Empowering Black youth through an entrepreneurial journey by facilitating programs and services that support and encourage them to meet their full potential and economic future.

Business is Jammin’ shapes youth into vibrant members of the business community. We work with young people through a range of educational, social, mentorship, and financial support programs to build business acumen and leadership skills. In the last decade we’ve helped inspire thousands of program participants to stay in school, start up their own ventures, and bring an exceptional level of professionalism to any workplace.

 

Business is Jammin’ has a proven value within both the Black community and Nova Scotia’s economy. In the last two years alone, our program participation levels have grown by more than 60%, a number that will only increase as we respond to Now or Never One Nova Scotia report. We work with children as young as 8 to adults up to the age of 35. We’ve developed an extensive range of programs to help address the needs of three segmented age groups: 8-15,16-20 and 21-35.

 

We envision a future where program participants will highlight their involvement with Business is Jammin’ on resumes, business loan applications, and speaking engagements. We aim to be the premier partner in mentoring and guiding Black youth to be in-demand members of the business world.

Business is Jammin’ Staff

 

Business is Jammin’ Youth Program Coordinator, Ashley Hill

Meet the Youth Program Coordinator

Ashley Hill is the newest member of the BBI team! As the Youth Program Coordinator with Business is Jammin’, Ashley helps shape youth into vibrant members of the business community and works with young people through a range of educational, social, mentorships, and financial support programs to build business acumen and leadership skills.

Ashley was the first individual from her family to graduate from university – she is a graduate from Dalhousie University where she received her bachelor’s degree. She majored in sociology and minored in law with a focus on child and youth development in combination with crime and criminal justice. Prior to joining BBI, Ashley spent eight years in the financial sector where she obtained a Canadian Mutual Funds license and became a Registered Financial Planner. Ashley was the first woman of color to hold the leadership role of Assistant Branch Manager in the Atlantic Region for Scotiabank.  

Ashley is a dedicated professional with extensive years of progressive management experience with the proven ability to provide effective coaching, training and career development advice through a combination of motivational and mentorship strategies. Ashley has a passion advocating for youth in culturally diverse communities – she is excited to bring enthusiasm and her infectious energy to help support the Black and racially visible youth of Nova Scotia.