struggling Indigenous businesses are showing strength, resilience, and adaptability despite barriers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Wanting a return to “normal”, many struggling Indigenous businesses are showing strength, resilience, and adaptability despite continued barriers

Toronto, ON – June 16, 2021 – Today, in partnership with the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA) and the National Indigenous Economic Development Board (NIEDB), Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) releases the findings of the second phase of the COVID-19 Indigenous Business Survey. The report analyzes data from December 18, 2020 to February 1, 2021, including a total of 825 responses in both French and English.

“Despite the unique barriers they face, Indigenous businesses have shown strength, resilience, and adaptability in the face of great adversity this past year,” said Tabatha Bull, President & CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. “This report demonstrates that Indigenous entrepreneurs continue to evolve and pivot to meet the needs of the current economic conditions. Yet, the majority of businesses surveyed require additional supports to survive the pandemic. In the coming months, it will be crucial to continue to learn how we can support Indigenous businesses to ensure an equitable recovery and post-pandemic economy.”

The COVID-19 Indigenous Business Survey Phase II indicates there have been improvements on many indicators since the Phase 1 survey in May 2020, however businesses are still struggling with revenue decreases, closures, laying off employees, and overall economic impact.

Key findings:

  • While many Indigenous businesses are struggling (73% reported a negative impact from the pandemic), over a third (37%) are optimistic about the coming months.
  • Businesses want a return to normal, but they have adapted in many ways and the majority are seeking new digital and administrative skills to strengthen and transform business operations.
  • The data shows that 72% of respondents indicated they need additional financial support, but 42% of those did not apply for government programming at the time of the survey. Many stated that although they need support they are unable to take on additional debt – preferring support in the form of grants instead of loans.
  • More than half (57%) reported that their business has been open throughout the pandemic, while almost four in ten (37%) have closed temporarily. Of respondents, 2% have closed permanently. These results may be optimistic, as the voluntary nature of this survey could potentially underrepresent closed businesses and those who are struggling the most.

Over one third (36%) of respondents have no current lending relationships with banks, credit unions, or government lenders. This lack of an existing lending relationship poses a barrier to organizations requiring quick access to capital in a crisis.

According to Dawn Madahbee Leach, Chair of the National Indigenous Economic Development Board, “Indigenous businesses are demonstrating strong survivor skills, creativity and a commitment to keeping their businesses moving forward.  The federal emergency financing provided through the network of Aboriginal Financial Institutions across Canada has helped tremendously over the past year.”

“The government provided much needed support for 2020,” said Shannin Metatawabin, CEO, NACCA.  “To ensure Indigenous businesses continue to survive and are able to rebound, additional support is required for 2021.”

A third phase of the COVID-19 Indigenous Business Survey will be conducted this summer, and CCAB, NACCA, and NIEDB will continue to investigate trends in business impacts, needs for support, and the changes that Indigenous businesses are undergoing. Continued research will be crucial to understanding the compounding impacts present during the pandemic.

Support for this research was provided by Indigenous Services Canada.

About Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

CCAB is committed to the full participation of Indigenous peoples in Canada’s economy. As a national, non-partisan association, its mission is to promote, strengthen and enhance a prosperous Indigenous economy through the fostering of business relationships, opportunities, and awareness.  CCAB offers knowledge, resources and programs to its members to cultivate economic opportunities for Indigenous peoples and businesses across Canada. For more information visit ccab.com.

Media contact: 

Lynda Keith
Director, Marketing
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
lkeith@ccab.com | 416-540-7586

Benefits

$12,500 (1 Available per Business Forum & Award Dinner)

Pre-Event Recognition and Branding

  • Sponsor logo on CCAB sponsorship event web page
  • Sponsor logo on event portal registration page and sponsor recognition page
  • Logo placement on all creative and collateral materials associated with the event
  • Logo recognition on social media platforms promoting entertainment

Event Recognition

  • 6 tickets to attend a Business Forum
  • 6 tickets to attend the Award Dinner (following the Forum)
  • Sponsor recognition in opening comments from event host and President & CEO remarks
  • Logo placement on all creative and collateral materials at the event
  • Background branding throughout the event
  • Logo displayed onscreen during the performances

Post-Events

  • Event ROI summary
  • Recognition in Aboriginal Business Report Magazine
  • Sponsor recognition in CCAB Annual Report
  • Logo on past events page on CCAB website

Benefits

$15,000 (1 Available per Business Forum)

Pre-Event Recognition and Branding

  • Sponsor logo on CCAB sponsorship event web page
  • Sponsor logo on event portal registration page and sponsorship recognition page
  • Logo placement on all creative and collateral materials associated with the event
  • Recognition on all social media platforms
  • Highlighted in sponsor of the week profile

Event Recognition

  • 8 tickets to attend a Business Forum
  • 8 tickets to attend the Award Dinner (following the Forum)
  • Sponsor recognition in opening comments from event host and President & CEO remarks
  • 30-second pre-recorded video greeting to be played during the luncheon
  • Logo placement on all creative and collateral materials at the event
  • Background branding throughout the event

Post-Events

  • Event ROI summary
  • Recognition in Aboriginal Business Report Magazine
  • Sponsor recognition in CCAB Annual Report
  • Logo on past events page on CCAB website

Benefits

$10,000 (Multiple available)

Pre-Event Recognition and Branding

  • Sponsor logo on CCAB sponsorship event web page
  • Sponsor logo on event portal registration page and sponsorship recognition page
  • Logo placement on all creative and collateral materials associated with the event
  • Recognition on all social media platforms
  • Highlighted in sponsor of the week profile

Event Recognition

  • 6 tickets to attend a Business Forum
  • 6 tickets to attend the Award Dinner (following the Forum)
  • Sponsor recognition in opening comments from event host and President & CEO remarks
  • Logo placement on all creative and collateral materials at the event
  • Background branding throughout the event

Post-Events

  • Event ROI summary
  • Recognition in Aboriginal Business Report Magazine
  • Sponsor recognition in CCAB Annual Report
  • Logo on past events page on CCAB website

Benefits

$20,000 (1 Available)

In 2023, CCAB hosts two days of events in Vancouver. Day one is the Indigenous Women in Leadership (IWIL) Business Forum, followed by a West Coast Welcome Reception. Day two is the West Coast Business Forum, followed by the CCAB Award Dinner.

Pre-Event Recognition and Branding

  • Sponsor logo on CCAB sponsorship event web page
  • Sponsor logo on event portal registration page and sponsor recognition page
  • Sponsor recognition in minimum of two communications through CCAB E-News and Campaign Monitor sent out to all members to promote event
  • Recognition on social media platforms
  • Highlighted in sponsor of the week profile

Event Recognition

  • 8 tickets to attend the IWIL Business Forum on Day one
  • 8 tickets to attend Welcome Reception on Day one
  • Sponsor recognition from CCAB CEO remarks
  • On-stage opportunity to speak and welcome guests to the reception
  • Exclusive logo branding on welcome signage, cocktail napkins
  • Distinct logo placement on all creative and collateral materials associated with the Welcome Reception, including food
  • stations, beverage bars, etc.

Post-Events

  • Event ROI summary
  • Recognition in Aboriginal Business Report Magazine
  • Sponsor recognition in CCAB Annual Report
  • Logo on Past Events page on CCAB website

Benefits

$10,000 (Multiple available)

Pre-Event Recognition and Branding

  • Sponsor logo on CCAB sponsorship event web page
  • Sponsor logo on event portal registration page and sponsorship recognition page
  • Logo placement on all creative and collateral materials associated with the event
  • Recognition on all social media platforms
  • Highlighted in sponsor of the week profile

Event Recognition

  • 6 tickets to attend a Business Forum
  • 6 tickets to attend the Award Dinner (following the Forum)
  • Sponsor recognition in opening comments from event host and President & CEO remarks
  • Logo placement on all creative and collateral materials at the event
  • Background branding throughout the event

Post-Events

  • Event ROI summary
  • Recognition in Aboriginal Business Report Magazine
  • Sponsor recognition in CCAB Annual Report
  • Logo on past events page on CCAB website

Benefits

$10,000 (1 Available per Award Dinner)

Pre-Event Recognition and Branding

  • Sponsor logo on CCAB sponsorship event web page
  • Sponsor logo on event portal registration page and sponsorship recognition page
  • Logo placement on all creative and collateral materials associated with the event
  • Recognition on all social media platforms
  • Highlighted in sponsor of the week profile

Event Recognition

  • 6 tickets to attend a Business Forum
  • 6 tickets to attend the Award Dinner (following the Forum)
  • Sponsor recognition in opening comments from event host and President & CEO remarks
  • Logo placement on all creative and collateral materials at the event
  • Logo on welcome signage at Reception
  • Background branding throughout the event

Post-Events

  • Event ROI summary
  • Recognition in Aboriginal Business Report Magazine
  • Sponsor recognition in CCAB Annual Report
  • Logo on past events page on CCAB website

Benefits

$10,000 (1 Available per Business Forum)

Pre-Event Recognition and Branding

  • Sponsor logo on CCAB sponsorship event web page
  • Sponsor logo on event portal registration page and sponsorship recognition page
  • Logo placement on all creative and collateral materials associated with the event
  • Recognition on all social media platforms
  • Highlighted in sponsor of the week profile

Event Recognition

  • 6 tickets to attend a Business Forum
  • 6 tickets to attend the Award Dinner (following the Forum)
  • Sponsor recognition in opening comments from event host and President & CEO remarks
  • Logo placement on all creative and collateral materials at the event
  • Background branding throughout the event
  • Exclusive logo placement on welcome signage at pre-event social

Post-Events

  • Event ROI summary
  • Recognition in Aboriginal Business Report Magazine
  • Sponsor recognition in CCAB Annual Report
  • Logo on past events page on CCAB website

Benefits

$2,500 (Multiple Available)

Pre-Event Recognition and Branding

  • Sponsor logo on CCAB event website
  • Sponsor logo on event portal registration page and sponsor recognition page

Event Recognition

  • 2 tickets to attend a Business Forum
  • 1 ticket to provide to an Indigenous Post-Secondary student
  • Logo recognition (Marketing to provide further details)
  • Background branding throughout the event

Post-Events

  • Event ROI summary
  • Recognition in Aboriginal Business Report Magazine
  • Sponsor recognition in CCAB Annual Report
  • Logo on past events page on CCAB website

Benefits

$12,500 (1 Available per Business Forum & Award Dinner)

Pre-Event Recognition and Branding

  • Sponsor logo on CCAB sponsorship event web page
  • Sponsor logo on event portal registration page and sponsor recognition page
  • Logo placement on all creative and collateral materials associated with the event
  • Logo recognition on social media platforms promoting entertainment

Event Recognition

  • 6 tickets to attend a Business Forum
  • 6 tickets to attend the Award Dinner (following the Forum)
  • Sponsor recognition in opening comments from event host and President & CEO remarks
  • Logo placement on all creative and collateral materials at the event
  • Background branding throughout the event
  • Logo displayed onscreen during the performances

Post-Events

  • Event ROI summary
  • Event ROI summary
  • Recognition in Aboriginal Business Report Magazine
  • Sponsor recognition in CCAB Annual Report
  • Logo on past events page on CCAB website

Benefits

$10,000 (1 Available per Business Forum)

Pre-Event Recognition and Branding

  • Sponsor logo on CCAB sponsorship event web page
  • Sponsor logo on event portal registration page and sponsorship recognition page
  • Logo placement on all creative and collateral materials associated with the event
  • Recognition on all social media platforms
  • Highlighted in sponsor of the week profile

Event Recognition

  • 6 tickets to attend a Business Forum
  • 6 tickets to attend the Award Dinner (following the Forum)
  • Sponsor recognition in opening comments from event host and President & CEO remarks
  • Logo placement on all creative and collateral materials at the event
  • Background branding throughout the event
  • Exclusive logo placement on welcome signage at pre-event social

Post-Events

  • Event ROI summary
  • Recognition in Aboriginal Business Report Magazine
  • Sponsor recognition in CCAB Annual Report
  • Logo on past events page on CCAB website

Benefits

$10,000 (Multiple available)

Pre-Event Recognition and Branding

  • Sponsor logo on CCAB sponsorship event web page
  • Sponsor logo on event portal registration page and sponsorship recognition page
  • Logo placement on all creative and collateral materials associated with the event
  • Recognition on all social media platforms
  • Highlighted in sponsor of the week profile

Event Recognition

  • 6 tickets to attend a Business Forum
  • 6 tickets to attend the Award Dinner (following the Forum)
  • Sponsor recognition in opening comments from event host and President & CEO remarks
  • Logo placement on all creative and collateral materials at the event
  • Background branding throughout the event

Post-Events

  • Event ROI summary
  • Recognition in Aboriginal Business Report Magazine
  • Sponsor recognition in CCAB Annual Report
  • Logo on past events page on CCAB website

Benefits

$5,500 (Between 3-5 Available per Business Forum)

Pre-Event Recognition and Branding

  • Sponsor logo on CCAB sponsorship event web page
  • Sponsor logo on event portal registration page and sponsor recognition page
  • Logo on sponsored session and speaker promotions

Event Recognition

  • 4 tickets to attend a Business Forum
  • Logo on all creative and collateral materials at the event
  • Background branding throughout the event
  • Logo on Session Breakout Signage
  • Moderator to do sponsor thank you at the beginning and end of session

Post-Events

  • Event ROI summary
  • Recognition in Aboriginal Business Report Magazine
  • Sponsor recognition in CCAB Annual Report
  • Logo on past events page on CCAB website

Benefits

$3,500 (1 Available per Business Forum)

Pre-Event Recognition and Branding

  • Sponsor logo on CCAB sponsorship event web page
  • Sponsor logo on event portal registration page and sponsor recognition page

Event Recognition

  • 2 tickets to attend a Business Forum
  • Exclusive logo on ‘Welcome to Coffee Connection’ signage
  • Logo on all creative and collateral materials at the event
  • Background branding throughout the event

Post-Events

  • Event ROI summary
  • Recognition in Aboriginal Business Report Magazine
  • Sponsor recognition in CCAB Annual Report
  • Logo on past events page on CCAB website