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Barrhaven BIA RFP for Market and economic analyses active April 27 to June 10, 2016

This Request For Proposal (RFP) posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 closes Friday June 10th, 2016 at 5 pm. Please see the attached RFP should you wish to submit a proposal.

Tuesday, May 17/16- NOTE DATE AMENDMENTS ON PAGES 2 and 3;

    • Deadline for Proposals:            10 June 2016
    • Interviews/Presentations:         16/17 June 2016 
    • Consultant Selection:               by 20 June 2016
    • Start Up Meeting:                      w/o June 27, 2016  
    • Economic Analysis Completion: October 1, 2016
    • Retail Market Study Completion:October 1, 2016

Business Ambassador Service for new food establishments

Are you planning to open a food establishment in the City of Ottawa?
Did you know the City has a Business Ambassador Service to help you apply for applicable permits and licences; outline
estimated time and costs and more…
Contact the Business Information Officer@ or 613-580-2745 to set-up a consultation meeting.

See here for additional information!

Digital and Social Media Communications Strategies workshop

This workshop is geared to communications professionals working in government departments, not-for-profit organizations and companies who are looking to create their own highly-shareable content through text, visuals and captivating video.
This intensive, hands-on workshop will help participants:
· Implement a communications strategy on many channels
· Craft and control your stories on the appropriate platforms
· Create effective video and photo content on a mobile device
· Understand this dynamic and ever-changing media environment
· Learn how to use Periscope, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pixlr, iMovie and Youtube

Date & Time
June 2 to 3, 9:00 - 17:00
Carleton University, River Building, Room 1220
Workshop Leader
Melanie Coulson, Director of Content and Engagement at Canada 2020 and Instructor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University


Barrhaven business directory with coupons


BBIA Business Directory with Coupons- A cost-free advertising and business opportunity!

Dining. Shopping. Recreation.
In Barrhaven, you never have to go far to find what you are looking for. 500 shops and services are all right here at your convenience. Get what you want - and get home with time to spare.

Our Barrhaven Business Directory lists each business according to category. We share local events and offer a free coupon initiative available to all BBIA members. Best of all, it is just one of the benefits of being a BBIA member available at no extra cost to you! The coupon program has a proven track record of driving more traffic to participating businesses. This year we distributed 15,000 copies through local stores, home delivery and placement in high traffic areas like our local recreational centres.

Please take a moment view the Directory and coupon section:

The BBIA will be printing and distributing over 40,000 directories in 2016 and will offer a printable copy of the directory on our website. Each business may place one coupon advertisement, redeemable until April 30, 2017.

This opportunity is closed for 2016. Please contact our office this fall to be placed in the 2017 edition at

barrhaven business improvement area 2015 annual report

Missed the AGM? Find a copy of the report here.

City of Ottawa Economic Snapshot February 2016

See here for the report.

Tomlinson to build head office in Barrhaven Citigate Business park

We are excited to welcome Tomlinson to our business community later this year! Find the details about their new facility here.

andersen-adecco reports slow economic start to the new year

Read the report here.

Winter Business Programs at the Ottawa public library

Sign up for a free seminar or workshop! See the details here.

bi-weekly business profiles in the barrhaven independent, courtesy of the BBIA

The Barrhaven BIA provides free one-page advertorials in the Barrhaven Independent newspaper. Contact us for your opportunity!

Burgers and Shakes- Three decades of old-fashioned success.

A Gym Tale- Family business where kids learn and play. Read more...

Ross Independent- Customer service is the key!

Southpointe Dental- Part of our growing community.

Staples- Full service computer repair with pick up and delivery! Read more...

Surgenor- Jack May's values and commitment to customer service carry on. Read more...

The Works- Four years of Ottawa's most unique burgers. Read more...

Fallowfield Pharmasave- Tackling Weight Loss.

Taing Jewelers- Largest Canadian Diamond!

DeanRyans Enterprises- Snow and Santa.

Trade Secrets- Black Friday is the new Boxing Day. Read more...

Barrhaven Optometric- Committed to quality eye care for 36 years in the community, one of Barrhaven’s original businesses continues to grow. Read more...

Goodfellow Cleaners- Success was built on old fashioned customer care at Goodfellow Cleaners. Read more...

Angelucci's- Authentic Southern Italian family experience.

Kiwi Kraze- Soft Serve froxen yogurt- make it your way! Read more...

Selina's Studio- Barrhaven studio offers fun and performance creativity. Read more...

BrokerLink- Baizana Insurance joins BrokerLink.

Greco Lean and Fit- It's not a gym, it's a club. Read more...

Monarch Homes- Affordable family homes in Longfields.

Allstate Insurance- Take control of your car insuance.

Royal Lepage Team Realty- If you need retail or office space. Read more...

Simplee Hair- Upscale service at family sized prices.

Willy's Pizza- Pizza from scratch- sauce and dough too! Read more...

Active Health Institute- One-stop shop for health and injury issues. Read more...

Nile Bakery- They are very happy here in Barrhaven! Read more...

Nestle Toll House Cafe-Chocolate chip cookies never tasted so good! Read more...

Royal Lepage Team Realty- Not your average realtors. Read more... page 2...

Barrhaven Music Academy- Grown ups love music lessons as much as kids! Read more...

Deidre S. Powell, Lawyer- Barrhaven's will lawyer and so much more! Read more...

Money Coach Haidee Gagnier- Get out of debt and manage your money properly! Read more...

Colonade Pizza on Greenbank Road- Fresh, family-friendly pizza includes gluten-free choices! Read more...

Barrhaven Legion TV Advertisements fundraiser

The Barrhaven Legion has two televisions that strictly run information about the Legion, events in the community, some comic relief and advertisements for businesses. Over the past few years we have had a number of businesses run ads on our TV's, these ads run from opening of the bar until close repeating every 5 to 8 minute,s depending on how many ads we have, 364 days of the year. Our rates to put your ad on our TV's are $25.00 per month or $250.00 for the year from January to December. If you wish to put an ad on our TV to support our Legion please contact Darrell Bartraw at Assistance with creating an ad can be arranged.

Report from Ottawa Chamber of Commerce- Ottawa Business Growth Survey

Gain insight into what's happening in the local economy with this 36-page report.

  • Overall business confidence index
  • Growth rates of local business
  • Anticipated changes to revenue,pricing and profitability
  • Capital requirements for local businesses
  • Succession planning
  • Possible barriers to local economic growth
  • Business and politics
  • Sports and leisure

Download your free copy at

Business Services and free programs at Ottawa Public Library

Find free courses at libraries across Ottawa on the following topics:

How to Start a Home-based Business

Starting a Business

Market Research

Creating a Better Website for Your Business 

First Steps in Importing

First Steps in Exporting

Cash Flow

Protecting Your Business:  Have You Considered the Risks?

Dancing in the End Zone – Create an Exit Ready Business and Maximize Your Business Value

Brainstorming New Inventions 

Pinterest for Business 

Register at Call 613-580-2424 x32140 for information.

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is excited to launch, an online service that allows potential electors to confirm, and where appropriate, update their information (citizenship and residency) in a few easy steps.

As you know, municipal elections are a critical opportunity to have your say about important decisions in your community. is a non-partisan, non-profit service focused entirely on preparing more accurate and complete Voters’ Lists for the upcoming municipal and school board elections.

This link provides a video that now greets users upon first entering this online service.


Beverley Disney
A/Manager, Enumeration Project
Municipal Property Assessment Corporation
T: 613-342-3296 or 1-877-275-7779, ext. 218

new redesigned Business Gatewaylaunched

Based on feedback from new entrepreneurs and the Business Improvement Areas, we have redesigned the permits, business licences and applications sections on the Business Gateway. ServiceOttawa is constantly striving to improve the services we offer to all businesses throughout the City. is an important information source, and tool that we want to work for you!

The permits, business licenses and applications sections on has been improved to provide:
· Clear and concise requirements

· Approximate cost and timelines

· Search functionality

I invite you to take a look at this new feature by clicking here.

Michael Semenick
Manager, Business Segment Transformation | ServiceOttawa Dept
City of Ottawa
613-580-2424 x.21344 or

Algonquin College Coop students looking for placements

While Co-ops are a paid placement, you are entitled to the Ontario Tax break (URL below) offering up to $3000 in tax break back to the employer for every co-op student hired. Some companies use the co-op to test out potential employees (probationary period), others simply want young eager talent, and others looking to save on the bottom line.

Please note there is no commitment by an employer to hire students, but the college feels confident the students they send out on co-op will have the skills you require. See here, a list of all programs featuring co-op placements:

The process is very simple. Simply forward a general job description (including job functions, supervisor details, start-end date, general salary range). With that they will post it to their database for about a week. At that time they will then forward you a packet of applicants for your perusal. With that, let them know who/when you’d like to interview and the Placement office will make all the arrangements. Ideally, you interview on campus as the students are there on a full-time basis this time of year. See attached flyer here for more information.


Matt Wheatley, Cooperative Education Consultant
Algonquin College
Cooperative Education Department
1385 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K2G 1V8
(613) 727-4723, ext. 5928


See the attached documents for 2011 census releases. Doc 1, Doc 2

Here are some 2010 population and labour stats for South Nepean from the City of Ottawa that businesses may find useful. Read more.

City's Economic Development Department 2015 Q1 outlook

A snapshot of key economic development related metrics. Please read more...

Barrhaven BIA Boundary expansion Approved

September 2011

Last week, the reponse period for the expansion closed. The City did not receive any objections. Therefore, the expansion will proceed. Please review our detailed Expansion Prospectus. We are the highest growth area in the City.  Our boundaries were created almost 6 years ago during the formation period of the BIA.  Since then, there has been significant growth and we are to see even more commercial growth over the next 5 years.  We are the “Barrhaven” BIA and therefore represent all businesses here.  The businesses that were not part of our BIA are now able to benefit from the programs we run. The entire business community benefits from the wide-scale branding initiatives we undertake so therefore all businesses should be funding these programs.

Our commitment to maintaining current and accurate market research data by way of bi-annual updates, in addition to our many programs; from area-marketing through advertising and events to and for primary and secondary market areas, gateway signs branding and highlighting our businesses, graffiti removal for all commercial properties, online and printed Business Directories- these are but a few of the tangible benefits to each and every Barrhaven business.

Please contact our office with questions or for more information.

City Economic development plan released- July 7, 2011

Click on this link to the Your Ottawa Region announcement of the Plan along with links to the City's press release and the full Report as presented to the Finance and Economic Development Committee.

The plan includes building a city-wide group for business advocacy groups – the Greater Ottawa Business Improvement Area (GO-BIA).

BIAs would also get support through a grant program for façade improvement, murals and hiring co-op students. There is also an online mapping tool for local businesses planned.

Barrhaven Consumer Statistics

The results from our participating Barrhaven Spring Shopping Spree locations indicate the following consumer origins for the months of April and May:

Barrhaven 60% Manotick 4% North Gower 1.5%
Nepean 17% Kanata 2% Richmond 1%
Ottawa 5% Stittsville 1.5% Other 8%

Market Study Final report- summary

Attached here is a summary of the 2011 Retail Commercial Market Study update. For a full version of the study, please contact our office.

profit programs introduced by entrepreneurship centre

Invest Ottawa has recently developed three additional programs that will allow more entrepreneurs to benefit from their services.  These programs including, mentoring and SWOT analyses, are ideally designed for BIA members that may need some help to grow their business to the next level. Please see the brochure attached here for more information. 

Road work plan for barrhaven area

Please see attached, the chart for short, mid and long term road construction and improvement projects budgeted for our area.

Home Based business associate membership in bbia

Changes were recently made to the Barrhaven BIA Constitution to offer membership to all businesses registered to homes located in all of Barrhaven. Please see the Home Businesses section of our website (on the menu to your left) for more information and to download the 2013 application form.

Local Businesses required to promote business studies in barhaven high school

Ms. Cathy Belanger is the business teacher at Longfields-Davidson Heights HS in Barrhaven. She has been charged with developing a business program at the new Barrhaven school. For example, she had a partnership at her previous school with a local bank who sponosored the Business Excellence Award at Graduation. Other local businesses donated prizes for contests run in business classes throughout the school year. Prizes were awarded to students who came to class first everyday, sold the most poppies for Remembrance Day and won Junior Achievement contests. Prizes are also used for a silent auction event run by business leadership classes.

Any business that is interested in helping to promote business studies to our local high school students may contact Ms. Belanger directly or you may contact the BBIA office for additional information.

Ottawa Business Journal seeking Barrhaven-area businesses to distribute newspapers

As business owners, many of you are familiar with the Ottawa Business Journal publication. In order for the OBJ to deliver to Barrhaven locations, for either your own personal subscription or for distribution from your business to your customers, they will require a minimum number of orders for this area. If you are interested, please review and return this form to the Ottawa Business Journal.

City of ottawa transplan update

The new plan by OC Transpo will effect everyone in our commumnity from businesses to residents to students. Information is provided at the following Transplan link.

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About the Barrhaven BIA

For more information, please e-mail Barrhaven BIA Executive Director Andrea Steenbakkers
or call (613) 825-8BIA (8242).