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LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOURS!

Download the Business Area Contact List & Link Up 🙂

Connect with your fellow merchants! Click here for the West Broadway BIA Business Directory. The directory includes the location, website and social media contact information for 300+ local businesses in the West Broadway BIA!

 


Vancouver BIAs Demand Expansion of Opioid Treatment Options

For Release: September 28, 2017 Vancouver, BC

The Vancouver BIA Partnership represents 22 Business Improvement Areas, which together represent thousands of businesses and property owners in the City of Vancouver. Our members are on the front lines when it comes to property crime, cleanliness, and disorder on our commercial streets. Over the past several years, our province, and Vancouver, predominantly, have been overwhelmed by the deadly opioid crisis, now claiming over four deaths per day in BC. During this period, however, the strain this has placed on Vancouver’s business operators and employees has largely gone unnoticed.

In addition to our city’s overstretched first responders, businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to deal with the effects of this provincial health crisis. Our business owners and frontline staff are finding overdose victims in their washrooms or on their doorsteps on a daily basis, and even more are dealing with the increasing disorder of rampant public urination, defecation, and the hazardous materials discarded on and around our commercial streets and laneways. As proud and active stewards of our communities, the 22 BIAs, in partnership with the City of Vancouver, are taking considerable measures to pick up discarded needles and educate our staff, customers, visitors, and families alike on proper safety procedures for dealing with overdoses, but these short-term solutions are still not enough.

There is growing consensus from healthcare based community partners, as well as the Federal Government that, for drug users who do not respond well to traditional treatments, injectable opioid assisted treatment reduces the use of illicit drugs, and thus, reduces the likelihood of death by overdose. These treatment options are radically underfunded, yet have incredible potential to curb the overdose crisis, improve our addictions system of care, and save taxpayer money. The average patient at Crosstown Clinic costs $27,000 per year, while that person would cost taxpayers an estimated $45,000 a year in petty crime, policing and court costs, jail time and reactive health care costs.

The Vancouver BIA Partnership supports an immediate expansion of opioid treatment options, including injectable therapy programs like those at the Crosstown Clinic. The Partnership has sent a letter to Premier John Horgan, Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, and Minister of Mental Health and Addiction, Judy Darcy demanding immediate action. Taking these measures will dramatically improve the health and long-term wellbeing of local drug users, making our world class city and the businesses that bolster our communities safer for everyone.

Media Contact: Landon Hoyt, Executive Director, Hastings Crossing BIA
T: 604.219.3196 E: landon@hxbia.com
See full press release here. 

 


AGM 2017 – Review / Connect / Enjoy Local Treats!

 

Join us for the 2017 AGM on Tuesday, September 12th at 6:30pm at G&F Financial Group (2941 W.Broadway).

Connect with local merchants and organizations, enjoy local food and wine, review initiatives and proposed 2018-2019 budget, and discuss exciting projects ahead!

 

 

 

 

  • Click here for the AGM meeting documents, including agenda, financials, proposed budget, bylaw amendments, and membership forms.
  • Click here for the 2017 annual report and project highlights.
  • Click here for a full copy of the BIA financial statements.
  • Click here for the proposed BIA constitution and click here for the current constitution.


A Plan and a Purpose!

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“A goal without a plan is just a wish!” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Based on input from businesses and initiatives since our 2011 formation, the BIA developed a strategic plan with key objectives in areas of marketing and branding, events, street enhancement and safety, member and community engagement, and advocacy.

The next step is developing an operating plan to focus on projects that will provide the greatest impact and benefit for the business area.  We will continue to provide updates and seek feedback about BIA initiatives.

Led by a passionate and dedicated group of Board volunteers, the West Broadway BIA’s purpose is:

To enhance the prosperity of our local businesses through engaging and cooperative initiatives that connect our community.

Please click here to review our strategic plan summary.  We look forward to your input and working together to put plans into action!

 


What’s Happening in the Heart of Kits!

Projects & Updates

The West Broadway Business Improvement Association (WBBIA) provides local businesses with updates about the business area and our latest initiatives including marketing, street beautification, safety, affiliations and advocacy.

The business area spans from Collingwood to Larch st., and all businesses within this boundary are members of the WBBIA.

Click here for the BIA Newsletter for 2017

Click here for the BIA information & projects for 2016

Click here to visit our events calendar


GREEK DAY JUNE 25 – OPA!

Save the Date For Vancouver’s Ultimate Greek Event.

The West Broadway BIA is excited to be working with organizers to make Greek Day 2017 a success! As an event sponsor the BIA will work hard to promote the business area. The event will include more programming and marketing, updates and consultation with local businesses, and business participation subsidized by the BIA. More details about the event and how to participate will be sent out this Spring.

Visit greekday.com for event info & spread the word!  OPA!

Please click here for merchant event notice.

Please click here for business preparation tips and ideas.

Please click here for the 2017 Greek Day on Broadway Partnership Kit.

Please click here for a merchant survey to provide input for Greek Day.


Property Tax Updates:

“The civic property tax system in the City imposes a significant burden on the businesses in the community, a very large majority of which are small businesses. Current policies put local businesses at a serious competitive disadvantage in the region. They threaten the viability of local merchants and services providers and ultimately the local community shopping experience.”

– Vancouver Fair Tax Coalition

Commercial property taxes are resulting in business closures and threatening the livelihood of neighbourhoods. The West Broadway BIA is advocating in support of the local business area to address these issues and help keep small businesses alive.

Click here to see a recent merchant notice.

We encourage merchants to share your stories with us, and let Mayor and Council know how this issue is affecting you.

Click here for a sample letter.

Click here to view a Property Tax 101 Presentation.

 


TRANSIT UPDATES:

The West Broadway BIA would like to relay the following information from Translink about the proposed Millennium Line Broadway Extension Project, from VCC–Clark to a new station at Arbutus Street.  We will continue to provide any updates about the proposed expansion.

Please see below for more information.

Statement from Translink on the Millennium Line Broadway Extension Project

“Over the next 30 years, Metro Vancouver is expected to welcome 1 million new residents. As Vancouver grows, so does its transportation needs.

In June 2014, the Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation shared a 10-Year Transportation Vision outlining transit and transportation investments to keep Metro Vancouver moving. Visit the 10-Year Vision website for more information.

The Vision includes an extension of the existing Millennium Line SkyTrain service, from VCC–Clark to a new station at Arbutus Street, tunneled beneath the Broadway Corridor.

Rapid transit along this busy corridor has been identified as a key requirement for ensuring our region stays connected, efficient, and economically strong.

We’re now working with our partners to plan, design, and develop business cases for the provincial and federal government.

If these business cases are accepted and funding from all three levels of government is confirmed in 2017, construction could begin as early as 2019. Construction is expected to take five to six years.

Additional information about this project can be found on the City of Vancouver website.”

Upcoming Engagement Opportunities:

Stakeholder Workshops (two options):

  • PURPOSE: provide a project update, report back on what we heard earlier this year, and ask for feedback on design considerations and construction management strategies along the corridor.
  • WHEN: Thursday June 22, 2017
  • TIME: 2:00 – 4:00 pm OR 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • WHERE: Vancouver Masonic Centre, 1495 W 8th Ave, Vancouver
  • RSVP: Please RSVP by June 16th to broadwayextension@translink.ca
Open Houses (three options):
  • June 24: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, drop-in
  • June 27: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, drop-in
  • June 28: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, drop-in
  • WHERE: City of Vancouver Storefront, 511 West Broadway, Vancouver

Further Articles and Resources:

Business In Vancouver – TransLink to begin public consultations for Broadway extension, Surrey LRT

CBC – Translink Reveals Plans for Broadway Skytrain, Surrey LRT

CityHallWatch Media Foundation – Consultations on Surrey light rail and Broadway subway to begin

 


Hello my name is:

WBBIA LogoWe are excited to announce “Kits on Broadway”: a new brand name to identify and promote the business area and celebrate merchants in the heart of Kits! This name will be used on our marketing and communications, including website, social media and print.

“Kits on Broadway” replaces our previous brand, “Shop West Bway” to more effectively communicate our business area location. The West Broadway BIA boundary spans from Collingwood to Larch Street, representing over 300 eateries, shops and services.

 


We Are Renewed!

Exciting projects ahead for our second 5 year term…

Great news!  The West Broadway BIA, formed in 2011, is now in it’s 2nd five year term with more resources to benefit businesses, promote and enhance the area, engage community and connect with patrons!

Over the last 5 years, with the smallest budget of 22 business areas, we have resourcefully implemented valuable initiatives, including: street lighting, street cleaning, banners, directory brochure, merchant promotions, events, social media, business updates, advocacy  (business permits, commercial tax levels) and community partnerships.  Our new budget and renewal term spans from 2016 to 2021.

We held a planning session with local businesses and organizations at Papillon Cafe, and received valuable input for our strategic plan to kick off the next five years of local enhancements!  Please click here for the meeting notes.

You can also provide feedback through our brief survey at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/VPMXJXH

 


 

BUSINESS AREA RENEWAL 2016-2021

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Over the last 5 years, the Business Association has operated with limited resources to promote and enhance the business area. Valuable initiatives include: street lighting, street banners, digital marketing, merchant promotions, events, business updates, advocacy, community partnerships.

Building on what’s been done, your input is essential to develop the plans and budget for the BIA’s second five year term, 2016-2021.  Click here for more information about the BIA renewal.

 

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 7.42.16 PMWhat can help your business?  What is important for the business area?  Your input = better output. 

Click here for brief online survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/VPMXJXH

 

 

 


PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS FOR FREE!

Tell us about your business (an event, story or item of interest) and promote your business for free!

Send info and images to assistant@kitsonbroadway.com

We’ll post news and events online, and via Facebook, Twitter , Instagram and more.

We want to spread the word about your business and what’s happening on West Broadway!

 


BUSINESS MIXERS

Networking / Refreshments / Business Tips:

Network, learn, and most importantly, have some fun in a local venue!

Our previous West Broadway Business Mixers included social media presentations, community minglers and other valuable tips for your business.  We also provide updates on what’s happening in the business area and projects to benefit your business, including street enhancements, events and advocating for issues facing small businesses.   Stay tuned for the next meeting!

 

     WBBIA Business Mixer Aug. 7 - Jan and Rob  

 


WHO TO CALL FOR HELP

Click here for a list of safety, business and community-related resources, including graffiti removal resources.

 


STAFF DISCOUNT PROGRAM

Work Local, Shop Local & Enjoy the Discount!

Do you work in the West Broadway business area (between Collingwood to Larch St.)?  If so, you can receive a discount at participating businesses!

View a list of participating businesses here.

Pick up a free key tag at GNK Insurance at 3295 West Broadway, and present it to receive a discount at participating locations! Happy shopping 🙂

For more info on the WBBIA Staff Discount Program, please contact us.

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PARTICIPATE!

We Welcome Input & Involvement!

The West Broadway BIA Board Members are local business and property owners, and dedicated volunteers. Board meetings are held monthly.  To participate, attend a meeting, or to provide feedback and for more info, please contact us.

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West Broadway BIA

c/o 2933 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC
V6K 2G6
Tel 778-384–6377
Fax 604-731–7107