No business can succeed in isolation. This is something we understand very well at the BBI. Our initiatives develop, work and benefit from strong networks and partnerships. We could not do what we do without the support of partners like the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Our media partner, Global Maritimes, helps us communicate the benefits of our organization through profiles of successful Black businesses in this province.

Our Business is Jammin’ program continues to grow and reach more youth every year, teaching them that the entrepreneurial spirit and capability is within each and every one of them. Helping us do that are Service Canada and The Black Employment Partnership Committees. Also, the Royal Bank of Canada has consistently been the largest financial contributor to the success of BIJ’s programs.

The BBI has signed memorandums of agreement with several organizations such as the Greater Halifax Partnership. Through these partnerships, the BBI aims to further enhance business growth and opportunity in our community.

Georgia African-American Chamber of Commerce

georgiaThe Georgia African-American Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest African American Chambers in the State of Georgia.  We are as committed to inclusion as we are to business development; and as focused on 

advocacy as we are on building capacity.  We will leverage regional partnerships and collaboration with organizations and supplier diversity and inclusion experts to empower your business to succeed.

We serve a diverse group of seasoned professional men and women engaged in all aspects of business, government, transportation, telecommunications, engineering, training, manufacturing, fabrication, marketing, retail and wholesale sales, law, construction, real estate, banking, trucking, and more.

The Georgia African-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a membership-based non-profit organization. Although we hold a non-profit status we are not tax-exempt for reasons deemed beneficial by the members.

Memorandum of Understanding – The Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce

The Second Chance Program

The Second Chance Program works with young people between the ages of 15 and 30 who have been in conflict with the law. By providing them with opportunities to develop new skills, become self-reliant and build brighter futures, CEED empowers participants to overcome complex barriers to employment.

Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council

camsc-logoCAMSC operates as a private sector-led, non profit membership organization governed by a board of Directors; comprised of major multinational corporations operating in Canada. The organization aims to boost economic development efforts and employment.

Dalhousie University

Phone: 902.494.2211

dal-logoDalhousie University is one of Canada’s leading universities widely recognized for outstanding academic quality and the opportunities presented by our broad range of educational and research activities. Dalhousie, part of the vibrant Halifax community since 1818, attracts high achieving, motivated and engaged students from around the world.

We provide a unique, interactive and collaborative environment with diverse, challenging academic programs and career-oriented opportunities. We inspire our students, faculty, staff and graduates to make significant contributions to our region, Canada and the world.

Canada Youth Business Foundation

Phone: 800.464.2923-2118 

CPGenericENGThe Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is a national charity dedicated to championing tomorrow’s entrepreneurial nation builders. Why? Because our future depends on creating new businesses: to fill the economic gap that is being felt as many small business owners retire, drive innovation, create jobs and support Canada’s overall economic prosperity. This is particularly important as 71% of small business owners will retire within 10 years, with 41% retiring within the next 5 years.

We do this by investing time and money in aspiring young entrepreneurs, age 18-34, who have a great business idea, but find it difficult to obtain financing or mentoring through traditional sources.

Nova Scotia Community College

Phone : 902-893-3333

nsccEach year, more than 25,000 students choose to grow and learn with us. Magical things happen at NSCC and we think it’s because education has power. It transforms individuals, families and communities in extraordinary ways.

NSCC makes things happen. We’re growing the economy of Nova Scotia, we’re producing highly skilled workers, and we’re building communities. We are Nova Scotia’s college.

Community Business Development Corporation – Bluewater


CBDC Blue Water is one of 41 non-profit, independent Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) in Atlantic Canada. In partnership with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) we work to support the local economy by assisting entrepreneurs as they build or expand their businesses.

Memorandum of Understanding – CBDC Blue Water Business Development Corporation Ltd.

The Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED)

CEEDlogo2The Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) has been fostering the spirit of innovation in Nova Scotia for more than 20 years.

A team of entrepreneurs dedicated to helping other entrepreneurs, CEED supports clients at every stage of business growth and development. Perhaps most commonly known for our small business loans and other financing programs, we do a lot more than that – we’re a living lab, experimenting with new technologies, new ways of doing things, and sharing what we learn with our clients and partners.

CEED has a vested interest in the business of good, supporting people of all ages who use entrepreneurship to resolve some of our communities’ problems.

We’re dedicated to encouraging a culture that values and celebrates entrepreneurship, working with schools and youth at risk to help our region’s young people realize their full potential.

Whether you require funding, mentorship, education, or other resources, our flexible, comprehensive services are designed to help you succeed.


Centre for Women in Business

Phone: 902.457.6449 

mediaEstablished in 1992, the Centre for Women in Business at Mount Saint Vincent University assists entrepreneurs by providing them with the support, resources, training and information they need to start or grow their businesses.

Women entrepreneurs are growing in number, which is why the Centre continues to grow.

Local Connections Halifax


lchLocal Connections Halifax is your hub for business related events in Halifax and more! We currently listing all of the networking events, tradeshows, conferences, fundraisers and workshops in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Our goal is to connect you, and we will be expanding our offering fairly significantally over the new few months.

Correctional Services Canada

Phone: 613.992.5891

Csc_badge1The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is the federal government agency responsible for administering sentences of a term of two years or more, as imposed by the courts. CSC is responsible for managing institutions of various security levels and supervising offenders under conditional release in the community.

Halifax Chamber of Commerce

Phone: 902.468.7111

h-c-cThe Halifax Chamber of Commerce is a best-practice, business advocacy organization that continuously strives to make Halifax an even more attractive city in which to live, work and play. Together the almost 2,000 member businesses and their over 93,000 employees, act as a single powerful voice through the Chamber to promote local business interests.

The Board of Directors, made up of volunteers from within the Chamber membership, oversees the operations of the Chamber. Volunteer committees and task forces, supported by 14 staff, drive the actions of the Chamber and carry out many of the initiatives and special projects on behalf of the membership.

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia

Phone: 902.423.3607 

ISANSWe are a leading community organization that welcomes immigrants to Nova Scotia. Working in partnership, we offer services and create opportunities to help immigrants to participate fully in Canadian life.

ISANS recognizes the key role of immigrants in Canadian society. We work with newcomers to help them build a future in Canada. We provide a wide range of services to immigrants, from refugee resettlement to professional programs, from family counselling to English in the Workplace. ISANS was created by the merger of Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association (MISA) and Halifax Immigrant Learning Centre (HILC) – together we have a combined experience of over fifty years serving immigrants in Nova Scotia.

ISANS is the largest immigrant-serving agency in Atlantic Canada with over 125 staff members from more than 30 countries. We offer services in an inclusive manner, respectful of, and sensitive to, diversity. We make partnership, professionalism and accountability a priority in every aspect of our work.

Imagine Action


imagineImagineaction is a program designed to facilitate teacher-student-community interaction in social action. UNESCO describes the role of education for sustainable development (ESD) as helping people “develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge to make informed decisions for the benefit of themselves and others, now and for the future, and to act upon those decisions.”

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network

Phone: 902 426.426.0526

edn-newEntrepreneurship is a viable career choice for people with disabilities and a proven way to build our economy.

The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network provides inspiration, support, and networking to help people with disabilities turn dreams of owning a business into reality.

EDN is the provincial authority on issues related to entrepreneurs with disabilities. We celebrate success stories and showcase the achievements of our entrepreneurs

Other Important Partners

Business Development Bank of Canada

Phone: 877.232.2269

bdcBDC is the Business Development Bank of Canada. From over 100 offices across the country, BDC promotes entrepreneurship by providing highly tailored financing, venture capital and consulting services to entrepreneurs.

A financial institution owned by the Government of Canada, BDC has been serving Canadian entrepreneurs for more than 65 years. Our team helps more than 29,000 businesses reach their full potential. As a complementary lender, we offer loans and investments that supplement services available from commercial financial institutions.

We put special focus on SMEs in sectors such as manufacturing, exporting, innovation and knowledge-based industries. We pay particular attention to start-ups, innovators, fast growth companies, manufacturers and exporters. We also focus on entrepreneurs who are working to commercialize the fruits of R&D to create innovative products and globally successful companies.

We put entrepreneurs’ success at the heart of all we do.

Acadia Centre for Social & Business Entrepeneurship

Phone: 902.585.1180

183785_10150156357586802_227933_aFor more than 20 years the Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship has teamed up with people, groups, educational institutions and communities possessing the initiative and desire to fulfill their entrepreneurial potential.

Not-for-profits, business development professionals, career practitioners, municipal units, educators, researchers, administrators, older workers, students, youth, business owners, anyone considering starting a new business, and folks discovering their career path have all worked side-by-side with ACSBE’s team of professionals and the resources of Acadia University.

Business plans, market research, financial analysis, growth strategies, strategic planning, goal setting, specialized career development programs, and professional certification are just a few of the areas we provide training, guidance and expert advice.