Nerissa Allen

President, Black Business Association of BC

Women entrepreneurs, business, Black entrepreneurs, Black owned businesses, Black business community


Launch Online Grant program update Mar 17, 2021

Join Premier John Horgan and Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, for an update on the Launch Online Grant program for small and medium-sized businesses. Also joining will be Nerissa Allen, president, Black Business Association of BC.

BC and Federal Budget mixed with mixed reaction

Global BC, April 24, 2021Television


Nerissa Allen President of the Black Business Association of BC discusses the impact of the Federal and BC Provincial government budgets on Black owned business.

Online grant program expanded

CBC RADIO, March 17, 2021Radio/Podcast


On The Coast with Gloria Macarenko

Interview with YELP Vancouver

Interview with Women's Enterprise Centre

Meet Nerissa Allen, Black Business Association of BC


An entrepreneur and community leader, Nerissa Allen is the Co-Founder and President of Black Business Association of BC (BBABC). BBABC supports black business and entrepreneurship through creating leadership development training material, building an online learning portal, and sponsorship for funding small businesses. Serving on cultural and economic development boards keeps Allen in tune with the community and places her in a unique position to speak on challenges facing the Black business community and perspective with respect to formulating progressive change. She has spent most of her career in leadership roles, redefining how women of colour are perceived in the workplace. During her 19 years of continued public service at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Allen earned two Presidents awards for her Exceptional Service Delivery during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games; and recognition for exceptional Inter-Branch Partnerships.

Past Talks

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

Honouring Black History Month: Solidarity through action

Virtual, February 23, 2021


  • women entrepreneurs
  • business
  • Black entrepreneurs
  • Black owned businesses
  • Black business community

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