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Our well-known Training Department provides free business and professional development opportunities to Black and racialized entrepreneurs and employees.

All BBI programs are strategically selected to accommodate the market trends and our clients’ needs to help build the skills, knowledge, and confidence of our participants. Training offerings are delivered through 11-week programs, workshops, webinars, conferences, business consultations, and more.

Our Training Department provides a variety of learning opportunities throughout the year. These activities engage and support our clients’ business growth, professional networks, leadership, and skills. Some of these training opportunities include workshops and lunch & learns co-hosted with partners who have expertise on various business topics.

Thanks to the generosity of our partners—provide tickets to educational and empowering conferences or networking events.

Upcoming Training Winter 2024

The Black Business Initiative is excited to share in collaboration with Workplace Education Initiatives (WEI), we’ll be launching a new series of training sessions for the 2024 winter season.

These sessions will be conducted virtually, offering three distinct courses:

Business Skills instructed by Tia Upshaw

Content Marketing instructed by Georges Hanna

Financial Fundamentals instructed by Takia Panza-Benjamin

Please note that participants from outside of Nova Scotia, participation is possible based on capacity.

Learn more and register here.

For more information about these courses and other training opportunities, please contact Entrepreneurship Engagement Managers (EEMs) Mamadou Wade ( or Otni Chinenere (