BlackNorth Initiative

Congratulations to our Entrepreneurship Award Winner

Congratulations to our Entrepreneurship Award Winner January 31, 2023

The BlackNorth Entrepreneurship Award, sponsored by Scotiabank, was presented to Black Owned TO, which has demonstrated leadership and trailblazing in entrepreneurship.

Black Owned TO was presented with the Entrepreneurship Award at the BlackNorth Initiative Excellence Gala and received a prize of $10,000 to invest in their business.

Entrepreneurship Award Winner:

Kerin John, CEO of Black Owned TO

Black Owned Toronto is a company dedicated to uplifting and growing small-scale Black-Owned businesses. What started as an online directory on Instagram in 2020 has grown to a brick-and-mortar store located in Scarborough Town Centre. Due to its incredible success, they were able to open a holiday pop-up inside Toronto’s busiest mall, Toronto Eaton Centre. Black Owned Toronto stresses the importance of supporting small, local, and BIPOC businesses. Black business owners have historically had trouble finding space in large retail environments, such as malls, department stores and even beauty supply stores. They hope to continue breaking barriers and finding new ways to support the community.