ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION
The Downtown Squamish Business Improvement Association (DSBIA) has been in existence since 2006 when local Squamish businesses came together as a collective voice for downtown. Surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Sea to Sky, the DSBIA’s catchment area is located between Pemberton Avenue, north and Westminster Street to the south, bookend between Loggers Lane and Second Ave to the east and west.
OUR OVERALL GOAL
The DSBIA aims to enhance the downtown economy by fostering diversity through the attraction of new businesses and residents to the city center. Our primary objective is to elevate awareness and increase foot traffic for downtown businesses. Through collective efforts, the DSBIA actively advocates for its members, utilizing various channels such as communications, marketing campaigns, art & culture, and event hosting. These initiatives serve to unite the community and drive engagement with our local merchants. If you’re a new business in the downtown area, reach out to us for more details on how the DSBIA can support your growth and success.
The DSBIA maintains a positive working relationship with the Mayor, Council and staff of the District of Squamish, the Squamish Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Squamish and the Squamish Arts Council supporting downtown businesses’ interests. We are advocates for you! Downtown Businesses Members are encouraged to share their ideas and/or concerns with the DSBIA through the Executive Director and Board Directors.
WHERE OUR FUNDING COMES FROM
The annual operating budget is provided by the District of Squamish through a levy applied to the annual taxation of downtown property owners and we apply for annual grants to support various projects. With our limited annual budget, the DSBIA actively leverages sponsorship opportunities, grants and additional community funding from public and private partners. All funds raised go directly towards downtown programming, marketing and events to promote and provide awareness for our Downtown businesses.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Headed by an elected President and Board of Directors, the day to day operations of the DSBIA is run by the Executive Director who receives support and direction from the Board. The board is made up of Downtown Squamish business people and owners. We are always looking for new members to join. Email us to find out how you can become involved.