Government of Canada offers support for Black entrepreneurs in Hamilton

The Government of Canada is investing over $1.9 million in support for Black entrepreneurs in Hamilton as well as Windsor.

Recognizing the unique barriers Black Canadians often face in their path to success, the federal government is investing funds into Empowerment Squared: a Hamilton and Windsor-based, non-profit organization that empowers racialized, marginalized, and newcomer Canadians through mentorship, education, professional development, entrepreneurship, and recreation.

A release from the federal government explains that the investment through the Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP) will support the creation of 80 new jobs and 275 Black entrepreneurs in the Hamilton and Windsor areas.

“We are proud to support Empowerment Squared and the work it does for Black entrepreneurs in Hamilton and Windsor,” said The Honurable Helena Jackzek, Minister for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

“The Government of Canada’s support through the Black Entrepreneurship Program Ecosystem Fund is an important step to ensure that Black entrepreneurs and business owners have the tools they need to access the capital, services, mentorship, and networking opportunities to succeed and drive inclusive economic growth in our communities.”

Read the full release here.

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