NORTH END BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
PROMOTING THE BUSINESSES OF THE NORTH END OF HALIFAX
The business community in the North End is bustling with a diverse retail cohort, vibrant food scene and strong professional and personal service presence. The North End is truly a place where you can work, shop, live and play all in the same neighborhood. To help promote, support advocate for commercial development in the North End, the North End Business Association was established as an official Business Improvement District (BID) in 2011. It is now one of eight BIDs in HRM, working hard to represent more than 350 members that have chosen to do business here.
WHAT IS A BID?
A Business Improvement District (BID) is a special assessment district where business people join together to promote and improve the economic vitality of the area. The establishment of a BID provides a unique opportunity for business owners, and commercial property owners, to promote their mutual goals of creating safe, attractive, and interesting commercial place aimed at stimulating business.
HOW IS IT FUNDED?
BIDs are supported by an area rate levied on the commercial land owners in the BID catchment area (see BID District Boundary Map). This levy is enabled by Section 70 of the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter (2008) for services related to beautification, marketing, public parking, and economic development. In 2019/2020 the area rate for NEBA is $0.16 for each $100 of assessment, with a minimum levy of $350 and a maximum levy of $7500. The area rate is approved every year at the Annual General Meeting, and is collected through HRM and then transferred to the Association.
WHO ARE OUR MEMBERS?
NEBA has approximately 250 commercial properties and over 350 businesses. All commercial property owners and business owners leasing or renting commercial space within the BID boundaries are automatically members of the association. NEBA has a non-voting Associate Membership option for businesses located within the Associate Membership boundary. The intent of the Associate Membership is to enable home-based businesses and businesses immediately adjacent to the BID area to join NEBA and become active members of the local business community organization. Associate Memberships will be renewed on an annual basis.
The North End is the most progressive place to do business in Canada.
To create policies and events to build upon a successful, resilient business community;
To be an influential advocate for the best conditions for sustainable business growth; and
To support the development and retention of a diverse, inclusive and vibrant North End
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MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS & ACTIVITIES
• Street cleaning
• Meet and greets and networking opportunities
• Newsletters and bulletins
• Events and festivals
• Information sharing
• Webpage and directory
• Walking map
• Social media promotion of the district, members and activities
• Advocacy and representation of association businesses
● Beautification and street improvement projects and programs
● Opportunities to participate in collaborative initiatives
In effort to make the North End “the place to do business” and grow the local business community, NEBA is offering an Associate Membership to all businesses, including home-based businesses, within the NEBA Associate Membership Area (see map). In lieu of paying the BID levy, Associate Membership are asked to pay a reasonable membership fee. Applicants must actively demonstrate they support the mission of the BID, and may be contracted to perform services, asked to volunteer on committees, or approached to partner on initiatives.
Associate Members are eligible for:
● Promotion (Directory, social media)
● Business to business connections
● Updates and newsletters from NEBA
● Sponsorship Opportunities
● Invitations to member events and learning opportunities
● Support for initiatives that align with NEBA’s strategic plan
● An opportunity to be part of and contribute to a growing and thriving business community.
Associate Members are NOT eligible for:
● Voting privileges within the association
● Enhanced maintenance
● Board positions
Associate Membership is approved at the discretion of the NEBA board of directors. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis and membership expires for renewal on March 1st of each year. The tiered Associate Membership fee is dependent on the type and size of the business.
1. Home-based business with 2 or less employees and non-profits: $100
2. Businesses with 1 – 3 employees: $150
3. Businesses with 3+ employees: $250
If you are interested in joining the Association please fill out the NEBA ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION and email it to
Membership runs from April 1st – March 31st.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Matt Neville (Chair) – A Tiny Lab
Evyeneia Dexter (Vice-chair) - Foxy Moon
Ross Cantwell (Treasurer) - Velo
Victor Syperek (Secretary) – The Local
Grant Ruffinengo - Carlo Autobody
Diana Devlin - Welcome Housing
Jason Arab - Vapor Plus
Natalie Dugie - The Foggy Goggle
Charlane Watts - Residential Rep.
Lindell Smith - District 8 Councilor
Patty Cuttell-Busby, Executive Director
Tracy Jackson, Administrative Manager
Marika Paris, Festival & Events
Office: 216-2099 Gottingen St. Halifax, N.S. B3K 3B2