Association of Black Entrepreneurs and Professionals of Ottawa-Gatineau (ABEPOG) envisions a world where all young people achieve their full potential and shape the future with power and confidence. ABEPOG prepares young people to be healthy, productive, and engaged citizens.
Our mission is to serve as an information resource for developing Black-owned businesses and educate and enhance the economic status of the black community while creating a favorable climate for the intellectual exchange of business acumen, goods, and services. In our attempt to do so, we are planning to:
- help over 100 black-owned businesses and professionals of Ottawa-Gatineau attain a profitable status by the end of 2024;
- fund the employment of over 100 black students in the business and trades sector of Ottawa-Gatineau by the end of 2024;
- see black-owned businesses of Ottawa-Gatineau retain a net revenue of approximately a million dollars as a collective by the end of 2024.
Participation – Youth led – young people are active citizens and are always at the forefront of our work. As a youth-led organization, young people lead and shape our work through our governance structures. We support them to define their own action for change. We champion youth leadership across all sections of society, evidencing the benefits of engaging young people in decision making and delivery and supporting that to happen.
Collaborative – we actively seek to collaborate with others to make positive change happen. We seek to work with relevant partners to add value to our campaigns and activity, and to be more creative in our approach to making change happen with and for young people. And we recognize the skills, knowledge and experience of young people, volunteers, staff and partners, and strive to achieve more by maximizing the opportunities that collaboration provides.
Inclusive – we respect and value diversity and act in a way that includes all. We ensure that all our activities are inclusive, recognizing the needs of young people across different communities, and bring young people and partners together to learn from each other