The Aboriginal business community has deep roots in Edmonton.
Aboriginal business has and will continue to play a significant role in defining Edmonton’s identity, from the city’s origins as a trading center to its future as a regional and national hub for Aboriginal businesses and professionals.
Funded by the City of Edmonton, Aksis is a membership driven, not-for-profit organization created to serve as a central meeting point that inspires Edmonton’s Aboriginal business and professional community to connect, collaborate & create.
by Kim Radmacher
Métis young entrepreneur and founder of Edmonton-based Kite Electric Ltd, Jason Courtepatte, has always liked learning what makes things tick. He’s a master electrician and holds special certifications to design and install sustainable energy products like solar panels and car-charging stations for Tesla products. He is even licensed through Transport Canada to operate drones anywhere in Canadian airspace.
Earlier this year, the young entrepreneur’s unending curiosity and his entrepreneurial spirit played major roles in guiding him through an unexpected pivot when the pandemic threatened his small business.
Coping with the COVID-19 threat
“Kite Electric is based on integrity and transparency,” he says. “I make it my goal to make sure clients are informed and educated when making decisions about renewable energy and sustainable options. Even if a client doesn’t choose to contract us, at least I know customers are being taken care of by someone who shares my business values.”
In early March, Kite Electric Ltd. was about to mark its first anniversary as a full-time operation. The team, made up of two full-time staff members and six journeymen/apprentices, was gearing up for a busy spring, but then COVID-19 hit and everything threatened to come to a halt.
Like many small business owners across the country, in the early days of the pandemic, Courtepatte had to deal with a lot of uncertainty. “When things closed down there was a lot of fear and concern, and I didn’t want to put my team in harm’s way,” he says.
CONNECT, COLLABORATE & CREATE.
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Increase exposure and awareness of your business both online and out our networking events.
Access Aboriginal business development programs and services such as training, mentor ship, and funding opportunities.
Connect regularly with other like-minded business people to identify opportunities, share keys to success and provide mutual support.
Create a common voice of Aboriginal business in Edmonton that will advance effectively and collaborate to eliminate barriers.