Last year, residents may recall that there was an initiative led by local Stittsville business owners with support from my office to create a Stittsville Business Improvement Area (BIA). In the end, it was decided at the time that not all business felt that it was the right time or fit for a formal BIA. Now, I am happy to share that many local businesses have come together to officially launch a new Stittsville Business Association (SBA)!
In all great small-towns, businesses support their communities and communities support their businesses. Stittsville residents are passionate about maintaining the rich cultural heritage of our village and a lot of that has to do with the fantastic businesses that exist here.
The Stittsville Business Association (SBA) aims to help businesses thrive. It is a membership-based association where any business that operates within the electoral boundaries of Stittsville may join. It will be a diverse group made up of small businesses, large businesses, self-owned-businesses and home-operated businesses.
For its first year, the SBA plans to focus on speaking with business owners and educating them on the SBA’s goals and how it will benefit local businesses.
Some of these benefits include:
1) Enhanced visibility for businesses – this will initially be done through social media pages owned by the SBA and a website that will be developed acting as a directory for members. Both of these will be platforms to amplify reach and continually showcase the wonderful member businesses.
2) Business-to-business networking (B2B) – the SBA plans to hold five networking events this year to encourage businesses to discover what’s in our own backyard. There are countless examples of businesses using services outside of Stittsville simply because they did not know the same service existed in Stittsville or hadn’t created the relationship. Business owners can get to know one another and support each other by shopping local.
3) Listen and Learn – Listening to members and what they would like to see the association do in the years to come from which the SBA will start to build action plans with timelines for some of these bigger scope projects.
The first SBA networking event will take place Thursday February 22nd from 6:00-8:00 PM at Cabotto’s where businesses can learn more about the SBA mission and memberships. Admission is $15 a ticket which will provide you with a drink and appetizers. It’s also a great way to meet other business owners. Residents can purchase tickets from any of the directors or anyone on the executive committee.
While the SBA’s goal is to provide a benefit to local businesses, it’s ultimately about continuing to build the Stittsville community as a whole for decades to come!
I would like to thank and congratulate all business owners who helped to organize this great initiative and wish the SBA the best of luck moving forward!
- Lisa Landry of Revera Living,
- Erica Dwyer of Urban Home Design and Custom Kitchens,
- Debra Wright of Details Realty Inc.,
- Phil Sweetnam of PCB Sweetnam, and
- Jim Walker of Walkerworks Framing
- Wesley Smith of Warmstone Family Dentistry,
- Allan Ryan and Chantal Pelletier of Bradley’s Insurance,
- Dale Hein and Eric Hein of Hein and Associates,
- Darryl Metzger of Edward Jones,
- Judy Robinson of Coldwell Banker First Ottawa Realty,
- Felicia Idone and Paul Idone of Cala Custom Woodworks, and
- Robert Hall of Arbique and Ahde Law Offices