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OUR Contributors


Also in this Issue:  Innovators  Archetypes “A dynamic and vibrant Black presence within the Nova Scotia Business Community.”

Black 2 Business is the official periodical of The Black Business Initiative and is published quarterly - spring, summer, fall, and winter.


Its goal is to support the BBI as it fosters a dynamic and vibrant Black presence within the Nova Scotia Business Community. For Advertising Information, Rates, Submitting Story Ideas, Notices or Community Events, and for more Information, call: 902-426-2224

COVER STORY B2B 50th Issue

Published by: The Black Business Initiative Editor in Chief: Rustum Southwell Design & Layout: Design North



Production by: Mirabliss Media Productions

Message from the CEO

Cover Photograph: various / contributed

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01 Message from the Board

11 BIO Construction Myles Johnson

13 U-Consult

Julius Kanyamunyu


15 TRAILBLAZERS Archetypes



19 The Caribbean

Telecommunications Union

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C ONTENTS 20 Central Report

Shakara Russell

26 BIJ Report

Cheyanne Gorman-Tolliver

32 Business Development Report

Gordon Doe

34 Northern Report

Njabulo Nkala



Marsman Safety Services, Joel Marsman

23 Somerset Market Belay Lassu 25

The Law and Your Business

27 People & Business on the Move



OUT & ABOUT with the BBI

The Black Business Initiative (BBI) is a Province-wide business development initiative committed to fostering the growth of businesses owned by members of the Nova Scotia Black Community. The BBI places priority on educating Black business owners in the operation of their business - from marketing to budgeting to securing funding. The BBI is committed to growing the Black presence in a diverse range of business sectors including high-tech, manufacturing, tourism, and the cultural sector. In 1996, the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia set up the BBI to address the unique needs confronting the Black business community in Nova Scotia. For the first five years of its existence, BBI was funded under the COOPERATION Agreement for Economic Diversification, a joint agreement between the Federal and Provincial Governments. The BBI is currently funded by the federally administered Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Provincial Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. BBI Vision


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Community & Business Events

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Message from the Board of Directors

Peter Marsman


Greg Browning Chair, Black Business Initiative

elcome to the fiftieth edition of Black to Business.

Nova Scotian Music Association, or ANSMA.

Since the first edition was published, it has been a major facet of the Black Business Initiative’s communication strategy. It’s hard to believe that we have reached this major milestone.

I know there is a certain ‘cachet’ to being featured in the magazine, and I’ve seen many occasions where a copy featuring our clients is on display in their offices.

From the very beginning, Black to Business has been produced using a design that makes it readable and pleasing to the eye. Much credit goes to the editorial team that pulls this magazine together four times a year.

Another facet of the magazine’s success is that it is distributed throughout North America – what a wonderful way for our success stories to be spread beyond our borders.

In short, this edition of Black to Business, like the other 49 that preceded it, has been produced using high standards for its production – similar to everything that the BBI does. Black to Business is a wonderful storytelling tool. It’s designed to shine a light on our community and on the people who are making a mark in our province’s business community in general. Features like People and Businesses on the Move and Trailblazers have become standard in each edition. We also work hard to ensure that we can insert notices for the Community Calendar as a way of spreading the word about events happening around our province. It’s also told the stories of the BBI’s activities, such as coverage of the BBI summits, annual general meetings, and special events, like the annual directory launch and Christmas social.

As the BBI has continued to evolve, with our composite model and our sustainability strategy, to meet the needs of the Black business community in Nova Scotia, the magazine will continue to remain as an important part of our work and it to will continue in evolve both in hard copy and online via the BBI’s website.

The magazine has also allowed us to put faces to the names of the people behind the BBI, whether it’s our board members or staff. It’s also given them a chance to keep our readers up to date with the activities in their regions and areas of responsibility.

We look forward, with the support of our funding partners, to the next 50 editions of Black to Business.

But, Black to Business has also played a role in telling the stories of other organizations which have come along since its first edition. One organization that comes readily to mind is the African 1 ...

When creating Black to Business was first discussed back in the early days of the BBI, the initial philosophy of the original board was “Let’s do this thing right.” I think that you will agree, they were right on the mark.

On behalf of the board and staff of the BBI, I would like to thank the team of writers, editors, proof readers, photographers, and graphic designers who contribute to each edition… and to those whose stories have been told on its pages.

Greg Browning, Chair

Message from the Chief Executive Officer

Peter Marsman


S.I. Rustum Southwell CEO, Black Business Initiative

he inaugural issue of the Black to Business Magazine hit the “news stands” in the first quarter of 1997. The Black Business Initiative (BBI) was not yet a year old. We were fully staffed by June 1996 and the organization was still finding its legs, with a seven-member staff and the first board of directors led by business leader and entrepreneur Hector Jacques. As part of the early development of the BBI, a newsletter or an effective communication tool was needed to communicate the message and results of the Initiative. In 1997, while still in our infancy, most concepts needed input from the board. When the staff team proposed a newsletter format the initial response from the Board of Directors was favourable. However, after seeing the first issue, they changed it to a magazine format. And the rest, as they say, is history. Looking back at 1997, it affirms what we set out to do then is just as important now and just as effective. An example of the broad consultation and the partnership we desire is reflected in how the magazine got its name. Early in the planning stages we spoke with Robert Upshaw, then the Executive Director of the African Canadian Services Division of the Department of Education and Culture. Robert, who is noted for his quick wit, told us the story of his love and desire for a career as an educator. In telling us about his passion, he told us about how as a youth he liberated a school traffic sign and modified it to make it Africentric (a term that was not been used very much in 1997) by adding Afros and Dashikis to the silhouettes, then coined the term “Black To School.” We stole the idea and so

the BBI quarterly magazine was named Black to Business. In those early stages the project lead was Sheldon States, one of the first regional managers. He had envisioned a newsletter with a chance to promote companies in a positive manner and profile community economic development in the province. He quickly realized he had underestimated the task and suggested getting some external help. Carol Dobson, a freelance writer, was contracted and she introduced us to Dan O’Brien, owner of Design North a graphic arts company, to do the layout and the first issue was produced. They are still on the production team to this day. By the end of the first year, we were looking for ways to improve the magazine. Every aspect was on the table – how it looked, how it was produced, how it was distributed, and what the focus of the content was. We also saw it as an entrepreneurial opportunity for some of our clients who were writers and photographers. One of the first suppliers we engaged was Peter Marsman, as our go-to photographer; later on, when Paul Adams began his company, he too was hired. It was during this time-frame that the most excitement, entrepreneurship and innovation happened. Teena Mahoney (Paynter), who was a writer in our pool, and Tracey Thomas, who at the time was involved in any and everything BBI, proposed an innovative solution for producing the magazine. And that is when Unity Corporate Communication was incorporated to produce the Black to Business magazine. Angela Johnson was brought on later, as one of the partners to replace Tracey when she joined the BBI staff full time. continued on page 20

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50 Issues of Black to Business

Cover Story

Spring 1997 / Number 1

The fiftieth issue of Black to Business magazine – it has come a long way since 1997. What a perfect opportunity to introduce our readers to many of our current and past contributors. In this issue, to commemorate this milestone we celebrate those who make and have made Black to Business what it is today.

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Angela Johnson Managing Editor Mirabliss Media Productions 2000 – Present


Brief Bio: I have lived in Nova Scotia since 1997 and have family here. For close to two decades, I worked as a journalist and television broadcaster in Halifax and Toronto, creating and producing content for CBC TV and various speciality networks. I currently work full time for the provincial government’s communications agency, assigned to the Public Service Commission and the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Previous to this, I worked with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and for five years, helped form the strategic direction of the Office of African Nova Scotia Affairs. On a part-time basis, I teach first year news writing for the Journalism program at the University of Kings College. B2B His/Herstory: I took over managing the magazine from Tracey Thomas and Teena Paynter. Likes best: I have worked with many talented writers, photographers and staff over the years. I enjoy the coordination of and collaboration with artists, writers and photographers, and the resulting stories that focus and showcase the African Nova Scotian community. B2B fan: I read each issue cover to cover, for work and for pleasure. B2B evolution: The biggest change has been going from black and white to colour. I am also excited about the new layout we’re launching with this issue.

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Future of B2B: I would like to see B2B address the younger entrepreneur a bit more, with columns and stories geared to that audience.


Contributors Then and Now

Collected by Angela Johnson Photos: Contributed / file

Carol Dobson Previous: Coordinator, Writer Current: Writes profiles, People and Businesses on the Move, and collects items for the Business/Community Calendar 1996 – present Brief Bio: I'm a proud Prince Edward Islander who needs to return to her red mud whenever possible to stay grounded and to see my nieces and nephews, including my four-legged nephew, Sammy the Australian Shepherd pup. I came to Halifax in 1975 to study at Dalhousie. I graduated in 1978 with a degree in Maritime Provinces and English history with minors in Biology and English. Four years later I went back to Mount Saint Vincent and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Public Relations. I live in Halifax and am a communications consultant/professional storyteller. My storytelling work involves everything from media relations for a high tech company to working as a tour guide taking tours from the cruise ships during the summer and fall months.

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B2B His/Herstory: I remember being at a business workshop at the World Trade Centre in late 1996. Rustum came over to me and told me he was looking at producing a newsletter for the BBI. I told him I produced newsletters and it went from there. The initial concept grew beyond my expertise, so I asked Dan O'Brien for some help … and we've been with Black to Business ever since. I helped coordinate the issues for the first four years. Angela took over then and I retreated into the background, writing stories and compiling the Community Calendar and People and Businesses on the Move. Likes best: I love being able to tell interesting stories. The BBI is my favourite client and I look forward to each issue. B2B evolution: First edition was printed on newsprint - I love the full colour editions we produce now. Future of B2B: We have so many great stories to tell … We just have to keep doing it, and doing it well. Final thoughts: I have been so proud to be a part of Black to Business since its inception, and I look forward to the next 50 plus editions. Magazine Co-Coordinators

Tracey Thomas Past Co-Coordinator 1999 - 2000 Brief Bio: Proud mother of DeCosta Thomas and currently working with the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs as the senior policy analyst.

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B2B His/Herstory: In 1999, I met Rustum at a Black History Month meeting. My major at Saint Mary’s University was marketing. We got talking and shortly thereafter I started selling advertising space in the magazine. Soon after, an opportunity to coordinate the magazine came up. I partnered with Teena continued on page 5

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Paynter to form a company called Unity Corporate Communications to coordinate the B2B magazine. This was the start of my over 10-year involvement with the BBI. I went on to become BBI's first female Regional Business Development Manager and then Director of Client Development. Likes best: I enjoyed the finished product, and the marketing potential for those featured on the cover as well as inside the magazine. It's a great marketing tool. Favourite story/column/picture: The issue with Susan Taylor on the cover for the summit. To me Susan Taylor was the most inspirational speaker the Black Business summits have had. She stressed the importance of finding your personal balance between family/home life and your professional career, all grounded in your faith. At the time she was the editor of Essence magazine. B2B fan: I read every issue - I get it at home.

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B2B future: Have a community section where each of the four regions that BBI covers has its own page to highlight something or someone in their community, not only businesses. It would be up to the RBDM to coordinate this, thus fostering RBDM interaction and presence in the community while at the same time highlighting their respective communities. Final thoughts: Keep up the good work! It's a great publication, and I'm proud to have been associated with it.

Teena & Family

Teena Mahoney (Paynter) 1999 - 2002 Co-Coordinator 1997 - 1999 Writer Cole Habour, Nova Scotia, native Teena Mahoney (nee Paynter) started writing for the magazine in 1997. In 1999 she was Tracey Thomas’s partner in Unity Corporate Communications and then Angela’s partner from 2000 – 2002. Teena’s role was to coordinate and write stories for the magazine where she enjoyed meeting and speaking with the African Nova Scotian business people. She now lives in Hollister, Missouri, with her husband Tim and daughters Amaya and Talia and is attending graduate school at Missouri State University. Magazine Designer

Dan O Brien Creative Director, Design North 1996 – Present Dan & Thomas

Brief Bio: Married for 27 years to Karen Sherwood, wife and business partner at Design North. Daughter, China O’Brien, age 25, living and working in the photography industry in Montreal. Our newest family member is Thomas, a one-year-old mixed breed dog from the SHAID shelter in Bridgewater. 5 ...


The Design North offices have been in our home in North End Halifax since 1994. We are a twoperson enterprise that expands in number when we hire freelancers and associates to work with us on specific projects. We specialize in print media. We design, layout and produce a number of publications, including magazines, books, annual reports, brochures, and posters, to name a few, for a variety of clients. We also specialize in branding and signage, and one of our most notable branding projects was the design and implementation of the brand for the new Government of Nunavut in 1999. B2B His/Herstory: I was invited, along with my editorial partner, Carol Dobson, to advise and quote on a newsletter project for the BBI in 1997. Our proposal was accepted and we began work on the inaugural Issue. We published issue 1 in June of 1997 and it was a resounding success, and remained so over the next 15 years and 50 issues. It is now highly regarded in Canada and abroad. B2B evolution: We have been through three complete changes in design and layout, and have worked with countless freelance writers, many very talented photographers, and great BBI staff over the years.

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Future of B2B: I am very proud of the work we have with done on B2B over these years. Here’s to the next 50 ‌ Magazine Proofreader / Editor

Peggy Amirault 2007 - Present A freelance writer and editor in Halifax. She also edits books for Pottersfield Press. Magazine Writers

Chad Lucas 1999-present Brief Bio: My wife Shawna and I have four kids, all under the age of six -- three boys and a beautiful little girl we adopted from Rwanda. I'm living in Halifax and working in the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs. In my (little) free time outside of work and family, I'm working on a novel for middlegrade readers (ages 10 to 14 or so).


B2B His/Herstory: I started writing for Black to Business when I was a journalism student at the University of King's College. I continued through my years working at the Chronicle Herald and still contribute on a regular basis. Likes best: I love meeting people who are pursuing their dreams. And I've gained a serious appreciation for just how much work it takes to make your dreams come true! Favourite story: I'm most proud of the retrospective piece I wrote for the tenth anniversary issue, looking back to the BBI's beginnings and ahead to the future. B2B evolution: The magazine is everywhere now! I've seen it in places from small business lobbies to libraries to the Premier's Office. Final thoughts: I think B2B is indicative of the BBI's overall success. It has evolved from a simple newsletter to a respected and well-read magazine with a mainstream following. I hope it continues to grow and thrive, and I look forward to another 50 great issues. continued on page 7

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Shauntay Grant 2001 - Present

*Read more about Shauntay Grant in our Archetypes – Leaders in their Fields feature in this issue.

Sunjay Mathuria June 2009 - Present Shauntay

Brief Bio: I attended the Honours Journalism program at the University of Kings College. I currently live in Pickering, Ontario, and am in post-student/pre-real world limbo. This summer, I am working as a media liaison officer with the federal government. I would like to get into social work or law or urban planning, or become a famous novelist - whatever comes first. B2B His/Herstory: In first-year journalism, I had a wonderful teacher who referred me to this role. It’s been a great experience! Likes best: Meeting the different business owners and chatting with them. They all have such interesting stories and such passion for their work. It’s really inspirational. Favourite story: Caribbean Twist, because I enjoyed describing the delicious smells and aromas! B2B evolution: A lot more variety in the businesses featured.


B2B future: Perhaps incorporate social media more, since it seems like we’re heading in that direction. Final thoughts: I have enjoyed my time writing for B2B and I hope to contribute as long as I can. Although I’m not in Nova Scotia anymore, reading B2B reminds me of what a great place it is.

Charlene Davis 2010 - Present Brief Bio: I moved to Nova Scotia in the fall of 2007 to complete a Masters degree in English Literature at Dalhousie. I stayed to complete a Bachelor of Journalism at King's. I work as a junior program officer at Imhotep Legacy Academy. I hope to gain experience, help the Black community and become financially stable. I am a freelance writer on the side and hope to be a staff writer for a magazine.


B2B His/Herstory: I got this position through a reference from my friend Shauntay Grant, who also writes for the magazine. Likes best: Learning about the various Black organizations and businesses in Nova Scotia, and learning more about some of the community leaders. Favourite story: The Community Gardens piece I wrote. I loved talking to the children about their involvement in the garden and hearing about the passion of the adults who make it possible.

Abena Amoako-Tuffour December 2010 - Present B2B Issue #20

Brief Bio: I was born in Edmonton and moved to Nova Scotia when I was almost five years old. Since 7 ...


then, I’ve been back and forth between Nova Scotia and Ghana, Rwanda, and Ontario (London and Toronto). I am currently living in Halifax, working as freelance writer and program coordinator. I aspire to become the most skilled and versatile writer I can be. I also work towards encouraging, educating and entertaining others through my poetry and spoken word, which covers topics of faith, identity, poverty, environment, and anything else that comes to mind. B2B His/Herstory: I went to BBI one day and asked about how I could write for B2B. I liked the quality of the magazine, as well as the content, and wanted to be a part of it. I connected with Angela via e-mail and we began to correspond. Eventually, when the opportunity arose, she gave me my first assignment.


Likes best: I love writing and am happy I get to practice this skill and exercise my creativity. I enjoy hearing people’s stories and find it a privilege to have people open up and share with me. Writing for B2B is also a great opportunity to learn about the admirable things happening in the community. Favourite story: I wrote about Juanita Pleasant who opens her personal home, called Pleasant Haven, to complete strangers when they have nowhere else to live. B2B fan: When I moved to Halifax last year, I started borrowing it from the public library. Now, I read each issue as it comes out. B2B future: Occasionally feature accomplishments in the Black community across Canada. Magazine Photographers

Peter Marsman and Paul Adams The Black Business Initiative has been lucky to utilize the services of two great photographers within the African Nova Scotian community - Peter Marsman and Paul Adams. Both have their own successful companies. Peter’s is Marsman Photographic (www.marsmanphotographic. com), specializing in portraits, and Paul’s Adams Photography (www.adamsphotography.ca) photographs many events and conferences and is the premiere school picture photographer. Peter has been with B2B since its early days and Paul joined the team in 2000.


Peter Marsman 1997- Present B2B His/Herstory: I wrote a term paper in my second year of photography school (1997) on a renowned photographer during The Harlem Renaissance era named James Vanderzee. Inspired by his work capturing middle class Black America, I began creating photographs featuring African Nova Scotians in noteworthy positions. Around that same time I met with Editor In Chief Mr. Rustum Southwell who talked about the development of a magazine about black businesses. This seemed like a good match, so we began a relationship that has continues to this day. What like best: Meeting new people with innovative businesses and the challenge of creating a photograph that tells their story.


Favorite photographs: Current BBI Chair, Mr. Greg Browning, photographs of our men in the military – send positive messages about Blacks being in executive roles and to serving our country. B2B future: National expansion to give more exposure to local businesses. continued on page 9

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Aaron Peters Technology colunmist – ‘E-businees, In-site’ 2002 - 2004 What have you been up to? Internet marketing and software consultant, helping companies maximize their online marketing revenue through customized search and social optimization strategies. I am also researching and developing my theories of internet search and social marketing in regards to the link between education and corporate training and my studies in electronic game design. B2B His/Herstory: I wrote the Technology Column, stemming from my love of technology and, even more, from my passion as a technology educator. I hosted a technology TV show for almost three years in Central Nova and have taught numerous classes to empower people with their technology. My Black computer business was the first of its kind in Nova Scotia.

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Liked best: I loved to contribute to the B2B magazine as I am enriched by contributing to the business world. More importantly, I have been educating Black businesses about technology since before the BBI came into existence, helping Black micro-enterprise in Central Nova going back to the early 1990s. Favourite column: Explaining how Black business can utilize the powerful tool of eMarketing.

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B2B fan: I read B2B all the time. I love to see Black businesses form and attempt to survive and thrive in our competitive business environment. B2B’s evolution: The magazine continues to provide a motivating mix of topics for Black entrepreneurs.

Darla Johnston SLIC Laser Also in this Issue • The Arrow’s Club • Certified Accountants

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B2B’s future: I think it needs more technology coverage, specific to industries and specific technologies. It also needs to use online and social media more. (Editors Note: In this milestone issue we’re launching another technology colunm entitled ‘Geek Speak, check it out.) Final thoughts: Of all the things that contribute to the Black business community, I believe that the magazine is one of the great motivators and educators for Black entrepreneurs. I hope that it continues to survive and serve in the many years to come, spurred on by the fact that it will continue to have many Black businesses to cover.

Harvey Millar Business columnist – ‘Take 5’ 2002 – 2006, 2009, 2011 Brief Bio: I have lived in Nova Scotia since 1982. I am a Professor of Operations Management at the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University. I have two children, Nzingha Foluke Millar and Zamani Folade Millar with wife Delvina E. Bernard.


I am working on developing a leadership model that is based on African cultural norms from the continent and from the Diaspora. For example, the idea that we can use the African infused cultural systems reflected in our festivals, e.g., carnival (Brazil, Trinidad, etc.), to inform an “African-centered” leadership model is extremely exciting to me. Once developed, the model will be used to create an African-Centered Leadership Development program. B2B future: Perhaps a small section on emerging business ideas Final thoughts: Job well done! The magazine is of good quality and appears to serve its mission well. 9 ...


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Editor’s Note: There have been additional freelance writers, proof readers, editors and photographers who have contributed a story, a photo or two over the years but haven’t been regular contributers. They include Juanita Peters, Sherri Borden-Colley, Kristen Tynes, Sobaz Benjamin, Asna Adhami, Taryn Della, Tiffany Grant, Paddy Muir, Eleanor Beaton, Sue Mills, Andrew Tench, and Bill Clarke, to name a few. is s ue



Also, there have been past and current BBI staff members contributing to the magazine for semiregular features like Ask the BBI, Youth on the Move, Business and Community Calendar, Ask Rod, again, to name a few. We want to take this time to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone for their contributions and if I missed anyone, it wasn’t intentional, please know you are thanked as well.


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Also in this Issue:  Innovators  Archetypes “A dynamic and vibrant Black presence within the Nova Scotia Business Community.”


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IBO Construction Myles Johnston, Owner, IBO Construction

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yles Johnston describes his career in construction as a fluke. Over 20 years ago, Johnston had been in the shoe business and was itching for a change, something that was more hands-on. He decided to try his hand at drywalling. After a number of years of working for other contractors, Johnston knew he had made the right decision and was ready to branch out on his own. “But after doing drywalling for a few years, it starts to get monotonous. I wanted to get more work,” Johnston says. In addition to drywalling, Johnston’s construction company IBO (Independent Business Owner) Construction now offers home and commercial renovation, blueprint reading, taping, and framing, just to name a few. Of them all, Johnston enjoys home and commercial renovation the most. “It’s a creative thing. I get to do a little bit of everything: plumbing, electrical, even some carpet layout. Now, since I have my own sub-workers, I get to do a bit of painting as well,” he says. Although based in Halifax, Johnston’s work has taken him to Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, British Columbia, and as far as Bermuda. Being away from family proved to be challenging for Johnston. “It got to the point that I missed them so badly I had to come back home,” he says, with a laugh. As owner of IBO Construction, Johnston doesn’t get much free time. But when he does, he likes to do things that might come in handy in the workplace. During his own free time, Johnston says he works on his own home, playing around with different renovations that might give him some ideas for his work. Right now, he’s creating a bedroom in the attic.

With IBO Construction, Johnston always has his sights set on even bigger projects. “I want to try bidding on some higher jobs, such as million-dollar jobs, and get more experience through that. High rises, for example.” Big projects require large teams. But that shouldn’t be a problem for Johnston, who says he offers fair rates. He says people are calling him when they are looking for work. Johnston enjoys the teamwork and says he often learns a thing or two from his workers.

“I want to try bidding on some higher jobs, such as million-dollar jobs, and get more experience through that. High rises, for example.” -Myles Johnston

“Most jobs are challenging, but when you are working on a project, you get to learn from your co-workers and other subworkers.” At IBO Construction, Johnston sometimes trains students from local schools that have courses specializing in areas such as drywalling. One of his students from a few years ago now runs his own business. “I’m proud of him. I can now say he used to be my student, he used to work for me,” Johnston says. Sometimes construction isn’t enough though. Johnston has been bitten by the acting bug a few times. While he was at church one day, a friend told him he should audition for a scene in the 2007 film Poor

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Boy’s Game. Johnston auditioned, got the part, and shared a scene with Danny Glover. Since then, he has acted in other roles, including an Eastlink cable commercial but construction will always be Johnston’s first love. And he has God to thank for that. He quotes Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Johnston says his trust in God enables him to run To those thinking about starting their own business, Johnston offers some advice: “Take it slow. Don’t get into anything that’s above your head and don’t be afraid to ask other sub-workers how to run a business.” Right now, Johnston is pretty happy with the way things at IBO Construction are going. “I can only grow. My goal is to grow and to continue to have others work for me.” Perseverance and following your dreams, he says, go a long way as well. “Never say ‘never’, ‘I quit’, or ‘I can’t.’ I never said those things and it helped my business grow. The sky’s the limit.”

IBO Construction, Myles Johnston PHONE: 830 8342

Fun Facts Favourite Movie: The Matrix Most important person met: Danny Glover Sport best at: Baseball. Johnston has played since he was a kid. Hobbies: Indoor work at home, playing chess, going go-carting, and shopping. Last book read: So You Call Yourself a Man? by T.D. Jakes 12 ...

U-Consult Julius Kanyamunyu , Owner, U-Consult

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ulius Kanyamunyu was in the thick of a three-year work

experience at the Black Business

Initiative (BBI) when he decided to make a career move. “I worked a lot with small- to mediumsized businesses, and decided I might as well champion the fray.” Kanyamunyu’s background as a business development manager and acting director for client development for BBI influenced his path to starting his own management consulting company. “It certainly opened up a number of opportunities,” he says. “As I worked with these people the motivation [to start my own business] grew more.” In 2007 Julius Kanyamunyu and his wife Doreen Kanyamunyu launched U-Consult, bringing with them a wide set of skills and experience including project management, business development, sales and marketing, human resource management, and information systems. Add to that a passion for building bridges between Canadian businesses and African enterprises. “We’ve had a number of clients who’ve wanted to get into some African markets, and we’ve been able to help them with things like how best to approach those new markets, their market entry strategy, identifying distributors, finding contacts …” U-Consult’s Canadian clients boast a wide range of interests, everything from medical diagnostic equipment to solar energy products and housing solutions. To date, he has connected Canadian companies with businesses in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and South Africa.

Kanyamunyu says having the flexibility to work on different kinds of projects is one of the benefits of being a business owner. “There’s a broad range of projects and opportunities out there. And I’m naturally curious – I like to go in and try something new. So that flexibility of being able to do just about any project that is of interest has been a big reward.” And the rewards have been many.

“it’s a big reward for me when I can go [to east Africa] and present to people of a similar background, saying ‘Here’s some excellent services/ products from this country so far away that can easily do business with you – the price is right, the product is right, and the service is right.” -Julius K anyamunyu

“I enjoy traveling,” says Kanyamunyu. “And I’ve had an opportunity to see a little more of the world in the process.” Kanyamunyu’s international experience includes evaluating a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Project being implemented in various countries – he was one of the evaluating consultants in Russia, Macedonia, and Bosnia. Here in Halifax, he’s working with local universities around international student recruitment.

by: Shauntay Grant

“Canadian universities have excellent programs,” says Kanyamunyu. “My wife and I have both done our MBAs at Canadian universities.” U-Consult has been working with St. Mary’s University and Dalhousie University to assist in the recruitment of international students from east Africa in particular. Kanyamunyu, who is from Uganda, says the opportunity to connect with communities back home through his work has been a big reward. “When you have two homes, so to speak – a Canadian one and an African one – I think your heart is always in both places,” he says. “And it’s a big reward for me when I can go [to east Africa] and present to people of a similar background, saying ‘Here’s some excellent services/products from this country so far away that can easily do business with you – the price is right, the product is right, and the service is right.”

U-Consult Julius Kanyamunyu 446-2890 / 488-8213

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here are people in this world who make an indelible imprint on the lives around them, be it through sharing words of wisdom and truth, giving encouragement and teaching, offering a sense of protection, or providing spiritual guidance. Nova Scotia is home to many people who are leaders in their field, who follow their passion and blaze a trail for those who come behind them. These people display to others the joys of doing something you love while making lasting improvements to your community. In our fiftieth issue, we celebrate three of these notable Trailblazers.

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Archetypes: Leaders in their Fields

The Communicator: Shauntay Grant Shauntay Grant’s communication takes many forms. She was the Poet Laureate of Halifax for the past two years. Grant is a writer, spoken word artist, musician, and broadcast journalist. From a young age, Grant has continued to have a variety of interests. Her life and work is diverse; every day is different. “I like that,” says Grant, “life is colourful.” Waking up every morning and having something different to do, keeps the work fresh and interesting. “If you actually enjoy your work and love your work you feel fulfilled by it – and I definitely feel fulfilled,” says Grant. She believes that everyone has their own unique voice. “As storytellers and writers we all have perhaps different branches of the same stories. We all have a connection to words and things like family and community and love... but no one has your own individual twist on it.” Grant feels privileged to be part of the larger community of artists and to share her own twist on life lessons. Recently, she’s been doing this by creating bridges between her different interests. Rather than keeping literature, spoken word, music, and charity work separate, she creates places where they can all exist together. Some of Grant’s recent awards include the BBI Industry Development Award (2007) from ANSMA, the Best Atlantic Published Book (2009) for her children’s book Up Home, and Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (2010).

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by: Charlene Davis Peter Marsman

The Mentor: Joyce Ross Joyce Ross’s philosophy is to always be ready to help; it’s the driving force of her life. “A lot of people say I’m their role model. I’m their mentor because of the things that I do,” says Ross. “I always say if I can help someone along the way then my living will not be in vain.” Ross worked at the East Preston Daycare Centre for 35 years. As Executive Director of the Centre, Ross supervised a variety of programs and outreach initiatives for all age groups. She was also a founding member of the East Preston Recreation Centre. Currently, Ross is deeply involved in her church as a Sunday school teacher and is involved in prison ministry. She can’t give up teaching. She says, “As you teach, you grow spiritually yourself. Learning is a lifelong experience... As long as you live you learn.” Another part of the philosophy Ross lives by is that people can change. “I don’t accept the words ‘I can’t. I believe that God gives everybody a second chance... People make mistakes, but if they have the opportunity they can turn their life around.” She says we just need to look for the good in people and encourage them: lift them up. Among her many recognitions, Ross was awarded the Order of Canada (2002) for the changes she made in her community. She also received an honorary Doctor of Laws (2002) from Dalhousie University for her work in the health field.

Peter Marsman

The Protector: Craig Smith Craig Smith was recently promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the RCMP. He now works as the site supervisor for the Cole Harbour office and is responsible for the Halifax District Crime Prevention program. Previously he worked as the RCMP’s Diversity Policing Analyst for the province. “That position is unique,” says Smith. “It’s the only one of its kind in the country right now.” In this position, Smith built bridges and linkages between the RCMP and the diverse populations and communities across the province. He provided training, information and recruitment sessions for the RCMP, targeting African Nova Scotian communities. Through a partnership with the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs, he went into communities and asked residents how the RCMP was doing at providing policing services to them. Another initiative involved workshops where African Nova Scotian youth and RCMP officers met to find common ground and see continued on page 29

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If there’s been an overriding theme in the past 49 issues of Black to Business, it has

You just have to look back at the work of Dana Emerson, who spoke to the magazine for its first issue. At that time he was keeping his “Bulb Eater” system for disposing of fluorescent light tubes a closely guarded secret. While he might have been shy about talking about his invention, Michael Duck has not hidden his light under a bushel when it comes to his SureShot Dispensing System. The Periodical of the Black Business Initiative

been innovation. If nothing else,

Shotloc system for improving accuracy in basketball that’s being sold to leading basketball coaches.

those who have been profiled in these pages are masters at turning the old saying “Necessity is the Mother of Invention” into reality. 17 ...

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Mike Duck

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“To foster a dynamic and vibrant Black presence within the Nova Scotia Business Community.”

“You just have to look at Mike Duck, who took the experience of a bad cup of coffee and turned it into Sure Shot, which is found in Starbucks, Tim Hortons, and McDonald’s, among others, around the globe,” Rustum Southwell says. “Then, there’s Larry Gibson, who is selling his flooring and furniture to Barbados and Bermuda and who’s also trading with China and the Pacific Rim, and Robert Ffrench, who’s invented the

Robert Ffrench, Shotloc “Another company is IT Interactive which is creating unique search engines, so our local companies are innovating in that part of the economy as well. The creativity and innovation of our Nova Scotian companies is helping to drive our economy.”

by: Carol Dobson & contributed Paul Adams

Kirumira has now developed a “lab in a box,” a portable diagnostic system that combines reagents developed in his lab with affordable, semi-automatic diagnostic equipment to provide medical personnel in the developing world with the equipment they require.

Barbara & John Manning, IT Interactive Southwell also singles out Dr. Abdullah Kirumira, the founder of Windsor’s BioMedica Diagnostics. Kirumira invented a rapid test kit for diagnosing the HIV virus that can be used anywhere in the world without any concerns for special storage or refrigeration.

“We sell our Quick CoAg reagents to Japan and most of the western world,” he says. “That’s allowed us to use the proceeds to develop our lab in a box to be used in Africa. These labs are made up of eight or nine pieces of equipment that are robust and don’t break down, and are suitable for the conditions in Africa. The lab in a box contains everything a doctor needs – reagents, tips, even tissues – to give them the capacity to undertake between 90 and 100 tests covering between 80 and 90 diseases.” The lab in a box was originally designed to be used in aging hospitals left over from the 1960s and 70s, which may have dedicated spaces for labs but not the equipment to run them. He’s carrying this idea further by developing what appears to be the twenty-first century equivalent of a MASH unit – a complete, prefabricated medical compound that includes a pharmacy, doctors’ quarters, laboratory, and treatment facility. “We belong to the Scotian Group of Companies, and one of the companies in

the group manufactures prefabricated housing,” Kirumira says. “Our idea is to use the materials that can build a building quickly, for example, plastic panels, to be able to construct a really basic medical village in remote areas where there is no access to a hospital.” The work of these and other Nova Scotian entrepreneurs was on Southwell’s mind when he participated in a trade mission to Barbados last year, hosted by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Nova Scotia Business Inc., and EduNova. “Landing in Barbados meant more to me than just getting away from the coming winter,” he says. “It was my first trip back there since I immigrated to Canada in 1972. In some ways, it was a homecoming, but it was also a homecoming that bore fruit for the Black Business Initiative (BBI).” It was a chance for him to reconnect with friends, including some with their own ties to Nova Scotia, such as Tony Selby and Erskine Rose, of one of the leading Barbadian architecture firms, SRM Architects. But the trade mission was also a way to develop connections with companies operating in the Caribbean and the African Diaspora. “The Caribbean market is a $1.8 billion marketplace,” he says. “Our goal was to use our connections to the African Diaspora to lever business opportunities, and get more opportunities for African Nova Scotian companies to engage in trade. As a result, we’ve had several continued on page 19

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significant meetings and follow ups to establish business opportunities.” While the trade mission was in Barbados, a new company that is looking at innovations in engineering and alternate energy generation was beginning to take shape. It’s been an exhilarating few months for Michel Okoh as he and his two partners have seen their new business take shape. So far, KTM Services Group Inc. is proceeding full steam ahead. The company was founded last October, when he and his partners Tyler Dougan and Kyle Williams decided to join forces combining their strengths in sales, finance, and engineering. A look at the website, www. ktmservicesgroup.ca, shows a work in progress. It will highlight the three areas the company specializes in –

Tyler Dougan & Michel Okah commercial property services, wind energy services, and tower services. Okoh calls this site a placeholder. It will be designed so clients can quickly click on the appropriate portal – either engineering solutions, maintenance services, or installation – to navigate into the site. While, commercial building services is the main thrust of their business, they've collaborated with a number of engineering

companies on projects and look to capitalize on opportunities resulting from the province’s commitment to provide 25 percent renewable electricity by 2015. KTM is currently a member of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CANWEA) and holds a seat on its working technical group. “We officially started in January with three employees and quickly ramped up,” Okoh says. “We now have 12 employees, six who are full time and six who are seasonal.” So far, the strategy has been deliberate, planned and one step at a time. “Disciplined growth is our mantra,” Okoh says. “It’s working well.” Ties with the Caribbean have strengthened since the Barbadian mission, a few short months ago.

The Caribbean Telecommunications Union The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), working in partnership with the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism for the Province of Nova Scotia, recently hosted a delegation of Caribbean government ministers with responsibility for information and communications technology (ICT). This initiative was designed to provide a better understanding of Nova Scotia’s highly successful Universal Broadband Program, aimed at making broadband available and affordable throughout the province. Plans for the visit were initiated following presentations made by representatives of Nova Scotia at a Ministerial Forum at the CTU’s Caribbean ICT Roadshow in Trinidad & Tobago last February. The visit took place on March 28 and 29, 2011. The delegation included ministers Ambrose George (Dominica), Evan Gumbs (Anguilla), Glenn Fitzroy Phillip (St. Kitts and Nevis), and Rodney Taylor, the CTU’s Business Development and Operations 19 ...

Manager. The ministers were impressed with the vision for the use of broadband as a catalyst for economic development and the innovative approach that was taken by the provincial government in the implementation of the initiative. “It was our pleasure to welcome members of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union to Nova Scotia to view the success of our broadband initiative first hand and to have the opportunity to benefit from our experience and shared learnings,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister, Percy Paris. This visit was the first official use of the province's new Exportable Government Services Policy, which recognizes that exporting Nova Scotia government services and expertise has the potential to enhance the province's reputation in other countries and create new opportunities for Nova Scotia's businesses. The CTU, the Caribbean’s intergovernmental organization responsible for ICT policy development, has long

been an advocate for the innovative use of information and communication technology (ICT) for fostering social and economic development. Bernadette Lewis, the Secretary General of the CTU, stated that, “The visit provided the CTU ministers with insight into Nova Scotia’s novel approach for providing universal broadband access. There are many lessons to be learned from Nova Scotia’s experience which have direct relevance to the Caribbean situation.” A follow up visit to the Caribbean is being planned for Nova Scotia stakeholders.

Caribbean Telecommunication Union delegates

Regional Report Central Shakara Russell Congratulation to Shirley RobinsonLevering and her team at CEA on the successful completion their Youth Skills Link [Employability Skills] Program. The 10-week program, a partnership with Service Canada, works to assist youth facing barriers to employment, between the ages of 15-30, in developing life and employability skills. The participants partake in training such as WHMIS/CPR/First Aid Training, Peak Performance Seminars, Addictions Counseling, Resume/ Cover Letter Workshops, Conflict Resolution, Employment Suitability,

Anger Management, Personal Finance and Entrepreneurship. On another note - The Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Black Business Initiative and the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, offered a conference aimed at engaging African Nova Scotians Farmers in a discussion around farming opportunities in Atlantic Canada on April 28 and 29 in Truro. The conference began on Thursday with a kick-off dinner and a keynote address by Dr. Sam Asiedu, Head of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College - Department of Plant and Animal Sciences. On Friday, the conference focused on trends and opportunities in agriculture in Nova Scotia. Participants were given the opportunity to

share ideas and experiences and start to build the tools needed to start or grow an agricultural business. Topics covered included where to find good ideas, business start up help, as well as where to find the latest production information. One final thought - Signs of spring are all around us and none is so welcomed than the official launch of the North End Community Greenhouse on Friday, May 13th. Best wishes for a fantastic growing season to Jessie, Jil and the youth gardeners.

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Black to Business continues to thrive under the leadership of Angela Johnson with her company Mirabliss Media Productions, and both Dan and Carol are still there to offer their support and expertise. The publication gets extremely positive responses, with most readers expressing surprise when they realize it is an in-house publication, a testament to the quality of the magazine. It’s a bit difficult to name all of the people who are involved in the production from the writers – like Shauntay Grant, Juanita Peters and many others –, editors, BBI staff team, and freelance photographers. It is hard to mention everyone who is responsible for the incredible success of the publication. As subscriptions continue to grow and the readership stays loyal, many of the

featured companies have managed to grow their enterprises and learn about business management while other readers enjoy the stories of our thriving business community. It is a chance to report on significant achievements in community economic development and other positive aspects of successful change in our community. Most of the issues are fully distributed and the demand is usually high, with some issues fully sold out. The most popular issue to date has been the tenth anniversary issue, #36; even in our office no one shares that copy for fear it would be the last time they would see it. In fact, Black to Business is more than a quarterly magazine. It is a history of progress of Black business in Nova Scotia, and a testament to what we can do if we plan well, have high standards

and, most of all, work together. Its high quality is a result of the people who are part of its production and the real life stories that we tell. It is a testament to the vision of a board who allowed us to be innovative. It is the result of a dedicated team of people who would have nothing less than excellence. It is a significant part of the Black Business Initiative and its mission and taking the next step in the way forward. I would like to personally thank all those who have been a part of the 50 issues of the Black To Business magazine since 1997.

S.I. Rustum Southwell, CEO

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Marsman Safety Services Joel Marsman, Owner, Marsman Safety Services

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“You never get tired of a good thing.”


his is Joel Marsman’s explanation for starting his occupational health and safety (OHS) consultancy in 2007, despite having recently retired. As owner and primary consultant of Marsman Safety Services, he offers complete services including a hazard assessment and an analysis of the company, identification of areas for improvement, and recommended actions. Companies may need to retrain staff, update policies and safety procedures, or create new programs. “Laws and requirements are becoming more complicated and people want someone in the business to help guide them through this legislation,” explains Marsman, a Certified Construction Health and Safety Officer, Registered Safety Professional, and Health and Safety Consultant. Either new employees need to be trained or the company needs to update its policies or practices to align with new standards, thus Marsman’s relationships with clients are often ongoing. “As a consultant, I come in as needed,” he says. He speaks enthusiastically about his work and believes all workplace accidents and injuries can be avoided. With 25 years of experience, Marsman is unsure of why so few Black people work in the OHS field. “I don’t understand it. It’s a very lucrative field and very rewarding.” He is one of the first African Nova Scotians to carry the designation of Canadian Registered Safety Professional. His history in the OHS profession has both longevity and breadth. From 1989 to 1998 he worked as OHS coordinator for Halifax Regional Municipality, then as Manager of OHS

for the Department of Transportation and Public Works from 1998 to 2004, and then as Senior OHS Consultant for the Nova Scotia Public Service Commission from 2004 to 2007, when he retired. However, though retired, Marsman has far from finished working. Aside from Marsman Safety Services, he coordinates the Black Business Initiative’s “Constructing the Future” program, an initiative aimed at helping African Nova Scotians enter the construction trade.

“A lot of it has to do with convincing employees to wear safety equipment, giving them justification for why health and safety pays,” ... “You need to be able to relate to people at their level, whether they’re a worker on the floor or a senior manager in the office.” -Joel Marsman It’s not just technical know-how that Marsman passes along. He names three other valuable skills to have in this field: people skills, knowledge of the business, and patience. “A lot of it has to do with convincing employees to wear safety equipment, giving them justification for why health and safety pays,” he says, explaining the need for people skills. “You need to be able to relate to people at their level, whether they’re a worker on the floor or a senior manager in the office.”

by: Abena Amoako-Tuffour

On knowledge of the business, he says a solid understanding of occupational health and safety principles and of the laws and regulations is necessary. And on patience: “Certain things don’t’ change overnight.” In light of that, Marsman says one improvement that has occurred over time is people’s attitudes toward health and safety requirements. “Employers have to have policies in place to consider health and safety upfront, whereas at one time it used to be completely an afterthought.” Though health and safety is often at the front of his mind, Marsman does make time for other things. He enjoys golfing and serving as a deacon at Emmanual Baptist Church. He says confidently, “It’s important to be grounded in the Lord… in the faith and my family. It’s good.” He also enjoys spending time with Janet, his wife of 40 years, their three adult children – two daughters and one son – and twin granddaughters. In trying to balance his consulting work and home life, Marsman is trying to keep the business the size it is. He says with laughter, “I’m trying to be retired or trying to convince my wife I am!”

Marsman Safety Services Joel Marsman 864 0936 / 452 0936

Fun Facts Favourite quote: ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ Favourite sport to play: Golf Favourite author: Arthur Haley Last book read: The Journey by Billy Graham Favourite movie: Tombstone with Val Kilmer

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Somerset Market

A Part of the Community Belay Lassu , Owner, Somerset Market

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Staff contributed




Lassu told his friends

in the Halifax area he was setting

“People were just too nice to us,” Belay says. “After the fire, they raised funds for us to stay here and rebuild. They were bringing food to the door if our fridge was empty. I didn’t want to leave after that. I thought I’d better rebuild.”

up shop in the Annapolis Valley, he was met with surprise, to put it mildly. “People said, ‘Are you crazy? An immigrant like you moving into the middle of nowhere?’” Lassu says with a laugh. “But I said I’m going to do business. It doesn’t matter what I look like. If people like my service, they’re going to come back.” Lassu’s words turned out to be true – though he acknowledges that the first six months in his new home were difficult. After owning convenience stories in Halifax, Lower Sackville and Beaver Bank, Lassu and his wife and daughters moved to Berwick in 2001 and purchased Somerset Market, a corner store and gas bar that has been a fixture in the community for decades. It did take customers some time to adjust to brand-new faces behind the counter, says Lassu, who immigrated to Nova Scotia from Eritrea in 1985. “The first little while was difficult until people get used to you,” he says. “But once they know you, they don’t see colour. Now we’re just a part of the community.” He realized just how true that was when hard times struck. In 2009, a fire completely destroyed the market. The Lassus considered moving back to the city at that point, but their neighbours’ actions convinced them to stay.

“People were just too nice to us,” Belay says. “After the fire, they raised funds for us to stay here and rebuild. They were bringing food to the door if our fridge was empty. I didn’t want to leave after that. I thought I’d better rebuild.” -Belay Lassu

He continues to enjoy that sense of community every day at his business. One of the perks of owning a convenience store is the personal touch of getting to know his customers by name. He also feels a sense of security that’s different from other stores he operated in busier urban centres. “You don’t worry about other problems like being robbed or anything like that. I don’t worry about much,” he says. In his third decade of owning small markets in Nova Scotia, Lassu says he’s seen the nature of the business change. He used to carry more groceries in his stores, but it’s getting harder to

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compete with the larger supermarket chains. Having the gas bar at Somerset Market helps. It’s not a huge profitmaker, he says, but it draws people into the store. “Nowadays, if you don’t mix gas and grocery, it’s hard to make a go of it. (Gas) brings people, and when they buy gas they’ll step into the store and buy other things.” He still enjoys the business, and being part of the community. And he’d encourage newcomers to the province to look beyond the urban centres and give rural Nova Scotia a try. “We participate in pretty much every function and fundraiser in the community,” he says. “A lot of immigrants are scared to move to places like this, but once people get to know you, it’s really OK.”

Somerset Market Berwick Belay Lassu 902 536 8866

Fun Facts Favourite Sport: Soccer Favourite Movie: Movies based on true stories Favourite Hobbies: watching news and soccer Advice to a young entrepreneur: If you have a good plan, don’t give up.

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"These new federal anti-spam measures, if enforced, should provide much needed protections for Canadian consumers, while affording lawful businesses continued access to the lucrative online marketplace."

Spam in the 21st Century - A Preview of Bill C-28 Gone are the days when the word “spam” triggered brand recognition of that unidentifiable, chopped meat pressed into a rectangular tin can that came with its own key affixed to the bottom. Today, anyone with a computer and/or access to the Internet probably knows the term means unwanted electronic commercial messages sent via the Internet.

The Law & Your Business

Due to the proliferation of spam, many countries, such as Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and, recently, Canada, have passed laws to deter spammers and thereby enhance the safety and security of the online marketplace by reducing related harmful threats such as identity theft, phishing, malware, spyware and network re-routing. Although Bill C-28 (also called the Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act) was passed by our federal lawmakers in December 2010, the regulations required to implement enforcement have not yet been enacted. Canada’s anti-spamming law prohibits (i) the sending of unsolicited commercial electronic messages (includes e-mails, text messages or cell phone spam); (ii) altering transmission data in the course of a commercial activity; and (iii) installing programs on any other person’s computer system or, after installing a program, causing an electronic message to be sent from that computer system in the course of a commercial activity. The prohibitions are far-reaching and apply to messages sent from, received by or, in certain 25 ...

circumstances, routed through a computer located in Canada, unless they fall within the exceptions or meet the conditions stipulated in the legislation. Importantly, unless they can prove due diligence, officers and/ or directors of a corporation will be liable for the acts of the corporation if they directed, authorized, acquiesced or participated in the violation. Similarly, a corporation is liable for violations by employees acting within the scope of their employment. The mandate of the Canadian Radiotelevision and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has been expanded to include the administration of the Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act. When investigating complaints, the CRTC has the authority to require service providers to preserve transmission data, require the production or preparation of documents, and obtain search warrants for the premises of any person named in a complaint. As part of its decisionmaking powers, the CRTC may order monetary penalties up to a maximum of $1-million against individuals and $10-million against a corporation or any other form of business. The prohibition against sending unsolicited commercial electronic messages applies to your business if your online activities involve (i) offers to purchase, sell or lease a product, service or land; (ii) offers to provide business or investment opportunities; (iii) advertising or

BUSINES IS JAMMIN’ REPORT Cheyanne Gorman-Tolliver “Where innovative ideas meet potential for successful Black youth development”

promoting anything covered by items (i) and (ii); and (iv) the promotion of a person who engages in any of the foregoing activities. Of course, like most rules, as I indicated above there are exceptions. One example, pre-existing business relationships established within the past two years are exempt from the prohibition respecting commercial electronic messages. There are also exclusions to the consent requirements. For additional information regarding Bill C-28, consult with your legal advisor or visit the Government of Canada website at: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/ site/ecic-ceac.nsf/eng/h_gv00567. html.

Business is Jammin’ representatives have been busy traveling from Cape Breton to Yarmouth and communities in between meeting youth and finding out what interests them. Our purpose is to engage youth through focus groups and surveys. We want them to share what they would like to see in our programs and services. The data collected will improve on existing and future delivery of programming of Business Is Jammin’. Business is Jammin’ would like to thank all the youth who participated in the survey and all the schools, student

support workers, and community members who assisted us through this process. If you are between the ages of 15-18 and you have not participated in our survey and would like to, please contact us and stay tuned for the results! Summer is not far away and we’re gearing up for our summer programming. Please look out for dates and times in your area as information will be posted on our Facebook page, which can be found by searching: ‘BIJ Page’. ‘Friend’ us today or check us out on twitter: businessisjamin. If you are part of a youth organization or a young individual interested in how our programs could benefit you, please contact us at: lucas.mahogany@bbi. ns.ca and by phone at 902-426-8688.

These new federal anti-spam measures, if enforced, should provide much needed protections for Canadian consumers, while affording lawful businesses continued access to the lucrative online marketplace. Disclaimer:


The information presented above is for informative purposes only. All information provided is of a general nature and is not intended as legal advice, and does not address the circumstances of any particular person or business.

Candace L. Thomas, Partner, Corporate Group, Stewart McKelvey, Barristers, Solicitors & Trademark Agents

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People & Business on the Move

Wallace Bernard and Eddie Parris were award recipients at the 12th Annual Harmony Breakfast for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination at Cape Breton University The Nova Scotia Mass Choir honoured the memory of the Jamaica Maroons and Dr. Martin Luther King with its annual “The Dream Continues” at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in January. The guest performers included Jeri Brown, Marko Simmonds, Frank MacKay, and Asia. Laurissa Manning, of Core Essentials, is featured in the current BBI commercial presented by Global Television. Core Essentials provides lifestyle and personal fitness training, specializing in sport conditioning and designing individualized fitness and nutrition programs for its clients. George Elliott Clarke and Shauntay Grant were special guests in the ballroom of Government House in Halifax on March 12 where they shared stories of their challenges, triumphs, and inspiration. The Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs (ANSA) has launched a recognition program that celebrates achievement in African Nova Scotian communities. "The ANSA Recognition Program celebrates the accomplishments of members of our communities," African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Percy Paris said. "This program provides community members with the opportunity to publicly acknowledge their successes and encourage others to achieve more." The program consists of individual and group categories and is designed to include as many achievements as possible including education, military or police service, and milestones in community service. African Nova Scotians who have made a positive contribution to the community are eligible 27 ...

for nomination. For more information about the African Nova Scotian Affairs Recognition Program and application forms visit www.gov.ns.ca/ANSA, Applications are also available at ANSA offices in Halifax and Sydney. “For the Love of God 3”, a fundraising concert in aid of the Cornwallis Street Baptist Church was held at St. Andrew’s United Church in Halifax on February 12. Performers included Asia, Tiyaila CainGrant, Bucky Adams, and the Sanctified Brothers. The late Dr. Carrie A. Best, of New Glasgow, was honoured by Canada Post with a stamp bearing her likeness. An Order of Nova Scotia recipient is featured on a commemorative postage stamp for African Heritage Month. Dr. Best was a journalist, broadcaster, role model, and respected leader in the African Nova Scotian community. A pioneer in the fight for racial equality in the province, she founded the first African Nova Scotianowned newspaper, The Clarion, in 1946. She promoted interracial understanding and goodwill, and championed the causes of all minorities. John Franklin, the director of Partnerships and International Programs at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. spoke at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, sharing his thoughts on preserving African culture and heritage in a talk called ‘Perspectives on the Black Museum Movement’. The Annual Rev. Dr. W.P. Oliver Night of Honour was held on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Black Cultural Centre. This year’s guest speaker was the Rev. LeQuita Hopgood Porter, Pastor East Preston United Baptist

Church, Nova Scotia. The featured guest entertainment was the East Preston United Baptist Church Choir. A special guest was the Baseball Hall of Fame Superstar, Mr. Fergusion "Fergie" Jenkins, who was the 2011 Canada Post Black Heritage Stamp Honoree. The stamp of Mr. Jenkins and local historian / activist the late Dr. Carrie Best, C.M. was on display at the event. The the 2011 inductees were the late Mr. James Edward Colley (East Preston) and Ms. Sandra Andersen (Paris): (New Glasgow). The Cornwallis Street Baptist Church held its annual African Heritage Month service featuring Sunday Gospel Jazz with Bucky Adams and spoken word artist El Jones on February 27. Voices Black Theatre Ensemble held auditions for cast members for Black Journey – a play by David Woods on African Nova Scotian history and experience that will be presented at Halifax schools in the spring of 2011.

Three Nova Scotia entrepreneurs were featured in this year’s Toronto African Heritage Month poster - Cassandra Dorrington, Mike Duck, and Barbara Manning. Congratulations to Shawna Hoyte, who was awarded the Queen’s Counsel (QC) designation earlier this year. On March 18, friends of Rocky Jones paid tribute to him with an acoustic Blues Night featuring Roger Howse, Linda Carvery, with Bill Stevenson and Ced & Marty at The Music Room in Halifax. As part of the celebration of the United Nations International Year of People of African Descent, a community screening of the video works of six local emerging independent filmmakers was presented at the Black Cultural Centre in early April. The six filmmakers are Sobaz Benjamin, Izreal Jones, Tara Taylor, Wanda Taylor, Ann Verrall, Tanya Reddick, and Shelley Fashan.

CANSA 225 held a closing banquet in Amherst on March 31. It included music by the African choir and a talk by Dr. Jennifer Harris on the Black families who settled in Cumberland and Westmorland Counties. Dr. Bridglal Pachai launched “Echoes of Africa”, his latest book, a novel in two parts at the Loyola Art Gallery at Saint Mary’s University on April 20. Approximately 50 people braved the rain to attend. Jessica Bowden, of Teens Talk Now, was one of the recipients of a 2011 Haliward. The Haliwards (www.haliwards.com) were created to give the people of HRM a chance to offer their thanks to individuals or groups for the extraordinary things they have done, while recognizing the outstanding contributions they provide to their communities, either directly or indirectly. continued on page 29

There were also auditions for another play, “Steal Away Home”, a collection of stories that illustrate the lived experiences of a young African Nova Scotian woman. Sista – represented by three women – sets out on an exploration of cultural identity, miseducation, womanhood, faith, and love and was written by Shauntay Grant. Amherst’s Highland AME Church held a special African Heritage Month concert plus a screening of "Community Foundations...From the Ground Up!" on February 26. The Black Loyalist Heritage Society hosted a dinner and movie on Saturday, February 26th, 2011 at the Birchtown Hall in celebration of African Heritage Month. The feature film was- The Slave Route, a UNESCO production detailing the Transatlantic Slave Trade. 28 ...

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Judge Castor Williams was this year’s chair of the annual Law Week, which was held in mid-April. Congratulations to Chelsea Nisbett on winning two East Coast Music Awards for gospel and R&B. Jason Downey won gold at the recent Canada Winter Games in a 49 kg bout while Matt Whitford won gold in the 81 kg category. Congratulations to Tia Dolliver, of Cole Harbour, who won a silver medal in figure skating during the Special Olympics component of the Canada Games. Reeny Smith, of North Preston, was one of 37 young artists and performers who participated in the Canada Games National Artist program. While the young performers were in Halifax for the games, they were mentored by local artists, including Shauntay Grant. Sherri Borden Colley, reporter for the Chronicle Herald, was the guest speaker for a African Heritage Month event at the Temperance Street Elementary School in New Glasgow. The grade five class at Grosvenor Wentworth School in Halifax created a docudrama called “Black Snow” and ‘1917”, a musical slide show about the explosion and both productions were selected as finalists in the Film Challenge at the Viewfinders International Film Festival for Youth. Two-time Grey Cup winner Brian Warren, formerly of the Toronto Argonauts and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers visited students in Halifax area schools as part 29 ...

of the Kidsfest Running and Reading Club program. His advice to the students – attitude determines your altitude. Michael Duck, A.C. Dispensing Equipment Inc, inventor of the SureShot Dispensing Systems was presented with an honorary PhD from Dalhousie University on May 31st during the University’s spring convocation. His company employs 70 people who produce more than $15 million in annual exports from Nova Scotia. Dr. Daurene Lewis, Nova Scotia Community College Institute of Technology campus principal who in 1984 became the first Black women to be elected Mayor of a Canadian city (Annapolis in Nova Scotia), received the Harry Jerome Trailblazer and President's awards the 29th annual Harry Jerome

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Awards held at the Toronto Congress Centre on April 30. The BBI was presented with a Leadership Award by the Construction Safety Association of Nova Scotia for the Constructing the Future program. Congratulations to Gordon Doe, Gordon Tynes, Joel Marsman and the CTF participants. We wish them continued success.

In Memoriam The BBI offers its sympathy to the family and friends of Otillia Chareka the St. Francis Xavier University professor who died early this spring. Several events, including a fundraising dance and auction were held in her honour for her children. Trailblazers continued from page 16

past the stereotypes both groups held against the other. “Everything I’ve done has been very community-based and community-oriented,” says Smith. His careers before joining the RCMP also focused on community development and empowerment. “What motivates me,” says Smith, “is to hopefully bring about change.” His book, You’d Better Be White by 6 a.m., is largely about this motivation. He tells stories of ANS RCMP officers to inspire more people to consider the RCMP as a career, while also questioning the role of systemic racism in Nova Scotia. Smith was publicly recognized for service to his community by being added to the Dr. W.P. Oliver Wall of Honour (1999). He was also presented with the Golden Key Award from the Golden Key International Honour Society chapter at Dalhousie in 2009.

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Out with & the About BBI

Robert Loppie and Jason Vaillancourt presenting a cheque to Pemberton Cyrus, BBCIFL Chair

Pemberton Cyrus, BBCIFL Chair presenting a cheque to Robert Ffrench of Shotloc

Caribbean Telecommunication Union delegates , ( l to r) R. Southwell , CTU Ministers A. George, E. Gumbs, G. Phillips, G. Browning, M. Wyse and R. Taylor (CTU)

Lieutenant Governor Mayann E. Francis with Laurissa Manning of Core Essentials

Lieutenant Governor Mayann E. Francis w/ Joyce Ross at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the East Preston Day Care

Lieutenant Governor Mayann E. Francis with the children and staff of the East Preston Day Care

For information on business opportunities with Encana’s Deep Panuke natural gas project in Nova Scotia’s offshore, visit the Deep Panuke pages on the Encana website at www.encana.com/deeppanuke/business

For information on career opportunities at Deep Panuke, visit the Careers section on Encana’s website or the Career Beacon website at www.careerbeacon.com

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Lieutenant Governor Mayann E. Francis with Robert Loppie and Jason Vaillancourt of Bin Doctor

Troyce Ashe showing Lieutenant Governor Mayann E. Francis around Catch a Look Clothing/Barber Shop

Rustum Southwell, Lieutenant Governor Mayann E. Francis, Grace White and Greg Browning at Canjam Trading

Lieutenant Governor Mayann E. Francis with Glen Carvery at Carvery Construction Ltd.

Rustum Southwell, Lieutenant Governor Mayann E. Francis & Larry Gibson at Floor Plus

Lieutenant Governor Mayann E. Francis with Darla Johnston at SlickLaser

Business Development Report Gordon Doe Lieutenant Governor Mayann E. Francis with Garnet Wright of Stone Gallery

The Lieutenant Governor Mayann E. Francis practicing Tai-Chi at the Lower Sackville Wellness Centre

CEDIF: Invest in Nova Scotia The Black Business Community Investment Fund Limited had a successful offering this year and raised $51,500. This brings the total funds raised over the last seven years to $555,500. We are pleased with our progress and grateful for the ongoing support from stakeholders and investors.

received rave endorsements from top players. Visit www.shotloc.com for more information. Constructing The Future

‘Constructing The Future’ phase III is at the half-way point. Participants are training hands-on in carpentry, electrical and plumbing at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). The first In March, the fund made an equity group of program participants (phase I) investment in a promising NS who went back to school is graduating business called Hoops Innovation. this year from their two year programs at Hoops Innovation owns the rights to NSCC. There are four graduates – two their basketball training device called from the carpentry program and two from Shotloc. The device is the first of its the plumbing program. We are proud of kind to obtain an NBA license and has their commitment, hard work and success.

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The Black Business Initiative is pleased to introduce a new column we hope will help answer your technology questions. If you’re stumped by a newfangled device or have a query about something you heard or read about, please email bbi@bbi.ns.ca and your question may be answered in an upcoming issue.

Geek Speak with Ross Simmonds

What work will look like in 20 years … Ten years ago, social networks like Facebook didn’t exist. The idea of being able to call your friend using video chat was a dream rather than a reality. Ten years before that, the Internet was still something that no one quite understood. It was a place where the geeks hung out and a thing the nerds played with. Many of you will even remember the days when you would go to work and write documents on a typewriter. Could you imagine walking into Starbucks and pulling out a typewriter? I don’t think so. The world is changing and it’s changing fast. Thus, it’s hard to imagine what the world will be like in 20 years. If you asked me growing up what the future would be like, I would have said that cars would fly. Today, I’m still optimistic that I’ll get to drive a flying car like the Jetsons but let’s not get carried away. Technology has drastically changed the world we live in and the shift has changed business. Businesses will continue to see the impact of technology for years to come, which means it will impact employees and society as a whole. Here are three ways that I see technology further changing work in the next 20 years. PRODUCTIVITY TRACKING In many offices, more time is spent chatting, gossiping and creeping Facebook than actually doing work. In the past, productivity was difficult (if not impossible) to measure. While many businesses are still wasting 33 ...

millions and millions of dollars every year paying for employee downtime, some are striving to change that. Soon employers will be able to track what employees are doing and track exactly how much of their time is being spent productively. The biggest impact productivity tracking will have on businesses relates to both company success and star employees. The companies tracking productivity will find an increase in efficiency and, in turn, an increase in the bottom line. As for employees, if you’re a star employee this is a win-win situation. The more productively you work, the more money you’ll make. Seniority will no longer guarantee you a job and office politics will slowly be thrown out the window. TELECOMMUTING GOES MAINSTREAM If you ask 10 employees where they find they do their best work. I’d bet that more than half will say somewhere outside of the actual office. Studies show that an office space doesn’t always equal the best work. With technology continuing to evolve on a weekly basis, it’s becoming easier to communicate with your colleagues without physically being around them. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my colleagues but alone time is without question the period when I am the most productive. This is something that is seen in many organizations around the world but is still ignored.

"The world is changing and it’s changing fast. Thus, it’s hard to imagine what the world will be like in 20 years."

REQUIREMENT: FREE TIME MBA Education will continue to play an important role in your ability to enter the work force. However, it will not be the three letters at the end of your signature that predicts your future. What’s going to determine your ability to climb the corporate ladder will be how much time you’re willing to put into yourself. There are thousands of websites providing free content filled with knowledge and advice. Anyone who is not taking advantage of these resources will ultimately be left behind by those who are. The web has made the concept of informal education a phenomenon that everyone needs to be aware of. We live in the information age; in the last five years there has been more data created than since the beginning of mankind. The percentage of Canadians attending university and college continues to increase year after year. Yet, many of the lessons these students are learning will have little relevance to the next wave of businesses in 20 years.

In the future, we will have more freedom and power than ever before. In the future, the ambitious will consider themselves entrepreneurs and their focus will shift from wanting a pay cheque to wanting to create value. Whether that value is found in community work or creating the next Facebook, our passion to make a difference in the world will define the future. So there you have it, these are my predictions. Let’s just hope the Mayans were wrong about theirs.

Ross Simmonds Rosssimmonds.com From East Preston, Nova Scotia, Ross Simmonds graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a double major in Marketing and Human Resources / Industrial Relations. W hile attending Saint Mary’s he was elected Vice President of the Marketing Society. Throughout university, he also received several business awards, ranging from the prestigious Krista Harris Fellowship to the Hamachi Business Case Scholarship.


In real estate they say it’s all about “Location, Location, Location.” In the future, businesses will have one mindset – “Communication, Communication, Communication.” The companies who are able to communicate effectively through software like Basecamp or Campfire (37signals.com) will be able to find great success. Landlines and snail mail will become a thing of the past while the cloud, tablets and interactive PDFs become mainstream.

Upon graduation, Ross interned for six weeks with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and was hired to implement and execute a digital marketing plan for the corporation across the Maritimes. Noticing a shift in the industry, Ross started his own digital marketing company targeting smalland medium-sized businesses. Most recently, Ross joined the digital marketing team at the Halifax advertising agency, Colour.

Regional Report Northern

Njabulo Nkala A number of events were held provincewide in February for African Heritage Month. I had the privilege of attending the Cape Breton launch of festivities in Sydney, which was held at the Cape Breton Regional Municipality council chambers. The Honourable Percy Paris, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs, was guest of honour. Also of interest was a series of workshops, one held in Sydney, on financing options for immigrant entrepreneurs, delivered by the Credit Unions of Nova Scotia. The options outlined are tailored to meet the unique needs of this specific group of entrepreneurs who usual face difficulties in obtaining financing. Recently, I was also a part of a BBI liaison team that carried out an Agricultural Services for African Nova Scotians Farmers Needs Assessment commissioned by the Department of Agriculture to look into unique needs of African Nova Scotia farmers. As part of this project we held community forums at different locations, including Glace Bay, to hear from the community and gather information on historic and current participation; hindrances and way forward. It is hoped that initiatives to support the community in farming will result. If you need information on our products and services, or would like to schedule a regional visit, you can reach me at (902) 426-4281 or via email: nkala. njabulo@bbi.ns.ca

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Deadline: August 31

Black Business Initiative’s Annual General Meeting (am) And Dinner/Dance (pm)

BEA Bursary Fund 2011-2012

Casino Nova Scotia www.bbi.ns.ca July 1 – 8

Community & Business Events

2011 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Halifax Metro Centre July 8 – 16

25th Anniversary TD Halifax Jazz Festival

For info: (902) 424-2506 www.the bea.ns.ca

The Skills Up program

Fund will help cover tuition, living allowance, training costs, child care and travel. For info: www.gov.ns.ca/lae September 2011

Africentric Research and Policy new Masters Cohort in Studies in Lifelong Learning

Various locations For info: 492-2225

Mount Saint Vincent University For info contact: Program Administrator, Faith Roach. www.msvu.ca/site/media/msvu/afriinfo.pdf

July 10 – 15

September 16

BEA/Dalhousie Math Camp 2011

Business is Jammin’ Annual Golf Tournament

Black Educators Association of Nova Scotia Grandview Golf Course For info: (902) 424-2506 For info: 426-7973 / www.bbi.ca www.the bea.ns.ca September 22-24

MCAD Afro Dance Week Long Camp 2011

Digby: July 3-13 Musqodoboit: July 14 – 18 Ages 8 to 20 Details/register: admin@mcafricancamps.com 902.423.9858 July 22 - 24

Africville Annual Picnic & Reunion

Seaview Park www.africville.ca July 23

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African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference http://adht2011.com Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs 902-424-5555 ansa_newsletter@gov.ns.ca

To submit items for Community & Business Events please contact: Beverley Parker: (902) 426-8683; fax: 426-8699; or email bbi@bbi.ns.ca

Our Heritage, Our Future Preserve. Promote. Protect.

7th International African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference September 22-24, 2011, Halifax, Nova Scotia Featured speakers include:

Dr. Molefi Asante and Lawrence Hill The African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference is a unique and inspiring learning environment for those committed to developing and enhancing African Diaspora heritage destinations. From around the globe, visitors and locals gather to explore trends, experience cultural expression, participate in professional development, examine model heritage trail programs, and establish international networks. Join us in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia for three days of rich, thought-provoking conversations and first-hand experiences of how to preserve, promote and protect sites that are important to the global narrative of people and culture of African descent. Come encounter a taste of African nova scotian culture for yourself!

Celebrating the United nations international Year for PeoPle of afriCan desCent

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Bin Doctor

“Your investment in our business helped us open our new recycling storefront and create composting solutions for offices and businesses. We’re now expanding into the Toronto market. Thank you, for helping us grow.” www.bindoctor.com Thank you for investing in us. For information on how the Fund works and to become an investor, call Gordon Doe at (902) 426-6985

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C.A. Wilkins Construction Ltd

“As an electrical contractor, my greatest need is cash flow in order to profitably execute projects. The BBCIFL was willing to invest in me. My business is now beginning to flourish.” www.cawilkins.com

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Black to Business – Issue 50 – Spring 2011  

Black to Business – Issue 50 – Spring 2011