About Us

Office Information:

We are Located at:   432 Hamilton Rd, London ON, N5Z 1R9

Bethany Mejia
Program Coordinator
e. mejiabethany@gmail.com
t. 226-236-1485

Brad McLellan
Business Association Intern
e. B.mclellan16@gmail.com
t. (519)-933-2530

 

Our Genesis

The Hamilton Road Area Business Association was founded in 1999 through an initiative of the Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre. During our founding meetings, we developed our mission Statement based on the input of area businesses we had surveyed. We are committed to delivering more value to the Hamilton Road area by upholding these core values.

Our Organization

Our Board of Directors is formulated by electing executive positions from members within the Business Association. Incorporated in 2006, we have had the ability to have many board members with diverse skillsets and experiences contribute to our strategic plans showcasing the leadership breadth found in the Hamilton Road area business community.

For a complete list of contact information and our current staff visit http://hamroad.com/executive/.

Our Current Projects

Our Association is working on two new projects that aim to drive more traffic to local Hamilton Road businesses:
 To transition into a Business Improvement Area (BIA).
 Work in tandem with Community improvement plan to advocate for infrastructural developments to local businesses.

Strategic Growth Plan:

Formulate a Business Improvement Area:
To drive more businesses to our member and non-member Hamilton Road area businesses, our association aims to combine its resources, leadership, and knowledge of the area to transition into a business improvement area. A BIA’s intentions stem from wanting to revitalize, beautify, and promote the area as a consumer-centric, popular destination site for local shoppers. By having local business owners agree to paying a slight increase in property tax, a new Board of Directors would help budget the paid levies so that the Hamilton rd. area can retain and grow its existing customer base, fostering long-term economic growth for the region.
Further, a business improvement area allows ideas contributed from local business owners, city council, and our Board of Directors, to be considered and serve as a catalyst for implementing vast changes to the local infrastructure and street scape that will make sustainable growth more viable.
To make this transition successful, we have hired two staff members, our program coordinator and association intern. Their respective responsibilities are targeted toward handling all administrative related duties and increasing awareness surrounding the BIA. They are assets to our organization and have made significant efforts to allow for the vote to be successful and will continue to highlight the value in having a BIA established for the Hamilton Road area. Furthermore, we recently established an office space at 432 Hamilton Rd. to formalize our operation and spearhead the gentrification process that is happening throughout the Hamilton Rd. Area.

Financial Incentives and the Community Improvement Plan:
The Board of Directors and municipal government officials have worked diligently on qualifying the Hamilton Road for community improvement initiatives. The community improvement plan recently passed in March provides the opportunity for local business owners to apply for financial incentives that help repair or improve the façade and other areas of the brick and mortar location. Advocating for these incentives showcases our organization’s commitment to sustainable change in the Hamilton Road area. Additionally, these incentives will be issued over the course of several years and paired with an established BIA, will help drive more consumer expenditure to the area through increasing exposure and development of the local business area. If your business would like to apply for the forgivable loans, please contact our Program Coordinator, Bethany Mejia, at bethanymejia@hamroad.com.

Our Achievements

Some of our accomplishments since 1999 have included;
 Regular trade shows and networking events
 Feature articles and promotions for individual members
 Production and distribution of membership directories
 Comprehensive web site with free listings and links for members
 Small Business education sessions
 Crime Prevention sessions on a wide variety of topics of interest to our business community
 Crime Prevention Business Police Academy courses in partnership with the London Police Services
 Annual “Toy for Every Girl and Boy” drive and float in the Santa Claus parade
 Regular informative newsletters to our membership with instant access through this site
 Frequent and candid meetings with elected representatives from all three levels of government
 Membership needs surveys to help us serve you
 Town Hall meetings to deal with issues effecting our members
 The development of 2 annual Business Excellence scholarships for Thames Secondary School
 OBIAA Award received in recognition of our profound Tree Trunk tour sculptures.

Reminder:

All new businesses in the area are invited to join the Hamilton Road Area Business Association and any local businesses not currently involved are welcome to join the association. We are a growing community-conscious organization looking to build the Hamilton Road into an area to be proud of and where Londoners will want to shop and visit. The Hamilton Road Area Business Association is not just Hamilton Road – our area encompasses a very large area. Join our association and find out more. JOIN NOW
We remind all Community Organizations that they have access to this site and we encourage any of those organizations to submit upcoming events to our community bulletin board, including promoting their activities, linking to their web sites from www.hamroad.com and allowing citizens to find information about anything they need – from where to find a Scout Group, to who is having a yard sale.

Please check out all our business members who are listed along with descriptions of their services and links to their web sites. We believe that HamRoad.com is the web site of choice for area citizens who are looking for services or wondering what is going on in their neighbourhood.

This is YOUR business association and we want to hear from YOU!

You may contact us at: president@hamroad.com

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