Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce Newsletter Black History Month Intro | Vol 1 Feb 2021
CBCC Newsletter Black History Month Intro | Vol 1 Feb 2021
EDITION: VOL 1 FEB 2021
Welcome to this week's edition
of our newly revamped newsletter.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Chamber is conducting a "Call for Nomination to the Board of Directors". There are many ways to join in our work. Much of the work to organize public meetings and other events is done with the help of volunteers from our community. We are looking to fill the void as change is inevitable. Join us in serving our community today! Date: Mar. 30th, 2021 Time: 7:00 pm E.S.T.
Here are the current Board Positions that we are looking to fill ...
It is with pleasure that the executive committee announces that Christelle Francois has been appointed as the President of the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce. She began her time with the Chamber as a Regional Vice President and has proven herself to be efficient, loyal and dependable. In these times of adversity, Christelle has been instrumental in building bridges and advocating on behalf of the Chamber and its members. She brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, skills and passion to this role.
The Mastermind program brings together a select group of individuals with a common key focus who can offer each other advice, guidance, decision-making, support, ideas, creativity, and serious accountability.
Info sessions are set once a week that engage and help to develop participants. Group discussions under the master leadership promote connectivity, networking, sharing and ultimately personal and organizational growth.
THE ETHNIC FOOD INCUBATOR PROGRAM POWERED BY SOBEYS
This program represents a critical vehicle to advance the CBCC's agenda of creating more Black Entrepreneurs in Canada, particularly in the Food & Beverage space. The Chamber is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining Black Entrepreneurs in Canadian communities through entrepreneurship.
The program is delivered by Spring Activator and includes a 12-week program that prepares entrepreneurs for establishing their brands in the retail industry.
CANADIAN GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT PROGRAM FOR MINORITY OWNED BUSINESS
The government of Canada is taking steps to leverage federal procurement to achieve social and economic policy goals. This includes increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in Canadian society.
This is a part of the Government of Canada's commitment to pursue economic empowerment for marginalized communities, to increase diversity in procurement, and to support Black entrepreneurs – as outlined in the 2020 Speech from the Throne and Fall Economic Statement – Public Services and Procurement Canada will be launching the Black Businesses Pilot (BBP) to expand bidding opportunities for Black-owned and/or operated businesses.
Minister Anand is pleased to share with you that the Black Businesses Pilot was launched on January 12, 2021, across multiple regions of the country for various goods and services, and targeted to companies owned and/or operated by Black Canadians.
HIGHLY AFFECTED SECTORS CREDIT AVAILABILITY PROGRAM (HASCAP ) GUARANTEE
Ottawa, Ontario, January 26, 2021
Minister Ng announces The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has finalized the details of the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) Guarantee, an initiative designed to provide support to all businesses that have been highly impacted by the pandemic.
The Government of Canada has mandated BDC to provide a guarantee to participating financial institutions for 100% of the value of new loans to help businesses access additional liquidity and cover operating costs.
Business owners need to contact their primary financial institution to access the program. Participating financial institutions will begin deploying the program next week.
For more details on the program please review the press release here
BDC WEBINAR In addition, a webinar will be held Monday, February 8th, 2021 at 12:30 Eastern Standard Time to explain the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) Guarantee. As space is limited, please register at your earliest convenience! Please note that this link can also be used to view the webinar On-Demand after Monday, February 8th.