The Downtown Squamish Business Improvement Association (BIA) is planning for a new five (5) year bylaw renewal starting in March 2021. It is important that we know the issues that are most important to your businesses success and that we understand how best to prioritize based on your needs. This is a short but important survey that will help you guide your BIA over the next five years. It is designed to take just a few minutes  to complete. 

Please complete the survey by January 25, 2021. 

For more information or assistance, please contact Kerry Neil, Executive Director, Downtown Squamish BIA. phone: 604.376.9807 email: executivedirector@downtownsquamish.com

BIA FACTS:

WHAT IS A BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION (BIA)?  

A BIA is a specially funded business district, operated as a non-profit group of property owners and businesses, to promote and improve the business area.

HOW IS YOUR BIA FUNDED? 

The District collects a levy from commercial property owners (usually derived from tenants) within the BIA boundary, and provides it to the BIA. All commercial property owners  and businesses within the boundary are members, and can provide input to shape the budget. Each commercial property owner's BIA levy is a small fraction of their total tax contribution.  

WHAT DOES THE BIA DO?  

A BIA can make things better by enhancing and promoting the area - making the area safer, beautiful, vibrant, and connected - which will benefit all types of  businesses and the community. Valuable projects from various BIAs can include banners, street lighting, marketing (business directory brochure, website, social media),  events, business updates and advocacy to support small businesses. BIAs consult with businesses for input to implement initiatives that will enhance the business area.  

VALUE & REPRESENTATION:  

The cost to be part of a BIA is nominal in relation to the many benefits businesses will receive. This is possible because businesses collectively contribute to an organization that represents the entire business area and is accountable to each business. A BIA is a valuable tool that will maximize resources and connect merchants,  customers, community and government – working together to make things better.  

ACCOUNTABILITY & INCLUSIVITY:  

Businesses have a say in what the BIA does. A BIA is led by a volunteer Board of local business and commercial property owners. A BIA consults with members  throughout the year: there are monthly meetings to plan and develop initiatives, and an AGM to approve a draft budget and elect Board members. Participation and input is welcome! 


SECTION 1 – MEMBER & BUSINESS TYPE

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* 1. Please select if you are:

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* 2. If you are a tenant, please select the type of business:

SECTION 2 - RATE CURRENT AND POTENTIAL INITIATIVES 

As a member of the Downtown Squamish BIA we would like to find out what is important to you. The following questions rate categories on a 5 point scale, where 1 is not important/not a priority, and 5 is a very important/high priority. 

We have created 4 categories and broken them down in to themes (not in any order of prioritized):

1) Promotional Campaigns & Events 

2) Street Enhancements 

3) Safety & Crime Prevention 

4) Advocacy & Member Relations 

If you want to add a category, or feel there is something that is the very important/high priority please provide more input in the 'Comment' section. 


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* 3. PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGNS & EVENTS:
(1 is not important/not a priority, and 5 is a very important/high priority)

  1 2 3 4 5
Advertising (eg. radio, print, TV, signage)
Banners (eg. branded banners on street poles)
Events (eg. BIA hosted, BIA supported, seasonal events/celebrations)
Tourism (eg. working with Tourism, outreach to industry, advertising in publications/maps)
Social Media (eg. Facebook, Instagram)
Video marketing (eg. videos about business area, local initiatives and merchants)
Website (eg. online business directory, blogs, resources, event listings)

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* 4. STREET ENHANCEMENTS:
(1 is not important/not a priority, and 5 is a very important/high priority)

  1 2 3 4 5
Beautification (eg. facades, flower baskets, planters, murals, utility box wraps, decorative lighting, decals)
Cleaning & Maintenance (eg. litter, garbage cans, power washing, leaf removal, snow removal)
Community Spaces (eg. parklets, patios, repurposed laneways, public places)
Sidewalk Enhancements (eg. seating, bike racks, garbage cans, street signage)

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* 5. SAFETY & CRIME PREVENTION
(1 is not important/not a priority, and 5 is a very important/high priority)

  1 2 3 4 5
Crime Reduction Information (eg. emails, bulletins, alerts)
Graffiti Removal (eg. from commercial buildings, public property, dumpsters)
Safety (eg. customers, employees)

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* 6. ADVOCACY & MEMBER RELATIONS
(1 is not important/not a priority, and 5 is a very important/high priority)

  1 2 3 4 5
Covid 19 Resources and Support (eg. Local, Provincial & Federal guidelines, resources, benefits and services)
Advocacy (eg. permits, parking, policing, transit, taxation)
Networking & Member Communications (eg. member only events, Newsletters, surveys)
Business Recruitment and Retention (eg. Pedestrian counts, pop-ups, window displays and signage)
Filming (permits, compensation and management)
SECTION 3 – COMMENTS (OPTIONAL)

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* 7. Please provide any additional feedback, suggestions or questions:

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* 8. What is the most important thing the BIA can do for your business?

SECTION 4 – CONTACT INFORMATION (OPTIONAL)

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* 9. This provides us with information to follow up if needed and respond to a question or concern, or provide you with important information about your business area.

PLEASE COMPLETE SURVEY BY Monday January 25, 2021

Thank you for your time and input.


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