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About

About Downtown
Woodstock 
Business
Improvement
Area (BIA)

What is a BIA?

A Business Improvement Association (BIA) is a geographic district within a Municipality. The volunteer board of management is composed of property owners & merchants who contribute directly to the BIA with one member of the Municipal council. The Woodstock BIA is managed by the BIA Manager. 

 

The Woodstock BIA allows local business and property owners to join forces and with the support of the Provincial by-law, to organize, finance, and implement its purpose and objectives of overseeing the beautification, promotions, and events in the downtown core.
 

What is a BIA? A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is a “made-in- Ontario” innovation that allows local business people, and commercial property owners, tenants to join together and, with the support of the municipality, to organize, finance, and carry out physical improvements and promote economic development in their district. Traditionally, a BIA is a body established by a municipality using the specific business improvement area provisions in the Municipal Act, 2001. It is governed by a Board of Management.

 
 
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BIA Staff

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Judith Fleming

Assistant Manager

519-537-5721

 

Board of Management

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Steve McGregor

Chair

YNCU

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Melanie Burns

Vice-Chair

At The Office & Scout HR Solutions

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Fadel Zabian

Treasurer - Director

Zabian's

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Kate Leatherbarrow

Council Representative

City of Woodstock

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T.J. McNamara

Director

Crabby Joe's

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Ryan Caskanette

Director

The Diamond Spa

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Duane Kumala-Thomas

Director

Highlander Studios

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Yaasmiyn Davidson

Director

Lionessence B.S

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Jessica Cheyne

Director

Jarful Refillery

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Johannes Olivier

Director

CIBC Wood Gundy

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Katharina Otulak

Director

Fair Square Inc

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Jennie Pickard

Director

The Hallmark Shoppe

 

Downtown Dollars

Downtown Dollars are certificates that can be used just like cash at any of our participating downtown businesses in the BIA District. They have no cash value and cannot be exchanged for cash. The full denomination will be forfeited with purchase and no change will be given. Businesses that accept Downtown Dollars receive full payment back, in cash from the BIA Office. 

They come in gift certificate form and are sold in $10.00 or $25.00 denominations with no expiry date.


These make a perfect gift for everyone on your list!

Participating businesses can place restrictions on Downtown Dollars if they wish, for example tobacco, alcohol, gift cards, prescription medications etc. *

Certificates that have been won will have an expiry date as they were not purchased,
they are a prize offered by the BIA.
There is no cash/change provided when someone redeems their Downtown Dollars.
Ie. If a customer makes a purchase totalling $55.00, and gives the merchant $50.00 in
Downtown Dollars, then the customer owes the merchant $5.00 cash. If the customer
gives the merchant $60.00 in Downtown Dollars, the customer does not get any change
and therefore the customer forfeits the $5.00. The customer can choose another
product to use up the $5.00 if desired.

The expiry date is noted on each certificate!

For more information - see the FAQ's page

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BIA Board Meeting Minutes

No January Meeting
February 2022
March 2022
April 2022
May 2022
June 2022
No July Meeting
No August Meeting
September 2022
October 2022
November 2022
December 2022

View 2021 Minutes

BIA Board
Meeting Dates

January 6, 2022
February 3, 2022
March 3, 2022
April 7, 2022
May 5, 2022
June 2, 2022
No July Meeting
No August Meeting
September 1, 2022

October 6, 2022
November 3, 2022
December 1, 2022


Meetings are open to the public . If you are interested in attending please email the BIA OFFICE for the invitation link. 7 Days notice is appreciated.