Business backer undergoes refresh

The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business has undergone a rebranding, introduction of new sub-brands, and name change to the Canadian Council for Indigenous Business (CCIB).
Denise Pothier, the council's chief operating officer, said the changes were timely as the organization celebrates its 40th anniversary.
"When we reached this anniversary milestone, it gave us pause for a reflection on the incredible foundation that has been built in the 40 years of work that came before us, and then turning our sights to the future," Pothier said. "It seemed like a nice point to be looking at making sure we are staying relevant for our communities while having a little bit of a rebirth. We're looking towards the future and where the growth will take us but always honouring where we came from."
Pothier described the CCIB as a national, membership-based organization that supports Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses and communities across Canada from coast to coast. The organization is not funded through any government level.
The CCIB provides funding grants as well as programs, tools, training, webinars, and networking opportunities, both virtual and in-person, for Indigenous businesses.
"We're trying to maximize that virtual space as well, where it may be difficult for people who can't always travel to wherever these events are being held," she said.
Pothier added that they strive to reduce any barriers and help to connect people so that procurement can be strong among both Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses while making sure to highlight opportunities.
The programs within the organization have also received what Pothier calls "a little tweak and refresh" to reflect the word Indigenous.
Certified Aboriginal Business has become Certified Indigenous Business; Progressive Aboriginal Relations will become Partnership Accreditation in Indigenous Relations, and Tools and Financing for Aboriginal Business will become Tools for Indigenous Business and Supply Change.
"Our virtual and actual doors are open for business with open arms for Indigenous entrepreneurs and we are happy to make those connection points with them and help support them on their pathway to success, " Pothier said. "The change that we've seen over the past 40 years for the Indigenous economy has been nothing short of incredible."

Sandi Krasowski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Chronicle-Journal