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Resources for Black-Owned Businesses

Across Canada, Black entrepreneurs are making their presence felt. They’re driving innovations, delivering essential services in our communities, and providing the impetus for companies to make much-needed internal changes to their diversity and inclusion practices.

These entrepreneurs still face unique challenges in starting and growing their own businesses. This page in partnership with the Black Business Association of BC provides aspiring, emerging and established Black entrepreneurs the resources they need to start and thrive in our province.

If you’re already a business owner, join our BC Marketplace for free province-wide promotion, increased web traffic and marketing opportunities.

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Resource list for Black Entrepreneurs

Find out more about the organizations, programs and opportunities available to Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs in British Columbia.

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Meet Nerissa Allen, Black Business Association of BC

Nerissa Allen is the President of the Black Business Association of BC. Her organization is on a mission to address this imbalance, providing Black entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to achieve entrepreneurial success.

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SBBC Partners With The Black Business Association Of BC For Education And Training

Small Business BC has partnered with the Black Business Association of BC (BBABC) to provide barrier free access to education and advisory services for Black entrepreneurs and businesses.

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Introducing the Black Entrepreneurship Program

The Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP) is a partnership between the Government of Canada, Black-led business organizations, and financial institutions. With an investment of up to $221 million over four years, it will help Black Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs grow their businesses and succeed now and into the future.

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Hear from Black-Owned Businesses

I learned I could teach people my language through living it, acting it out and playing, while also working on my English

Upon moving to Vancouver, Ingrid Broussillon wanted to improve her English language skills but found herself disappointed at the options on offer. It set her mind racing and led to her founding Griottes Polyglottes, a French language school where classes are based on acting, storytelling and improvisation.

Ingrid Broussillon

I advocate for local small businesses because I believe they make a difference where it matters most – in our communities.

Batiqua is a fair trade friendly home decor based here in beautiful British Columbia. Learn how Linda Adimora turner her love of traditional Zimbabwean textiles into a thriving small business.

Linda Adimora

If you are dedicated and passionate, you will find solutions to any problems that come your way

Nerissa Allen is the Co-Founder of the Black Business Association of BC. Listen to our Made Possible Podcast to learn more about the amazing nationwide community of entrepreneurs Nerissa is building.

Nerissa Allen

Other Ways Small Business BC Can Help Your Business


Small Business BC provides practical business education tailored for small businesses right here in BC. Whether you need help starting your business, hiring employees, managing operations, or anything else, Small Business BC is here to help. View our full calendar of business education.


Sign up for Small Business BC’s newsletter and be the first to discover our latest news, special offers, and practical resources for your small business. Sign up now, it’s free and easy!


Starting a business? Start with Small Business BC’s comprehensive list of free downloadable resources. We’ve got everything covered, from business plan templates, cash flow forecasting and our starting a business checklist. View Resources.


Join our free online hub of BC-based small businesses and reach a province-wide audience of engaged customers that are passionate about small business. Sign up now.


Find and patronize black-owned businesses in your area with the Black Business Global Directory. Black-owned businesses can also add themselves to this growing BC-based community for free.


Our self-directed E-Learning courses are available anytime, anywhere. Each on-demand course consists of bite-sized topics filled with features like readings, handouts, videos and quizzes. Discover our range of E-Learning education today.


We respectfully acknowledge our place of work is within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and that we serve the Peoples of the many Nations throughout British Columbia.