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Local Business Associations

Sidney's thriving business community is bolstered by four external associations that bring business owners together in a coordinated effort to promote the town as an exciting destination for shopping, professional services, industry, community events, and recreation; all within our stunning natural setting by the sea. With so much focused, cooperative effort to drive business forward, Sidney's economy is growing year over year. Our secret is out: Sidney offers a fascinating array of fun things to do!

Here are some local associations working hard to boost our economy:

 

Sidney Business Improvement Area Society (Sidney BIA)

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The Sidney Business Improvement Area Society is a non-profit, membership-based organization that supports economic growth for the district between the Pat Bay Highway and the waterfront. Local businesses benefit from leveraged marketing, access to free or low cost professional workshops, networking opportunities, and an overall strategic plan to promote Sidney as a shopping and cultural destination.

Businesses outside the improvement area district also benefit from the economic growth generated by the Sidney BIA, and can access member benefits through associate memberships. For more information, contact Donna Petrie, Executive Director, by phone at 250-893-0093 or email info@distinctlysidney.ca.


Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

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With over 300 members across the Peninsula, the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce offers networking events, business promotion, and access to group insurance benefits and discounted products and services with Chamber partners. Members are listed in the Chamber’s printed and online Business Directory, and receive promotional opportunities through social media platforms, as well as free racking and advertising at the Information Centre located on the Pat Bay Highway. The Chamber operates under a board of volunteer directors elected each year by the membership.

For more information, contact Denny Warner, Executive Director, by phone at 250-656-3616, or email execdir@peninsulachamber.ca.

 

Sidney Event Advisory Group (SEAG)

The Sidney Event Advisory Group brings a collaborative effort to cultural events that attract more and more visitors to Sidney each year, providing valuable promotional initiatives to local businesses through both social media and conventional news platforms. With 14 existing members, the SEAG seeks to streamline existing events and attract new ones in order to establish Sidney as a cultural hub for both residents and visitors.

Popular events such as the Family Day LEGO Festival, the Sidney Fine Arts Festival and Halloween Treat Street enhance the town's quality of life and drive significant economic growth. By connecting businesses and community groups, the SEAG enables stakeholders to share resources and take advantage of powerful marketing strategies that put Sidney on the map as an exciting family destination where businesses can thrive.

For more information, contact Donna Petrie, Executive Director and Event Liaison/Facilitator, by phone at 250-893-0093, or email info@distinctlysidney.ca.

 

Sidney North Saanich Industrial Group

Founded in 2011, the Sidney North Saanich Industrial Group advocates for the common goals and interests of the manufacturing sector in West Sidney's industrial park. Comprised of twelve member companies, the SNSIG focuses on issues such as employee recruitment and retention, workforce housing, branding and marketing, and networking opportunities for companies in the area.

For more information, contact John Juricic, Executive Director, by phone at 250-812-8827, or email john@harbourdigitalmedia.com.

 

South Island Prosperity Project (SIPP)

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The South Island Prosperity Project works with companies that want to grow in, or relocate to, the South Vancouver Island region. Formed in 2016, SIPP's mission is to facilitate and promote development of a strong, diversified economy on South Vancouver Island, creating a more collaborative region and a vibrant place to work. Programs include a Business Concierge service and a BusinessConnect Network.

For more information, contact SIPP by phone at 1-778-265-8128 or email admin@southislandprosperity.ca.