Direct Co-ops at the International Economic Forum of the Americas 2016 in Toronto. We are proud to have the voice of Small Businesses and the middle class heard – thank you to the Business Development Bank of Canada for all your support! Direct Co-ops – “Building the Economy of the Future”!
Announcing 613 Direct – Ottawa! Helping mom and pops in the capital of Canada survive and thrive.
Tony Elenis, head of the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA) delivers a webinar for the mom and pop independent restaurant owners and members of Direct Co-ops/416Direct.
Greatest Song Ever for the Greatest Cause Ever! The National Anthem for every community. Written by Fito Blanko and dedicated to communities coming back together through the world’s first online small & medium-sized business buying cooperative. Direct Co-ops is the world’s first online buying cooperative for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), bringing together businesses[…]
A major agricultural cooperative from Central Asia joins Direct Co-ops, bringing more than 50,000 farmers to offer their produce to small business owners including grocery and convenience stores, restaurants, hotels and motels in USA/Canada and globally. Sabz Coop has more than 50,000 organic farmers and over 40 local co-ops under its umbrella in several countries[…]
Direct Co-ops proud to be part of the launch of Bloomberg TV in Canada, at the official event hosted by the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Jie Matar, the stylist to the stars, showing his support of the Direct Initiative!
Direct Co-ops shoots the music video for Fito Blanko’s song “Come Alive”, which has become the Direct Initiative’s theme song featuring Fito Blanko and Karl Wolf. The shooting took place on several locations in Kensington Market in Toronto, as well as in Mississauga and Markham, featuring over 80-persons’ flash mob volunteers from local schools and[…]
George Stroumboulopoulos, host of CBC show Hockey Night in Canada, expresses his support of the Direct Initiative!
Direct Co-ops establishes a partnership with The 8th Generation Infinity Network to help all First Nations through the Direct Initiative for all global indigenous peoples… Special thanks to Kevin Nadjiwon, president of The 8th Generation Infinity Network linking all indigenous communities of the Americas.
The Honorable Bob Rae, former head of the federal Liberal Party of Canada, speaks at the Yorkville-Forest Hill Rotary Club and expresses his support of the Direct Initiative during the official induction of Ahmed Attia into Rotary International.
Canada’s greatest author Margaret Atwood expresses her support of Direct Co-ops’ work for the mom and pop independent businesses in Toronto.
Direct Pension is born! A pension for small and medium sized businesses has been approved for the Direct Initiative to white label the purchasing power parity.
Direct initiative has been sponsored with 300 of Jean Michel Basquiat’s prints. Basquiat is one of America’s most influential Artists of this century. Johnny Browers felt compelled by the initiative’s mission and wanted to provide support with the art. In addition one original Basquiat painting (Apx. $30,000.00 US value) will be donated to one lucky[…]
Monica Szenteszky the team leader of OMDC Grants, expresses willingness and access to grant funding with SMEONE.
Direct Co-ops establishes a partnership with Gordon Weiskie of CanWood Entertainment. CanWood who has produced many features films, such as X-Men 1, X- Men 2, and Goodwill Hunting, will be producing all SMEONE shows.
Direct Initiative was invited as Guests of Honor to the CHIN RADIO Christmas party with Fito Blanko and The Mayor of Toronto, John Tory.
As a celebrity guest, Fito Blanko shoots the first episode, supporting small businesses, in a series of cooking shows dedicated to supporting Mom and Pop shops. The series will help restaurant owners learn how to update their menu and stay on the cutting edge.
Starting January 25th, 2016, new Crowdfunding rules will go into affect for companies seeking to raise capital. The new rules along with other exemptions means that Canadian companies will have several different capital raising options available to them. Depending on the stage of your company, what province you are in and the amount of capital[…]
Fito Blanko’s “Come Alive”, written for Toronto’s PanAm Games, featuring Liz Rodriguez & Karl Wolf becomes the Direct Initiative’s theme song. Compelled by the mission, Fito Blanko believed the Initiative was the true embodiment of the song, thus giving its rights to the Initiative. Listen to the song at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfQGVVUNup8