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Prove our value’: Black-owned business program gives owners a shot at government, corporate contracts – CTV News

May 29, 2024

Governments and corporations in Canada spend billions each year procuring products and services, but Jackee Kasandy says that historically barely any has gone to businesses owned by Black people, and she wants that to change.

Kasandy heads the British Columbia-based Black Entrepreneurs and Businesses of Canada Society, which now offers a certification program for Black-owned businesses to help owners navigate the lucrative but complicated world of government and corporate procurement.

The program is being run in partnership with Public Services and Procurement Canada.

“We know that the government buys just absolutely everything,” she said in an interview. “So it’s great to do business with the government and supply to the government.”

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