The four main components of the BBI are:

  • Strategic Planning for Communities
  • Operating the Black Business Center
  • Regional Business Development
  • A Loan Fund

Fulfilling its commitment means the BBI supports its clients in the following ways:

  • Providing support in setting up a business structure.
  • Providing financial assistance by partnering with our Loan and Development Funds, and by assisting in accessing other funding sources.
  • Assisting in the development of a business plan, marketing plan, and/or advertising plan.
  • Assisting with business research.
  • Providing training opportunities, consulting, mentoring and aftercare.

BBI supports the development of business and job opportunities for Black Nova Scotians through four primary activities:

  1. Training, mentoring and counseling – the BBI has a dedicated training department where various business courses are offered. The training department also facilitates a mentorship program and counseling activities.
  2. Communication activities – the BBI is proactive in its communication strategy. The BBI produces a quarterly magazine entitled Black to Business, as well as an annual business community resource directory and annual report along with several brochures. The BBI also maintains a rich versatile website that is updated regularly. The magazines, directory and annual reports are available in the Publications section.
  3. Loan and equity lending – the BBI has a repayable loan program accessible to all BBI clients that meet the lending criteria. The BBI also manages a community investment fund.
  4. Strategic Initiatives – some of the strategic initiatives conducted by the BBI include trade missions, roundtables, bi-annual business summits, and a very successful youth program called Business is Jammin’ (BIJ).

The BBI head office is located within the Centennial Building at 1201-1660 Hollis Street Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1V7.

For more information on the BBI, please contact us.