PLANT Architect presenting the Riverside BIA Streetscape Master Plan
Executive Director Jennifer Lay awarding the 2018 Marketing Award to David Watson owner of Eastbound Brewing and BIA Board Member
Chair Mitch Korman and Director Ellen Davidson presenting a gift to outgoing Executive Director Jennifer Lay
On Wednesday, October 3rd, Riverside BIA members attended the 2018 Annual General Meeting:
BIA members and the community enjoyed a meet and greet, learned about and approved the 2019 BIA program and budget, elected the Board of Directors for 2019-22, gave out special awards to outstanding BIA members, took a look back on the highlights of Riverside BIA programs over 2015-18, and learned about the Streetscape Master Plan that will guide BIA investments in future. Highlights included:
All current Riverside BIA Board members were nominated and elected again to the Board – a big thanks to Board members for their ongoing commitment, time and care to the success of the Riverside BIA, including:
Mitch Korman (Korman & Co), Natasha Varjacic (Real Estate Homeward), Ryan Nelson (Hullmark), Rosie Little (Quince), Dave Watson (Eastbound), Adrienne McRuvie (Oma), Athens Towers (Opera House), and Ellen Davidson (Dimensions)
There remain two vacant seats on the Board and interested BIA members are welcome to inquire with firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
The Award goes to…
Eastbound Brewing Co for their outstanding efforts on BIA events, social media, and promotions that earned them the Riverside BIA Marketing Award for 2018, and
Queen Garden Centre who earned the Riverside BIA Streetscape Award for 2018 for their amazing efforts that have beautified and enhanced the streetscape of Queen St East
A Fond Farewell and Welcome:
The Board thanked outgoing Executive Director Jennifer Lay, wishing her well on her maternity leave, and welcomed Acting Executive Director Lais Fabricio
More StopGap Ramps Coming to Riverside BIA
Thanks to a partnership between StopGap Foundation and LoyaltyOne (corporate partner), Riverside BIA member businesses are benefiting from free custom StopGap ramps. Approximately 10 businesses in Riverside will be getting their new custom ramps in 4-6 weeks time.
StopGap is helping make local businesses more accessible to people of all ages and abilities by providing a flexible, barrier free entrance option (i.e. removing the barrier of that first step with a ramp).
Later this year, Riverside BIA will also be promoting the City of Toronto’s Commercial Facade Program grants for BIA members, including specific measures for improving accessibility.
Switchback Cyclery hosted their annual fundraiser on Sept 15th with a Harvest Ride at Headwater Community Farm.
On September 15th local Riverside business and social enterprise Switchback Cyclery hosted a fundraiser ‘harvest’ ride in support of the non-profit cycling store’s continued operation. The day was a resounding success filled with fantastic weather and no shortage of fun!
The 2018 harvest ride resulted in Switchback raising in excess of $20,000 – all of which goes back into the store, community, and allows Switchback to keep operating as a not-for-profit social enterprise.
Halloween is Just Around the Corner, Join the Riverside BIA Kiddie Costume Parade!
Riverside BIA’s annual Halloween Kiddie Costume Parade is coming up on October 27th, 11:30am-12:30pm. It’s always a fun way to welcome the neighbourhood to your business!
Would your business like to be included on our parade route this year? The details are: WHAT: Riverside Kiddie Costume Parade – if you’re new to this, basically we come to your door and you hand out treats to about 100 to 150 costumed kiddies (it is a part of the bigger Riverside Halloween Fest & Fundraiser that day) WHEN: Saturday, October 27th, 11:30am-12:30pm (we will share the full parade route details once confirmed) WHERE: Riverside, along Queen St East (last year 20 businesses participated)
October is Small Business Month in Canada – an entire month dedicated to honouring Canadian small businesses and the entrepreneurs that drive them.
The City of Toronto and its partners, including TD, Microsoft, TruShield Insurance and Vista Print, will be hosting a range of informative events and activities throughout the entire month of October. The goal is to ensure Toronto’s small business community has the resources it needs to continue to grow and thrive.
Visit the City’s website for more information, follow our social channels on Twitter or Facebook, follow #SMALLBIZMONTHTO to stay up-to-date.
Marketing Agency is Seeking New Home in Riverside
This is a call out from a Riverside BIA member business for office space for lease:
Vibrant and dynamic marketing agency seeking new office space in Riverside for growing team. Currently looking for a minimum of 1,000-1,200 ft office space after 5 years in business (always in Riverside). Wish list includes:
Open space to accommodate 8-10 staff
A breakout room/boardroom (or ability to construct)
Washroom and kitchenette (or ability to add)
Parking (1-2 dedicated spaces would be ideal)
Multi-year lease is desired starting January or February 2019
Storefront location not required but would like accessible space and ability to post signage
Willing to make compromises/work with the landlord on leasehold improvements for the right space.
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