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Partner to Empower

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. To support furthering equity in retail, 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:

  • A tailored, four-week Retail Workshop led by industry insiders

  • Networking opportunities with retail experts and other growing businesses

  • One-on-one mentorship and business planning

  • Store opening support, including lease guidance and funding opportunities

Success story: Behind the scenes at Dessert Beauty & Cosmetics


Our program at a glance

  • 260+

    businesses have graduated from the Retail Workshop

  • 280+

    hours of Retail Workshop learning across 7 cohorts

  • 65+

    stores have signed a retail lease with us

Applications will open again in 2025!

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Is this program right for you?

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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 or restaurant within the Brookfield Properties U.S. mall portfolio.

  • Are available to attend the Retail Workshop, our virtual, expert-led course on all things business and brick-and-mortar retail.

  • Want to sign a license agreement — ideally for a minimum of two years.

  • Have the correct funding to support their business operations outside of any funding the program may provide for eligible store build-out expenses.

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 included at no cost for all accepted applicants. Accepted applicants can select which Retail Workshop session they would like to attend:

  • July 8 - August 2

  • September 23 - October 18