The Benefits of a BIA
The Fleetwood Business Improvement Association represents the whole business community and advocates for local businesses effectively. Businesses that benefit from BIA programs contribute financially, and the amount that each business contributes is proportionate to its size and scale, relative to the whole area.
The special levy on commercial properties is the primary funding source for a BIA initially. However, as Fleetwood BIA becomes more established, we can leverage this funding through government grants, private sponsorships, in-kind contributions of goods or services, donations and fund-raising activities. These efforts will significantly increase our operating budget, at no additional cost to members.
We are actively involved in community planning initiatives, and work closely with other community groups and all levels of government, to ensure that community interests are well represented. This may include advocating for needed public amenities and physical improvements, and providing input on municipal policies and regulations, and proposed development applications in and around the BIA.
We provide marketing help for businesses and their ongoing specials and promotions through our Fleetwood Deals app, as well as through social media support. Our app and social media platforms have a wide reach throughout the Fleetwood community, and are an effective means of advertising to a wider potential customer base.
Our Exterior Security Camera Grant and Area Enhancement Grant are two financial grants that we provide to Fleetwood BIA members to increase safety and security of their business, and improve their exterior facade. These grants are up to $2500 and $1000 respectively, and any business within the BIA boundaries (that are paying into the levy) can apply. Take advantage of this fantastic rebate opportunity to help better your business.
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BC Hydro Partnership
- See how much electricity your business is using at different times of the day and at what cost.
- Compare to last year’s usage.
- Estimate your costs based on usage patterns.
- Set alerts and reminders to manage and track your usage.