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The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization. It is the initiative of the National African Canadian Association (NACA), which was created to serve one of the five tenets of the NACA which is Commerce and Economic development within the Black diaspora.
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Ethnic Food Incubator Program
The Ethnic Food Incubator Program is a Canada-wide Business Incubator that enables food startups to take scalable business ideas from beta into revenue-producing businesses, thereby enabling them to enter grocery stores.
The program is spearheaded by The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC) and hopes to take out all the questions and guesswork when it comes to product development and market feasibility.
Having access to a variety of ethnic and diverse foods are an important part of the immigrant/Canadian experience and lifestyle. Yet while there’s a need, many Black Canadian food businesses don’t know how to develop their product into something that can scale.
The program runs for 12 weeks and participants must attend one 3-hour class per week learning valuable food startup knowledge from our industry experts.
Food entrepreneurs will learn:
- Product Development
- Legal Aspects
- Money Management
- Product Design
Selected participants will be required to pay a discounted program fee of $450 plus HST. The program offers participants lots of benefits that is valued at $3,500 plus HST.
Starting a business, especially a food business from scratch can be a challenge, and that’s precisely what food entrepreneur Lola Adeyemi learned when she decided to begin her food enterprise “It’s Souper,” only a year ago.
“It’s Souper” a line of Afro-fusion soups and stews began out of the need to find authentic African soups that were hearty and fresh. Although, Lola had a great idea she lacked the resources and knowledge to get it off of the ground.
It turns out that having a socially responsible brand that was made with love and fresh ingredients wasn’t easy to attain and Lola had to go through many trials and errors before getting it fully right.
Like many aspiring food entrepreneurs, Lola had very little knowledge of mass production and the work it takes to get from idea to shelf. Thanks to the Incubator Program and access to industry experts and mentors Lola was able to close the gap.
Lola required a select group of partners to support her at every stage of her business from pre-seed, to launch, to growth, to liquidity and that’s exactly what she received.
It’s Souper is soaring to many heights as the soups are now on shelves at over a dozen stores across the GTA. Two of the recipes were finalists for the 2018 Best New Product Award from the Retail Council of Canada.
Learn more about her story in below video
The idea of starting and operating a small business is a dream shared by many. Current economic conditions, the desire for financial independence, and the freedom of self-employment are some of the factors motivating people to consider starting a small business.
The reality of starting and running a small business is often anything but a dream. The entrepreneur is faced with enormous demands on his or her time, business skills, technical expertise and financial resources. The challenge facing small business owners is to effectively meet these demands and succeed.