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Yaletown Business Improvement Association

#003 - 1290 Homer Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 2Y5

The Yaletown Business Improvement Association is a non-profit society with a mission to enhance its members' business opportunities by leading action to improve the Yaletown environment and to promote Yaletown as the place to trade and visit.

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Formed in 1999, it is funded by a special municipal levy that is paid by all commercial properties in the designated 20 block Yaletown area. This levy forms the baseline of the YBIA's budget although it also acts as seed money to enhance programs that generate sponsorship money, in kind donations, value added initiatives such as strategic partnerships and media attention.

The membership and Board of Directors are comprised of both property owners and business tenants who share input to develop the direction and goals of this organization. The YBIA encourages active participation of all members through the Board of Directors, YBIA Committees, meetings, networking and special events. For more information see the Members section on the title bar.

What is a Business Improvement Association? Communities around the world have turned to the Business Improvement Area (BIA) concept as a means of strengthening their downtowns and neighbourhood commercial districts. There are approximately 17 BIA's currently operating in the City of Vancouver, 53 in British Columbia, and over 280 in Ontario alone. Each of these organizations is unique, and has developed programs to address specific opportunities and challenges in their communities. Each of these BIA's also has a unique mandate and funding requirements. In Vancouver, those commercial areas without a BIA are now seen at a competitive disadvantage, and many groups are in the process of forming BIA's.

2007-2008 Board of Directors

Neil Wyles
President & Head of Street Beautification committee
Hamilton Street Grill

Kim Roberts
HSBC Bank (Yaletown Pacific Branch)

Jane McFadden
Head of Marketing committee
Fine Finds

Micheal LaPrairie
Head of Security committee
Century 21 In Town Realty

Chris Harrison
Harrison Galleries

Deanna Geisheimer
Art Works Gallery

Katrina Carroll-Foster
Opus Hotel

Pauline Sandland
Yaletown Sofa Co. Ltd

Chris Breikss
6S Marketing Inc.

STAFF Executive Director: Annette O'Shea
Administrative Support: Gary Foreman

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