Canada’s national digital directory for black-owned businesses
Black Business Direct gives Canadians more opportunities to discover and support
TORONTO, 25 October 2021 / CNW / – Today, Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC) and Uber Canada announced the nationwide launch of Direct black affairs, the newest national digital directory of a national black-run nonprofit organization. The directory will help find even more black-owned businesses.
Black Business Direct is a free, easy-to-access resource for Canadians to find and support local Black-owned businesses across the country. Black Business Direct is free for black entrepreneurs and already has over 200 listings with new additions every day.
“Black entrepreneurs are incredible innovators and contribute tremendously to the Canadian economy. The directory will serve as a powerful tool and make an impactful contribution to the community’s business ecosystem, ”says Christelle Francois, President, Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce. “This incredible partnership with Uber Canada creates the opportunity to support black-owned Canadian businesses to be championed and supported. ”
Black Business Direct is part of CBCC’s ongoing partnership with Uber to support Black-owned Canadian businesses in the community. Over the past year, CBCC has worked with Uber to provide $ 0 Delivery charges for black-owned restaurants, as well as $ 500 as vouchers for dozens of black-owned small and medium-sized businesses in Canada.
“Uber is a company that drives movement, which is the essence of freedom. It is therefore essential that we continue to channel our global reach and our technology to combat systemic racism and become an ally of the communities we serve.” , said Tony west, legal director of Uber. “We are proud to partner with CBCC to launch Black Business Direct and support thousands of black-owned businesses across the country.”
The Black Business Direct initiative builds on a common mission of developing a community platform that engages black-owned business owners. Through ongoing local polls, as well as regional and participatory listings, the Black community has always worked to create a comprehensive and living repository that promotes and improves access to Canadian-owned restaurants, retail stores, vendors and entrepreneurs. blacks. Now, thanks to CBCC’s partnership with Uber Canada, Black Business Direct can grow to support even more businesses coast to coast.
“A black business directory is important because it allows businesses to be seen without getting lost in the reshuffle,” says Colin Elvis, Founder, BIPOC futures contracts. “Some businesses rely a lot on their community to support them, but if owners can’t afford to spend on marketing and advertising, it becomes very difficult for them to market themselves. A directory will allow more voices to be heard and create more opportunities for small businesses to become competitive. ”
“Creating a directory like this is so necessary for our community,” says Necole Hines, Founder, Faded life. “Over the past year or so, I’ve noticed that people want to support black-owned businesses and I’ve been looking for a way to access Canadian black business listings. This directory will make it much easier for people to show their support. for black entrepreneurs. ”
Black entrepreneurs who wish to list their business on Black Business Direct can register at blackbusinessdirect.ca.
About the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce
The Black Canadian Chamber of Commerce is a national, bilingual, non-profit organization. We are a distinctive platform that supports black businesses, fosters economic growth and prosperity, leads public and private sector advocacy, and forms large-scale alliances and coalitions that represent the economic interests of our members and stakeholders.
On Uber Canada
Uber’s mission is to create opportunity through movement. Co-founded by a Calgarian entrepreneur Camp Garrett, we started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you access a ride with the push of a button? Over 10 billion trips later, we’re creating products to bring people closer to where they want to be. By changing the way people, food, and things move in cities, Uber is a platform that opens the world to new possibilities. For more information visit uber.com.
SOURCE Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce
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