Black Business Consulting was incorporated in March 2005 to serve as a revenue generation vehicle to support the financial independence of the BBI group of companies.
Established in 1995, the Black Business Initiative (BBI) is the longest serving Black business development initiative in Canada. It is dedicated to supporting companies to start, grow and compete in the mainstream business community.
Diversity Employment Network (DEN)
BBC’s creation of the Diversity Employment Network (DEN) is a major achievement in this regard. DEN is a new for-profit initiative whose objective is to address various issues such as lack of inclusion and underrepresentation in sectors of the economy and the general lack of access to opportunities for Black Nova Scotians. DEN will achieve this by being the bridge that connects individuals to opportunities in the private and public sectors. Working strategically with employers, DEN will make available a network of well-qualified diverse individuals, helping place them in jobs. Through supports such as training, mentorship and coaching, and cultural assessment tools, DEN will ensure that the candidates not only meet the qualifications for jobs, but also have the supports that will ensure their successful integration into organizations as well as their long-term retention. The key activities of DEN are:
• Recruitment Services
• Diversity and inclusion advisory services for employers
• Mentorship, interview readiness training and professional development
• Board governance training.
The project has secured a lot of support and has received most of the required funding for the 2-year pilot phase and will be officially launching early in the coming year. It is expected that the initiative will become profitable within the first 3 years of operations.