BIABC: The Champion of BC's Main Streets Since 1991

Formed in 1991 to assist and promote the BIA movement in British Columbia, Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia (BIABC) is the  provincial champion of strong, vibrant and successful downtowns, main streets and commercial districts throughout our province.

Our members together represent more than 70 business districts that employ hundreds of thousands of retail, service and office employees within their defined business districts. Mostly small- and medium-sized businesses, they are part of maintaining your community’s excellence and highest quality of livability.

As large as our province, as important as your community.

BIABC serves both the smallest neighbourhood business association and the largest metropolitan Business Improvement Area (BIA) equally. Driven by a volunteer Board of BIA executive experts from all corners of the province, our non-profit membership-based umbrella organization offers every member a centralized resource for local commercial and business associations to grow. This in turn enables every BIA in BC to bloom and flourish.

BIABC provides unique networking opportunities, access to marketing campaigns to help businesses succeed, assists with renewal efforts, hosts annual conferences and regional strategy meetings, enables member sharing through regular electronic newsletters and is a leader in social media coverage.

Creating partnerships neighbourhoods grow from.

BIABC has forged important, beneficial and lasting partnerships with organizations like BC Hydro, Fortis BC, Small Business BC, the International Council of Shopping Centres and the International Downtown Association. These relationships enable BIABC members to access tools that help shape and enhance neighbourhoods, save money and source local BC solutions and perspectives using a global network of urban developers and contacts. 

BIABC is also hard at work in your hometown and in Victoria, regularly consulting, lobbying and advising provincial and civic governments on business issues, public policy, the BIA movement, and in support of individual member organizations in times of political need. Big ideas need big support – and BIABC is here to represent you.

You and BIABC: making your community district and your province stronger.

Your annual membership with BIABC is more than just a networking opportunity. It is the key to supporting positive changes in our downtown cores and commercial precincts. BIABC celebrates your voice which collectively inspires community focus and enables a movement that benefits guests and engages our residents in a meaningful way, right across the province.

Join BIABC, and support our grassroots drive for economic resilience and sustainability.

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