Black Business Ontario is a group that started in Windsor-Essex; growing provincially, to bring Black businesses in Ontario together on one platform to build, uplift, network, educate and organize around economics and politics.
Our mission is to connect, promote, support, equip, advance black businesses & programs that aids in closing the Black entrepreneurship ecosystem gap.
To be the organization of choice for Black & Indigenous entrepreneurs through strategic programming, national partnerships and sound research that actively shatters disparity; creating impact at local, regional, and provincial levels.
We believe that true collaboration is the key to shattering the disparity in Black entrepreneurship and intend to work with organizations, business, government to close the gap in the black entrepreneurship ecosystem in Canada.
This initiative was born out of a BWFA meeting, during the civil unrest that happened when George Floyd and many blacks were being executed unlawfully. We believe that in order to gain power here, we must come together and patronize our own businesses, provide great resources to help the business community flourish in spite of oppression, systemic racism in business and despite current government policies and practices.
Members Shantelle Browning-Morgan, Irene Moore Davis and Maxine Shelton compiled Black artists and businesses to launch this initiative. BWFA was formed to enrich and educate the community of Windsor-Essex County, and be the positive force that is committed to unequivocal progress for women of colour, in every aspect of civic life.