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Friday, February 7, 2020

Goderich BIA Says 2019 Strong Year For Business

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  
Chair of Downtown Goderich BIA says organization is focusing on events, digital presence for businesses.

The Goderich Downtown BIA had a good year in 2019, and is gearing up for the same this year.

BIA Manager Susan Armstrong presented the group's annual report to Town Council Monday, focusing on events and the need for an increased digital presence among businesses in the core area.

Board Chair Elizabeth van den Broeck says one of the secrets of the BIA's success is the fact that the group has a full-time manager, which gives Goderich an advantage over other smaller Ontario communities.

She adds several new board members are bringing fresh ideas to the table, which will benefit the Goderich downtown economy.

In 2019, seven new businesses opened in the BIA's coverage area, while six others closed.

Van den Broeck points out that the BIA doesn't aggressively market small business vacancies, because space availability in downtown Goderich remains tight.

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