We're working to identify and address the challenges facing independent businesses across B.C. We work with Business Improvement Areas, Municipalities and other partners.
In 2019 we assessed the cost of permit/license delays on businesses and the local economy in the City of Vancouver. We determined that the average length of 8.2 months from application to issuance costs the business $513,390 in lost revenue and leasing costs, and the broader local economy $208,418, for a total loss of $721,808. This research has been used to push for change in the processes and policies at the City.
Download the report. Get the infographics from our blog.
In 2017 we worked for the Downtown Vancouver BIA to assess the challenges for businesses and property owners on Granville Street, to highlight successful independent businesses located in the area, and to encourage independent businesses to consider locating in available retail spaces to revitalize the neighbourhood.
In 2017 we worked for the City of Vancouver to investigate tools to protect heritage businesses in Vancouver's neighbourhoods, especially Chinatown. We partnered with Heritage Vancouver, Modus Planning, and Youth Collaborative for Chinatown's June Chow.
In 2017 we worked for the City of Vancouver to investigate the economic decline in the Punjabi Market area, engaging stakeholders in the future of the area, reviewing the neighbourhood planning and development, assessing the existing retail mix, and collecting data on changes in the vacancy and commercial use over the last decade. We partnered with Modus Planning, DIG360, and Masala Consulting.
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