You are INVITED!
The team at Downtown London is hosting a Membership Mixer for all BIA members! This will take place on Thursday, March 5th from 8:30AM to 10:30AM. Learn all about the clean initiatives that are taking place in the downtown including goodies to snack on from one of our local businesses right here in Downtown London.
Please RSVP to Louise at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1st if you plan to attend or register through the link below.
London Clean and Green 2022
London Clean & Green is a community and business partnership campaign that has been promoting litter prevention, encouraging successful community clean-ups, and helping to organize other environmental projects in London for over 25 years!
Check out the City of London’s Get Involved Page for more information
on how you can get involved this year!
Better Business Expo London
The Better Business Expo is back in person on April 28! Interested in attending this year? NSM Brand Media is offering a promo code for free admission for all downtown businesses! The Better Business Expo allows you to connect with the communities most proactive suppliers of business development products and services.The open networking aspect attracts hundreds of business owners, executives and entrepreneurs looking for resources and contacts to help them start or grow their businesses. While you’re there, check out NSM Brand Media’s presentation, “Run Your Own Race”, that dives into the small business mindset and discusses how entrepreneurs can effectively and authentically grow and expand their business.
Use Promo Code: NSM2022 for free admission
Destination Bike: Welcoming Cyclists in the City of London
The Ontario By Bike Network certifies tourism businesses and locations as bicycle friendly, helping businesses reach the growing number of cycle tourists in Ontario, promoting and further developing cycle tourism in destinations across Ontario.
As part of our mission to increase awareness of our bicycle friendly business certification network and to provide you with information on how to tap into the growing cycle tourism market, Ontario By Bike and City of London would like to invite you to participate in the upcoming webinar: Destination Bike – Welcoming Cyclists in the City of London.
Why Participate in this Webinar?
- Now more than ever, cycling and cycle tourism is increasingly popular
- Become more familiar with cycle tourism market and find out how welcoming cyclists can be good for business
- Hear about updates to local, regional and provincial promotions and projects supporting cycling and cycle tourism
- Updates on cycle tourism market impact, forecasts and industry recovery
- Get a refresher on certification criteria for bicycle friendly businesses
- Uncover new business opportunities
Who Should Participate in this Webinar?
- Tourism businesses and locations already certified as bicycle friendly
- New staff, managers, owners of tourism businesses and locations already participating in Network
- Staff, managers, owners of new tourism businesses and locations interested in becoming certified as bicycle friendly
- Interested tourism stakeholders, organizations and contacts
This webinar is FREE and will take place on April 28th.
Downtown in a Box
Looking for a Mother’s Day gift? Downtown in a Box is a Mother’s Day themed gift box that includes must-haves from local Downtown London businesses. These boxes are valued at $200.00, but are selling for $100.00! Inside you’ll find chocolate from The Chocolate Factory, a cookbook and other best sellers from Jill’s Table, bath bombs from Of The Earth Co., Tea from The Tea Haus, MOM Bracelet from Frankly Scarlett and a massage gift certificate from Renaissance Massage Therapy Clinic & Spa Ltd. Place your order between April 12th – May 7th. Orders will be available for pick up beginning May 3rd at our office located at 123 King Street.
City of London: East London Link Update
Over the last two weeks, crews have been installing temporary traffic signals in preparation for construction work in the King Street and Wellington Street intersection, as part of the East London Link Project.
Starting the week of April 11, Wellington Street will be reduced to one lane only (both north-and-south-bound) in the area of the Wellington Street and King Street intersection. This is to prepare for upcoming construction, which is planned to begin the week of April 18.
City of London: Downtown Loop Phase 2 Construction Begins
Starting Monday, March 28, Downtown Loop Phase 2 construction begins on Queens Avenue and Ridout Street North, which will require traffic restrictions and road closures, as well as temporary traffic diversions on Dundas Place. The City will be sharing more information today and throughout construction, so don’t forget to sign up for email updates if you haven’t yet.
Upcoming traffic restrictions:
- Ridout Street North between Fullarton Street and Queens Avenue will be closed to all road users;
- Both Queens Avenue from Talbot Street to Ridout Street, and Ridout Street North between Queens Avenue and King Street will experience temporary lane restrictions; and
- Temporary traffic diversions will be implemented for Dundas Place.
These road closures and restrictions are expected to be in place for approximately four months. Crews will be in the area starting on Monday, March 28, setting up traffic control, mobilizing equipment, and completing advance work.
Visitors can continue to access nearby parking lots and downtown destinations, and they can take advantage of two hours of complimentary parking at municipal lots and on-street locations by using the Honk app and entering promo code ‘CORE’. “Park and pick-up locations” are also available downtown for quick food and parcel pickups.
Adelaide Underpass Project
On April 12, 2022, construction crews would begin work on Central Avenue between William Street and Adelaide Street North as early as the week of April 18, 2022. The City of London is hosting a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, to share an update on planned construction of the Adelaide Street North Underpass
project. Pending Council approval, construction is scheduled to begin the week of April 18, 2022, and finish in fall 2024, with some planned carry-over work in summer 2025. To learn more about the Adelaide Underpass Project, check out the document below.
Downtown Loop Pre-Construction Webinar
A recording is now available for the informative webinar regarding the Downtown Loop Phase 2 (Queens Avenue and Ridout Street). Some highlights include:
- Project timelines
- Traffic management during construction
- Special accommodations for businesses and residents
- Site safety, cleanliness and accessibility
- Communications and tips to stay informed
- Question and answer session
City of London: Continued Deferral of City of London Loan Payments
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to help mitigate impacts on local businesses, City Council approved further deferring of all Community Improvement Plan (CIP) loan repayments on an interest-free basis until December 2022, with repayment to begin in January 2023. A response by email is required if you wish to receive this deferral. Please email email@example.com by Wednesday April 6, 2022. For customers who are making their loan payments or would like to restart their loan payments, you can now enroll in the pre-authorized payment plan. Please email AccountsReceivable@london.ca or call 519-661-5706 to enroll. This payment option replaces the requirement to provide post-dated cheques.
Welcome to the RAISE Service and Grant Program
Racialized and Indigenous Supports for Entrepreneurs (RAISE) is a service and grant program developed and administered by the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA), the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), and in partnership with the Parkdale Centre for Innovation (PCI), to support Indigenous, Black and other racialized entrepreneurs in Ontario to start and scale their business.
Funded by the Government of Ontario, the RAISE Grant program provides access to business development training, culturally responsive support services, and grant funding.
The objectives of the RAISE Grant program are to:
- Increase economic inclusion by supporting Indigenous, Black and other racialized small business owners with one-to-one culturally responsive services
- Transfer knowledge through relevant online training and business plan mentorship
- Provide funding to facilitate innovation and growth within the Indigenous, Black and racialized small business community ($10,000 Grant)
- Determine Main Street Readiness through the applicant assessment phase
Tourism Relief Fund Opportunity
The Tourism Relief Fund in partnership with Regional Tourism Organizations is available to the tourism sector in southern Ontario for applications up to $100,000. This fund will help facilitate the recovery and long-term growth of the tourism economy within the province, supporting tourism stakeholder investment into experience development, experience enhancement and destination development programs. The fund is open to incorporated businesses, not-for-profit incorporated organizations, municipalities, and Indigenous, First Nation, Metis and Inuit owned businesses, communities, and organizations.
Intake opens April 12th, closing May 15th, 2022.
Free Food Tourism Certificate Training Program
The Culinary Tourism Alliance (CTA) has created a brand-new, free blended suite of online and instructor-led training programs for hospitality businesses to better leverage the power of food tourism in Ontario. Learn how local sourcing, storytelling and partnership can help grow your business and attract more people to Ontario.
Learn how local sourcing, storytelling and partnership can help grow your business and attract more people to Ontario!
Seasonal Outdoor Patios
Despite the snow on the ground, patio season is right around the corner! This is a friendly reminder that Seasonal Outdoor Patios are permitted starting March 15th. If you have any questions regarding patios this year, please take a look at the information provided below.
FAQs: Patios on Private Property
- Can a patio continue to extend in parking spaces on private property?
Any patio expansion on private property must comply with
Section 4.18 of the Zoning By-law.
- What is the process for patio approvals? Patios located on private property can email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Are there fees associated with patios on private property?
No fees for private property patios. However, if a Building permit is required for any patio structure the permit fee is applicable.
Patios on City Property in the Core Area
The Core Area Boulevard Café Grant Program associated with the Core Area Community Improvement Plan is funded through 2023. Sidewalk Café’s within the catchment area will not pay applications fees, or the fee associated with the actual license agreement in 2022. A team member(s) will be reaching out to participants to renew agreements where they are at the end of term.
New patios proposals located on City Property will need to contact Realty Services at email@example.com.
Take your Red Tape Concerns Straight to Government
Dealing with red tape means dealing with rules that are ridiculous, time-consuming and take you away from growing your business. Help reduce the burden: share your real-life horror story directly with the government. Find your province in the drop-down menu below and use the online portal, e-mail address, or phone number provided to let your government know what red tape hurdles need fixing!
Visit the Ontario online portal to submit your red tape irritants and suggest possible solutions.
Cannabis Wiki Conference & Expo
The CannabisWiki Conference & Expo is coming to London, ON on June 15th and 16th. They are anticipating 5000 – 10,000 attendees, and they’d love to showcase the city of London, and more specifically Downtown London. Many of the sponsors will be looking to host events at local venues during those 2 days, and they’d love to create a shortlist of venues who are interested in being considered for hosting these events. The sponsors will then use the shortlist to select a venue for their events.
If your venue would like to be placed on this shortlist please let them know, and provide a few details (size, capacity, types of events venue is best suited for/interested in; brunch/luncheon/cocktail party/after party etc.). The sponsors have budgets for these, and will work directly with venues that they select to organize the event. Interested? Contact Janelle Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of London Spotlight Program
The spotlight program is a new City initiative that supports safety and security in the Core Area and deters criminal activity. Through the program businesses in the Core register to receive a Spotlight program sticker to display in their storefront window. This sticker identifies that there are cameras actively monitoring the storefront area. Learn more about the Spotlight program at london.ca/spotlight.
Find it in London Campaign
You’re invited to join the Find it in London campaign! This city-wide effort is in collaboration with Tourism London, Argyle BIA, Old East Village BIA, Hamilton Road BIA, Hyde Park BIA, and Downtown London BIA. This campaign is to create a sense of community while also stimulating economic growth across the city for our businesses. There is no cost to your business to be involved … and there are other opportunities as well! Your business will be listed in the online business directory on the campaign’s website www.finditinlondon.ca . You have the opportunity to be included in future activations that will bring customers to you!
FREE Parking has been extended!
Citi Plaza offers 1 hour FREE parking Monday through Friday and 2 hours on the weekend. The City of London has extended the free parking program in Downtown London for the time being.
On the HonkMobile app, Londoners can use the promo code ‘CORE’ to receive two hours of free parking. This is only valid for on-street and municipal parking and excludes privately managed spots.
Drivers are still able to park for free up to one hour along Dundas Place with no code required. Anyone not able to use the HonkMobile app can also phone Parking Services at 519-661-4537 to arrange the discount.
STEPS TO THE DOWNTOWN DOLLAR SYSTEM UPDATE
As a Downtown London business, you have the opportunity to accept Downtown Dollars and Construction dollars as a form of payment. These dollars can only be spent in the Downtown Core and Old East Village, encouraging local spending and bringing people to our boundary!
Do you already accept Downtown Dollars?
We are moving to a gift card system. There are a few steps you need to complete to ensure you will be ready to assist customers shopping with the new gift cards. We are planning to release these this summer.
- Process a transaction with the details provided in this link as you would a regular credit transaction. (You can type in these numbers on your debit/credit machine)
- This is a test account, so the transaction will come up as DECLINED. This is a good thing!
- Enter your information on the form in the same link that will ask for the business’s name, location, phone number, and your signature. Submit this form once it is completed. It will ask for your email after you have clicked submit.
- This will send an email to your account from “Adobe Sign” confirming that your virtual signature was your own. You need to click CONFIRM YOUR EMAIL in this message for your sign up to be complete.
*If you would like downtown dollar gift cards to be used as a transaction method on your online platform/e-commerce site, simply attempt a purchase with the same numbers as step #1. It will also decline and successfully set up your system.
Payment is automatically deposited into your account when a customer makes a purchase using the gift card, much like a debit or credit transaction. You no longer will have to hold on to paper bills to bring to the office for redemption. Paper bills will still be in circulation and can be accepted as we continue to phase them out.
Click here for information grants and loans available to small businesses.