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Partner to Empower

Applications will open again in 2023!

Partner to Empower Program Overview

Brookfield Properties is committed to partnering with, empowering, and providing resources for Black- and minority-owned businesses.

Partner to Empower is a program dedicated to addressing and breaking down the systemic racial barriers that members of our communities face.

We will invest $25 million through 2025 to help Black and minority business owners 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

It is our goal to bring more diversity to our shopping centers and help support equity within our industry.


Our program at a glance


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businesses attended the Retail Workshop


stores open or under construction

Applications will be open again in 2023!

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Is this program right for you?

We’re looking for Black- or minority-owned businesses 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.


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.