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Black Business Association of BC (BBABC) launches Marketplace at Bentall Centre as BC transitions into phase 2 of the restart plan.

15 Jun 2021 8:47 AM | Nerissa Allen (Administrator)


Black Business Association of BC (BBABC) launches Marketplace at Bentall Centre as BC transitions into phase 2 of the restart plan.

The Black Business Association of BC implores support for local business.

VANCOUVER, June 15, 2021 – Black Business Association of BC, a non-profit organization supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses through education, mentorship, and leadership development, launches their inaugural Marketplace at Bentall Centre in downtown Vancouver.

We are excited to share that we officially opened the doors to our inaugural Marketplace Pop-up featuring five Black owned businesses over the next nine weeks.

Jun 14th -18th: Hogan’s Alley Clothing

Jun 21st - Jul 2nd: Organic Skin Therapies

Jul 5th - 16th: West African Fashion

Jul 19th - 30th: Kate and Frances Design

Aug 3rd - 13th: Grey Hearts Denim

LOCATION: 595 Burrard Street, Vancouver - Retail concourse of Bentall Centre between Canada Post and Purdy's (Burrard Skytrain Station)

Our Pop-up shop marketplace runs June 14 – August 13, 2021. We have teamed up with Bentall Centre co-owner and operator Hudson Pacific Properties to launch this amazing initiative to support local Black owned businesses as we enter Phase 2 of BC’s restart plan. This initiative:

  • ·         Provides businesses a space to showcase & sell their products, increasing their market access.
  • ·         Exposing the public at large to the products offered by the Black community that they may not have previously been aware of, promoting inclusiveness through awareness of diversity in culture and business.
  • ·         Supporting the revitalization of the Vancouver downtown core as we enter phase 2 of the BC restart plan.

We are thrilled to partner with and support the Black Business Association of BC with this pop-up series,” said Chuck We, Senior Vice President of Western Canada for Hudson Pacific. “This is a great opportunity to offer Bentall Centre tenants and visitors access to diverse retail offerings while increasing exposure for these talented entrepreneurs.”

At the Black Business association of BC, we have been concentrating our efforts on strategies aimed at increasing market access while supporting an inclusive community through awareness. Knowledge supports understanding, understanding supports empathy, and empathy drives an inclusive culture. This collaboration with Hudson Pacific Properties will help to support economic recovery for small businesses, within our community” said Nerissa Allen, President of BBABC.

About the Black Business Association of BC

Co-Founded by Nerissa Allen and Clavia Alleyne, the BBABC provides tangible operational support to Black entrepreneurs and small businesses. Programs designed to engage and inspire new interest in entrepreneurship. With unemployment at an all-time high, giving people the tools to create and run a thriving business will not only uplift people and families individually, but also the community, and the Canadian economy.


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