What are the benefits of DRABPE membership?
DRABPE is focused on supporting this emerging community by helping Black-owned businesses in Durham gain access to the resources they need to thrive. We provide frequent networking opportunities to help our members get connected to local decision-makers, service providers, and potential customers.
How is DRABPE different from the BBPA, the Black Chamber of Commerce, ACBN, and all the other Black business organization?
DRABPE focuses on the Durham Region and collaborates with other Black business organizations to help increase the wallet of Durham Region-based entrepreneurs and professionals.
What has DRABPE done for the Black community in the last year?

In February 2022, DRABPE launched, the ‘black youth career launch program’ with the goal to engage and support the academic development of black youth in Durham with the hopes that this experience would propel them into their next steps whether it be post-secondary or the workforce. The program focused on STEMM-based courses and opportunities, mentorship, and job shadowing. 16 students graduated from the program in August 2023.

We launched First Fridays Durham in June 2023, giving Black professionals and entrepreneurs networking opportunities in their backyard.

How is DRABPE funded?
Through membership dues, funding from the provincial, municipal, and federal governments, financial institutions, universities, and partners like you.
How do I register my business in the Directory?
Hit the “Register” button on the website and complete the form. DRABPE admin will review within 7 business days and publish or ask for clarification if necessary. See the attached video for step-by-step How to Register Your Business with DRABPE
What are the benefits of the DRABPE Directory?
Provide a space to showcase Black culture and entrepreneurs;
Promote entrepreneurial equity to help strengthen the local economy; and
Helps increase Black visibility and representation within the community.
What is the cost to register my business?
Basic directory listing is free.

Premier listing is $100 per Year that includes

  • Online directory promotion and logo at our events
  • 50% reduction at events (including First Fridays)
  • 50% reduction on tables at expo/trade shows
How do I change my content once I am registered?
Send an email to drabpe@gmail.com and we will get back to you to help with the changes.
How often does DRABPE stage events?
DRABPE stages monthly First Friday events and has a number of learning events scheduled for 2023-24. We aim to stage these monthly if at all possible.