Stó:lō biz tradeshow on Monday to showcase diversity

The focus is on the "strength and magnitude" of diverse business economy in S’olh Téméxw, Stó:lō traditional territory

'Our hope (with the tradeshow) is to bring together and help build partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous business

'Our hope (with the tradeshow) is to bring together and help build partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous business

The newly formed Stó:lō Business Association is kicking off what it hopes will become its annual signature event.

The first ever Stó:lō Business Tradeshow is on Monday evening, November 7 at Tzeachten Hall, billed as a way of celebrating and showcasing local entrepreneurship in Stó:lō territory.

“Our hope is to bring together and help build partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous business,” said Louis De Jaeger, president of Stó:lō Business Association.

It will also put the spotlight on some unique and exciting ventures.

Hosted by the SBA in partnership with Stó:lō Community Futures and the Aboriginal Business Service Network, the Stó:lō Business Tradeshow is the first major First Nations focused business event to promote the “strength and magnitude” of the diverse business economy in S’olh Téméxw, Stó:lō Traditional Territory.

“The Indigenous business economy is strong with 300 businesses and counting, with a powerful and educated Indigenous community that has a vision to be the leading centre of Aboriginal business in B.C.”

Suggested minimum donation at the event is $5 at the door.

There will be free samples of indigenous food and door prizes, as well as free business-oriented workshops.