North Road BIA: Investing in both business and community

"I love this area," says Carolyn Orazietti, Executive Director of the Burnaby North Road Business Improvement Association (BIA). "I started off years ago at the Vancouver BIA, where I spent the first 2.5 years explaining to everyone what a BIA was. Now it's the largest BIA in North America. BIA’s are a great vehicle for keeping an area vibrant by promoting it and by making improvements in the areas of beautification, safety & security and marketing."

In 2009, Carolyn brought her Vancouver experience and BIA knowledge to Burnaby North Road.

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"We're not your typical BIA," Carolyn explains. "Usually a BIA is located in a downtrodden city centre and their goal may be simply to fix it up through a beautification project. Our purpose is more to revitalize the area. We work closely with Burnaby City Hall and the RCMP to bring security tips to businesses to keep our area as crime-free as possible, and we promote reasons for people to come and shop at our fantastic and courteous local businesses."

One of the highlights of visiting the Burnaby North Road BIA is the Korean shopping area and its amazing restaurants.

"We have the largest Korean shopping district in the Lower Mainland," Carolyn says. "Just south of Lougheed highway along North Road we have an authentic Korean area with shops, businesses, and award-winning restaurants."

Each year the Burnaby North Road BIA celebrates Korean Community Day. In 2016, it will be held on Saturday, September 10 and Carolyn encourages people to come down and check out all the activities.

"We'll have the Korean Women's Drumming Group, a K-Pop contest, art walk, and a children's section with mini-golf and a bouncy castle,” she says. “And of course there will be delicious Korean food! It's a real fun-filled family day and an event not to be missed."

To learn more about the Korean Community Day event and the Burnaby North Road BIA, call 604-420-2799, check out the website at http://burnabynorthroadbia.ca, email carolyn@burnabynorthroadbia.ca, or visit the office at 303-9440 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby. North Road BIA can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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