Black Business Initiative (BBI)
A Dynamic and Vibrant Black Presence
within the Nova Scotia Business Community
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President Obama's Speech - Nelson Mandela
BBI - Dalhousie University
Corporate Residency MBA Program Scholarship
The Cutting Edge of Success
Featuring Garnet Wright
Training Program 2012-13
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Annual Report 2012-2013
Click to download Black to Business Magazine
Congratulations to Hope Blooms
We are pleased to share an inspiring story with you about seizing opportunities and the entrepreneurial journey. We began working with Jessie Jollymore and her Hope Blooms team in 2009 when they were a community garden initiative with about 12 youth. Today, there are over 43 young entrepreneurs and their families who are involved in building healthier neighbourhoods and securing their economic future.
In our four year partnership, we have worked with over 200 young social entrepreneurs in our Business is Jammin' Business Camps. Additionally, we have provided over $20,000 of support funding and contributed countless hours of business mentorship, planning and coaching Hope Blooms young leaders in the community garden.
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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
The Black Business Initiative and its Composite Group of Companies are seeking additional Board Members to support growth and sustainable client-centered success.
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The Black Business Initiative (BBI) is a Province-wide business development initiative committed to fostering the growth of businesses owned by members of the Nova Scotia Black Community. The BBI places priority on educating Black business owners in the operation of their business - from marketing to budgeting to securing funding.
The BBI is committed to growing the Black presence in a diverse range of business sectors including high-tech, manufacturing, tourism, and the cultural sector.
In 1996, the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia set up the BBI to address the unique needs confronting the Black business community in Nova Scotia. For the first five years of its existence, BBI was funded under the COOPERATION Agreement for Economic Diversification, a joint agreement between the Federal and Provincial Governments. The BBI is currently funded by the federally administered Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Provincial Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism.
A dynamic and vibrant black presence within the Nova Scotia business community.
To positively influence the Nova Scotia business culture by promoting and assisting in the development of Nova Scotia Black-owned businesses.
The BBI accomplishes this within a cohesive framework to achieve a number of overall goals including:
- Economic independence of individuals;
- Improved standards of living;
- Career options for youth;
- Pride in communities.
The BBI works toward these overall goals by concentrating its efforts in one specific area: business development.
The BBI believes that helping individuals create and grow healthy businesses will provide economic self-sufficiency and a better future for Black youth looking for career options while creating jobs within a community that traditionally experiences extremely high unemployment (currently above the provincial average).
- Every Black person who expresses an interest in starting a business is important to this Initiative;
- The Black community needs business know-how, information and skills development - not charity;
- The Black business community should be fully integrated with the larger business community in order to access the necessary resources;
- Direct financial assistance is only one component of the BBI;
- The merits of a project depend on the viability of the business case.
Thank you to the Sponsors of the 5th Annual Business is Jammin' Golf Tournament 2013
Prize Sponsors WestJet - - A G Brown & Son Limited - - O'Regan's - - Bell Mobility - - Ernst & Young LLP - - High Liner Foods Incorporated - - Ambassatours Gray Line - - Four Points by Sheraton Halifax - - Advanced Screen Printing Embroidery & Promotions Boston Pizza - - Drobot Automotive Centre - - Slic Laser Hair Removal - - Colby Wine Bar and Bistro - - Culinary Wines - - ADEPA Construction Management Inc. - - Seaview Golf and Country Club - - Delta Barrington - - Floors Plus - - Kent Building Supplies - - Grandview Golf & Country Club
Individual Sponsors Njabulo Nkala - - Kerry Johnston - - Michael Wyse - - Greg Nazaire - - Bruce Johnson