Important Message re: Covid-19
Regarding Loan & MEAP Applications:
The Métis Entrepreneurs’ Assistance Program (MEAP) is designed to assist Métis entrepreneurs to start and/or expand their for-profit business in Alberta. Given the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and the dramatic effects on our local, national and world economies we are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach for any new applicants to MEAP. While we are accepting new applications please be advised that it may be in the best interests of for everyone involved to assess, and re-assess their true market opportunity in today’s environment. This will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and we would request everyone to have patience while we obtain more clarity as to what future demand looks like.
Message to our Current Clients:
We are experiencing an unprecedented economic event with the coronavirus pandemic affecting families, businesses and communities. AMDI is reaching out to our clients to update you on how we are approaching this situation and what assistance is available to our clients in need. Effective immediately we are deferring all regularly scheduled loan payments for April 2020 for all our clients and will consider extending this to further months if required. For those who wish to continue with their payments in April, please contact our office by phone or direct your instructions by email to;
We are currently working with the MNA and NACCA (National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association) who are in direct communication with the Federal Government regarding the development and roll-out of any specific programs and relief packages available to support our Metis small business owners. We will keep you apprised of any developments on this front as soon as we have something concrete to share.
We would also encourage you to visit our Facebook page for any developments and information as it becomes available.
These are unprecedented times and we want to let you know that health and well-being of you and your family, along with everyone in the Apeetogosan community, is our first priority. Together, we can work through these difficult times and look forward to a prosperous future.
Board and staff of Apeetogosan & Pinnacle Business Services Ltd.
If you need to contact any of our staff individually their phones numbers are below:
Sally Bidin- 780-447-6224
Cindy Castelletti – 780-447-6205
Joanne Gunville – 780-447-6201
Rachel Castelletti – 780-447-6208
Michael Abrantes – 780-447-6213
Ken Balcom – 780-447-6202
Insurance Coverage Issues – Many businesses have business interruption insurance; Now is the time to contact your insurance agent to review your policy to understand precisely what you are and are not covered for in the event of an extended incident.
For information regarding Covid-19 please visit trusted sources such as Alberta Health Services, Canada Health Services or the World Health Organization.
Typical information you would find on our website follows below;
Apeetogosan is committed to providing profitable and sustainable financial services and support to clients who seek the means to attain economic self-sufficiency.
Services Provided Include:
- Small Business Loans
- Access to Small Business Grant (MEAP & SEAP)
- Support Service Programs
- Business Advisory Services
(Through Pinnacle Business Services Ltd.)
Like other business lending institutions, Apeetogosan’s future lies in the success of its clients. The loan process is designed to ensure that the ingredients for profitability are contained in the business proposal. We are here to help you along the path of turning your idea into a successful reality.
To see if your business proposal qualifies for a grant from a Government program, call our office to obtain additional information.
Information provided to Apeetogosan is kept confidential.
Pinnacle Business Services Ltd.
Pinnacle Business Services Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apeetogosan (Métis) Development Inc., is committed to providing professional, efficient and effective business advisory assistance to the Alberta Aboriginal business community.
Services Provided Include:
- Business Plans
- Feasibility studies
- Business valuations
- Marketing plans
- Accounting set-up
- Bookkeeping services
- Management support services
- Business workshops/seminars
“Fail to Plan – Plan to Fail”
Whether you are considering a business venture for the first time or have been in business for several years, the business plan can be your most important management tool. A good business plan is your statement in words and numbers of what you want to do and what you need to get there. It is an essential planning and tracking tool, providing valuable assistance for the manager in making start-up decisions, to get the financing you need and to keep yourself and your business on track.
Without it, you may waste time, energy, money and lose sight of your objective.
A well-conceived business plan is essential to attract potential investors (whether a bank, venture capitalist or government agency) for your commercial venture. Today many investors will not even consider meeting with you to discuss your business idea unless you have a business plan. The quality of your plan may be a major factor in determining your success in finding suitable financing and/or investors for your business.
Why Call Apeetogosan or Pinnacle Business Services?
Are you ready to take a step into making your dream of owning your own business a reality but have a lot of questions that need answers?
Perhaps you have an idea for a business, maybe you’ve already started – but not officially. Do you need some guidance? Do you know what kind of insurance you should have? Should you be incorporated or a sole proprietor business? Need help setting up your books – which accounting program is best? You have questions and we have answers!
We have a business consultant ready to help you! Please feel free to call our office to reach out to a business consultant.