Canadian Black Business Week

Connecting Black Businesses

Canadian Black Business Week 2021

The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce has designated the last week of October as Canadian Black Business Week.  Our goal is to highlight the important contributions of Black-owned businesses to the Canadian economy.

programming for this week

OCTOBER 25-October 29, 2020

MONDAY 1PM - Black Business Direct : Launch Event

Time: 1pm - 2pm  
Sponsor: Uber


  • Tony West  (Chief Legal Officer, Uber)
  • Christelle Francois (President,  Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce)

About This Event

The Black Business Directory:
Featuring Businesses From Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast. 

In conversation with CBCC President Christelle Francois, this fireside discussion will discuss:

• The importance of a directory for black-owned businesses

• CBCC's partnership with Uber to launch this directory in Canada, and ways that global brands can do more in their communities

• Ways that Canadians can support black-owned businesses

• How businesses can register for this free resource to increase their exposure


REGISTER NOW! Oct 25, 2021

TUESDAY 1PM - Conquering The Business Plan with CIBC

Time: 12pm - 1pm
Sponsor: CIBC


  • Doug Minter
  • Sean DeFrietas
  • Sachin Somaia
  • Hector Faucompre
  • Chancie Romain

About This Event:

This webinar is focused on giving entrepreneurs a view of the business plan and its key components. You will learn from CIBC banking specialists, a CPA, and a business advisor about the key components of a business plan and tips and tools to make writing your plan a smoother process.



REGISTER NOW! Oct 26, 2021

Wednesday 1PM – Retail Renaissance: Small Businesses look to the Future with Interac

Time: 1pm - 2pm
Sponsor: Interac


  • Shenela Tavarayan (Interac)
  • Doug Minter (CBCC)

About This Event 

Join the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce and Shenela Tavarayan, Retail Commerce Senior Manager at Interac, for an interactive webinar to learn how COVID-19 has impacted consumers’ needs and shopping habits and how Canadian small businesses can prepare for the changing retail landscape.

REGISTER NOW! Oct 27, 2021

WEDNESDAY 3PM - Kickstart Your Business Growth Using the Canada Job Grant

Time: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Sponsor: EDC & BDC & Govt. of Canada

  • Christelle Francois
  • Dave D'Oyan (EDC)
  • Chelsea Prescod (BDC)
  • Abi Tairu (TCS)

About This Event

As a Black entrepreneur navigating the entrepreneurial ecosystem can be an onerous task. The goal of this session is to make this process easier by providing key government programs and funding opportunities that can help grow your business. The presenters will be BDC, EDC, and the Trade Commissioners Service. The ideal audience would be growth-oriented businesses and those who are in search of new market opportunities.

REGISTER NOW! Oct 27, 2021

THURSDAY 1PM - Fireside Chat Joe German from Clearview

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Sponsor: Clearview


  • Christelle Francois (CBCC)
  • Joe German (Clearview)

About This Event

In this fireside chat, CBCC President Christelle Francois will talk with Joe German with Clearview Strategic Partners. ClearView Strategic Partners is a Canadian company specializing in ethics reporting ‘whistleblowing’ solutions for organizations of all sizes. We have become a recognized leader with our widely adopted solution, ClearView Connects™.

ClearView connects people and organizations. They partner with clients to build an organization where employees feel empowered to speak up, and organizations can address and harness what they have to say.

REGISTER NOW! Oct 28, 2021

FRIDAY 6:30 PM - Access to Capital with Colin Lynch of the Black Opportunity Fund

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Sponsor:  Black Opportunity Fund


  • Christelle Francois (CBCC)
  • Colin Lynch (Black Opportunity Fund)

About This Event

A Fireside Chat with President Christelle Francois and Colin Lynch with the Black Opportunity Fund to discuss the pathways for funding.

REGISTER NOW! Oct 29, 2021


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