Are you familiar with Black Business Can Inc.?
Founded and located in Windsor, Ontario, by Maxine Ebegbuzie-Shelton, Black Business Can was born out of a BWFA (Black Women of Forward Action) meeting. At the time, civil unrest was occurring south of the Canadian border and worldwide. When George Floyd as well as many Black individuals (Daunte Wright, Andre Hill, Manuel Ellis, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Botham Jean, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and Tamir Rice to name a few) had been killed unjustly, Black Lives Matter demanded accountability.
Maxine Ebegbuzie-Shelton decided to spearhead this initiative, in-kind, through her tech business Max Mobile Solutions because of her immense passion, extensive background in web development, PR, activism, business development and marketing. She, along with the BWFA women believed that for Black Canadians to gain power as a community, they must come together and patronize their own businesses and provide resources to one another to help their community flourish in spite of oppression & systemic racism. This initiative grew from a local level to a, now, national level.
The BBC has created and maintains a directory of Black-owned businesses in Canada, provides educational opportunities, networking, mentoring, business development services as well as federal procurement sessions teaching Black entrepreneurs how to do business with the federal government; participating in the $15-20 billion the government spends on good & services annually. As of early February, DC Automotive Tooling had the pleasure to be added to the directory. You can view our listing in their directory https://blackbusinessontario.ca/listing/dc-automotive-tooling/