How do you define a Black- or minority-owned business?
We define a Black- or minority-owned business as a for-profit small business concern where socially disadvantaged* individuals own a significant interest (e.g., majority ownership) and also control management and daily business operations.
*African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, and Subcontinent Asian Americans are presumed to be socially disadvantaged. Other individuals can also qualify as socially disadvantaged on a case-by-case basis.
How do I know if my business or idea is right for this program?
We are passionate about finding businesses that want to open their first brick-and-mortar store or expand their portfolio of existing locations. We’re looking for Black- or minority-owned businesses that are:
How does the Partner to Empower funding work and what can it be used for?
Partner to Empower funding is specifically for the expenses associated with building out your physical store within a Brookfield Properties mall. Imagine flipping your store upside down and shaking it — everything that would stay put is what Partner to Empower funding can be used for (think construction, merchandising units, and signage, for example). Other important aspects of running your store such as purchasing inventory, staffing, and operations are not covered by our funding. When working through the details of the license agreement for your store at a Brookfield Properties mall, the amount of funding you will receive for your buildout and the specifics on what you can use it on will be clearly laid out with our team. The funds provided through this program are unique to each business and will align with what is required for your specific buildout.
What are the details of the Retail Workshop?
We’ve built a network of support through partnering with national and local organizations, banks, businesses, and retail leaders to break down the many barriers in building and expanding a successful business. This culminates in a four-week Retail Workshop hosted by Brookfield Properties, which will be facilitated by our friends at Global Core Solutions.
Topics covered include building business plans, business banking, marketing, staffing, store operations, leadership, and more. And yes, the Retail Workshop is free for those accepted into the Partner to Empower program — it is our commitment to your success. 2022 dates for our Retail Workshops will be announced soon.
businesses now open
community partners involved
businesses attended our Retail Workshop