Business Owners, Politicians Mingle At BIA Event

It was an evening of optimism and positive energy as the Barrhaven BIA hosted its Barrhaven Business Networking Reception at Capital Funeral Home and Cemetery Fri., Feb. 17.

Several Barrhaven business owners mingled with each other and a plethora of special guests. Councillors David Hill and Wilson Lo, Mayor Mark Sutcliffe, Nepean MP Chandra Arya, Councillors Sean Devine (Knoxdale-Merivale) and Laine Johnson (College), Conservative MP Scott Aitchison (Shadow Minister for Housing and Diversity and Inclusion), City of Ottawa Planning Manager Lily Xu, and OCOBIA Executive Director Michelle Groulx.

This signature event, hosted by the Barrhaven Business Improvement Area, brought together Barrhaven Business Leaders and Elected Officials along with those from neighbouring communities for an evening of networking and relationship building.

“The room was buzzing as we looked forward to what will be an amazing year in Barrhaven,” said Barrhaven BIA Executive Director Andrea Steenbakkers.

Planning is well underway for what will be an exciting year for the Barrhaven BIA. The BIA emphasizes that input from businesses in the community is extremely valuable for them to better understand the needs and current conditions, in order to best serve the business community.

The Barrhaven BIA works to create optimum conditions for all Barrhaven businesses to flourish. That means promoting Barrhaven as a prime shopping area, lobbying for ‘smart growth’ in the community and providing local businesses with tools for success.

Membership in the Barrhaven BIA is automatic for commercial taxpaying businesses, property owners and professional service providers in the Barrhaven area. Home-based businesses are also eligible to join. If you are not certain if you are a member, you may contact the BBIA at

Local business owners and elected officials mingled at the Barrhaven BIA business networking event at Capital Memorial Gardens Feb. 17.

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