Here are the best suited programs for educators

or organizations looking to teach their youth about entrepreneurship.

Business Activities

  • Business for a day
  • Business for a week

We have a free, week-long and day-long business camps. This builds a foundation of learning for Business is Jammin’ participants when it comes to entrepreneurship and developing a business mindset. Campers start the week by meeting with business leaders, taking part in interactive brainstorming activities, and going on site visits to successful businesses owned and operated by people of the African Diaspora.

The next step puts things in the participants’ hands as they decide on a business they’d like to start using a micro-loan financed by us. After creating a business plan, buying materials, and making their products, the participants take part in a business fair to sell their goods, pay back loans, and walk away with enough pocket change to fund future ventures.

By the end of every Business Camp, we’ve given our participants the confidence and experience they’ll need to explore all kinds of business opportunities.

  • Social Enterprise (i.e Community Gardens)

We have participated in many Social Enterprises over the years like our Community Garden Projects. A Social Enterprise gives participants the opportunity to have hands-on-experience managing a business from the ground up. In past our coordinators have worked with the young people from the North End Community Garden in Halifax, the Yarmouth Community Garden, the U.N.I.A Community Garden in Cape Breton and the Old Home Community Garden in Dartmouth. Once these gardens are ready for harvest,
the youth move into an entrepreneurial mindset. The participants decide what products they’ll sell, distribution methods, and how to brand their new agricultural business. Past projects have reaped everything from delicious homemade salsa to pre-bundled herb packages to a line of artisan salad dressings like, Hope Blooms.This free program is rapidly expanding throughout Nova Scotia thanks to high community demand.

  • Workshops

We host a variety of free workshops and presentations throughout the year, with a primary goal of inspiring young people and helping them plan for exciting new business ventures.

Our presentations are responsive to community demand and constantly evolving. No matter what the focus of a session, we always explore the development of business skills and entrepreneurial thinking, including discussion of student business success stories. The primary aim with these workshops is to enable participants with the skills, tools, and education they’ll need to stat a business of their own.

Workshops can range in length from a few hours to a full day and cover a variety of themes. Each workshop helps develop and enhance entrepreneurial skills through a series of activities led by Business is Jammin’ staff.

Or we do a condensed workshop experience held over the lunch-hour for young people. These casual, intimate group meetings allow youth to interact with successful Black professionals and learn more about the road to their success, including opportunities and challenges related to being an entrepreneur.

Both workshops and presentations offer many unique opportunities to connect with Business is Jammin’ participants, including speaking sessions, branded activities, case study discussions, site visits, and more.

Film Academy

The Film Academy gives Business is Jammin’ participants an opportunity to explore the many facets of the Film industry. Young African Nova Scotian youth will have the opportunity to meet experienced filmmakers, producers, actors, and role models. We take a hands-on approach and allow the youth to produce the entire projects with guidance from more experienced professionals in the industry. For instance there was an animation film produced by six young ladies who told the story of the Jamaican Maroons journeying to Halifax to work on citadel hill. This film was debuted at Atlantic Film Festival,The Emerging Lens Community Film Screen and The New York Film Festival.

Through this process these youth not only learned various aspects of the Film industry but played a vital roles in sharing their history while understanding the entrepreneurial side of film.

This is a free program and continues to grow with the creative minds of the youth.

Business on a Bus

Business is Jammin’ presents our Business on a Bus program where it connects unattached youth from various communities across Halifax Regional Municipality together to identify, create a social enterprise, and resolve a common issues affecting all their neighborhoods. The result of their efforts will be neighborhoods that are safe, resilient, caring and hospitable places to live.

The entire process is captured on film to provide the participants a learning tool to build confidence and leadership.

Participants will be introduced to entrepreneurial and leadership skills development through a wide range of workshops and business discussions facilitated by some of Nova Scotia’s most prominent entrepreneurs and community leaders.

Role Models On The Road

This program puts inspiration front and center for young people. We recruit entrepreneurs and professionals from the African Diaspora to speak for free to the youth in our schools, community groups, and other opportunities. These entrepreneurs share their stories and emphasize how education and a business mindset can open up endless possibilities for personal success.

 

Past sessions have brought experts together from fields as diverse as law, film, production,employment training, communications, healthcare, and business. It gives youth a face-to-face opportunity to learn about different career paths–including what work and educational experience is required to break into various industries. Most importantly, our speakers are able to share advice with the next generation of business leaders, and answer questions to help guide them in their career choices.

 

Interacting with professionals gives these young people inspiration–if the business people that share these stories can do it, so can they. We are always interested in bringing in business professionals from our various partnerships to further expand the reach of this program. There is two different Roles Models on the Road, one for ages 8-16 and the other for ages 16 and up.

Workshops and Presentations

We host a variety of free workshops and presentations throughout the year, with a primary goal of inspiring young people and helping them plan for exciting new business ventures.

 

Our presentations are responsive to community demand and constantly envovling. No matter what the focus of a session, we always explore the development of business skills and entrepreneurial thinking, incluing discussion of student business success stories. The primary aim with these workshops is to enable participants with the skills, tools, and education they’ll need to stat a business of their own.

 

Workshops can range in length from a few hours to a full day and cover a variety of themes. Each workshop helps develop and enhance entrepreneurial skills through a series of activities led by Business is Jammin’ staff.

 

Both workshops and presentations offer many unique opportunities to connect with Business is Jammin’ participants, including speaking seessions, branded activities, case study discussions, site visits, and more.

Lunch and Learns

This is a condensed workshop experience held over the lunch-hour for young people. These casual, intimate group meetings allow youth to interact with successful Black professionals and learn more about the road to their success, inclduing opportunities and challenges related to being an entrepreneur. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions to help develop their own business and professional goals for the future.

 

The outcome of these sessions is to provide participants with a stronger sense of what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur, and what role models in various fields have done to get where they are. Lunch and Learn sessions also provide an entry point to the Black Business Initiative as a whole, encouraging future relationships and business development support.

Break Into Business Camps

Our free, week-long business camps build a foundation of learning for Business is Jammin’ participants when it comes to entrepreneurship and developing a business mindset. Campers start the week by meeting with business leaders, taking part in interactive brainstorming activities, and going on site visits to successful businesses owned and operated by people of the African Diaspora.

 

The next step puts things in the participants’ hands as they decide on a business they’d like to start using a micro-loan financed by us. After creating a business plan, buying materials, and making their products, the participants take part in a business fair to sell their goods, pay back loans, and walk away with enough pocket change to fund future ventures.

 

By the end of every Break Into Business Camp, we’ve given our participants the confidence and experience they’ll need to explore all kinds of business opportunities.