Black Business Association of BC partners with Small Business BC to provide major education and services access to Black entrepreneurs
The Black Business Association of BC (BBABC) announces its partnership withSmall Business BC (SBBC) to provide barrier free access to education and advisory services for Black entrepreneurs and businesses.
VANCOUVER, Nov 30, 2021 – The Black Business Association of BC, a non-profit organization, leverages funding received from the Black Entrepreneurship National Ecosystem Fund to offer barrier free courses, workshops, education, loan support and more.
On Aug 13th, 2021, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic DevelopmentMinister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced the BBABC as a recipient of the first round of organizations to be selected for the Black Entrepreneurship Program's National Ecosystem Fund.
One of the first initiatives to roll out is the BBABC-SBBC Education & Services Portal. This portal gives access to Black entrepreneurs and small businesses to a plethora of SBBC business and skills development training, and advisory services, which will support targeted business development and increased access to funding. A program designed to meet the individualized needs of each entrepreneur, to maximize the impact and success of their business.
“Congratulations to the Black Business Association of BC and Small Business BC for joining forces to reduce barriers for Black entrepreneurs across BC,” said the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development. “By delivering the BBABC-SBBC Education & Services Portal, you are ensuring that Black business owners can get the tools and resources they need to unlock their potential and build a more diverse, inclusive economy.”
“SBBC has been an ally to the BBABC and the Black business community, this partnership is yet another creative and strategically implemented program where our two organizations have worked together to directly address and remove barriers faced by Black entrepreneurs”, says Nerissa Allen, President of the BBABC.
“We are privileged to work with Nerissa Allen and the BBABC,” said Tom Conway, CEO for Small Business BC. “SBBC provides entrepreneurs with resources and skills that fuel innovation, sustainability, and economic growth while striving to create an open, accessible, inclusive, and equitable environment in which every British Columbian has the opportunity to flourish.”
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. As we emerge from the pandemic it is imperative, we continue to look for ways to support the business community through skills development, increased market access, and sustainability practices.