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Five Black entrepreneurs you should know in the Saskatoon Region

This year, SREDA is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting some of the Black entrepreneurs in our Square One network who lead or have founded organizations and businesses in the Saskatoon Region. Take your support of Black-owned businesses into the rest of the year by learning more about the products and services offered by these accomplished entrepreneurs:

Ope Okunola, Global Pot Fusion Cuisine

Global Pot is a multi-ethnic, casual cuisine restaurant in Saskatoon launched in 2018 by Ope Okunola and Nse Umoh. They feature dishes and desserts from all over the world, giving customers a taste of different cultures without travelling outside of the city. Ope’s and Nse’s passion for cooking is complemented by a research background that drives them to continuously test and refine their recipes. In addition to indulgent dishes, Global Pot also serves vegetarian and gluten-free options and ensures that dishes are made from ingredients that are locally sourced.

Browse the Global Pot menu or order online at https://globalpot.org/

Véronique Loewen, Verolingo Communications

Véronique is the owner of Verolingo Communications, providing professional translation and communications services. Véronique is a certified Communication Management Professional with a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Applied Foreign Languages and an MBA in Executive Management. Born and raised in France, she is committed to accurately translating documents of a varied nature from English to French, as well as providing effective writing, editing and strategic communications services, including plans, tactics and tools to a wide variety of businesses and non-profit organizations. Véronique brings her passion for words to everything she does, and she is a highly engaged member of the Saskatchewan business community.

Visit www.verolingo.com to learn more or find Véronique on social media @verolingo.

Petrice Miller, Cradle by Jade Baby Products and Services

Petrice Miller is the founder of Cradle by Jade Baby Products and Services, an event planning and decorating business for all occasions. Cradle by Jade also offers a variety of hand-made gift baskets, face masks, and baby items such as blankets, pillows, burp cloths and home decor. Originally from Jamaica, Petrice moved to Canada in 2011. She has a rich entrepreneurship background and was inspired by the birth of her first daughter to establish the business. Cradle by Jade provides full-service event and décor services allowing for occasions as unique as the people celebrating.

See examples of Petrice’s work at www.cradlebyjade.com.

Anthony Olusola, Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation Inc. (TAYFFI)

Anthony Olusola is the Executive Director and one of the founders of Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation Inc. A Saskatoon-based Registered Charity, Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation (TAYFFI) provides support services for youth and families, especially members of vulnerable populations, so that they become engaged and contributing members of their communities. Anthony brings his passion for life-long learning and background in Education, Political Studies and Business Administration to TAYFFI, where he helps serve diverse Indigenous, Newcomer and Ethnocultural communities. From community-impact panel discussions to combat racism, podcasts raising the voices of visible minorities and highlighting their resiliency and contributions to the community, pre-employment supports and youth leadership initiatives, TAYFFI’s programming furthers Anthony’s vision of fostering a socially cohesive society.

Learn more at www.trulyalivefoundation.org

Fiyin Obayan, Okiki Consulting

Fiyin Obayan founded Okiki Consulting to provide small-to-medium businesses marketing consulting that helps them reach their potential with powerful, yet cost effective branding. Okiki specializes in services such as videography, video editing, virtual events and content coaching. A Nigerian-born, Canadian-raised young woman, Fiyin also hosts the Okiki Podcast in addition to her consulting work. In it, she interviews entrepreneurs and inspirational people from a variety of fields.

Browse Fiyin’s services and find her podcast at www.okikiconsulting.com.

Are you a Black entrepreneur looking for help starting or growing a business in Saskatchewan?

The Square One team has the business resources to help you. We support entrepreneurs across the Saskatoon Region and Saskatchewan; talk to one of our advisors, browse our informative fact sheets or get notified about the launch of the upcoming Federal Black Entrepreneurship Program.

Jenelyn Ong

Manager, Entrepreneurship
(306) 242-4101