Media Release

Kingston Hosts Bridges To Business Event To Discuss Challenges And Opportunities For BIPOC Entrepreneurs

For Immediate release

February 8, 2021


BIPOC entrepreneurs will share their insights on entrepreneurship. 

Kingston, Ontario – February 8, 2021 – Kingston Economic Development is hosting the Bridges to Business - Challenges and Opportunities for BIPOC Entrepreneurs on February 17 at 11 am. This event is made possible through support from Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).

With February being Black History Month, Kingston Economic Development is proud to be participating in an event that honours the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities. 
The goal of this year’s Bridges to Business event is to discuss how to support BIPOC entrepreneurs, highlight existing resources for BIPOC entrepreneurs, celebrate success stories, recognize what kind of support is needed but does not yet exist for BIPOC entrepreneurs and ultimately promote inclusivity and diversity in the Kingston community.

The virtual event welcomes entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, business advisors, members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, community leaders, and the general public to join us for this panel discussion. 

We will have distinguished speakers form the Kingston BIPOC entrepreneurs’ community. The panelists are:
•    Yassmine Nasserdine, Owner of Sabaya Spa
•    Brian M. Dodo, CEO/Founder of MAPP Africa Inc.
•    Rajita Nandylala, Founder of Food Dance Motivate
•    Jimmy Hassan, Franchise Owner of Pizza Pizza
•    Rye Barberstock, Co-Founder and Vice President of Okwaho Equal Source

“Kingston is increasingly seeing entrepreneurs and business owners from different backgrounds and all corners of the world. Some entrepreneurs seem to have settled in and running amazing businesses, while others are still facing huge challenges,” says Norman Musengimana, Business Development Manager – Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Kingston Economic Development Corporation. “Kingston Economic Development Corporation is ready to support BIPOC entrepreneurs who might be facing unique challenges in their entrepreneurial journeys. While at the same time accelerating and opening more opportunities for those who are finding success.”  

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Media Contact:

Nour Mazloum
Communications & Events Officer
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
[email protected] 


About Kingston Economic Development Corporation               

Kingston Economic Development Corporation is focused on building a strong community and supporting Kingston’s thriving economy. Its mission is to provide dynamic and collaborative leadership by leveraging Kingston's unique assets to create jobs and investments in order to sustain, grow, and transform Kingston's economy to meet the needs of the 21st century.