Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Canadian Black Chamber Of Commerce October Newsletter / Chambre Da Commerce Noire Du Canada Newsletter d’octobre


Welcome to the CBCC Newsletter

The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce is 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 and opportunities for the Black community! Enjoy.

We are excited to announce The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerces's excitement of being a recipient of the Ecosystem, Grant!

The Government of Canada has worked closely with Black business owners and Black-led organizations across Canada to ensure the new Black Entrepreneurship Program reflects the realities and needs of Black Canadians.

The Government of Canada has worked closely with Black business owners and Black-led organizations across Canada to ensure the new Black Entrepreneurship Program reflects the realities and needs of Black Canadians.

The program builds on the Government's work to address systemic racism against Black Canadians. This includes taking steps to advance Canada's Anti-Racism Strategy, justice reforms, modern policing structures and standards, and enhanced local community supports for young Black Canadians.

''Black entrepreneurs are incredible innovators and make a tremendous contribution to the Canadian economy. Having the CBCC be selected as one of the National BEP Ecosystem partners is a huge accomplishment that my team and I are extremely proud of. We are excited about the new programs and services that we will be able to offer the community at large. Our objective is to effectively impact and contribute to the success of Black business owners and entrepreneurs across the country!''

- Christelle Francois,

President, The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce


CBCC is Hiring a Office Administrator

The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to elevating the economic development of the Black Business Community. We are committed to conducting the required collaboration and research that delivers evidence-based solutions that improve lives and strengthen economic growth within the Black Community in Canada and internationally. The ideal candidate will have experience working full-time in the non-profit sector and a passion for working within the Black Community providing Administrative, Accounting Marketing, Communications and Human Resource Support to all personnel. If you're hard-working and dedicated, this is an excellent opportunity for you.

For more details they can email:

PROPEL Mastermind Testimonial of Michelle Buckland

You have been in the Propel Program since its inception. Can you tell us what the program's impact has been on your life and business?

The Propel Program has been a game changer for me. When I joined over a year ago, I was at a place of confirming if I truly was ready to bring my business into full fruition and/or just don't pursue. At the time, I was going through career transition of landing a full-time job, had so much going on in my personal life, and questioning a few times if my business would truly succeed. I would constantly hear that only a little over 30% of small businesses fail – According to statistics published in 2019 by the Small Business Administration (SBA), about twenty percent of business start-ups fail in the first year. About half succumb to business failure within five years. By year 10, only about 33% survive). The program helped motivate me and persevere.

When I joined, my key focus was on marketing and building visibility (i.e., according to GrowthWheel) and using my personal story of being a person living with a disability as my unique service position, social media – LinkedIn focus, optimize FREE websites for black businesses (e.g., AfroBiz, CBCC, ACBN, etc.), revolutionized my website, and global networking. My exposure skyrocketed within the first year of gaining international attention and numerous awards.

1st Place of 2020 Mastermind Pitch Contest

2nd Place of 2021 Mastermind Pitch Contest (runner-up)

2021 Accessibility Award for City of Brampton from the work I have done over the past 10 years

2021 Women of Inspiration Nomination

Keynote Speaker / Presenter for national and U.S. events

Also, at the end of the first year, I gained my first major client of getting a contract of $12,000 (gross income) as an Accessibility Document Remediation Specialist.


CanadianSME Business Magazine supports and empowers Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises by recognizing them on our platform. We want to acknowledge and publish small businesses on our new platform,, to continue this initiative. The SMB Connect initiative from CanadianSME Small Business Magazine to support and increase sales to local businesses across the country. SMB Connect is a marketplace where small and medium enterprises can list their businesses and elaborate on the kind of services they provide, thereby reaching more customers. We would appreciate it if you share this link amongst your network and include it in your newsletter.

There has never been a more important time to change the course of our future. From October 12-14, Elevate is launching Think 2030, a virtual symposium designed to advance critical initiatives in Canada that foster a new sustainable, healthy, and equitable era for everyone.

This event will convene industry leaders, policymakers and startup disruptors to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and explore how design, innovation and technology can solve society's greatest challenges. This year's event will feature three themes: Equality; Sustainability and Well-Being.

The event will host live debates, innovation sessions, and breakouts with participatory dialogue that dives deeper into specific industries and solutions. Featured speakers will include Dr. Jane Goodall, Colonel Chris Hadfield, and Jameela Jamil, just to name a few. Hosts will include Tyrone Edwards and Chloe Wilde from eTalk, as well as indigenous activist and artist, Sarain Fox. Attendees can come for the whole event or simply tune into the sessions that interest them most.

Join the movement.

To redeem free tickets, please visit and register with promo code THINK2030100 under "General Public" tickets.

*Limited tickets available, first come, first served.


Started 15 years ago in October of 2006, the small business month in Canada enables entrepreneurs to come together, learn and network with other small business owners for a better Canada.

The CanadianSME Small Business Summit 2021 is the perfect time to recognize the efforts of many individuals who walk the road less travelled in launching their own ventures to provide a sustainable solution for a variety of issues, not just themselves but the world.

We are proud partners of CanadianSME Small Business Summit 2021, a FREE two-day virtual conference and a tradeshow supporting small businesses happening Oct 14-15.

#SMEsummit2021, #SmallBusiness#Entrepreneurship#GrowthMindset#Motivation#Empowerment#ShopLocalFirst#TogetherMovingForward

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