Your BIA working for you!
South Granville BIA
Saturday & Sunday
Nov 28, 29, 30 & Dec 1, 2013
Black Friday Vancouver
Your South Granville BIA is working hard to maximize every opportunity to promote our neighbourhood during the Holiday Season. And so your South Granville BIA has paid to partner with other Vancouver Business Improvement Associations to launch Vancouver Black Friday, a 3-day promotion that encourages Vancouverites to shop and support local businesses.
We’ve tied the neighbourhood into this promotional campaign to be sure to leverage every possible promotional opportunity for your business and the neighbourhood during our holiday shopping weekend.
Shoppers will be looking for deals, but they are looking to discover new stores and experience the best our neighbourhood has to offer.
This is an opportunity for your business to kick-start your Holiday sales season and build new customers through the massive attention our Holiday Shopping Launch and the Black Friday campaign will get in the Vancouver, Lower Mainland and British Columbia media. Read More
The South Granville BIA has paid to partner with Tourism Vancouver for the first annual Vancouver Holiday Shopping Days Promotion from Nov 22 – Dec 1, 2013, and this is now live!
The neighbourhood is sharing in the cost of chartering a Vancouver Trolley “Shopping Shuttle” which will run every half hour for about 6 hours each day of this 10-day promotion to take shoppers from Gastown and the West-End to Granville Island, West 4th/Kitsilano and South Granville.
This initiative is being utilized to showcase your retail offers and holiday shopping activities in conjunction with the South Granville Holiday Shopping Launch (Nov 28– Dec 1) and the Vancouver BIA Partnership’s Black Friday promotion (Nov 29 – Dec 1) which is also happening around town in other shopping districts. Read More
Join your neighbours in a fully digital shopping guide to showcase why South Granville is THE place for holiday shopping this year. You provide us with the information, we do the work… and the best part – your participation is absolutely free.
Each page will showcase the product or service that your business would like to highlight over the holidays as a perfect gift—for him, for her, for the dog, for the home, etc. You will supply an image, a write-up to describe the product or service and why your store has something special for the holidays, and your businesses contact information.
This information will reside on the online Holiday Gift Guide in our blog-style format (the latest way to deliver a great story), and we will be promoting the guide on our website, the general blog, Facebook, Twitter, (and more), as well as through traditional media channels.
This is at absolutely NO COST to South Granville BIA merchants!
Launch date is November 15th, 2013!
Here’s what we need from each business wanting to participate in the Holiday Gift Guide
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
November 28, 29, 30 & December 1, 2013
Starting Thursday, November 28, 2013 through (Black Friday) and the weekend will be our neighbourhood’s collective kick off to the holiday shopping season, with specials, promotions, and, as always, great service!
After last year’s successful South Granville Holiday Shopping Launch, we’ve taken all of your suggestions and we have extended the promotion to the entire weekend and we plan to ramp up the festivities by adding more promotion by way of a Vancouver Sun advertisement, a poster with a map, and increased Social Media awareness.
Here’s what some of your fellow merchants had to say after previous promotional shopping launches:
“We love supporting South Granville initiatives because we believe in supporting our fellow merchants and we have always had great success during these events”!
—Lynda Barr, Dianes Lingerie
“Our Granville store benefited from South Granville’s Holiday Shopping Launch”.
—Ed des Roches, Plum Clothing
What you need to do:
Originally published by the Vancouver Sun, September 13, 2013
New emphasis will be on the small businesses that make the city hum
VANCOUVER — Ed Des Roches and Paul Sullivan, two of the main spokesmen for and best brains behind Vancouver’s seven-year-old Fair Tax Coalition, are stepping down as co-chairs and passing the torch to a couple of small-business champions.
No doubt the new voices — Claudia Laroye, the executive director of the Marpole Business Improvement Association, and Sharon Townsend, who has the same role for the South Granville BIA — represent a shift in focus for the business-funded lobby group. Read More
2012 – 2013 has been another year of slow growth and a challenge for many with world economies struggling to recover, a local economy where shoppers are cautious and tourism that cannot be relied upon. As usual, South Granville has met these challenges through the continued evolution in both our existing businesses and new ones.
This year, we have welcomed new restaurants, international tenants and local retailers to the area. By adding additional vibrancy to South Granville we not only remain attractive to the neighbourhood, but also to the broader community and visitors to the City. Our unique merchant mix and independent shops continue to identify us as a Premier Shopping district in Vancouver. I would like to thank you all for your hard work as this is truly the result of a group effort from all the retailers and office tenants in South Granville. Read More
For 15 years, the objectives have been the same – clean it up, make it attractive, give the area a sense of place, and brand it as a destination for great shopping.
Since 1999, the merchants and property owners of the South Granville Business Improvement Association have invested almost 6.3 million dollars of their own money to create one of the best shopping districts in Metro Vancouver. That represents serious commitment! We could create a list of accomplishments, but it is far more valuable to simply look around and see the end result. Everywhere we look, the SGBIA has had its hands in creating a dynamic neighbourhood. That commitment and sacrifice has produced phenomenal results. Read More
As the South Granville BIA matures, coupled with the professionalism of great service providers… many of our BIA programs operate with modest levels of supervision and tinkering. Be sure, that is a good thing because the issues affecting South Granville are getting bigger and the stakes are getting higher.
South Granville has significant challenges and opportunities on the horizon that will affect who we are for the next 50 years. It is critical that the BIA be on high alert with adequate time and resources to respond to what lies ahead. Read More
Your organization, your future, your say
The current five year mandate of the South Granville Business Improvement Association ends March 31, 2014. To continue operating, support for the organization by its members and City Council must be expressed through the passage of new by-law of the City of Vancouver. Planning for the next mandate period through analysis, consultation, budgeting and more is referred to as the Renewal Process. Read More
Who said we are not allowed to combine a little business with pleasure!
Mark your calendars. South Granville Business Improvement Association will be hosting our next member networking event on:
When: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Siena Restaurant, 1485 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Appy’s courtesy of the South Granville BIA and Siena.
Please RSVP to Sharon at 604-734-3195 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Vancouver has struck an independent third-party commission to review its current property tax policies.
We’re interested in looking at how property taxation is shared between residential and business properties, and we’re also looking at defining the top three to five issues that drive volatility in property assessments, and whether there is any way the City can mitigate that volatility through the tools and levers it has at its disposal.
The last major review was completed in 2007. You can find the report delivered to Vancouver’s City Council here:
- Read the Property Tax Policy Review Commission Final Report from September 2007 (PDF 958 kb)
- Read the report to Council, April 24, 2013 (PDF 395 kb)
Vancouver Tax Commission would like to hear from you. Read More
The RBC Royal Bank team at the Broadway & Granville branch would like to let South Granville community members know that we are getting ready for something exciting! We are listening to what you are telling us is important to you. That’s why our branch will soon be open earlier and later in order to better serve our local businesses, residents and community groups. Your feedback matters to us and we look forward to seeing you at our branch soon.
Starting July 22, 2013 our branch hours are extending:
Monday – Thursday
8:00am – 7:00pm
8:00am – 6:00pm
9:00am – 4:00pm
Source: RBC Royal Bank
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Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 10am–6pm is the 2nd Annual ArtWalk.
After a hugely successful inaugural event last year which saw thousands of art lovers in the area enjoying over 15 different art exhibitions, artist talks, wine and cheese tastings—we are pleased to announce the date for our second annual ArtWalk event.
Not only is ArtWalk a great opportunity for our galleries, it is a wonderful opportunity for restaurants and retail to leverage the event for their own opportunities.
ArtWalk attracts a very sophisticated demographic that will be in abundance in our neighbourhood looking for a meal, a coffee, or something special that catches their eye. Reports from many merchants suggested last year’s ArtWalk was a very successful retail day. Don’t miss out! Read More
The news is full of stories about the Broadway Corridor, Rapid Transit, bike lanes, walkways, greenways, bike share programs, go cars, density, and all sorts of other terms that reference the movement of people and goods throughout the city of Vancouver.
In the next 10 years, South Granville will be in the bulls-eye of many of these initiatives. Read More