Cynthia Dorrington, Chair of the BBI Board of Directors

Welcome to the BBI website. We hope that this site serves as a valuable tool to learn more about the BBI, the work that we do and the important services we provide.
As Chair of the BBI Board of Directors, I have the pleasure of working with a passionate Board and staff committed to building a strong, vibrant Black business community in this province.
With more than 18 years to its credit, the BBI has moved from serving primarily as a lending agency to the second phase of its growth – the BBI Composite Group of Companies.The Composite Group of Companies is designed to ensure the sustainability of Black businesses across Nova Scotia and includes:

BBI has benefited from the leadership of successful entrepreneurs and community leaders who have helped BBI achieve many successes over the years including:

  • Black Business Community Investment Fund Limited  – BBCIFL offers an investment opportunity for all Nova Scotians highlighting the importance of investing in the Back business community’s future.
  • Business is Jammin – Year after year, this youth program has seen increased participation, encouraging our youth to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Black to Business – BBI’s quarterly magazine profiles and celebrates successful Black Nova Scotian entrepreneurs and community leaders.
  • Black Business Summit – Held biennially, the Summit has come to be known as a premiere business event headlined by some of North America’s most impressive Black business leaders.
  • ADEPA Construction Management Inc. – Introduced in 2007, ADEPA is the construction management arm of BBC. A Ghanaian word for “work of such quality that it is self-distinguishing,” ADEPA is helping more Black companies get a foot in the door of the construction industry.

BBI’s core focus continues to be strengthening and empowering Black Nova Scotian entrepreneurs. As BBI moves forward, it will continue to operate as One Brand with One Vision under One Organization.