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    Events!, Small Business February 23/15

    Interest in SME best practices for social inclusion high in Vancouver

    Over 70 business owners, local non-profits and even a few residents and City staff packed into Lost + Found Cafe this Thursday to hear about CommunityWise. The program has been designed by the Hastings Crossing BIA, LOCO BC, Carnegie Community Centre and Recipes For Success, in response to concerns about social inclusion from community members […]

  • Small Business July 11/14

    A Letter to Minister Oakes Regarding Current Tax Policies Hurting SMEs and the Neighbourhoods They Serve

    (Sent) July 7th, 2014 Hon. Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Room 124, Parliament Building, Victoria, BC V8V 1X4   Dear Minister Oakes: Re: Property Taxation – Split Assessments  The Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association (HxBIA) would like to bring to your attention a property tax assessment issue that is impacting the retail and […]

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    Small Business July 07/14

    Long needed tax relief to SMEs on the way soon for Vancouver. Hopefully….

    A recent article by Don Cayo drew attention to an upcoming council meeting where changes to taxation policy in Vancouver will be discussed and several recommendations put forward by staff. Innocuous and mundane as it may sound this will represent a significant milestone in the ten year effort to not only recalibrate a longstanding imbalance […]

  • News, Small Business October 16/13

    Reflections on IDA Congress in New York (Part one)

    Hastings Crossing BIA, along with several other BIAs from Metro Vancouver and several hundred from around  the world, just enjoyed a week-long intensive blast of thought provoking content in New York. The International Downtown Association treated us to a jam packed schedule of speakers, guided tours and panel discussions examining current trends in planning, place-making, […]

  • Small Business September 17/13

    Taxes and Death (…of small businesses in Vancouver)

    Wednesday September 25th the City’s recently reconvened Property Tax Review Commission will be holding a public panel at the VanDusen Gardens, BMO Great Hall (5251 Oak Street at West 37th Avenue, 6:00 – 9:00pm). It’s not just small business owners who should be raising their voices and asking questions of the Commission there, anyone who […]

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    Small Business October 05/12

    Crosstown Pet launches in DTES

    Crosstown Pet is a professional dog-walking service that helps pet parents out in the DTES area.

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    Small Business June 30/12

    To the hilt! Academie Duello open house Sword Fit Bootcamp Thurs, July 5

    Step into the middle ages for an adventurous and exciting training program…

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    Small Business June 10/12

    Finch’s Tea and Coffee House, excellent in every way

    Step a little closer to Europe and welcome to Finch’s Tea & Coffee House.

  • Small Business May 05/12

    Playing music in your business? Think SOCAN…here’s why

    Full disclosure: I pilfered this directly (all of it) from a letter sent to me from SOCAN. If you play music in your businesses, you need to be aware of licensing and copyright laws as that music, though enriching the public realm, is not public property. Please have a read through this to familiarize yourself […]

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