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Change Happens Here


Lashonda Geffrard Founder Black Pet Business Network non profit
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"BPBN is committed to pushing past the conversations of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our commitment is to finding doors and opening them to the next generation of leaders in the pet industry." 

Lashonda Geffrard 


Black Pet Business Network  

About Us

BPBN is a community based, non-profit organization with a mission to support the growth and development of black-owned businesses and leaders in the pet and animal industry. With less than 5% of the industry's demographic being represented by people of color; we are committed to promoting inclusion in various areas of entrepreneurship, corporate leadership and animal welfare. 

Since 2021 BPBN has advocated and cultivated a thriving community of participants and supporters nation-wide. We envision a future where black pet professionals are fully represented, valued and thriving.  


Representation Matters 

BPBN is focused on changing the paradigm in which minorities are represented industry-wide. With the help of community partners and corporate sponsors, we provide

a variety of resources, networking, educational and career opportunities. 

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Business Developmemt

For those just starting a business or seasoned entrepreneurs seeking to expand their entrepreneurial knowledge, our business development opportunities are led by industry professionals and experts. This program consists of coaching, virtual trainings and mentorships aimed to give you a clear roadmap to success.

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Career Ready

Connect with companies that care about diversity and inclusion. This program provides access to  employment, as well as valuable internship and mentorship opportunities. Participants can also participate in exclusive virtual webinars and career trainings. 


Networking with Impact

BPBN strives to build community through connecting with like minded individuals. Our networking experiences lead to real relationships and connections.  

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 Help us close the gap of diversity and inclusion. Your donation of any amount goes directly to our cause. 

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Upcoming Events

  • Global Pet Expo 2024
    Global Pet Expo 2024
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    Orlando, Convention Center, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
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    Orlando, Convention Center, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
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" BPBN is changing the narritive. They are bringing the change the pet industry didn't know it needed."

Lisa Adams, LA

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