This past July of 2021, the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, announced a $1-million investment over three (3) years for the revitalization of Little Jamaica. This investment will be provided to the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) by the City of Toronto and will be used to deliver programs and initiatives to support Black-owned and operated businesses within the Little Jamaica boundaries, to help in these challenging times.
We are working alongside the Eglinton Hill, Fairbank Village, Oakwood Village and York-Eglinton Business Improvement Areas and other local organizations to boost their efforts.
This fall, we are excited to begin programs to help your business and address immediate needs. They include:
- Shop Talk Thursdays – Hosted by a different business each week on the following topics: technology, enhancing the customer experience, finance, and money management.
- Web and E-commerce Presence – We will be launching a Little Jamaica App and developing digital media and online marketing for local businesses.
- Business Programs – We will offer services to help with tax filing, business plan development, financial reviews, payroll, business registration and marketing strategies.
“In collaboration with our community partners, the BBPA is committed to maintaining ongoing support for the Little Jamaica community and its businesses with a storefront office at 1621 Eglinton West in order to be more accessible to businesses and patrons,” says Ross Cadastre, President of the BBPA.
“The opening of the Black Business and Professional Association office in Little Jamaica comes at an important moment in our city when many businesses are working to come back stronger than ever after a very difficult and challenging year and a half. Home to dozens of Black-owned businesses, this area has been deeply impacted by the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown line and COVID-19 related restrictions and closures. We know that local businesses are essential to a healthy and vibrant community. I am proud that as a City we support the work of the BBPA and are able to continue working closely with them to support our small businesses and provide much-needed support,” said Mayor John Tory.
The BBPA in the Community storefront office officially opened on Tuesday, November 16th and will serve the community weekdays from 10:00AM to 4:30PM.
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