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    Working long days, spending hours on end alone, and making tough personal sacrifices comes with the territory if you’re an entrepreneur. The entrepreneurial lifestyle takes a huge mental toll on a person, and understandably so, it requires huge investments on both the personal and financial side.

    In a city that loves its indie cafes and barbershops, 6City is more than another name added to the long list of hybrid businesses taking over Toronto’s landscape.  Owned and operated by Bahamian-Canadian, Nate Johnson, 6City hopes to be a place where fresh cuts, hot coffee, and cold cocktails are served alongside a healthy portion of culture.

    Clinton Davis at Le Salon Dieppe/LSD Beauty (Photo Courtesy of Clinton Davis) Clinton Davis is a Toronto-born and bred entrepreneur, husband and father who relocated to the east coast eleven years ago. During his time as an entrepreneur, he’s owned several businesses.

    Dean Chambers and Craig Brown are Black Torontonians who founded a financial literacy firm called Checks Over Strikes. Both founders grew up in a community that didn't have resources in part because of financial illiteracy. “We've started a trend to teach financial knowledge to our kids so that our grandkids can enjoy the fruits of our labour,” says Dean Chambers. We spoke with them to learn about their story and to find out why and how they wanted to support their community through financial management and entrepreneurship.

    “I want my children and grandchildren to be proud of themselves, to be in love with what they are and to see themselves everywhere. I don't want them struggling with what I got to struggle with,” says Lisa Julien, a licensed esthetician and a skincare specialist in Ontario.

    Although Canada claims to have the best health care system in the world, racialized groups living with mental health issues know that there are some gaps in the system.

    Attending a full day of lectures, working a minimum wage job that has you on your feet for several hours, then having to complete assignments or study all in a single day can be very draining.

    Unique models in all shades, shapes and ages have found their home at Soli Production Management Inc., a modelling agency in Halifax created by Solitha Shortte.

    “After growing up in Grenada in extreme poverty as a child, without food or clothes and shoes, knowing that I had the opportunity to make a better life kept me going, and every time I face a challenge or think about giving up, I think about those days,” Charlyn Asher shares.

    When COVID19 hit, many of us developed our own pandemic distractions to stay sane, whether it be baking, crafting or renovating our spaces. But for one Toronto woman, an act of pandemic self-care turned into a booming business. “Last year was particularly hard for most people,” says Sagal Ali. “I made candles to take my mind off things and share something with everyone.” 

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