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Ryan Oneil Knight has built multiple businesses over the last 10 years and spends a great deal of his time leading and mentoring young entrepreneurs. After starting Detailing Knights, a mobile waterless car cleaning company, Ryan was able to launch his first youth entrepreneurship program called Knighthood Academy.

Knighthood Academy was designed to help at risk youth in the community develop their leadership skills through an entrepreneurship bootcamp. Various youth with multiple barriers have accessed the program ranging from high school drop outs, past gang members, and those recently released from detention.

“I have realized that entrepreneurship is a tool that gives a level playing field to all those that want to partake. I envision helping youth all over the world experience entrepreneurship at least once during their learning journey.

To this end Ryan is an active board member with the Peel Learning Foundation. Helping to bring alternative resources to youth in the Peel District School Board.

Ryan has been named one of Brampton’s top 40 under 40 and twice nominated for a Business Excellence Award by the Brampton Board of Trade in 2014 and 2019. In 2013, Ryan won the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Toronto Region Board of Trade.

Ryan has a deep passion for his community and is one of the cofounders of the Afro Caribbean Business Network. A non profit organization created to help entrepreneurs of African and Caribbean heritage (ACH) to not only start businesses but help their companies grow and become assets for future generations.

Along with the vision of helping youth in every city around the world experience entrepreneurship, he is bringing years of startup expertise, award-winning youth work, marketing, advertising, and business operations.

Knight is a current contributor on CFRB NewsTalk1010 appearing each Monday morning with host Jerry Agar to address current affairs from a African and Caribbean heritage business owner perspective.

Ryan is an avid community advocate and devoted family man married to Cherriton and they have two wonderful children Jasmine and Christian.

Recently, Ryan was on our show talking about the ACBN MicroLoan Fund In Collaboration with Alterna Savings Credit Union.

During our conversation, Ryan talked about:

– Some of his background, getting his foundation about being an entrepreneur and turning his life around when he was younger
– The Detailing Knight experience and what he learned from it
– The story behind Afro Canadian Business Network (ACBN)
– The importance of getting children to start their own business
– Black Canadian business and Covid … How are they managing?
– $221 million announced by the Canadian government to help Black businesses and the challenges Ryan sees with it and what he and others organizations are doing about it
– The breakdown of $221 million announcement
– His call to action to the Canadian Federal Government, Black Canadian businesses and Black Canadians who don’t own a business

In response to the Black Entrepreneurship Loan Program announcement from the Canadian Federal Government in which the their loans will be starting from $25,000 and up, ACBN in partnership with SETSI and Empowered 4x has been able to finalize our own Black Led fund and will begin disbursing loans in November.

Thanks to ACBN’s partnership with Empowered 4xACBN has created an easy way to get financial assistance which includes grant writing, bookkeeping and tax filing.

If you are an entrepreneur that could use funds as low as $500 or as high as $25,000 take some time to fill out this form so we know how to help.

They have also have put together a sign up form to help you get access to grants, if you could use some assistance sign up here

If you need help with your bookkeeping and tax filing fill out this brief form here and you can get support.

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