Toronto, ON – Making the decision to start a business comes with a plethora of challenges and potential roadblocks. The task, though rewarding, can be daunting and discouraging. This is what young entrepreneur Ryan Knight faced when he decided to start his car detailing business Detailing Knights. The first thing he did was seek a mentor, someone that looked like him to provide useful business advice.
Unfortunately, when he went looking for a black business professional as a mentor he was unsuccessful. Unlike many other cultural or ethnic groups, there were no supports for black people looking to start and grow a business. Ryan knew he could not be alone in his need for guidance from a seasoned black business professional. After operating Detailing Knights for 10 years he brother together 6 other local business owners and started Afro Caribbean Business Network Foundation (ACBN).
ACBN strives to provide black business owners with the necessary tools needed to start and grow a successful business in the GTA. ACBN hosts networking events and business building workshops for black business owners, focusing on various topics ranging from marketing to financial planning. Marcus McKellop, utilized the help of the organization when launching his commercial cleaning business, Royal Eco Cleaning. His goal was to quit his factory job and become his own boss. With the guidance of ACBN he was able to reach this goal making more than double his previous salary and quit his job. “Marcus came to us with his business idea and within three months we were able to help him turn his dream into a reality. Knowing that we had a hand in making his dream come true is simply priceless, and I look forward to doing it over and over again,” says Ryan.
The group is gearing up to host its inaugural Legacy Building Symposium, a day to inspire and educate business owners through exposure to top class business leaders, keynote speakers and engaging workshops. “We are looking forward to this event because it is a great way for those in the community to fully immerse themselves in a day of learning and networking to better their business and achieve their goals” says Ryan. Event participants will gain in depth knowledge in many business related areas including, marketing and sales, funding and technology within business.”
ACBN is looking forward to continued membership growth and hopes to eventually have its own physical space where business owners can simply drop in and access useful information.
ACBN – Legacy Building Symposium
Date: January 23, 2019
Location: 180 Elm Street, Toronto BBPA Head Office
Contact: Ryan Knight, 6472253309, firstname.lastname@example.org
Company Name: ACBN Foundation Canada
Contact Person: Ryan Knight
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