FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2015
BRONTE VILLAGE BIA WINS AWARD ‘ Shop The Neighbourhood’
For the second year in a row the Bronte Village BIA has won a beautification prize as a participant in Shop The Neighbourhood TM, a program dedicated to creating thriving neighbourhoods through support for Canada’s small businesses.
L-R: Chris Long VP Central Canada, Yellow Pages, Bronte BIA Board: Janet Bedford, Ralph Robinson (Ward 1 Councillor), Linda Leatherdale, Carolyn Moshtagh, Vice-Chair, Roger Lapworth, Treasurer, Ann Sargent, Executive Director, Mary Roberts, Chair.
Last year, the Bronte BIA was one of three winners receiving $10,000. This year, for generating business community engagement and spirit, the Bronte BIA placed second out of over 50 GTA BIA’s and will be presented with a $3,000 cheque on behalf of Shop The Neighbourhood on Tuesday, March 3rd 2015 at the Bronte Village (BIA) office.
Chair, Mary Roberts thanked Yellow Pages for its now annual Shop the Neighbourhood initiative; “it is important to reinforce the message to consumers that Shopping Local supports your neighbours and your local community, keeping dollars working for thriving neighbourhoods”.
Chris Long, V.P. Sales Central Canada Yellow Pages presented the cheque to the Board of the Bronte BIA.
“It’s impressive that such a small BIA could display such outstanding passion for its business community and pride in its members for the second year in a row. We weren’t surprised to see Bronte on the winner’s list again” said Long.
About Shop The Neighbourhood
The first Shop The Neighbourhood took place on November 30th 2013, in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Shop The Neighbourhood is an initiative to encourage local shopping and support for small businesses. Taking place during the busiest shopping season of the year, the promotion raises awareness of the large-scale push from retailers both online and across the border which moves dollars away from the small businesses, directly impacting on the health of our communities.
This year, the program expanded across Canada and included 5 major Cities – Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver – Within that group, 200 plus Business Associations participated, with over 6,000 individual businesses registering to take part, loading over 8,000 unique deals.
As part of the program Business Improvement Areas (BIA’s) were offered one of three beautification prizes in the greater regions of Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Calgary.
Bronte congratulations to the other winners!
1st place = $5,000 Burlington BIA
2nd place = $3,000 Bronte BIA
3rd place = 2,000 Kingsway BIA
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