Oaks Mall program will give funds, guidance to minority entrepreneurs

Brahm Buck

Brookfield Properties, the owner of The Oaks Mall, wants to boost the number of minority-owned businesses inside the space.  Its Partner to Empower program will invest up to $25 million over the next five years to support Black- and minority-owned businesses opening locations in Brookfield’s shopping centers, said Michelle Isabel, regional vice […]

Brookfield Properties, the owner of The Oaks Mall, wants to boost the number of minority-owned businesses inside the space. 

Its Partner to Empower program will invest up to $25 million over the next five years to support Black- and minority-owned businesses opening locations in Brookfield’s shopping centers, said Michelle Isabel, regional vice president of business development and retail. 

The program is expected to span across Brookfield’s shopping malls nationwide by 2025, beginning with the southeast region. Seven other Florida malls are included in the initiative. 

“We will do our best to open as many of these retailers in the region as we can,” Isabel said. 

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In addition to funding, accepted businesses will participate in a retail workshop led by industry insiders, and receive guidance and support to keep owners on track with their goals. Isabel said the program isn’t just designed to help the businesses open, but to help them remain economically viable. 

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