2020: International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Message.

Its International #Women‘s #Entrepreneurship #Day and we Celebrate with all Womenpreneurs across the globe.

Our Dr Olutoyin Oyelade joined y and Support for Black, African and Caribbean Women in Canadians. The Forum was organized by Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub at Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Canada. Dr. Olutoyin Oyelade, President of Casa Foundation, delivered the Opening address. Below are Excerpts of the Address: 

Message from Olutoyin Oyelade’s Address at the Black Women Entrepreneurship Roundtable.

Only 2 months ago, Prime Minister Trudeau launched the 1st ever Black Entrepreneurship Program, a total of $221m in intervention Grants, loans, and in-kind support to Black Entrepreneurs. Since then there have been many other funding programs, grants, and initiatives offering great windows of opportunity to black entrepreneurs to bridge the gaps in resources, to increase support to black-owned NPOs and to address systemic racism. It is heartwarming to see more black-led initiatives taking root, creating innovative solutions, employing labor, and offering services to address the challenges we face in these uncertain times. It is for these reasons and more, that our Partners at Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, took the initiative to kickstart this roundtable, with like-minded partners, to continue the conversation on how to Build Solidarity and Collaboration to support African, Caribbean and Black Women Entrepreneurs during this COVID-19 Pandemic. 

It is heartwarming to see more black-led initiatives taking root, creating innovative solutions, employing labor, and offering services to address the challenges we face in these uncertain times. It is for these reasons and more, that our Partners at Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, took the initiative to kickstart this roundtable, with like-minded partners.

Ladies and gentlemen,  

The hardships and adversities that we have experienced, the faith that has waned while we waited for lasting solutions to the pains of systemic racism might have created differences, schisms, and anger within our community groups, however, we are greater than our differences.   

And our future is bright. 

Let me conclude by saying that we must not fail to appreciate the good in those with whom we disagree so that we don’t lose the bond of kinship and community that keeps us strong. 

Today’s Roundtable session gives us another opportunity to be energised and reinvigorated, as we look to keep afloat and prepare to make giant strides in business, in politics, and the society at large post-pandemic.

Let’s have a great session. 

Thank you all

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