Old Town Kemptville BIA opens membership

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The Old Town Kemptville BIA has opened its membership to the rest of the businesses in the municipality. Any business in North Grenville can now pay a fee of $300/year to become an associate member of the BIA. This will allow them to participate in all BIA events, and be supported by the BIA, along with members who are located within the footprint. It will also allow the BIA to recruit more volunteers and, hopefully, receive a bit more funding to do more on behalf of its members.

Associate memberships are not uncommon with BIAs across the province, and the ability to have them is written into the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) bylaw. The business must be licensed to operate in North Grenville, and membership will be approved at the pleasure of the board.

BIA board member, Will Pearl, said he has an associate membership for the Manotick BIA, which allows him to participate in all their events. “It has been a good investment for our business,” he said.

Any business which is interested in becoming an associate member can contact OTK BIA Executive Director, Deron Johnston, at bia@northgrenville.on.ca.

Hilary Thomson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The North Grenville Times