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The Durham Region Association of Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs (DRABPE) is at the forefront of nurturing one of Canada’s largest and most dynamic Black communities. We’re committed to catalyzing growth and success for Black-owned businesses by providing unparalleled access to essential resources.

Our mission is to empower entrepreneurs through a robust network of partnerships, fostering connections that propel businesses from their inception to flourishing enterprises and beyond.

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Durham Region Association of Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs

Durham Region has one of the largest and fastest growing Black communities in Canada. In response, local businesses have begun to meet the specific needs of the community.

The Durham Region Association of Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs (DRABPE) plays a pivotal role in helping Black-owned businesses in Durham find the resources they need to succeed. Through our growing network of partners, we are dedicated to helping business owners make valuable connections from start-up to expansion, and beyond.

Become a Sponsor

Your contributions fuel our community’s vitality, enabling us to sustain vital support for local entrepreneurs. Feel free to donate any amount via email transfer to —every bit helps us make a difference.”

What you are investing into:

  • Community awareness
  • Business support services
  • Youth programs

Vision of DRABPE

Envisioning a Thriving Future:

At the Durham Region Association of Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs (DRABPE), we envision a future where the Black community in Durham Region is synonymous with innovation, excellence, and economic prosperity. Our goal is to create a vibrant ecosystem where Black professionals and entrepreneurs are empowered with the tools, resources, and networks necessary to excel and lead in their respective fields.

We see DRABPE as a beacon of inspiration and support, fostering an environment where dreams are actualized, and ambitions are supported through collaborative growth and collective success. Our commitment is to ensure that every Black business owner and professional in Durham has the opportunity to reach new heights and contribute significantly to the region’s diverse and flourishing economy.


DRABPE Membership Benefits:

At DRABPE we strive to provide mentorship and support to Black businesses, professionals, and entrepreneurs.

Becoming a member of DRABPE offers more than just a a space for networking. We provide professional development opportunities created uniquely for us, by us. Our events are engaging and meaningful because they are designed by people who understand your unique experience as a Black Canadian in business.

We offer forums to openly dialogue about social issues and business trends that are important to our people. Most importantly, becoming a member is a way to give and receive support to and for Black business professionals and entrepreneurs in the Durham Region.

Advertise your business at no cost or get premium service for $50/month which includes promotion online, in our newsletter, and at our events.

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Directory Listing

Your business is listed in our directory. Through the listing you receive exposure for your business.

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Event Discounts

As a member you receive discounts to all of our networking events, seminars and affiliate events. (conditions may apply)

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Promotion on Social Media

Have a deal or announcement from your business, we will post it on our social media platforms (conditions may apply)

Member Spotlight Opportunities

Take advantage of the Member Spotlight – send 50 words and your logo and we’ll include a spotlight of your organization in our monthly communication. (dependent on the number of spotlight communications received)

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Member to Member Discount Program 

An opportunity to tap into the savings, discounts and deals available from DRABPE members and affiliates

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Monthly Mastermind Sessions

Access to our monthly sessions where you will have an opportunity to meet with other entrepreneurs and participate in a boardroom-style meeting to challenge each other to create and implement goals, brainstorm ideas, and support each other with total honesty, respect and compassion

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Group Benefits

Take advantage of our comprehensive group benefits program, including Health and Dental insurance. (provided under the Whitby Chamber of Commerce Plan, conditions may apply)