Victoria’s Black Entrepreneurs Dinner

Victoria’s Black Entrepreneurs Dinner
*by invitation
Wednesday, February 15th

5:45 – 8:45pm
University Club of Victoria

portrait, black business women, long curled hair, smiling, seated

We are honoured to have
President and CEO, Black Business Association of BC as our keynote speaker at our inaugural Victoria’s Black Entrepreneurs Dinner

Nerissa is a passionate advocate for Black entrepreneurs and small businesses and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her work. With her 20 years of experience working in the federal government and her various business ventures as an entrepreneur, Nerissa has a unique perspective on the challenges faced by the Black community and is committed to driving progress across BC.

In 2021, Federal Minister Ng announced an investment in the Black Business Association of BC, with over $2.7 million in Ecosystem funding being allocated to create and deliver a range of business services for Black entrepreneurs. These services, including programs for start-ups, scale-ups, market expansion, and youth businesses, will provide vital support to the next generation of Black entrepreneurs and help to contribute to economic strength and sustainability in our region.

Nerissa will provide insight on the current state of Black entrepreneurship in BC and highlight key opportunities and programs available to entrepreneurs in the region. With her extensive knowledge and experience, Nerissa is sure to be a valuable source of guidance and inspiration to all attendees.

This is a “by invitation only” event. Dress: Business Formal; Dinner and wine will be provided. Cash bar

Royal Bank of Canada logo
Thank you to RBC Royal Bank for their sponsorship

Did you know ….one of the first entrepreneurial families in Victoria was the Pierre family? Thomas Whiting Pierre started the business in 1858 as T.W. Pierre, Tailor and Dyer on Yates Street. His son, John Thomas, was born here, April 16, 1865. In 1892 John is 27 and he posts a notice in the Times Colonist announcing the partnership with his father; now operating the business as “JOHN T & T.W. PIERRE” at 100 Douglas Street. It’s John we see here at the business.

B&W photo, large shop with several tables with many folded bolts of fabric on them. There is a counter at the rear of the room with a man standing behind it, slightly stooped, working with fabric
John Thomas Pierre at his tailer shop circa 1890. Image A-09462, courtesy of Royal BC Museum and Archives

Image sources/credit
Nerissa Allen © Nerissa Allen, all rights reserved
Pierre’s Tailor Shop, Image A-09462, courtesy of Royal BC Museum and Archives
Banquet photo by Tembela Bohle, Pexels

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