Social Enterprise

  • News, Social Enterprise January 18/14

    Not Business as Usual – Documentary on subversive entrepreneurship released

    A new documentary by Institute B, a progressive business incubator assisting innovative ventures in Vancouver, has just been released. Check it out here It features a few prominent Hastings Crossing BIA businesses, Potluck Cafe and Catering and Save On Meats, just across the street as well as Mike Rowlands of Junxion Strategy. Here’s the […]

  • DTES, News, Social Enterprise July 25/13

    How many heroin needles have we picked up in the DTES thanks to MP Neighbours?

    It’s more than just heroin needles. It’s a host of discarded items, some of them unsanitary, some of them unsightly, some of them just downright dangerous.  Here’s the most recent numbers from Mission Possible (MP Neighbours) on what their community patrols have dealt with. HxBIA is very thankful to have a patrol like this that […]

  • Social Enterprise April 11/12

    Community Thrift and Vintage Frock Shoppe…is awesome

    This week’s guest post is courtesy of Christine Klar At 311 Carrall, between Cordova and Hastings, there’s a trendy little fashion boutique, full of light and very inviting. An interesting mix of women are moving in and out – locals, super cool hipsters and tourists. Inside, despite its beautiful and very organized boutique look, the […]

  • Social Enterprise March 11/12

    What vintage era and theme will you be wearing March 24th?

    In partnership with local social enterprise Our Social Fabric, the Board of HxBIA and I are excited for our first ever fundraising event, the PolyEra Spring Masquerade and Strut-Off! This is going to be a ridiculously fun vintage fashion show and masquerade ball that we’re holding at the Rickshaw Theatre on March 24th. Local stores […]

  • Social Enterprise March 09/12

    Social Entrepreneurship – Engage, Empower & Educate

    This week’s post is courtesy of guest contributor Hope Wang Social enterprise has many definitions and is geographically dependent. With a deepening curiosity about what this concept actually means, we asked Shawn Smith, a social entrepreneurship instructor from Simon Fraser University to give us insight on this business emergence. Social enterprises can be defined as […]

  • Social Enterprise February 16/12

    A Short History of HxBIA- who’s idea was this anyway??

    Curious about how HxBIA got up and running? So are we sometimes! Perhaps a good retrospective is in order… The Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association Formation Committee first met in April of 2009 to discuss the feasibility of a new BIA in Vancouver’s DTES and what kind of approach it could take, considering the unique […]

  • Social Enterprise November 24/11

    Social EnterPrize Awards recognizes Potluck Cafe and MP Enterprises

    Is it any surprise that the two Canadian Social Enterprises who won at Trico Charitable Foundation‘s recent Social EnterPrize event in Calgary were from Vancouver’s DTES? Not to those of us who live and work in the area! I want to send out the biggest, warmest and proudest congratulations on behalf of Hastings Crossing BIA […]

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