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October 23, 2020 - SMEDCO is partnering with NRG to support Métis Community Recovery!

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan SaskMétis Economic Development Corporation (SMEDCO) and Northern Research Group (NRG) are pleased to announce that we have entered into a partnership focused on supporting Métis community economic recovery.

Under this partnership, SMEDCO and NRG will collaboratively deliver consulting services to Métis communities whose business activities and economic growth have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Funding for the initiative has been provided through SMEDCO’s COVID-19 business relief partnership with Indigenous Services Canada.

“SMEDCO is the only Métis capital corporation in Saskatchewan offering a full suite of financing solutions for Métis businesses since 1987.We are now able to provide non-repayable COVID financial support to Métis businesses that were unable to access other COVID funding “ said Tristan Zachow – Chief Executive Officer. Working with a Métis owned company who knows and understands the needs of Saskatchewan Métis communities is the perfect fit!

“NRG is proud to be working with SMEDCO to deliver much needed consulting supports to Métis communities. COVID-19 has stifled economic growth for many Métis communities and introduced new challenges for Métis community owned businesses” said Matt Vermette- CEO of Northern Research Group. “We are looking forward to working with Métis communities to adapt to those challenges and plan for economic recovery so that they can continue the important work of creating wealth and employment opportunities for our fellow Métis citizens.”

SMEDCO is the economic development hub for the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan and has been working towards enhancing community economic development since 1987.

NRG is a 100% Métis owned, Saskatchewan-based business and economic consulting firm. Their team has a long history of working with small businesses and Métis communities throughout the province of Saskatchewan.

Details regarding the consulting supports available to Métis communities and application forms can be found here.

For more information, please contact –

SMEDCO 
Monica Brunet P: 306-477-4350
E: mbrunet@smedco.ca

NRG www.northernresearchgroupinc.com
Matt Vermette
P: 306-981-3904
E: matt@nrginc.ca

October 21, 2020 - SMEDCO receives Covid – 19 relief funds!

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan SaskMetis Economic Development Corporation (SMEDCO) is pleased to announce a $4.3M partnership with Indigenous Services Canada to offer a Covid-19 impact fund for Métis community-owned businesses and micro businesses that were unable to access prior Covid funding programs. These funds are intended to fill the gaps of other federal business support programs in response to the pandemic.

The purpose is to provide non-repayable funding intended to relieve financial pressure and allow these Community-owned businesses and microbusinesses to strengthen operations and support their viability during the pandemic with the goal of positioning them for recovery.

There will be 2 different streams available and SMEDCO will provide all the resources clients need to become stronger and more efficient. Clients will have access to the most experienced, professional staff and business advisory consultants to guide them through these uncertain times.

“SMEDCO is the only Métis capital corporation in Saskatchewan offering a full suite of financing solutions for Métis businesses since 1987.We are now able to provide non-repayable COVID financial support to Métis businesses that were unable to access other COVID funding “ said Tristan Zachow – Chief Executive Officer.

Métis Nation – Saskatchewan President Glen McCallum said “This is an extraordinary opportunity -We are now able to further support Métis community development corporations, as well businesses such as commercial fishers, artisans, musicians and home-based businesses in conjunction with small business week. These funds should reach and empower those businesses that have not been able to access other covid support programs – making an impact in all four corners of the province”

SMEDCO is the economic development hub for the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan. Since our establishment in 1987, SMEDCO has been owned by the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan Secretariat Inc. and is a Metis Capital Corporation that is proud to support Métis business-owners in the province of Saskatchewan. We provide financial solutions for Métis owned businesses so that they may start up, acquire, and/or expand their operations in our great province. In turn, this helps build up the Saskatchewan Métis community as well as the economy that serves our province. SMEDCO was established because we are passionate about building up the Métis business community in Saskatchewan. All details including application forms can be found at https://smedco.ca/covid-business-fund/

For more information, please contact – Monica Brunet

P: 306-477-4350 | e: mbrunet@smedco.ca