This report provides an overview of the existing research on Black women entrepreneurs drawing on data and research that exists from a variety of sources.
The Challenges of African Immigrants’ Entrepreneurship in Canada: A Case Study of African Immigrants Residing in Calgary
Little is known about African immigrant in entrepreneurship. Therefore this study gives a voice to African immigrant entrepreneurs by employing a qualitative in-depth interview method to understand the challenges encountered by these entrepreneurs in Calgary. Major findings of the study include: racism from whites, internalized racism and gender differences.
Racial Barriers to African Canadian Business Development
The African Canadian community has long seen engagement in business as both a possible means of escape from the discrimination they face in the world of paid work and, like other communities, as a means of creating and sustaining personal, family and community wealth. Despite well-known systemic barriers, government corrective action has been scant, and in most parts of Canada, including the Greater Toronto Area, practically non-existent. Given the significant role business development plays in the economic and social success of most other ethnic groups in Canada, the continuing plight of the African Canadian community in this area, too, calls out for help.
Black Entrepreneurship in Canada: Pan-Canadian Survey Finds Black Entrepreneurs Face Significant Barriers to Success
The results of a major new survey on Black entrepreneurship in Canada were released today that reveals systemic barriers to growth and success facing Black Canadian entrepreneurs. The survey was commissioned by the African Canadian Senate Group and Senator Colin Deacon, in collaboration with twelve prominent, Black-led business organizations across Canada and powered by the insights firm Abacus Data. The responses from 342 Black entrepreneurs from across Canada revealed that systemic racism, access to capital and the lack of a business network represent the main barriers to the growth and sustainability of Black-led and / or owned businesses.
Examination of Black Entrepreneurs in Toronto, Canada: Critical Analysis of the Role of Financial Literacy
Unearthing the historical and contemporary barriers that have hindered the growth of more Black businesses in Toronto is needed to create an economic blueprint for future Black entrepreneurs to overcome economic, social, political, and psychological adversity. The findings enable scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners to better appreciate the possibilities and difficulties which characterize and frame attempts by Black entrepreneurs in Toronto that advance and/or hinder the sociopolitical and economic environment of Black bodies in Canadian communities.
The State of Black Entrepreneurship in America: Evaluating The Relationship Between Immigration And Minority Business
The overarching objective of this study is to better position researchers and policymakers to extend working models of social capital utilized in other minority
and immigrant communities in order to implement best practices and strategies that will enhance the value of social capital for African American entrepreneurs.
Summary Report: What We Heard
Discussions were held with the Black entrepreneurship community, specifically Black entrepreneurs and business owners, business organizations run by and serving the Black business community, academics and other key knowledge holders on Black entrepreneurship in Canada. A series of discussions (held virtually, in both English and French) were planned, and additional dates were added due to significant interest on the part of the community to be involved.
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