The BIABC Handbook: 

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Table of Contents

Section A - BIA Overview Pages 5 – 6
• BIABC Map
• What is a BIA?
• What are the General Objectives of a BIA?
• City Support to BIAs
• What is BIABC?
Section B - Board of Directors – Overview Page 7
• Main Functions and Responsibilities
• BIA General Membership Information Requests
• The BIA Membership
Section C - Detailed BIA Operating Guidelines Pages 8 – 15
• Operating Guidelines for BIA Board of Directors
• Insurance Coverage
Section D - Hiring Office Staff / Retaining Consulting Services Pages 16 – 25
• Hiring Office Staff
• Where to Search
• Samples: Classified Ads
• Sample: Job Description – Coordinator
• Interview Questions
• Retaining Consulting Services
- Request for Proposal - Critical Components
- Samples: Requests for Proposals
Section E - Creating a Business Plan and Budget Pages 26 - 36
Contains samples of:
• BIA Business Plan Table of Contents
• Annual General Meeting (AGM) Notice
• Annual Budget
• BIA Budget Forms
• Budget Approval Schedule
• BIA Budget Declaration Form
• Financial Statements
• Audit Requirements
• GST Rebates
Section F - Running Effective Meetings Pages 37 – 42
• Sample Meeting Agenda
• Robert’s Rules of Order- Light Version
• Minute Taking Guidelines
• Sample: Meeting Minutes and Format
• Annual General Meeting (AGM) Requirements
Section G - Creating your BIA Constitution and By-Laws Pages 43 – 52
• Sample: BIA Constitution and By-law
• Sample: Acknowledgement of Conflict of Interest Form
Section H - Interacting with Government and the Community Pages 53 – 54
• Key City BIA Contacts
• Community Links
• Locating Property Owner Members
Section I - Funding Sources and Writing Funding Proposals Pages 55 – 70
• Introduction
• Other Funding Information
• Grant Proposal Writing Strategy
• Fundraising Applications
• Sample: Budget Sheet
• Sample: “To Do” Checklist
• Application Self-Evaluation Form
• Funding Sources
Section J - Event Planning, Promotion and Communication Pages 71 – 82
• Successful Event Planning
• Special Events Checklist
• Key City and Agencies Checklist
• Promotional Ideas
• Sponsorships
• Advertising (Print, Television, Radio)
• Cross Promotions
• Newsletters
• Student Help
• BIA Website Design Guidelines
Section K - Recruiting and Motivating Volunteers Pages 83 – 86
• Volunteer Checklist
• Recruiting and Motivating Volunteers
• Developing Volunteer Job Descriptions
• Recruitment and Interview Tips
Section L - Relevant City By-Laws Page 87
Section M - Economic Development Pages 88 – 89
• Additional Services Offered by Economic Development
• Key Contacts
Section N - BIABC Discount and Affinity Programmes Pages 90 – 92
• Advocacy
• Discounts for BIABC members
• Member benefit programmes
• Networking opportunities
Appendices Pages 93 – 102
Section O – Conflict of Interest Policies (Pages 93 – 94)
Section P – Renewal (Page 95)
Section Q – BIA 101 Top Questions / Timeline for BIA Formation (Pages 96-100)
Section R – Do’s & Don’ts of Forming A BIA (Pages 101- 102)

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