Strathcona Benefits

Strathcona offers many benefits that will make your business thrive:
  • Advocacy
  • Community festivals
  • Convenient location & easy commutes
  • Cool, interesting spaces
  • Diverse industries
  • Dynamic arts and culture community
  • Engaged residential district
  • Free Parking & cycling encouraged
  • Marketing & beautification
  • Member events & communications
  • Reasonable rent
  • SBIA community
  • Support for local businesses
  • Sustainability programming
  • Transit accessibility

Testimonials

President Kasie Dobbs Ancona
Excelsior building Maintenance Ltd.
Years in Strathcona: 54
We love Strathcona as it gives you the small community vibe with the convenience of having the DT core 5 mins away. Its very accessible from all areas in the GRVD.
Owner Rick Havlak
Homesteader's Emporium
Years in Strathcona: 2
For being so central in this metropolitan area, Strathcona really has a neighbourhood feel. Regulars who live or work around the corner are very supportive - they're generally delighted to see an independent store operating here. People know each other, say hello on the streets, and care about the neighbourhood.
Whatever needs doing Joe Chaput
Les Amis du Fromage
Years in Strathcona: 5
I love the sense of community. I also love the proximity to so many other neighborhoods. It’s close to Gastown, Chinatown, Commercial drive, Hastings Sunrise and the downtown core. That means that we can reasonably service many other neighborhoods with our goods.
Vice President Angela Giannoulis
Primero Cigar Imports
Years in Strathcona: 16
Convenient location, sense of community, history, diverse and interesting mix of businesses in the area. Strathcona has been like a second home for our family for the last 30+ years.
Partner Toby Barratt
Propellor Design
Years in Strathcona: 9
We love the blend of business and neighbourhood in Strathcona. We are surrounded by a great community of artists, designers and energetic business people. Plus, we can ride our bikes to work.
CEO Darryl Ray
The Butler Did It Catering
Years in Strathcona: 2
We believe the area has the most potential for future growth in Vancouver and are glad to be a part of it revitalization. It has been a fabulous move for us and we really appreciate the efforts and support of the SBIA to make us feel welcome and a part of the community.
Co-Founder & CEO John Stonier
VeloMetro Mobility Inc.
Years in Strathcona: 1
It’s close to where we live, close to downtown, and has a rich cultural diversity. Heritage buildings, creative people, and neighbourhood coffee shops

Strathcona Business Resources

Area Beautification

Neighbourhood banners, seasonal hanging baskets, street and laneway cleaning, colourful murals, and an urban tree nursery all serve to enhance the Strathcona business district and attract customers to local businesses.

Compost and Recycling Program

Strathcona businesses can have their recycling and organic waste collected by the Strathcona BIA through a community waste initiative. Hard containers (plastic, glass, metal), soft plastics, and organics are all part of this comprehensive, inexpensive, community-driven program.

Goodbye Graffiti; Phone: 1-877-684-4747 [email protected]

Your business façade and streetscape will be kept clean and safe with a team dedicated to keeping your buildings and streets looking professional.

Liaising with the City

SBIA's regular communications with the city will keep your business consistently informed about municipal decisions that may affect your business. The concerns and needs of all SBIA business members are also conveyed to the City in this way.

Mobile Community Watch – Securiguard 604-685-0011

Community Watch team members provide an added sense of security for your business.

Neighbourhood Street Cleaning

Your entire neighbourhood will be kept clean of litter and debris through our street cleaning teams in partnership with Coast Mental Health and United We Can.

Resource Exchange Program

Businesses in Strathcona can take advantage of the Resource Exchange by donating unused materials or collecting free materials they can use as inputs. Operated by the Strathcona Business Improvement Association, the Resource Exchange helps businesses keep valuable resources out of the landfill, and provides resources to new businesses, teachers, artists, and community groups.

Social & Networking

With a growing and highly supportive business network, you will be exposed to a variety of events and workshops where you can easily make new business contacts and learn new skills.