The Sidney Business Improvement Area Society respectfully acknowledges that we live, work, and play on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the SET,TINES – WSÁNEĆ people.


In this week’s newsletter register for multiple free business education opportunities, sign up for a free promotional video for your business and learn about available grants! 

Free Video Creation for Your Business

Highlight your business with an Instagram Reel! Every Tuesday in February, Sidney BIA Social Media Freelancer, Marcela Restrepo is available to come to your business to gather engaging video content and produce a short video to promote your business for free!

Use code EXPLORESIDNEY at checkout

This package includes up to three 1-Hour sessions, with a professional advisor from Small Business BC.
As the pandemic has forced many businesses to pivot operations, reviewing your business plan to ensure you are maximizing your potential and keep you on course for success. A business plan review focuses on all the necessary elements including business operations, sales and marketing, HR, financials, and more. 
This service includes a 60-minute initial appointment, with up to two follow appointments as needed.
  • Feedback on your business plan strategy, and goals from a professional
  • Review of your market research
  • Analysis on whether your business model is viable
  • Evaluation of your financial forecasts, operations, and marketing plan
  • Risk Analysis
  • Recommendations for financing
Tax and Financial Planning for Business Online Webinar
Hosted by Sidney’s business representative, Jessica O’Brien CameronOnline webinar
Tuesday, February 15th, 2022
10:00 am to 10:45 am
Please join for a 45-minute presentation of tax, retirement and succession planning considerations for small business owners. We will be covering crucial tax planning tips for small business owners and how to make the most of your retirement savings. 
We have the knowledge and expertise to help ensure you get the most out of your business and retirement savings and look forward to sharing with you.
To reserve your spot, RSVP via email by January 30th to:      
Jessica O’Brien Cameron, CIM, PFP
Wealth Advisor, Portfolio Manager

Don’t miss out on funding support! Determine your eligibility for wage subsidies by answering a few questions from the Government of Canada here:

As a business, charity, or non-profit in Canada who has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a wage subsidy, a rent subsidy, or both through the THRP.

You may qualify if you are either:
  • Part of the tourism, hospitality, arts, entertainment, or recreation sectors, or
  • Affected by a qualifying public health restriction

To qualify for the HHBRP, you must meet the following two conditions:

As an employer in Canada who continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to apply for a subsidy to cover part of your wages as you hire new employees and increase existing employees' wages or hours.
COVID-19 Business Support Services

As British Columbia moves through the four phases of our Provincial Restart Plan, businesses are tackling the challenges involved in adapting to the “new normal” of operating during a pandemic.

Whether your business is getting ready to reopen or you’re pivoting operations to service the new COVID economy, you don’t need to face these challenges alone. The Sidney BIA is here to help. We’ve got the tools and resources you need to weather these unprecedented times and maybe even identify some potential areas for growth.

For COVID-19 business support, please contact Shannon Toogood, Business Development Manager, Sidney BIA, at

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Sidney BIA Board & Staff
Brad Edgett, President
Mary Winspear Centre
Devon Bird, Vice-President
Moden Boutique/Moden Essentials
Robyn Walle, Treasurer
Baker Tilly Victoria
Sarah Scheller, Director
Five & Dime/Surly Mermaid
Jessica O'Brien Cameron, Director
CIBC Wood Gundy
Cathy Larsen, Director
Departures Travel
Nick Coates, Director
Travelodge by Wyndham
Christina Georgeadis, Director
Waterlily Shoes
Jessica Sommers Day, Director
The Farmer's Daughter
Morgan Shaw
Executive Director
Direct: 250-893-0093
Shannon Toogood
Business Development Manager
Direct: 250-880-2228
Bryce Gunning
Community Engagement Coordinator
Direct: 250-665-7362
Marcela Restrepo
Social Media Freelancer
Sara Duncan
Council Liaison
Town of Sidney