CEDEC and DESTA partner to support business scaleup in Montreal’s Black community.

DESTA-CEDEC Partnership

Montreal (QC) – December 5, 2018 – CEDEC and DESTA Black Youth Network announced their new partnership to support entrepreneurs to build and expand businesses and generate economic development in Montreal’s Black communities.

“DESTA’s range of culturally relevant education, workforce development and entrepreneurship programming combined with CEDEC’s Small Business Support continuum of hands-on and timely referrals to resources and contacts will bring immense added value to our businesses that are working to scale-up and grow,” said Barkley Cineus Jr., Interim Executive Director at DESTA Black Youth Network.

“CEDEC is pleased to directly enhance DESTA’s efforts to increase business development among Montreal’s youth,” said John Buck, President and CEO of CEDEC. “Thanks to our growing network of partners within the education sector as well as service providers and funders within the public and private sectors, CEDEC’s team of business advisors are able to provide customized support and referrals to help businesses grow.”

From startup to scale-up, CEDEC’s accredited business advisors provide a customized approach for each of its clients and systematically follow their progress through the Growthwheel® platform. Through this partnership, CEDEC and DESTA representatives will be equally equipped to surround entrepreneurship program participants with a continuum of support and resources.

DESTA, a registered charity based in Montreal’s Little Burgundy neighbourhood, supports Black youth aged 18-35 years old across Greater Montreal to reach their educational, employability and entrepreneurial goals through a holistic and individualized approach.

CEDEC is a leading partner and driving force for community economic development and employability. CEDEC supports business development and growth, helps employers connect with the right talent, and builds community capacity for planning and partnership development that generates new economic activity and opportunities for communities and businesses to thrive.

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Kirsten Hathaway
Communications Officer

Barkley Cineus Jr
DESTA Black Youth Network

From L to R: John Buck, CEO and President of CEDEC, Barkley Cineus Jr, Executive Director of DESTA, Leslie (Laszlo) Acs, Chair of the CEDEC Board, Ian Kott, President of DESTA.
CEDEC and DESTA team members
The CEDEC and DESTA team members from L to R:Grant Myers, Terry Ngala, Heldden Byumvuhore, Michel Theroux, Mikaella Goldsmith, Nina Kim, Barkley Cineus Jr, Wanda Huskinson, Leslie (Laszlo) Acs, Peter Stastny, Bonnie Zehavi, John Buck, Kelly Boutillier, Pierre Didone, and Ian Kott.