Tia Upshaw



Tia Upshaw is a serial entrepreneur, mother of 3, nominee for Business leader of the year 2022 &2023 Halifax Chamber of Commerce, nominee for RBC Woman of Influence 2021 & 2022 and founder & CEO of Blk Women in Excellence. She is also a mentor with Rise & Scotia Bank women’s mentorship initiative in partnership with the Forum. She also is a well known motivational speaker, entrepreneurship content creator ( Afrocentric lens) & facilitator with success stories attached to her facilitations.

‘Blk Women in Excellence is a not for profit organization that supports the education and empowerment of Black Women in Nova Scotia to be self-employed in sustainable businesses. The organization was established in September 2020 to support, encourage and educate Black women entrepreneurs through cohorts, workshops and seminars; community partnerships and engagement; coaching calls and mentorship initiatives.’

She has the dedication, and tenacity to be able to overcome barriers that would normally condemn another. Tia has taken her first business to a scalable entity, and has accomplished gaining 3 additional business, without a loan of capital.
The journey as an entrepreneur She has been faced with “hard times” and “good times” places her in the position to be able to mentor, coach and teach others “how to start a sustainable business” and her focus is with the underrepresented Black communities within Canada!

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