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Chief Richard Gladue of the Flying Dust Band, and also a member if ISTC's Aboriginal Economic Development Western Board, made the announcement today at the ceremonies on behalf of the Honourable Tom Hockin, Minister of State (Small Businesses and Tourism) and Minister responsible for Aboriginal Economic Programs.
The initial phase of the project consisted of purchasing an existing auto centre, upgrading and expanding the facilities to permit repair services for school buses, transport trucks, as well as vehicles and equipment used in the agricultural sector. The business will serve the tire and auto repair needs of communities in the Battlefords area.
Part of the federal funding package will also include support for the implementation of a marketing plan and for follow-up business advisory services.
"Topline Tire & Auto Centre promises to be a very viable business venture which can contribute to the growing awareness of Aboriginal entrepreneurship," Chief Gladue said. "In addition, this project has helped to create six new position, three or more of which will be filled by Aboriginal employees."
The Aboriginal Business Development Program is administered by Industry, Science and Technology Canada, and is one of the elements of the Canadian Aboriginal Economic Development Strategy which is designed to foster increased Aboriginal economic self-reliance through the development of a strong Aboriginal private sector.
For further information, contact:
Aboriginal Economic Programs
Industry, Science and Technology
Ottawa (613) 954-0146
Topline Tire & Auto Centre Inc.
North Battleford, Sask.