Val Jensen, Co-Owner
“St-Joseph Boulevard is the heart of Orleans, and the Heart of Orleans BIA is its biggest booster. With almost 400 businesses in the area, the street offers a wide range of products, services, and restaurants, and the BIA is doing a phenomenal job of both promoting them and supporting them.
The BIA’s regular newsletters and social media posts, along with The Beat and their web site, are informative and engaging, welcoming new businesses, reintroducing existing ones and actively encouraging the public to shop local. And their recent Faces of Business initiative did an amazing job of reminding us all that our businesses are comprised of people, people who care deeply about this community.
On the support side, the BIA has really stepped up to help local businesses during this extraordinary time of COVID. Providing regular updates on government regulations and assistance programs, on-going liaison and advocacy with the three levels of government, and valuable tools to help businesses navigate the often-murky waters, the BIA has proved itself to be firmly on the side of local business. If you run a business in the St-Joseph area, you may be a member of the Heart of Orleans BIA and not even know it. If that’s the case, you and your business are missing out!”
Val Jensen, Co-Owner Quilty Pleasures
2211 St Joseph Boulevard, Orléans, ON K1C 7C5
The Love of Chocolate Factory
Moiz Hassanali, Owner
“Our company, The Love Of Chocolate Factory, would like to shine some light on how the Heart of Orléans BIA has been instrumental in helping our business grow.
The COVID-19 era has been challenging for all businesses, however the BIA has helped our company tremendously during these difficult times. Tannis has been outstanding and has always gone out of her way to ensure we get all the help needed. Her regular updates for all stages of COVID-19 have been timely and extremely informative.
Tannis, during the first stage of all non essential business closures, contacted us and included our company on the BIA website informing the public that we are open for curbside pickup and deliveries. This was a vital tool for customers to know we are open to serve them and that helped draw customers to our store.
She also undertook an important mission during these difficult times to ensure the less fortunate citizens had food on the table through her food bank drive.
We have made several requests to Tannis on different levels concerning our business and she has taken care of all of them effectively without any delay. She has even replied to our emails during off working hours, she is totally dedicated to her job.
The Beat, the online connection has always been very productive, giving all updates of what’s happening in our beautiful Orleans.
This small note is to Thank BIA and especially Tannis. Keep up the wonderful work including beautifying Orleans streets with flowers, banners and benches.”
Moiz Hassanali, Owner The Love Of Chocolate Factory
2866 St Joseph Boulevard, Orléans, ON K1C 1G7
The Massage & Treatment Centre
“The Heart of Orleans BIA is the voice that gets key economic issues heard for local business, they collaborate with the Ottawa Board of Trade, city, province and federally elected officials to ensure the virtues and concerns of our business community are widely known and addressed, as well as promoting our area as a local tourist destination. As a business owner I have directly benefited from their advocacy through promotional marketing, local festivals, events, and beautification. I am proud to have my business in Orleans with the Support of my local BIA.”
Amanda Smith, Co-Owner The Massage and Treatment Centre
1224 Place d’Orléans Dr unit 110, Orléans, ON K1C 7K3
Stray Dog Brewing Company
“The Heart of Orléans BIA plays a vital role in promoting and supporting local businesses.
The staff and board members of the BIA are very passionate about celebrating the rich and diverse community that is Orléans. They are very active in communicating with their members as well as to their constituents, delivering timely and informative news through a variety of channels.
Throughout the pandemic, the BIA doubled-down its efforts to get community members to shop and support local, which means a lot to many of us.”
Marc Plante, Co-Owner Stray Dog Brewing Company
501 Lacolle Way Unit 4, Orléans, ON K4A 5B6
Money Coaches Canada
“I am happy to support my local business community by advertising in The Beat. I love that The Beat features various stores, offices and other enterprises on the main street of my long-time community and it also gives me practical information like municipal updates, upcoming LRT information, and helpful business tips. It’s a great way to keep up to date with your friends, neighbours and businesses in your Orléans community.”
Janet Gray, B.A., B. Admin., CFP®, EPC, CPCA
Money Coaches Canada
Beachcomber Hot Tubs
“The Beat is an awesome place to advertise – local exposure is what it’s all about and it has brought new clients within days of its digital release. It offers REALLY good bang for the buck and I strongly recommend any local business in Orléans to advertise in the Beat.”
André Grzela, Owner Beachcomber Hot Tubs
1993 St – Joseph, Orléans, ON, Canada K1C 1E5
CP Business Solutions
“As an Associate Member of the Heart of Orléans BIA, I am continually grateful for the opportunity to belong to the organization. The BIA serves as a central source for local business information and is a much needed hub for connection. My membership absolutely impacts where I shop and do business and it has paid for itself 10X over. Connections. Referrals. Leads. Information. Community. The BIA plays a vital role in our business community.”
Catherine Priestman, Owner CP Business Solutions
Royal Bank of Canada
“The Heart of Orléans is the anchor of our community. You may ask why I make this statement?
RBC was a member of the Heart of Orléans BIA when we were located on Centrum Boulevard. At that time, we were also members of the Orléans Chamber which has since been combined with 2 other local city chambers to form the Orléans Board of Trade (OBOT). When the OBOT was amalgamated, we didn’t really give too much thought to how the BIA in Orléans encompassed our local community. We did, however, participate in some clean up days and went to a couple of events. We just didn’t realize how much the BIA does for Orléans. Fast forward a few years and with the move of the RBC Branch just down the street, we reached out to the BIA to see how we can collaborate together to be in the community. This is when we found out that due to the move we were located just outside the BIA district and no longer members. The BIA offered us an Associate Membership which provided many of the same benefits as a member with the exception of things like voting. Upon talking to the two wonderful ladies at the BIA (Tannis and Rita), it was a no brainer… We had to become Associate Members!
Since we became Associate Members a little over two years ago, we have been engaged in the Orléans Community, networked through virtual events, handed out BIA keychains and even went out to the local businesses to see “Who is Who” in the Orléans community. It has been great to get to know most of the businesses within Orléans that we would not have known had we not become Associate Members. Being Associate Members we were engaged through the BIA Faces of Business campaign, asked to add insightful financial advice in the newsletter and we became team members of the Member Engagement committee where we have built in depth relationships with the other BIA Members!
So to sum it all up, it is very rewarding to be an Associate Member of the Heart of Orléans BIA. It has brought the Orléans community much closer together and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the BIA in the years to come!”
Patricia Bonacci, Community Manager
2945 St – Joseph, Orléans, ON