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    Events! August 01/14

    Never eat lunch alone….especially on August 14th

    Vancouver can be a lonely place. It’s expensive. It rains a lot. Some say it’s hard to meet people here. A quarter of the condos are apparently empty. To hell with all that. We say making new friends in Vancouver can be cheap and easy and you can do it in the sunshine. August 14th […]

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    DTES July 20/14

    Urban Tree Nursery Launches in Vancouver’s DTES

    It’s been a truly exciting week for the Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association. After nearly two years of navigating the intricacies of Vancouver’s civic bureaucracy, working with various design consultants and engagement teams, planners and local community groups, Strathcona BIA and Hastings Crossing BIA enjoyed the launch of our joint Urban Tree Nursery project. Dozens […]

  • 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 […]

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    Events! July 02/14

    Come Bend it Like Beckham at Indian Summer In the Park – Victory Square, Friday July 4

    If you missed it last year Indian Summer Festival’s Indian Summer in the Park was one of the funnest and most well attended events in Victory Square Park all year long. This year we’re excited to once again have the festival here in our neighbourhood! Come on down and grab a bite from one of […]

  • Events! March 06/14

    Free business writing & networking seminar info!

    This heads up about a new series of small group business writing seminars just came through the feed, may be of interest to local entrepreneurs (or future entrepreneurs for that matter).   Do you have a great idea for a new restaurant, retail, or service-based/online business? You know you probably need a plan, but the […]

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    Events! February 21/14

    A new way for businesses to support community (a catered networking event) Wednesday March 19th 2014

    Old models of giving to charity or supporting non-profits are giving way to new revenue streams and purchasing philosophies. Come meet local business owners, non-profit leaders, and an innovative new company that’s unearthing a goldmine of funding for youth focused non-profits and charities, Swipe 4 the Kids. As consumers of goods and services we send […]

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    News February 13/14

    Hastings Crossing BIA Applies for Intervenor Status With NEB – Trans Mountain

    HxBIA has applied for Intervenor Status with the National Energy Board regarding Kinder Morgan’s proposed twinning of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. While we respect and acknowledge that with a diverse range of stakeholders not all members will share the same concerns or level of interest in this proposed project,and the direct impacts it may have on our Business Improvement Area, we […]

  • Food and Drinks February 04/14

    A fond farewell and thank you to Andrew Wong, Wild Rice

    This blog post is by HxBIA Executive Director, Wes Regan, and reflects personal opinion as a long-time resident of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. About ten years ago my wife and I lived in Gastown, it was kind of a different place back then. Sure we had the cobblestone streets and the beautiful heritage architecture, we also […]

  • BitCOin
    Events! January 21/14

    Bitcoin free information session Thursday (33 W. Hastings – Lost and Found Cafe) 6:00 PM

    Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin have surged in popularity over the past few years. No longer just an interest of internet enthusiasts or the hacker community, small businesses have begun to embrace Bitcoin thanks to local champions who promote the currency and have installed ATMs and POS in retail and F&B businesses. There are others who caution the exuberance around Bitcoin though. A free information session will be held this Thursday at Lost and Found Cafe to explore Bitcoin’s potential for use by small businesses. 6:00 PM at Lost and Found Cafe, 33 W. Hastings Street.