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Northern companies get boost with Indigenous business grants

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business funds support digital development and growth
(AgriTech North photo)

A trio of Indigenous businesses from Northern Ontario are among the recipients of a one-time grant from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).

AgriTech North of Dryden, Alloy Insights Inc. of Timmins, and Raven Rising Enterprises Ltd. of Sudbury were chosen to receive a 2022 Indigenous Business Grant, which is supported by Google.

Recipients will receive $10,000 from the CCAB’s Tool and Financing for Aboriginal Business program — $5,00 per year for two years — to put toward digital development and growth opportunities, as well as membership in the CCAB.

According to CCAB, the program supports Google Canada’s commitment to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

AgriTech North is an indoor growing operation that produces a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for retail and wholesale consumers in northwestern Ontario. In addition, the company has a goal of reducing the cost of shipping fresh produce to remote Indigenous communities to help make the cost of food more affordable.

Alloy Insights specializes in IT and cybersecurity for clients across Northern Ontario and Canada.

Raven Rising Enterprises Ltd. is led by Chef Tammy Maki, a chocolatier who infuses her creations with traditional Indigenous ingredients, selling in store and across Canada.

The CCAB’s stated mandate is to build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, businesses, and communities through diverse programming, providing tools, training, network building, major business awards, and national events.