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Partner to Empower

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Brookfield Properties is committed to partnering with, empowering, and providing resources for business owners of color.

Partner to Empower is a program dedicated to helping break down the systemic racial barriers that members of our communities face. We help business owners of color, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islander Americans, open brick-and-mortar stores in our malls by providing:

  • One-on-one business planning and guidance
  • Networking opportunities and resources
  • Funding dedicated to store construction expenses
  • A tailored, four-week Retail Workshop led by industry experts

At the core, Partner to Empower is about furthering equity in retail and increasing access to things every business owner deserves: the joy of entrepreneurship and the power of support.

Our program at a glance


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businesses attended the Retail Workshop


stores open or under construction

Applications are now open!

Partner to Empower is now accepting applications for our nationwide properties. Sign up for our emails to stay up to date on the latest news, openings, application windows, and more.

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February 27

Applications  open

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March 24

Applications close

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May 19

Final selection

Is this program right for you?

We’re looking for business owners of color, including but not limited to Black, indigenous, Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islander Americans, that:

  • Are interested in opening a store within the Brookfield Properties U.S. mall portfolio.
  • Have the correct funding to support their business operations and inventory outside of the funding that the program provides for store build-out expenses.  
  • Want to sign a license agreement — ideally for a minimum of two years.
  • Are available to attend the Retail Workshop, our virtual, expert-led course on all things business and brick-and-mortar retail.


Partner to Empower funding is specifically for the expenses associated with the build-out and construction of a physical store within a Brookfield Properties mall. For full funding details visit our FAQ page.

Retail Workshop

Our four-week virtual Retail Workshop is a master class on all things business and brick-and-mortar retail. Led by industry experts, the workshop will cover topics such as building business plans, business banking, marketing, staffing, store operations, leadership, and more — and the best part: it’s free for accepted applicants. 


Accepted applications can select which Retail Workshop session they would like to attend:

  • June 5 – June 30
  • Sept 18 – Oct 13
  • January 2024

Ready to get started?

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