We are unifying and educating entrepreneurs of African and Caribbean heritage to build scalable businesses.
Join us for capacity-building workshops, led by experts in various fields and industries.
Our workshops will give you the tools you need to scale your business up and obtain the necessary capital to hit your next milestone.
Connect with your community through our networking opportunities. Meet like-minded business people and entrepreneurs to establish a support system, find collaboration opportunities, and increase your bottom line.
We’ve developed programs, compiled tools as well as resources to serve any and all entrepreneurs. Whether you’re the person who’s just starting their entrepreneurial journey, someone who’s working on their side hustle, or a seasoned business owner who wants to scale up their business; we have the right solutions for you.
We have the experts you need for all stages of your business—as well as the network you need to grow as an entrepreneur.
What People Say About ACBN
ACBN has continued to grow and become a strong resource for the community so that there is now a place to grow your business.
It is always a pleasure to work with the ACBN team, their vision is grand for the community and I have no doubt in my mind they will achieve it
ACBN is my second family. They care as much about my success as my own parents do. We have been having a great impact in the community.
Expand Your Network
Becoming an ACBN member gives you the opportunity to improve and expand your business, network with other business owners in the Black community and access the resources you need to create a sustainable company.
Make a Difference, Volunteer
We’re always looking for driven, enthusiastic business professionals who want to contribute to their community by volunteering with the Afro-Caribbean Business Network. Learn more
Stay In Touch
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Join ACBN Today!
- Access to all ACBN resources and newsletter
- Connect with relevant people and resources for your business
- Monthly group mentorship meetings resources
- Weekly access to Grant Writing workshop
- Opportunities to showcase your business at ACBN Canada events
- All Supporter Membership benefits PLUS…
- Business Development Coaching Twice a Year
- Operations, Marketing, Financial, and Legal Support
- Invitations to Exclusive Workshops, Conferences and Co-Working Space
- Access to the Legacy Symposium
- All Standard Membership benefits PLUS …
- Monthly One-on-One Coaching with an ACBN Business Consultant and company audit
- Free Access to ALL ACBN workshops and seminars
- Free Listing on the ACBN Website
- Advertise Events on to Our Members
The Business Needs Assessment
Small Business Grants - Working Groups and Information Sessions
Join us as we cover the foundation of Grant Writing.
What elements are needed and how best to approach researching what grants are available.
Discussions ranging from:
– Foundational Elements of a Grant
– Creating your Work Plan
– Research Tips
– Time Management
– Grants to support For Profit Companies
From info sessions to masterclasses, view all the events held by and in partnership with ACBN below. Additionally, see community events by visiting our Black Business Event Calendar by clicking the link below.
ACBN Growth Business Accelerator F22 Programming
ACBN and other collaborators have come together to bring you the Growth Business Accelerator which is an experiential learning opportunity that will empower you to make your business investment and procurement ready!
Working through the business plan development, and sales training our startup program will provide you with a strong foundation to build, grow and scale your business. Small cohort sizes create maximum opportunities for one-on-one support and collaboration.
Dates: October 20, 2022 to April 6, 2023
Orientation: October 20, 2022 – Time: 6:00 – 8pm
You can’t afford to miss this business growth opportunity, which starts at 6:00pm to 8:00pm on the second Wednesday of each month from October 2022 to January 2023, leading into our flagstone annual Legacy Symposium in February 2023.
October 12th, 2022: Finance (Andre Smith)
November 9th, 2022: Customer (Chris beth Cowie)
December 7th, 2022: People (Nicola Harris)
January 11th, 2023: the Plan (Tim Fray)
Venue: Sheridan College Mississauga, Room A365 – HMC campus
ACBN Canada 5 Year Anniversary
Join us for our 5 year Anniversary as we roll out our strategy for the next 5 years ahead. Back where it all began we will be meeting at the Chinguacousy Ski Chalet where ACBN had our first event. Meet the current board members and hear from companies that we have supported over the past 5 years. We want to recognize you and the hard work that you have done for your business and learn about the best ways that we can support you going forward. Let’s continue to build strong and lasting relationships with each other!
Date: Saturday December 3rd, 2022 – Time: 1pm – 3pm
Sheridan EDGE - Entrepreneurship Discovery and Growth Engine
EDGE and ACBN have partnered to bring you supports and tools to help your venture grow.
EDGE is where impact and entrepreneurship thrive.
We define impact entrepreneurs as those who aim to balance the triple bottom lines of people, planet and profit as they develop their ventures. This includes entrepreneurs who may be focused at this time on profit but want to expand their capacity for positive impact as their ventures become more established. It also includes social entrepreneurs for whom the primary focus of the venture is its social, cultural or environmental impact mission.
As an ACBN member can take advantage of what EDGE has to offer, including:
- Attend EDGE events on venture development, social enterprise and more – check out their event listings
- Apply for EDGE membership – learn more about their incubation programs
- Take part in initiatives or programs that are co-developed by EDGE and ACBN
- Get access to opportunities to engage Sheridan student talent to support your venture
Empowered 4x Business Training and Coworking
Empowered 4x’s mission is to create spaces to empower entrepreneurs to be top performance leaders and exponentially amplify the difference they make.
In our collaborative physical and virtual spaces you will have access to our Business C.R.E.W. (Capacity Resource and Empowerment Workforce), comprised of experts in business planning, legal, funding, marketing and accounting to take your business to the next level.
If you are interested in additional business supports such as marketing assistance or access to funding and financial services please take some time to fill out this Brief Assessment. A team member will follow up with you to book a discovery call.
Keep up to date on existing and upcoming funding opportunities for you business ranging from Investments, loans and grants.