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The latest press and media coverage about the BOF.

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Building Solidarity and Collaboration to Support African, Caribbean and Black Women Entrepreneurs During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified disparities in our socio-economic and political systems that have impacted women entrepreneurs around the world. Black women entrepreneurs are facing an even greater burden—largely due to systemic inequality, discrimination, and lack of access to needed supports.

Charmain Emerson, member of the BOF board of directors, participated in one of the round tables, that were hosted by the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA), Casa Foundation, de Sedulous Women Leaders, and the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) to discuss the state of Black women entrepreneurship in Canada.

This report sheds light on the state of Black women entrepreneurship, summarizes the discussions held during the virtual roundtables, and shares the recommendations derived during the roundtable discussions.

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Podcast – Community empowerment through the Black Opportunity Fund

Black Opportunity Fund co-founder, Ray Williams, sits down with Meres Weche for a podcast interview on his show, Afropolitan Dialogues by AfroToronto.com. Click here to Listen to the podcast interview.

Elise Stolte: Black, Indigenous and other seniors in grave danger as variant COVID-19 strains grow

How can I describe the tragedy unfolding? There’s a train barrelling down the tracks toward a small group of Edmontonians and they’re not jumping out of the way.

I’m writing, of course, about the COVID-19 vaccine and the threat of a variant-driven third wave. Every day, 11,000 more Albertans are getting their doses of life-saving vaccine. But Black, Latin American and Indigenous Albertans are least likely to be among them.

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Nationwide town hall hosts Black Canadian medical experts to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy within Black communities

With concern growing that Black Canadians are reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine despite being disproportionately more likely than other groups to contract the disease, health care workers knew they had to address their community directly.

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Canada’s economy can’t afford to leave the Black community behind

OPINION: This country will not be able to “build back better” if we don’t tear down the barriers preventing Black Canadians from contributing to economic prosperity

By Colin Lynch – Published on Feb 25, 2021

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Giving back is a priority for accomplished business leader

We have 51 co-founders of the Black Opportunity Fund. Here’s a spotlight on Colin Lynch, who was recently appointed to the inaugural Board of Directors.

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Momentum grows to tackle racism, inclusion issues in CRE

A Dec. 17 webinar — introduced by KingSett chief operating officer Anna Kennedy, moderated by REALPAC chief executive officer Michael Brooks and featuring a five-person panel — focused on the Black Opportunity Fund, the BlackNorth Initiative and actions that can be taken by companies to advance the cause.

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Black businesses are struggling during the pandemic — and feel left out of funding

Nadine Sparks, owner of Unity Wigs & Hair Services in Dartmouth, N.S., was just getting her business off the ground prior to the pandemic. She was gaining clientele, establishing her name in the community and things were really starting to come together.

Sparks has not been approved for any government funding during the pandemic, and her salon isn’t the only Black-owned business in that situation.

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Black Opportunity Fund continues to be in the spotlight

Investors across Canada are eager to learn more about the fund. Dennis Mitchell breaks it down in an interview with the Uncommon Sense Investor at Davis Rea:

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Black Business in Canada

We’ve heard from hundreds who attended the Black Business in Canada Town Hall on October 28th, that systemic discrimination in the banking industry, is a major hurdle faced by Black entrepreneurs when it comes to securing capital.

CBC producer, James Donne, took a closer look at this issue and acknowledged Black Opportunity Fund as one of the solutions to tackling this problem.

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Bloomberg Canada

The Black Opportunity Fund was created to combat anti-Black racism in Canada. Co-founder, Colin Lynch, tells BNN Bloomberg exactly how it plans to accomplish its mission.

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The Globe & Mail

Ray Williams, co-founding director of BOF lists the many reasons he is thankful for the Black community’s past and present contributions to Canadian life, and how our futures can be brighter still.

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Innovating Canada

BOF’s, Colin Lynch, discusses the role of strategic partnerships in building and sustaining a booming Black business network of communities.

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Toronto Foundation

Ray Williams, co-founding director of BOF, is on a shortlist of fundholders being lauded for philanthropy and advocacy in the name of racial justice.

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RBC Wealth Management

BOF’s Dennis Mitchell, speaks at RBC Wealth Management panel event sharing his perspectives on how business owners and leaders can cultivate diversity & inclusion in the workplace.

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REALTALK

Commercial real estate isn’t the most diverse industry in Canada, but that hasn’t stopped BOF co-founding director, Dennis Mitchell, from rising to the top.

In this interview with REALTALK, Dennis discusses some of the challenges he faced on the way to his success, along with highlights on how the Black Opportunity Fund will help to pave the way forward for many within the Canadian Black community.

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Montreal Gazette

Black leaders launch fund to invest in Black businesses.

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La Presse

Un fonds pour soutenir les communautes noires.

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BNN Bloomberg

BNN Bloomberg on the BOF.

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Financial Post & Bloomberg News

Black finance pros launch fund in Canada for Black led companies.

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