What is a BIA?

A business improvement area is a non-profit organization that represents a geographically designated area. There is no fee to join a BIA if your business is located within this geographical area (property owners pay a levy on top of their annual taxes which goes towards funding the BIA’s activities).


Benefits to BIA Members

The two primary activities of the BIA involve promoting the area as THE place to work, live and play in Hamilton and advocating on behalf of member businesses.

We promote the area through annual events, beautification (banners, planters, holiday decorations, public art, and more) and by sponsoring important downtown events & initiatives.

We’re also here to help you navigate the downtown community as a business owner. Whether you are looking for information on grants, to get in touch with the proper city department or contact for an issue, or simply reaching out with any concerns you might have we do our best to use our avenues to help solve problems and advocate for BIA members. We share opportunities and programs that can be of support for our members as well as events and news of businesses through our bi-monthly e-newsletter and our social media.


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The Downtown Update is the e-newsletter sent by the Downtown Hamilton Business Improvement Area to keep both members of the BIA and interested supporters of Downtown up-to-date with activities and issues in the core of our community.