African Canadian Women Business Owners

Halifax Central Library - Bernadette Reid, Sankofo Sales and Marketing at the Podium. - photo from Ann's collection, Bridet Williams, Cathy Akinumni and Natalie Frederick-wilson.

Halifax Central Library - Bernadette Reid, Sankofo Sales and Marketing at the Podium. - photo from Ann's collection, Bridet Williams, Cathy Akinumni and Natalie Frederick-wilson.

It is incredible how the time had come and gone so quickly.
African Heritage Month 2017 will go down in our history as one of the most inspirational and with such a powerful message as "Passing the Torch.." we have a tremendous responsibility to act and "Be Bold for Change" as we gradually ease into Women's Month and International Women's Day 2017.
On behalf of the Black and Immigrant Women's Network and Ashanti Leadership and Professional Development Services, we wish to express thanks and appreciation to the Halifax  Central Library for partnering with us once again to host the African Canadian Women Doing Business in Canada. If you missed it, then let me share some highlights from four phenomenal business women in our community. 
Natalie Fredericks-Wilson, owner of House of Auto, and winner of the 2017 Small Business Award from the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.
 Bridget Williams, Author, a stage four cancer survivor and now an author of several books.
Bernadette Reid, owner Sankafo Marketing, and Sales, the first to bring African artifacts  to represent African Culture in Nova Scotia
  and Cathy Akinkumni, owner of Beautiful Linens, now owns a store front on Quinpool Road, were among our guest speakers. 
They shared their stories of triumph, overcoming challenges, taking risks were powerful. Breaking the mold by entering into non-traditional territories and not allowing fear to sabotage them were some of the key messages of the evening.
The women spoke to a packed room of diverse audiences (race, religion, gender and age).


The overwhelming message is together we are stronger. Our women are motivated, determined and fearless. 
Thanks to everyone who attended and made this event a success. We enjoyed the rich conversations and left feeling empowered to "Be Bold for Change" and create our own destiny.
We wish to thank Julia Khodos, Halifax Central Library our principle partner, Mary's African Cuisine, TD Bank, Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs, Ashanti Leadership and Professional Development  Services for their contributions.

Thanks also to Black Business Initiative and the Centre for Entrepreneur and Education Development representatives who shared information so willingly.