BACEL Master Class Series

Are you ready to scale up your business? The BACEL Master Class Series is just what you need. It introduces you to the essential concepts and tools needed to start and grow your business.

You’ll identify the strengths and challenges of a business idea. And cultivate the knowledge and skills to develop your concept into a business.


Master Class-at-a-Glance

In the Master Class Series, you’ll go through the four levels of the Business Model Canvas (BMC) as well as take part in other relevant workshops. You’ll need to complete the Master Class Series to move to the Academy level.

What is BMC?
BMC is tool to help you visualise all the building blocks required to start a business. It also helps existing businesses to change and improve business models. A business model describes how an organization creates, delivers, and captures value.

BMC (levels I to IV)

  1. Idea validation, value proposition and customer definition
  2. Key activities, partners and resources
  3. Customer relationships and channels
  4. Revenue model, cost structure and budget

Digital Skills
You’ll gain the ability to access the technology you need to run a business including Microsoft Office, Google Docs/Sheets/Slides, PowerPoint, social media, database management and various e-commerce platforms. As part of creating your business’ multi-phase technology and adoption plan, you’ll build out a phase one implementation plan that incorporates a database and business-appropriate social media accounts

Legal Basics
Introduces you to the regulations and laws you need to understand and follow as a business owner. This includes taxation and business registration/incorporation.

Examine the impact of trauma and mental health challenges on success. By focusing on supports you may need as a Black entrepreneur, you’ll receive information and resources to create a comprehensive self-care plan.

Current & Future Fundamentals Programs

The Trailblazer Program, or bootcamp program, sets Black identifying entrepreneurs from 18 to 39 up for business growth. This eight week program covers topics such as:

  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Digitizing your business
  • And much more!

The program costs $200; HOWEVER, upon successful completion applicants will be reimbursed this fee as a BBPA grant.

The BYEH’s Trailblazer Program runs from March 5 to April 14, 2022. Spots are filling up so apply soon. And tell your friends, family and local businesses.

The sisters Abygail, Alexandria and Ashleigh Montague established BLK Owned Hamont to create an open resource for themselves and their community to find/support black-owned businesses in the Greater Hamilton Ontario Area (GHA).

BMIB is a unique opportunity for Black men to learn essential skills needed to operate and sustain a successful business. It equips them with the tools needed to thrive and scale up their operations. The event will launch with a plenary session on July 8th featuring Trent Out Loud, Montreal entrepreneur and BBPA Harry Jerome Award winner, as the keynote speaker.

The bootcamp will cover:

  • The Business Model Canvas and Business Plan creation
  • Core Business Financials
  • Marketing your specialty
  • Legal Basics for entrepreneurs
  • Digital Literacy
  • Speed Business Networking exercises
  • Practice your pitch
  • And much more

Saturday, July 9th, will conclude with a fireside chat discussing insights for growth with five dynamic male entrepreneurs, followed by dinner.

For more information, please email

Completed Master Class Programs

The dSWL Program targets Western Canada Black women entrepreneurs who have started and registered their business within the last 5 years. The program focuses on finding the strengths and challenges of a business venture, and cultivating knowledge, skills, and tools to develop a business concept.

This program delivers core Master Class Series topics:

  • Business Model Canvas (BMC) I & II
  • BMC III & IV
  • Digital Literacy
  • Networking
  • Legal Basics
  • Self-Care

For more details, contact

The Rise Up Pitch Competition and Program offers Black women entrepreneurs at different stages of business an opportunity to pitch for the chance to win thousands of dollars in financial awards and resources. Co-organized by Black Business & Professional Association (BBPA), Casa Foundation, with support from, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Bank of Montreal (BMO), Loblaw Companies Limited, and Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH), the program is designed to help Black women entrepreneurs develop key skills, build their networks, and find the support they need to succeed.

Black women entrepreneurs have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and face significant structural barriers to their entrepreneurial success. This program recognizes the African, Caribbean, and Black women entrepreneurs who have persevered with innovative business ideas, despite the various challenges they face.

Registration for the next Rise Up Pitch Competition opens in October 2022.

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