Financial Assistance

BBI FINANCING

We provide access to capital and financial assistance to new or existing Black-owned businesses in Nova Scotia. To receive funding, businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • The business must be a registered proprietorship, partnership, or limited company.
  • The business must have a viable business plan with a two-year cash flow projection, a suitable management strategy, and the ability to repay the loan.
  • The business owner must self-identify as Black. If the business has multiple owners, the founders or leadership team have one of three individuals who self-identify as Black (33% at a minimum).

We offer three types of loans: Capital Equipment Acquisition, Working Capital, or Short-term receivable financing.

Term Loan
  • 10% equity from client of total project cost
  • Interest rate based on risk assessment
  • $25,000 maximum
  • Repayment terms vary
  • Requires board approval
  • $100 administration fee
  • The first year is interest-free, paid by the BBI
Micro Loan
  • $5,000 or less
  • Same conditions apply as regular loan programs
  • Requires only approval of micro loan committee made up of CEO and two board members
  • $100 administration fee
  • The first year is interest-free, paid by the BBI

Loans not considered:

  • Refinancing of existing loans or obligations, purchase of vehicles, financial transactions between related business or individuals.
  • To finance a business similar to an existing business owned by the applicant or family.
  • Those who have defaulted previous BBI loans.
  • To residential and rental accommodations, financial and insurance agencies.
  • To Real estate and land development, taverns, beverage rooms and lounges.
  • Or to any business activity deemed not to be in the best interest of the community or province.

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