FACE is a national and bilingual Black-led nonprofit organization focused on providing resources and information to the Black community across Canada with the aim of accelerating wealth creation for Canadians of African descent.
In partnership with the Government of Canada, FACE created a Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund to help Black business owners with access to capital investments, working capital, or additional business resources for expansion. FACE has several other major partners that help further the mission of providing Black Canadians with the necessary resources, knowledge, and confidence to not only operate successfully as Black entrepreneurs but to thrive as a community across the nation.
Meet the team
TOC Podcast stands for “The Other Canada Podcast.” This platform aims to amplify the voices of marginalized Canadians that actively contribute to building our nation.
We focus on impactful figures from the Black community in particular. This podcast is for anyone that wishes to better understand “The Other Side of Canada” and how to continue to make it a more equitable and inclusive society.
FACE 2023 Annual Report
More than just loans
At FACE, our mission is to drive generational wealth powered by sustainable economic resources, capacity, and strategic partnerships.
To be successful, we have created relationships with multiple ecosystem partners, developed several masterclasses, built one of the most innovative and interactive platforms to serve Black Canadians.
Business Support Tools
FACE will provide entrepreneurs with tools to better prepare in order to not only be ready for our loan application, but to increase their knowledge around what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
Ecosystem Community Partners
In order to broaden our impact on Black entrepreneurship, we have established partnerships with various companies and organizations to provide added support, which includes a pro bono element, business training services, and more. As an applicant for our loan program, you will also receive key and exclusive information from our partners.
As part of our ecosystem, eligible applicants will be able to benefit from mentorship opportunities with the goal of being supported throughout their entrepreneurial journey.
Our “Masterclass” help videos are meant to help our community understand more about the different elements that come with entrepreneurship, economics, and finance. Find us on YouTube as FACE Coalition.
I have a very unique and impactful story. Spreading the word of Have a Nice Day Pilates is crucial. Our loan allowed us to beef up our marketing and social presence. We were also able to continue building our web app and currently reached over 200 monthly subscribers and counting.
Applying for a loan in general is really stressful and there’s a lot of doubt, but this process was pretty straightforward, and I felt supported. I felt seen and heard and the folks at FACE went above and beyond and really helped me through the process.
Have a Nice Day Pilates
The loan has gone a long way by enabling Kobotrade Inc to acquire new software to automate all our online transactions and will allow us to scale up our business on a vast scale.
FACE provided information on available funding options and assisted me with the application process to secure a business loan in conjunction with BDC. FACE helped with the advocacy and resources I required for the business, which is critical for the survival and existence of my business. As they will become part of you from the start to the growth level.
My experience with FACE Coalition was absolutely outstanding and very professional. My case officer Rodney saw me through the entire process and helped me rework my application to ensure it would be approved.
My funding from FACE has helped me place an order for the initial factory feedstock of raw materials which will enable me start production as soon as the goods arrive. Without the FACE funding, my project would most likely have had to close down because I spent all my resources on setting up, warehouse lease/rent and licensing process and had no money left to take in feedstock.
RI Emerald Trading Corp