ABM VALUES AND TERMS

ABM is a forum where people meet one-on-one to do business after pre-scheduling appointments with each other.

For this to be successful, every ABM Delegate must agree to be actively engaged in the business matching process before and during the event. ABM is not just a conference where a no-show results in little more than a leftover muffin.

The information you will find below is a summary of ABM values and the terms each ABM Delegate must agree to before submitting an application.

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ABM PHILOSOPHY

ABM is based on the belief that building effective business relationships between Aboriginal communities, their non-Aboriginal neighbours and the private sector is imperative to the future of Canada’s economy, and to society as a whole.

ABM also believes that Aboriginal businesses and entrepreneurs are a vital catalyst for change. Entrepreneurs improve the standard of living through the creation of wealth, economic activity independent from politics and local jobs. Entrepreneurs enhance conditions in which communities can prosper.

Our primary goal is therefore to benefit Aboriginal entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in the pursuit of their business goals.

ABM is Aboriginal-driven and aims to attract:

companies that are in tune with the vast opportunities and unique characteristics of Aboriginal economic and business development;
non-Aboriginal communities that want to work with Aboriginal communities; and
those who want to learn.

It is understood and respected that companies will attend with the goal to sell goods and services to Aboriginal communities. However, preference is given to those companies that provide business opportunities extending beyond a “simple” customer/supplier relationship, including training, employment, and partnership.

The ABM Steering Committees carefully select exhibitors and not all applicants will be successful. We reserve the right to approve or decline applications at the sole discretion of the Steering Committee, and are not obliged to provide a rationale to companies that are not approved.

PREPARATION IS KEY.

The preparation phase for ABM requires your active involvement starting with the completion of your online profile to the review of your potential business matches and the requesting and approving of appointments. It is each ABM Delegate’s responsibility to create his/her own customized tradeshow schedule. Our system is set up to make things as efficient as possible and it will notify you if you have messages or pending appointment requests. You are expected to respond expeditiously to allow all ABM Delegates to set up their business appointments without delay.

ABM Delegates overwhelmingly agree that time invested is worthwhile. Return on investment is high.

COMMUNICATION IS CRUCIAL.

We know you are busy. The more active the ABM group of delegates is, the less you are going to hear from us. If appointment selection is slow, we will send you a reminder. If things are hopping, we will leave you alone.

Our ABM Delegates Updates provide useful information assisting you to maximize your results. Consider a quick review to make sure you are not missing anything before deleting.

YOUR PRESENCE IS ESSENTIAL.

Unlike other conferences, at ABM it truly matters if you are present.

Your appointments, and those of the people you are scheduled to meet with, represent a potential business opportunity. Every no-show or cancellation results in a missed opportunity. ABM Delegates commit to doing their utmost best to select appointments carefully and attend each one, and to designating a substitute should they be prevented from attending. If cancellations cannot be avoided, ABM Delegates commit to providing as much notice as possible, allowing their meeting partner to refill the cancelled appointment. ABM Delegates are expected to take initiative by using the ABM system to cancel or reschedule.

Not attending all pre-scheduled appointments may affect approval for future ABM events.

FEES ARE BASED ON COMPANY SIZE FOR GOOD REASON

Exhibitor registration fees are based on company size, measured in number of employees, in order to keep fees for small businesses, that are not linked to a large corporation, as low as possible and to provide the second delegate registration for Aboriginal communities for free. We consider the purchasing power of your entire organization, not only the budget of the smaller subsidiary or branch office you may represent.

This rate structure was desgined to encourage participation by communities that deal with limited financial resources and by Aboriginal entrepreneurs who are in the process of building their business.

For a list of registration fees please click here.

PAYMENTS and CANCELLATIONS

Once you have been accepted, your invoice is posted on your ABM profile home page and is accessible by login with your email and password. You can download a PDF to issue a cheque or pay online by credit card.

Only one single payment will be accepted per organization.

Delegates are expected to pay by the posted payment deadlines to avoid a late payment fee of $250. Delegates approved after the payment deadline are expected to pay within seven days of receiving the approval email.

Cancellations received before the posted payment deadlines will be refunded 50%. Cancellations received after will not receive ANY refund under ANY circumstance. Delegate substitutions are accepted at any time before and during the event.

ADDITONAL DELEGATES AND APPOINTMENT SCHEDULES, DELEGATE SUBSTITUTIONS

Aboriginal communities can apply for a second and third appointment schedule. This is not possible for exhibitors unless they are a gold or silver sponsor. Everyone can apply for additional delegates. Approval is subject to availability.

Delegate additions and substitutions after approval of your application can be emailed to info@ravenevents.ca.

HOUSEKEEPING POLICIES

Events During ABM: Under no circumstances are ABM Delegates permitted to host their own event during the duration of ABM. Any ABM Delegates not following this guideline will be removed from the trade show immediately and excluded from attending any ABM in the future.

Products and Services Not Approved by ABM: ABM Delegates are only permitted to represent products and services detailed in the ABM application and approved by the ABM Steering Committee and Raven Events and Communications. ABM Delegates cannot represent or distribute collateral or other information pertaining to another business or product.

AV: Visual presentation equipment is permitted on the trade show floor without audio.

Spouses and other Guests: The registration fees include all ABM functions and meals for registered delegates only. Guests, spouses, partners, etc. may not participate unless they are registered delegates.

Lost or Stolen Items: ABM, its contractors, and the event facility will not be held responsible for items lost or stolen at any time during ABM. Delegates are responsible for their own personal belongings.

PRIVACY

As part of this event, you use the B2B Matchmaking Service of ConVerve GmbH. B2B Matchmaking technology supports ABM to help you find customers, suppliers and partners.

In order to use this service it is necessary that you publish personal and company related information. This data will be stored in the matchmaking system of ConVerve GmbH by order of ABM. Parts of your data will be published on the internet. Your account can be deleted at any time.

YOUR DECLARATION

As a participant in the Aboriginal Business Match, you will personally and on behalf of your organization acknowledge that you agree with the above. You will also agree that your discussions at ABM are informal and of information-sharing purpose and object. You acknowledge that this business match in no manner fulfills any duty to consult, delegated or otherwise.

IF YOU ARE STILL IN

We can help you over the phone or online.

Phone 1-604-483-3532 or email us at info@ravenevents.ca.

If you do not have all of the information required for your profile at your fingertips, enter “tba” to make your way to the submit button. That way you are in the system and we can effectively assist. Your email and password allow you access to your profile any time to make edits.