Gift Box Celebrates BIPOC-Owned Businesses This Holiday

Access to equity or capital is one of the biggest obstacles for Black and Indigenous owned business. Black, Indigenous and People of Colour are often overlooked due to a history of systemic racism. Many are left needing to use personal bank loans and this issue has been spotlighted during the challenges of COVID-19. It means that many small businesses do not qualify for the federal emergency funding from the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). According to a recent article in The Star, “While the government expanded CEBA eligibility to include businesses with a payroll between $20,000 and $1.5 million (the initial range was $50,000 to $1 million), for the many Black-owned businesses that hire on a contractual basis or are not large enough, this funding is inaccessible.”

So it’s very important to show our support to BIPOC-owned businesses. Now more than ever! Regular readers are familiar with my Black-owned Business list. Aba, owner of Kingston’s Cher Mere Spas, has gone a few steps further and curated a gift box called the “Callaloo Box-A celebration of BIPOC business.” Proceeds from each box will be given back to a non-profit organization that supports BIPOC initiatives. She plans to introduce one for each season! This seasons box includes:

Great gift idea! If you’re interested in purchasing the box, head over to Cher Mere’s website and use the code “support” for 15% off! This offer is only valid for Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29.


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