Friday, July 9, 2021

New opportunities arise at Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce - new business partnerships, programs and webinars

Hello Members of the CBCC

Welcome to this month's edition of our Newsletter!

We greet you in good spirits,

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the health, social and economic well-being of the Black communities in Canada but regardless of how this pandemic has affected us on a wide scale,the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce is still supporting our members by fostering strength in unity, power in global diversity and success in collaboration and respect.

The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce is still committed to serve the purpose of Commerce, black-owned businesses, Entrepreneurship and Economic development within the proud Black Communities across Canada, which will indeed strengthen the community and also promote wealth.

We want to thank our members, partners and allies to be apart of this platform for an opportunity to execute the vision of the CBCC.

We have some exciting news, sessions from the CBCC and highlights from the Black community! Enjoy.
The CBCC has a new partnership with Shopify and we are launching this initiative with our upcoming webinar!

Birthday Wonders is a non-profit association that celebrate marginalized kids and young children encountering vagrancy. 

Anika Pollon, Birthday Wonders founder began this cause to offer the chance of festivity to young children with difficulties like, or more noteworthy than, those she suffered in her own life. Having had a child while being in school full-time Anikaa had firsthand experience with the financial difficulties that single-parent-women confront which has made her consider the implications for children who are homeless. 

Anika had already done a lot of work on herself: she had overcome personal struggles, and learned more about who she was. She was ready and determined to work on building her business, Birthday Wonders. She wanted to make a positive impact, invest in her community, and run a business that would do its part to help the homeless children celebrate their birthday the best way possible. Her need is to ensure those children feel appreciated, regardless of coming up short on the solace and consistency of a steady family home. Birthday Wonders is a grass roots charity, only being in business for one year. 

Anika could never have predicted that 2020 would bring a roadblock to her charity. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic came a significant drop in demand for celebrating birthdays because of the social distance restrictions. Instead, Birthday Wonders delivered birthday boxes to homeless children. 

Anika is committed to assisting homeless children and their caregivers, as well as teenagers. She believes that the enchantment of a birthday celebration and experience will benefit their mental and emotional health by restoring a sense of normalcy and self-worth as a valued and respected member of their community. 

With the right showcasing procedure, Instagram continues to carry out tools to help her business prevail. The app helps her image, increment donations to the charity and future clients can see the testimonies from the previous kids Birthday Wonders helped celebrate their birthday. 

Keeping parental figures from making hard forfeits, and to ensure that youngsters encountering vagrancy feel appreciated merits the battles. 

Anika encourages young people who want to become entrepreneurs to simply just "get it started," she says. Beginning your own endeavor is about experimentation and working through the cycle to discover what works for you and what resonates with clients. 

"I'm grateful for the propel Master Mind program because I was introduced to people that I never thought I would speak to if it weren't for the program," says Anika. She's also honoured to have met coach Danny Stone and James Wilson who's been helping her tremendously away from the Propel Master Mind course. 

Birthday Wonders continues to strengthen the community bonds in order to improve the financial and emotional stability of homeless children as they transition to independence.

Chief Reckah is a hip hop artist and songwriter born and raised in the city of Toronto. Like many artists, Chief Reckah took his musical talents and monetized it. He decided to pursue music because of independence and not wanting to work regimented hours. The aspiring rapper Chief Reckah is mentored by DT the Artist. 

The pandemic has put the world on hold for over a year now. Going to traditional shows haven't been a safe option since March 2020. World-wide tours and concerts have been delayed or cancelled, and restrictions have been put in place on huge public social events. 

Likewise, Chief Reckah is finding alternate approaches to performing "live" virtually. 

As artists continue to explore different avenues of digital performances such as livestreaming, fans appreciate a variety of intimate live shows as an escape from the harsh reality that COVID-19 has brought about. 

As more celebrations, exhibitions and shows are dropped because of the Covid-19 closure, artists such as Chief Reckah are taking on social and streaming stages to play live music for his fans on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. 

Despite the fact that they're not exactly like in-person performances, digital shows are taking on a vital role in keeping musicians relevant in the music industry while public life remains restricted. 

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, however, artists are creating and performing new music for their fans in elevating ways that lift listeners' spirits. On June 12, 2021 Chief Reckah released his first official single So You Know (Support Me). Chief Reckah preaches the concept of support in his new single where many people tear down anyone who has achieved or is about to achieve greater success than one another. With that New York style Boom Bap, he's representing Toronto, Canada to New York, and the rest of the world. 

His advice for young people who want to become entrepreneurs. Don't expect anything. The less he anticipated from it, the more life appeared to please him. The more I got what I needed. 

"Going through artist development, I had to humble myself and allow a teacher/mentor to take charge," he says. 

Making connections and gaining a sense of belonging are a big part of Chief Reckah's success in the propel Master Mind program. While he's been in the program for a few months, it has helped him and will continue to stay.

The Propel Mastermind program is a one-year program where groups of 6-8 non competitors meet to grow their firms. participants gain access to a business advisor, mentors, and growth software. New firms can join by attending one of our quarterly info sessions or by reaching out to program director Doug Minter, 

Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP) question & answer session

With the recently announced Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP), hard-hit businesses will be able to hire the workers they need to recover as local economies reopen. The CRHP supports payroll as businesses grow, whether it's related to hiring staff, increasing shifts, or increasing overall pay.


The CRHP and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) both support the payroll of eligible employers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, while the CEWS was designed to help eligible employers keep their employees on their payroll during the worst of the pandemic, the CRHP is designed to encourage businesses to (re)hire and grow as the economy recovers.


The CRHP is designed to interact with the CEWS. From June 6, 2021 to September 25, 2021, the subsidies overlap so that, as CEWS rates gradually decline, eligible employers would still be able to receive support from the CRHP if they hire more workers or increase workers' hours or wages. Eligible employers will be able to apply for either of the two subsidies, based on whichever subsidy will provide the higher amount of support.


Please visit the CRHP web pages for detailed information about eligibility requirements, how payment periods are structured, and how the CRHP is calculated.


To complement these resources, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will host a series of interactive question and answer sessions for eligible employers. 


Please click here to register.


We kindly ask that you register as soon as possible, as capacity is limited. We will strive to answer as many questions as we can during the time period. All questions gathered during these sessions will be considered by the CRA in its ongoing communications efforts. Please note, if there are no more sessions available, you will be able to add your name to a waitlist and we will contact you if we organize future sessions.


Eligible employers will be able to apply for the CRHP as of July 7, 2021, when the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will open applications through My Business Account and Represent a Client. The CRA will begin to issue CRHP payments to eligible employers during the week of July 12, 2021. The CRA also encourages eligible employers to enroll their payroll account for direct deposit to get their payments faster. Please also refer to Protect yourself against fraud, if you have any concerns.


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New invitation for #blackownedbusinesses:

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) invites Black business owners to provide information about their businesses and their experience with federal procuremen
Our Government is taking steps to leverage federal procurement to achieve social and economic policy goals, which includes increasing the participation of under-represented 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. 
Minister Anand is pleased to share with you an Invitation to Canadian Black-owned or -led businesses to provide information about their businesses and experiences with federal procurement. This Request For Information (RFI) invites Canadian Black-owned or -led businesses to complete an online questionnaire to provide information about their businesses and their experience with federal procurement. 
The results of the questionnaire will help PSPC develop initiatives to increase the participation of Black-owned or -led businesses in federal procurement opportunities.
Click Here for More Information

Grant applications are open until July 9 for the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, a multi-year global initiative to help amplify Black voices and perspectives on the platform. 

This is a great opportunity for creators and musicians who use YouTube to share their content with the world. They'll receive seed funding to help them develop and elevate their content. They'll also attend workshops and masterclasses to cultivate new skills and get exclusive access to social and community programs.  This is the first year Canadian creators are eligible to apply, and we would love your help spreading the word, so more Black creatives can benefit. Applications are open until July 9, and applicants can apply here

Read the BlOG HERE

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Federal Black Entrepreneurship Loan has officially launched!

Black Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs make important contributions to the Canadian economy, yet they continue to face systemic barriers in starting and growing their businesses.

Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, and Greg Fergus, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, to the President of the Treasury Board and to the Minister of Digital Government and Chair of the Parliamentary Black Caucus, announced that the Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund is now accepting loan applications.

The loan fund provides financing of up to $250,000 for Black business owners and entrepreneurs so they can grow their businesses and succeed now and into the future.

Eligible businesses must be majority owned by a Black Canadian and may include start-ups and existing for-profit small businesses in Canada, including sole proprietorships, social enterprises, partnerships or co-operatives. Businesses must have a business number, a business plan, and financial statements or projects for start-ups.

For more information on the loan fund criteria, please see our frequently asked questions and reach out to F.A.C.E with questions.

Please Contact  if interested in future Ad Placements with The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce!
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