Designed to produce results, ABM employs sophisticated online tools to offer a productive forum for communities and the private sector to conduct business. ABM levels the playing field to allow business connections to be made. The 2.5-day hyper-productive experience eliminates geographic barriers, condenses time requirements and reduces costs.
A custom-tailored schedule offers as many as 31 pre-qualified twenty-minute meetings over the course of the event. These pre-scheduled appointments keep the conversation focused and efficient, and help to determine the next steps if a business match has been made or is possible.
ABM Delegates register either as:
- Community Decision Makers representing Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal communities and/or community-owned economic development corporations; or
- Company Decision Makers representing Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations supporting business as well as government agencies funding Aboriginal economic development.
ABM connects its national network in two ways:
- Online profiles: ABM Delegates create detailed profiles on the ABM business matching platform. Fully searchable by conference attendee or industry focus, these profiles feature business priorities, projects and partnership opportunities as well as products and services either required or offered.
- One-on-one pre-scheduled appointments: ABM Delegates choose to meet in a confidential setting through the prepared selection of potential business matches.
Preparation is key. Because business matching is the central component of your attendance at ABM, your success on the tradeshow floor depends on being active on the ABM system prior to the show — the sooner the better. Kick-starting these conversations early gives you a better chance of locking in those pre-scheduled appointments for a fuller, more effective show. Delegates who are engaged on the ABM system, active in accepting and declining pre-scheduled appointment requests and who show up on the tradeshow floor ready to go, see a real result at ABM.