CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Aboriginal Music Program Hallway Showcase at the Manito Ahbee Festival
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2007
The Aboriginal Music Program will be hosting a Hallway Showcase at the MTS Centre on Saturday, November 3, 2007 during the Manito Ahbee Pow Wow. The showcase will give 4 bands the opportunity to play one 45-minute set each.
DATE: Saturday, November 3, 2007
TIME: 1pm - 5pm
LOCATION: Upper Concourse Level, MTS Centre
FEES: MARIA defines showcases as opportunities for artists to perform for business purposes (book more performances, perform for industry professionals, etc...) and no performance fees will be paid.
The main purpose of the showcase is to help Aboriginal bands promote their music to Aboriginal community members who purchase talent for events throughout the year. Last year, the Hallway Showcase earned Highway 373 a number of gigs and gave others the opportunity to push CD sales from their trade show booths.
The showcase is open to bands of three pieces or more because the space is quite open and doesn't lend itself well to solo performances.
The headlines read: WELCOME TO THE BOONIES, and they were talking about us.
“You may want to sit down for this one. It is a little hard to believe.
Two weeks hence, the music business will be invading Winnipeg for the first time ever.
No fooling. The weekend of April 23 will see several dozen key players in the Canadian music industry trekking to town for the first ever Manitoba Sound Recording Industry Trade Forum.”
So wrote Mitch Potter in the Winnipeg Sun on April 8, 1988, six months after the formation of the brand new non-profit association called MARIA. It was the first big event for a fledgling organization that had formed in October of 1987. The papers were all over it. Bruce Allen, one of the Canadian music industry’s biggest voices, came to town to tell the Toronto industry elite that they were full of it, but even more, that places like Winnipeg were a virtual no-man’s-land, literally “the boonies,” when it came to the Canadian music biz. Since then, MARIA has made it a mission to prove him wrong.
Today it is second nature for us to invite the biggest players in the international music business to Manitoba to work with our local industry. And they are...
Ten Manitoba artists have netted 14 nominations at the 2007 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA) making 2007 another strong year for homegrown talent. The CAMAs, now in their ninth year, are held in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, which runs November 30 - December 2, 2007 in Toronto. The awards will be handed out at the Rogers Centre on November 30.
Folk act Little Hawk – a.k.a. Troy Westwood -- leads with three nominations. His latest Arbor Records release, Home and Native Land, has been nominated for Best Folk Album, Best Producer/Engineer (Westwood and Chris Burke-Gaffney), and Best Album Cover Design (Westwood, Darren Johnston and Adriana Capozzi).
Manitoba acts control the Best Fiddle Album category, snagging all three nominations. Darren Lavallee’s Backroad Fiddlin’ and Ramsey Rae’s Fiddlin’ Buckaroo top the list with double nominee Ryan D'Aoust and his new release, York Boats & Legends, which is also up for Best Album Cover Design (CIMN Network and Chronic Creative).
Country act Buddy Gouchie is up for two awards, including Best Male Artist and Best Country Album, for Things That Matter. Tracy Bone is up for Best Female Artist for her...
“The NCI Jam has been running for 21 years and shows no signs of slowing down,” explains David McLeod, CEO/General Manager of NCI FM, Manitoba’s Aboriginal radio network. “We are always thrilled that we can bring grass roots talent to a world class stage and bridge what would have thought to be impossible 20 years ago. As the Aboriginal community grows our talent show will also grow. There is no doubt that in a few years we will have to move into a larger venue like the MTS Centre.”
As in previous years, the NCI Jam featured performances by 25 amateur contestants from all parts of the province along with a number of great guest appearances, award presentations, inductions to the Manitoba Aboriginal Music Hall of Fame and acknowledgements of accomplishments by community members.
The show was held at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg to an in-house audience of 2,300 fans and countless listeners on the NCI network, which broadcasted the entire show throughout Manitoba.
The winners of the NCI Jam were:
Hayley McDonald (Nelson House, Manitoba)
Lucy Beardy (Lake St. Martin, Manitoba)
Aboriginal artists from Manitoba demonstrated the strength of the regional scene, nabbing 33 nominations in 16 of the categories of the second annual Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA). The nominees were announced by the Manitoba Aboriginal Music Host Committee Inc. in Winnipeg on September 13 at a press conference at the Hudson Room of McPhillips Street Station.
The APCMAs features an online voting system, which gives Aboriginal music fans the chance to vote for their favorite act in each of the 21 categories. The winners will be announced at a nationally-televised award show on November 2 at the MTS Centre in downtown Winnipeg. The awards are part of the 10-day Manito Ahbee festival, now in its second year.
Leading the pack with five nominations for Best New Artist, Best Folk/Acoustic CD, Best Songwriter, Best Album Cover Design and Best Producer/Engineer is newcomer Don Amero, while No Lies earned three nominations for country chanteuse Tracy Bone. Bone won last year for Best Album Cover Design and is nominated in 2007 for Best Country CD, Single of the Year, and Best Songwriter.
Juno-winning rock act Eagle & Hawk, who picked up two trophies at last...
Manitoba’s Aboriginal radio network, NCI FM, has announced the 25 amateur singers who will be competing in this year’s NCI Jam. The 2007 installment will be held at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg on Saturday, September 22 and will provide each of the contestants with an opportunity to perform one song for the judges, capacity crowd and radio audience.
As in previous years, NCI FM will induct an artist into the Aboriginal Music Hall of Fame. The careers of Ray St. Germain and Bill Flamond will also be honored and the NCI FM “Single of the Year” will be announced with performances by Gabby Taylor, Gerry McIvor and Black Rain beforehand.
The NCI FM "Single of the Year" will be decided by the fans and anyone interested in voting for Gabby Taylor, Gerry McIvor or Black Rain can do so at www.ncifm.com/vote.html
The contestants are:
1 Chantal Kuegle, Dugald, Manitoba
2 Allan Muskego, Oxford House, Manitoba
3 Edward Genialle, Sapotaweyak, Manitoba
4 Sherri Shorting, Little Saskatchewan, Manitoba
5 Pam Nabess, Peguis, Manitoba
6 Ronald Napakeesik, Shamattawa, Manitoba
7 Lucy Beardy, Lake St. Martin, Manitoba
8 Ryan Sereda, Dauphin, Manitoba
Five Manitoba artists have been nominated for the 2007 Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA). The ISMA are held annually in conjunction with the largest Aboriginal music festival in North America, which draws close to 70,000 visitors to the Summerfest Grounds on the western shore of Lake Michigan each year. The ISMA winners will be announced at an awards ceremony during the Indian Summer Festival (ISF) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 7, 2007.
This year’s nominees include JC Campbell in the Alternative Rock category and Tracy Bone in the Pop category. Country crooners Ron Loutit and Don Constant are both up in the Country category, and instrumental act Longhouse has been nominated for the Native Spirit category.
Two Winnipeg-based labels, Arbor Records and Sunshine Records, have also netted three nominations for non-Manitoba artists. Arbor acts Stevie Salas and Derrick Miller are up for trophies along with Sunshine’s Jared Sowan.
In 2006, Eagle & Hawk took home two ISMAs for Alternative Rock and Classic Rock for Life Is.... The Juno-winning rock act has also performed on the main stage at Indian Summer Festival in front of a crowd of tens of thousands.
Online voting for the 2007 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards started Monday, August 13 at 5:00 pm Central. As in the previous year, the nominees and eventual winners in each of the 23 categories will be chosen by fans on the www.aboriginalpeopleschoice.com website.
The winners will be announced at one of two award ceremonies in Winnipeg on November 1 and 2, 2007, with the second event being broadcasted live across Canada on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.
In order to vote, you’ll need a valid email address, access to the Internet and a little bit of time to listen to the music in each category.
The Manitobans in the running are:
Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year
Darren Lavallee (Sunshine Records)
Da Skelpa Squad
Don Constant (Sunshine Records)
Eagle & Hawk
JC Campbell (Strongfront Records)
Ryan D’Aoust (Arbor Records)
Tracy Bone (Arbor Records)
X-Status (Strongfront Records)
Best Aboriginal Music by Non Aboriginal
Best Album Cover Design
Jesse Green (Strongfront Records)
Best Blues CD
JC Campbell (Strongfront Records)
Three local acts are up for trophies at the Native American Music Awards (Nammys), an American music awards show. Juno-winning rock outfit Eagle & Hawk and blues acts Slidin’ Clyde Roulette Band and South ThunderBird are up for awards at the 9th annual celebrations.
Eagle & Hawk, which was nominated for 2006 JUNO Award for Best Aboriginal Recording, is up for Best Pop/Rock Recording for its album Life Is... The band picked up a trophy in this category at the 2006 Nammys for its recording, Mother Earth.
The Slidin’ Clyde Roulette Band is up for Best Blues/Jazz Recording for Let’s Take a Ride while multiple-Canadian Aboriginal Music Award nominated group South ThunderBird is up for the same award for its latest release, Tough Go.
Two Manitoba-based labels specializing in Aboriginal music have nominated recordings this year. Sunshine Records’ multi-artist compilation CD, 20 Aboriginal Hits, is up for Best Compilation Recording. Internationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter Susan Aglukark’s Blood Red Earth, released on Arbor Records, is up for Best Female Artist and Best Pop Recording.
The NAMMYs feature a diverse group of over 125 nominees with origins as far as...
You are invited to the first-ever ACI Manitoba Aboriginal Arts and Culture web site!
This new site will provide arts and cultural content and resources that are specific to the Manitoban Aboriginal arts community while helping to build bridges between urban and rural communities. Ultimately, it will be an invaluable Aboriginal arts and cultural information hub!
We value your opinions, encourage your suggestions and hope you will share your knowledge with ACI Manitoba. Please feel free to contact us and involve yourself in building and sustaining a strong Aboriginal arts and cultural community!
If you have an Aboriginal Arts and Cultural related event, program or announcement that you would like posted on our website please email your information or link to email@example.com
The ACI Manitoba Aboriginal Arts and Culture web site launch date is Friday, August 3, 2007. Please go to http://www.creativemanitoba.ca and look for Aboriginal Programs.
Jaimie L. Isaac
Aboriginal Programs Manager
Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba
62 Albert Street, Suite 501
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1E9
T: 204.927.2783 F: 204.927.2789...
The Manitoba Metis Federation invites all Metis musicians that would like to have their music aired on the Metis Hour X2 (a program on NCI FM) to forward a copy of their CD to the MMF Home Office at 150 Henry Avenue, attention Cara Lytwyn. Please be sure to include your name and contact information along with the song you would like featured.
SPIRIT Magazine’s annual music issue hit stands this week. As in previous years, a number of artist profiles are included in the issue along with a compilation CD featuring songs by Indigenous artists from across North America. Coverage of the scene in Manitoba includes a one-page profile of Jesse Green, a track by Billy Joe Green on the compilation CD and a submission by Aboriginal Music Program Coordinator Alan Greyeyes.
The Jesse Green spread gives the X-Status front man props for the group’s run through the southwestern United States on the Iron Indians Tour this past April; Billy Joe’s “Muskrat Blues” fits nicely into the “Roots and Rights” theme of the companion compilation CD; and, Greyeyes’ short editorial highlights some of the main points that the AMP Coordinator drew from music industry workshops he attended over the past year.
AMP Camp alumnus, Veronica Johnny receives the most profile, gracing the magazine’s cover, receiving praise in a four-page article and contributing a track to the compilation CD from her Toronto-based band, The Johnnys.
When asked why SPIRIT Magazine puts together a music issue and compilation CD each year, publisher Harmony Rice...
The Manitoba Arts Network represents community arts organizations throughout rural and northern Manitoba. Our touring program assists these presenters and artists/managers to coordinate block-booked tours and one-time performances.
Annually we publish a comprehensive Performance Touring Directory, which lists artists available for touring within the province. This Directory, which is the primary source of artist information for our community presenters, is seen by over 100 presenters throughout Manitoba and North Western Ontario and is available in print form and on our website: www.communityarts.mb.ca
Other benefits to artists/agent include:
1. Promotion of performing artists via our annual showcase presenters meeting.
2. Ongoing consideration of performing artists via booking activities done through our Touring Network.
3. Distribution of promotional materials to community presenters upon their request.
We invite you to list in the 2007/2008 Performance Touring Directory.
To do so you must complete the following application along with 1 printed press kit that includes show information, media, tech rider, an 8x10 photo, & 1 CD or DVD. For photos it is...
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has launched a new website and new radio program to share the stories and culture of Aboriginal people. The new website is dedicated to Aboriginal arts, news, and events in Canada, while the CBC Radio One show, Live by the Drum covers stories and music from Indigenous cultures across the globe.
The new website is located at www.cbc.ca/aboriginal and it brings together the network’s coverage of Aboriginal issues on television, radio and the World Wide Web. The interesting part for the music community is that it includes a spotlight for the arts called the Arts and Cultural Digest. Aboriginal recording artists interested in being featured in this section need only create a New Music Canada profile with music, an interesting bio and a promotional photo.
NCI-FM, Manitoba’s Aboriginal Radio Network is coordinating free concerts, one at each hotel for the evacuees of the South Indian Lake forest fires. Evacuees are staying in five Winnipeg Hotels, Ramada Marlborough, Place Louis Riel, Club Regent Hotel, and the Canad Inn Polo Park, and the Viscount Gort.
NCI-FM is requesting Aboriginal Singers/Musicians to donate their time to entertain the elders, and families of South Indian Lake on the afternoon of Thursday July 26th,or Friday, July 27th. The music sets would be 20 –30 minutes in length, acoustic based, with a small P.A. system. For artists donating their time to this event, on-air mentions. Acknowledgements will be made.
NCI-FM is also requesting donations of bottled water/refreshments for each hotel volunteer table. The bottled water/refreshments will be available, free to South Indian Lake evacuees. For companies donating product or cash, on-air mentions, acknowledgements, will be made on NCI-FM.
NCI-FM Program Manager
The Westbrook Inn is looking for solo acts and bands of Aboriginal ancestry to perform originals and/or cover tunes at the hottest Aboriginal nightspot in Winnipeg. Interested acts should contact Darryl Sanderson for additional information.
Are you an artist looking for a spotlight? CKUW 95.9 FM is looking to showcase emerging local Native recording artists, signed and unsigned. Send your demos or albums to be added to the collection and/or jam live in the station's studio. For more information contact the station reps below.
CKUW is a grassroots, volunteer-based campus and community radio station based in Winnipeg. CKUW strives to first and foremost play local music, as well as Canadian and international. We are people driven, and not profit driven, therefore we play music and discuss ideas not found in the mass media.
If you have any questions, or you'd like to book time to jam live and be heard on the airwaves, contact:
Aboriginal Issues Editor
CKUW 95.9 FM Winnipeg
(204) 297-9400 (cell/leave message)
(204) 774-6877 or (204) 786-9998 firstname.lastname@example.org
Or send your music to:
CKUW 95.9 FM Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9
Dust off your clubs! It's time again for MARIA's annual golf tourney, Rockin' the Greens!
Rockin' the Greens 2007Friday, August 31, 2007Wildwood Golf club, 761 North Drive
Rockin' the Green is a fun event for those with golf experience and those who have who may have spent more time on the stage than on the greens. There are18 holes, a putting contest, hole contests, prizes for every team, dinner, and much much more!
Click here to download Rockin' the Greens registration info and forms.
Shotgun start: 1:00pm
Dinner & Prize Presentation: 6pm
Times subject to change.
Entry Fee: $60 per person
(Includes golf, dinner, t-shirt)
Mulligans: 3 for $5
Wildewood offers golf club and pull
cart rentals. Arrangements can be
made at the golf course. Please
note that rental costs are in
addition to your registration fee.
Golf Clubs - $10
Pull Carts - $5
18 Holes - Texas Scramble Style
To make this a fun and exciting event, prizes are being collected. All prize donors will be listed in the winter issue of the MARIA newsletter.
Cross Lake, Manitoba’s outcast heavy metal band, Prodiggy, crunched their way into a nationally televised performance slot during the 2007 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) when they won first place at the Star Catcher talent search finale during the Red River Ex’s National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Winnipeg last week. The boys beat out 11 other amateur talents competing in the first installment of this Aboriginal artist development project.
The other acts vying for this top spot were Roxy Flett, Richard McKay, Shaun T Roulette and Rude Mood, Ken Boulette, Alyssa Nepinak, Wambde Chante Hanska, Mary Mahler, Tiffany Ducharme, Melissa Galvin, Jerry Sereda, and Evan Reeve. Galvin and Sereda finished in second and third, respectively, earning a performance slot during the APCMA First Night Gala on November 1 for second place and a performance slot during the Manito Ahbee MusicFest from November 1-3 for third.
Each of the 12 contestants qualified for the finale during one of the three Star Catcher shows. A total of 40 aspiring singers and bands competed at the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council Winter Tribal Days in Brandon, the Hollow Water First Nation, and the...
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Manitoba Aboriginal Artists – Volume 3
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOON, THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2007
MARIA’s Aboriginal Music Program is currently accepting submissions for Manitoba Aboriginal Artists - vol. 3, a promotional compilation CD, which will be released in August of 2007. The CD will used to promote the music being made by Aboriginal recording artists living in Manitoba and all genres are eligible. Once complete, the CD will be distributed widely through various music industry festivals and conferences, as well as directly to key players in the music industry and Aboriginal community.
The tracks that will be included on the CD will be selected by a jury of Aboriginal people working in Manitoba’s music industry. Their decisions will be based on recording quality, song quality and the market readiness of the individual, group or duo.
To have your track included for consideration, please submit:
• Press kit (digital or printed with a biography, an 8 x 10 inch photograph and touring history at the very least);
• CD with track name, number, songwriting and publishing credit, and track length clearly indicated;
• 20-word bio...
The submission deadline for the 2007 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards is June 30, 2007.
This year the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards will be open to both Canadian and American recording artists of First Nation/Native American, Metis and Inuit ancestry. The show will be held at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Friday, November 2 and the winners will be decided by fan votes on the APCMA website: www.aboriginalpeopleschoice.com
AWARD SHOW: November 2, 2007
LOCATION: MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
The following are dates to remember for the 2007 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards:
Artist Submission Deadline - June 30th
Online Voting Begins - July 9th
First Round of voting closes - July 30th
Nominees Announced - August 2nd
Final Round of voting begins - August 2nd
Final Round of voting ends - October 15th
The submission deadline for the 2007 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards is June 30, 2007.
The ninth annual CAMA will honour the premiere musical artists of the Canadian Aboriginal communities. The gala awards show will be held on Friday, November 16th, 2007 at the John Bassett Theatre in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
DEADLINE: June 30, 2007
ELIGIBILTY: Released between January 1, 2006 and May 30, 2007
AWARD SHOW: November 16, 2007
LOCATION: John Bassett Theatre, Toronto
The National Aboriginal Day celebrations keep on growing in Winnipeg. This year, the Manito Ahbee Festival has expanded it’s event at the Red River Ex, the Aboriginal People’s Television Network has added a stage in down town Winnipeg, CBC Radio 2 will be broadcasting the recorded Red Road Music Concert, NCI is hitting up all of the events in town, Strongfront A/V Productions is bringing in acts from New Mexico, the Selkirk Avenue community event is preparing for more guests, and the McPhillips Street Station is opening its doors for another great night of entertainment lead by Ray St. Germain.
To help folks in Winnipeg make the most of their day, we have put together a printable guide to point with the basics for each event.
NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY GUIDE TO MUSIC IN WINNIPEG
The events are:
The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
LOCATION: 339 Portage Ave. (in the fountain area beside the APTN office)
TIME: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
LINEUP: Lucie Idlout, Leela Gilday, Donny Parenteau, the C-Weed Band, Dead Indians, the Asham Stompers (jigging), Hoop Dancer Lisa Odjig, and three Star Catcher finalists
The province’s Aboriginal radio station, NCI FM released their first compilation CD this month with a party on the Red River Princess boat in Winnipeg on June 6. The disc is entitled “Sounds like... NCI” and it features songs by D.L.O, Gabby Taylor, Gerry McIvor, Don Amero, Tracy Bone, Aaron Peters, Chris Beach, Norbert Ducharme, Les Shannacappo and a number of artists from outside the province. The CD is available at the NCI FM offices in Winnipeg and Thompson for $20 and will be available online once the station’s new website is launched in mid July.
"We are extremely proud of the outcome of the ‘Sounds like...NCI’ CD project,” explains David McLeod, General Manager of the station. “We produced the CD for several reasons. Firstly, we wanted to promote independent Aboriginal talent from all across Canada. We also wanted to produce a CD, which highlighted music that is popular on both our request lines and on the National Aboriginal Top #30 Countdown. This CD is truly unique, as nothing is available on the market that compares. I would like to also note that one album cannot do justice to the hundreds of great songs played over the last few years. We will monitor the...
Manitobamusic.com Podcast 2 - August 2007
Featuring interviews and music from Grand Analog and Burnthe8track, music news, new releases, and music from Jodie Borle, The Duhks, Sights & Sounds, Ann Walton, and Tele.
Manitobamusic.com Podcast 1 - June 2007
Featuring an interview and live music from Twilight Hotel as well as Manitoba music news, new releases, and music from Nathan, The Weakerthans, Paper Moon, Boats, Cara Luft, Solidaze, and Segweh.
Click here to download Manitobamusic.com Podcast 1 file.
Four rising stars in the Aboriginal music community will be joining multi award winning rockers, Eagle and Hawk at the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg on June 6 for a night of intimate and interactive acoustic songs and stories. The show is entitled Red Road Music and it will begin at 8 pm sharp with a songwriting circle featuring Don Amero, JC Campbell, Tracy Bone and Jared Sowan. This group will take turns performing songs, keeping the show moving quickly through a range of rich vocals, intelligent melodies and great stories.
The second half of the show will feature an acoustic set by Eagle and Hawk, who have plans to perform many of their most memorable songs, including “The Way,” “I See Red,” and a new version of what is probably their biggest hit to date, “Sundancer.”
Red Road Music offers a chance for everyone to take in some of the greatest songs being written in the Aboriginal community. The artists on the bill are fantastic and the striped down format is sure to help both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal audience members connect and appreciate the talent and intelligence of all five acts.
The Red Road Music project was made possible by a partnership...
The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has $100,000 to spend on the production of five music videos for Aboriginal recording artists from across Canada; that’s $20,000 a pop. The money will go towards production costs along with travel to Toronto, where all the videos will be shot. In order to be considered for the funding artists need to complete the application form and submit support materials by the June 30, 2007 deadline.
The final decisions will be made by the APTN programming staff, based on the strength of the application and the talent demonstrated in the music.
If you’re interested in sending in a song, here are a couple of things to consider:
• You don't need to submit a creative treatment for your proposed music video because APTN will assign an executive producer in Toronto for your project if you win;
• If you have already released a music video, APTN will still consider your submissions as they are hoping to come out of the project with five great music videos from five great recording artists or bands; and,
• Once the video is completed, APTN will require the copyright holders of the music to give them the rights to broadcast the video on...
Jesse Green, owner of local recording upstart, Strongfront Records was recently profiled by the Business Development Bank’s (BDC) Aboriginal Banking department in the Spring issue of it’s Soar publication.
The story explains the growth of the record company along with the video production side of Green’s business. The BDC also makes note of the fact the Strongfront received financial support from the lender; a point that they seem quite proud of.
A graphic design firm, a dog trainer and a role model profile also appear in the publication.
According to the BDC website, the bank “plays a leadership role in delivering financial, investment and consulting services to Canadian small businesses, with a particular focus on the technology and export sectors of the economy.” In other words, they can help you get your small business off the ground.