About the BIA
Supporting the Business Community
The BIA was created to work with the local government, property owners and local organizations to help facilitate necessary changes and provide a collective voice in support of improving the downtown area.
Through a variety of programs and initiatives, the BIA is involved with business attraction and support, building façade improvements, streetscapes, safety and cleanliness, shopping promotions and special events.
The BIA takes pride in the strong relationship we have with City of Chilliwack staff and the elected Council, as well as Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO), who helps lead business attraction and development in the community. We work very closely with the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce, a leader in advocating for businesses, plus a number of other local organizations that are working towards a stronger Chilliwack.
The BIA Advantage
As members of the Downtown Chilliwack BIA, businesses and commercial property owners receive support and benefits unavailable in any other Chilliwack areas.
The BIA provides strength in numbers for small businesses, offering support and advocacy to ensure individual voices aren’t lost. We invest in cleanliness and safety initiatives, as well as general promotion of downtown through marketing and special events.
The BIA, in partnership with other communities, also has a Health Benefits Program that offers small companies an opportunity for pooled benefits that may otherwise not be affordable.
All commercial properties that fall within our boundaries are automatically members of the BIA, as are the businesses that operate on those properties.
Although there is no application process to become a member, we do require Member Registration to ensure we have accurate contact information for all members to keep them updated on what’s happening in the BIA.
Working for you
Board of Directors
The BIA operates under the direction of a Board of Directors. These Directors are volunteers that serve as representatives from the downtown commercial properties, voted in at the Annual General Meeting each May. The Board is made up of 8 property owners and 8 commercial tenants, plus representatives from community partners, including City of Chilliwack, CEPCO and Chamber of Commerce. Each Director serves on one or more BIA committees, who take the lead on project creation and other initiatives.
The Marketing Committee is responsible for the controlling branding, imagery and messaging of the Association. They determine who we are targeting with what message, and how we get that message out to the appropriate audience. The Marketing Committee oversees the general direction of the BIA website and online presence, advertising, promotions and events.
Downtown Design Committee
The Downtown Design Committee works with the City and Chilliwack and local property owners on the physical environment and overall design elements. Details such as streetscapes, lighting, cleanup, building improvements and security are within their scope, as well as bigger picture items including City zoning regulations, parking strategies and major developments.
Member Relations Committee
One of the biggest challenges faced by the BIA is communication with its membership as it deals with local and non-local property owners as well as a diverse group of businesses. Our Member Relations Committee is tasked not only with sharing news and other important information with the members, but maintaining up-to-date contact information and finding strategies for quality member engagement within the Association.
Under the leadership of the Executive Director, Kyle Williams, the BIA staff carries out the day-to-day operations and helps to execute the plans of the Board of Directors and the Committees. Administrative Coordinator Nicole Prosser manages social media efforts and handles general office duties, while Harold Zinke and Sarena Meyers make up the Street Team that is responsible for keeping our sidewalks clean while serving as always-smiling ambassadors of downtown.
Our office is here to help. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments and our friendly staff will be glad to serve you.
46115 Yale Road
Chilliwack, BC V2P 2P2
Located in the Chilliwack Economic Partners Business Centre on Five Corners
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