We are unifying and educating entrepreneurs of African and Caribbean heritage to build scalable businesses.

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Black Ecosystem Project

Learn more about our offerings and programs available through the Black Entrepreneurship Ecosystem.

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Black Business Supports

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Marketing Agency

Micro Loan Program

Grant Writing Seminars

Entrepreneur Drop-Ins

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.

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Membership Benefits

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

Do you have questions? Use the Contact Us form to send us a message or connect with us on social media.

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The Business Needs Assessment

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.

Upcoming Workshops

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
– Budgeting
– Creating your Work Plan
– Research Tips
– Time Management
– Grants to support For Profit Companies

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Latest Events

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.

Next Cohort Starting: February 16, 2023

Orientation: January 12, 2022 – Time: 5:00pm

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Pre-Symposium Workshops
Join us at our upcoming free workshops where subject matter experts will share useful and effective business insights on how to grow and sustain your businesses. You will have the opportunity to learn and engage in discussions on four core business pillars inclusive of financials, people, planning, and customer.

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.

Workshop schedules:

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

2023 ACBN Legacy Symposium sponsored by Alterna Savings

The Afro Caribbean Business Network in partnership with Sheridan College and the Entrepreneurship Discovery and Growth Engine (EDGE)

The Legacy Symposium inspires to connect the experienced business owners and professionals in our community to our up and coming youth entrepreneurs. We strive to educate entrepreneurs with experts from our business community, world-class keynote speakers, and an array of dynamic workshop sessions.  This Symposium will not only focus on current business issues and best practices but also provide practical tools and action items for everyone to walk away with to help grow your business right away.

Date: February 24 and 25

Friday and Saturday: 9am – 3pm

Location: Sheridan College Mississauga Campus

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Free Resources

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

For more information about EDGE, visit edge.sheridancollege.ca or contact edge@sheridancollege.ca.

Business Assessment

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.

Book Your Assessment Today!

 

Complete our business needs assessment form and receive support from ACBN partner business advisor ZSE.ca 

Afro Caribbean Business Network (ACBN) and Zhoosh Service Enterprise (ZSE) are in partnership to
create a seamless ecosystem which provides funding, resources, and access to business services to
elevate your business.
ZSE offers a host of services to take your business to the next level “you do what you do best, and we’ll
do the rest”.
ZSE Services:
• Business Coaching
• Succession Planning
• Business Financing
• Administration Services/ Customer Support
• Business Startup
• Accounting, Bookkeeping and Taxation Services
• Business Coaching, Business Streamlining, Business Startup
• Financial (personal and business financial planning)
• Marketing
• Information Technology
• Business Plans
• Website development and hosting
• Marketing plans
• Insurance
• Legal
• Real-Estate
• Skills Trades and professionals

Funding Spreadsheet

Keep up to date on existing and upcoming funding opportunities for you business ranging from Investments, loans and grants.

View the Funding Spreadsheet Here

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