In addition to advocacy work, ABLE BC members get access to exclusive member benefits and discounts. By using our benefit programs, you can more than cover the cost of your annual membership.

Read on to find out how you can take advantage of these savings today.

To learn more about or sign-up for a member benefit program, please contact: Danielle Leroux (Director of Membership & Communications) at 604-688-5560 or danielle@ablebc.ca.

Member Benefits

Western Financial Group Hospitality Insurance Program

HIP is a specialized group insurance program that offers our Members immediate premium savings and long-term rate stability. Available insurance coverage includes: property insurance, general liability insurance, host liquor liability insurance, business interruption, cyber liability, legal expenses, and crime. Learn more. 

Johnstone’s Employee Benefits

This comprehensive group benefit program is available to members with as a few as three employees. By leveraging the purchasing power of ABLE BC, we have negotiated significant improvements in cost and flexibility as well as terms and conditions not offered to individual firms. Johnstone’s offers a range of customizable group insurance benefits including: life insurance, income protection, travel insurance, and health and dental coverage. Learn more.

Brewers Distributors Limited (BDL) Beer Bottle Return Program

By signing onto the Return Program, you agree to accept up to 10 dozen beer containers that customers can return to your location at a single time. Your business benefits in even more ways. Members on average make $2700 in annual handling commissions. Download an application for the program here.

Foodbuy

Join thousands of food service operators across Canada and 100+ across BC enjoying added manufacturer revenues and savings over and above all current programs.

How does it work? Keep your distribution agreements with GFS or Sysco. Keep your vendors and existing rebates. Let Foodbuy fill any rebate gaps. Receive monthly itemized rebate cheques and reports. Learn more.

Sting Investigations Group Compliance Program

Sting Investigations specializes in hotel & bar investigations, video surveillance, alcohol compliance checks, mystery shopping, fingerprinting, and consulting services. ABLE BC in partnership with Sting Investigations has created our Group Compliance Testing Initiative. Click here to request a compliance check.

Soundtrack Business: Licensed Music Streaming Service

Soundtrack Business, a Spotify-backed company, is the most advanced, customizable music streaming service for businesses now available in Canada that allows retailers to brand their environments with the right music at the right time. The service also includes the management of all reporting requirements and licensing payments to SOCAN. This will ensure all subscribed ABLE BC members are compliant. Learn more here.

Partner with BC Craft Beer’s biggest tourism marketing campaign: the BC Ale Trail

The BC Ale Trail is a marketing campaign showcasing British Columbia as a global destination for tourists and craft beer enthusiasts.

With investment from ABLE BC, the BC Ale Trail platform is diversifying to include curated listings for 75 private liquor stores. Each Ale Trail itinerary will include 3-5 private liquor stores, providing additional opportunities for consumers to connect with the BC Craft Beer community and its products. BCAleTrail.ca will also expand to include a private liquor store database, with individual liquor store pages.

Leverage your marketing dollars and discover the power of partnering with BC Craft Beer’s biggest tourism marketing campaign.

To learn more about the BC Ale Trail and why you need to sign up your LRS click here for the sales deck or read on below. 

Spots are limited! To sign-up your LRS for the BC Ale Trail please contact: Ken Beattie (Executive Director, BC Craft Brewers Guild) at 604-306-1500 or ken@bccraftbeer.com.

VI Banking ATM Secured Solutions

ABLE BC in partnership with VI Banking ATM has negotiated one of the best ATM agreements in the ATM industry exclusively for our members. VI Banking is a true local company with over 13 years experience in the ATM industry.

Our exclusive ATM agreement is no-risk (day-to-day with no fixed term commitment) and high-profit. Earn an extra $1000 monthly. You keep 100% of the surcharge and determine the surcharge amount. Complimentary maintenance and upgrades. Learn more.

VITO Vancouver | Nu-LIfe Fryer Oil Management

VITO Vancouver provides hospitality professionals with the very best equipment, products, and support to manage fryer oil effectively. They are helping local establishments improve kitchen safety and reduce their fryer oil costs by 30% to 50%.

If ABLE BC members evaluate the VITO system and decide to implement it in their establishment, members can use it for 2 months before paying. Please click here for more information.

BetterBeer.com

The average bar spills $12K per year in draught beer. Hand-me-down staff training doesn’t work. Pints get returned by angry guests. BetterBeer.com can help and as an ABLE BC Member you get special pricing. Learn more.

Mills Office Supplies

BC-based supplier of office supplies committed to providing our members with competitive pricing and personalized service to best accommodate your individual needs. Access discounted products and supplies relevant to the hospitality industry at this one-stop shop. Learn more.

Liquor Price Guide

We have worked with our Associate Member Barnet Group to develop this online pricing guide and offer it exclusively to ABLE BC Members free of charge. Use the Liquor Guide to review monthly LDB price changes, compare current retail pricing to wholesale pricing, and track wholesale markup and retail margin. Please contact ABLE BC for instructions on how to download the price guide.

JM Media: Free Advertising Opportunity

JM Media makes advertising easy, affordable and simple for any type of business. ABLE BC Members are eligible to take advantage of a unique industry-specific meeting opportunity. 

Grow your brand and business and reach over 1/2 million consumers weekly! Exclusive offer with the Province and Vancouver Sun: FREE full page editorial ad valued at $4500 (with 3 month advertising commitment).

Learn more about the services JM Media offers: visit their website at www.jmmedia.caFor a free quote please call Victoria Cartwright at 604-551-1456 or email victoria@jmmedia.ca

Webinars and online training tools

In 2017, ABLE BC launched our webinars and online training tools series. Members and industry professionals now have access to regular webinars produced by ABLE BC in partnership with industry experts, and designed with the liquor store and pub owner, manager, or staff member in mind. Our goal is to help you adopt industry best practices and adapt to today’s changing business environment so you can raise revenues, grow your customer base, and increase profitability.

2017-18 webinars included: How to deliver great customer service at your LP and LRS, Why the right background music is good for business, Retailing cannabis in BC part I and II, Employment Standards 101, and How to set up your cannabis retail store for success.

2018-19 webinar topics include: HR webinar series for hospitality industry employers, cannabis in the workplace, dealing with cannabis-impaired customers and other strategies to manage risk, effective social media strategies, and more. Stay tuned for details!

If you missed a past webinar, you download a copy of all webinar recordings and PowerPoint slides in our online store: https://ablebc.ca/online-store/

HR Essentials for Liquor Industry Employers

ABLE BC is partnering with go2HR on a new HR initiative for liquor industry employers: a 4-part webinar series and employment essentials guides designed for liquor industry employers.

Building a safe and inclusive workplace culture with engaged employees is a vital part of your success. Our HR on Tap series will help you do just that!

Download the first HR on Tap Guide here: http://bit.ly/HRONTAP1

The first guide covers everything you need to know about employee recruitment: from preparing a hiring timeline, to finding your ideal clients, effectively screening resumes, and selecting the best candidate, plus so much more. This free comprehensive guide also includes tools and templates to save you time and money during the hiring process.

Download past HR essentials webinars in our online storeEmployment Standards 101 and The Cocktail of Employee Performance Management.

Educational and Professional Development Opportunities

Bi-annual conferences: SUMMIT and BC Liquor Conference. Network and connect with leaders in the industry, learn new strategies and tactics, and be the first to know about industry trends at our bi-annual conferences: BC Hospitality Summit (spring) and BC Liquor Conference (fall).

2 Pieces of ID Required: Signage, Pins, and Drivers License Guides

ABLE BC is here to help you with due diligence: purchase our “2 Pieces of ID Required” signage and “I ask for 2 pieces of ID” buttons available exclusively to ABLE BC Members. Click here to purchase online.

On an annual basis, members can order North American and International ID Checking Guide Books at a discounted group rate through the ABLE BC office.

Exclusive Discounts from Preferred Industry Suppliers

ABLE BC has over 70 Associate Members—preferred industry suppliers who support the advocacy work we do. They are trusted leaders in our industry and know exactly how to cater to your specific business needs. As an ABLE BC Member, you get exclusive access to our Associate Members’ special pricing and discounts.

Find more details throughout our Annual Buyers’ Guide or by contacting suppliers directly.

To learn more about or sign-up for a member benefit program, please contact: Danielle Leroux (Director of Membership & Communications) at 604-688-5560 or danielle@ablebc.ca.

Associate Member Benefits

Support BC’s private liquor industry

Associate members support the advocacy work ABLE BC does on behalf of BC’s private liquor industry. We work tirelessly to protect the small liquor businesses in your communities, enhance private sector opportunities, and address business irritants. Your support means a lot to our over 1,000 members and clearly shows that you’re invested in our industry’s long-term success.

Members-Only Website and Contact List

Login to our Members-Only website to profile your company in our Member Directory, access Licensee contact information, download helpful documents and resources, and more. Associate members can also request a copy of our Member List by contacting our office.

Digital Advertising

Receive a 10% discount on all digital advertising in our biweekly Industry Update e-newsletter and on the ABLE BC website.

The Publican Magazine

Receive a 10% discount on all ad rates in The Publican, ABLE BC’s industry magazine published quarterly and distributed across BC.

Annual Buyers’ Guide

Position your company as a supplier of choice with a complimentary profile in the Annual Buyers’ Guide. This online & print resource is used industry-wide and lists our preferred suppliers.

Liquor Price Guide

We have worked with our Associate Member Barnet Group to develop this online pricing guide and offer it exclusively to ABLE BC Members free of charge. Use the Liquor Guide to review monthly LDB price changes, compare current retail pricing to wholesale pricing, and track wholesale markup and retail margin. Please contact ABLE BC for instructions on how to download the price guide.

Email marketing campaigns

Partner with ABLE BC by offering a member benefit program or preferred pricing for additional promotional opportunities, including direct emails to our members. 

Sponsorship & Partnership Opportunities

Participate in and sponsor ABLE BC’s annual events including:

  • BC Liquor ConferenceOctober 29, 2018 at Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver
  • BC Hospitality Summit: April 8-9, 2019 at the Delta Grand Okanagan
  • Summer golf tournament (in partnership with the BC Hospitality Foundation)
  • Regular member meetings and networking events
  • Share your expertise on our new webinar series and reach an engaged audience of LRS and LP owners and managers

Meet Licensees: grow your clientele

Attend our regular member meetings, networking events, and industry receptions to meet licensees, build relationships, and connect with prospective buyers.

Johnstone’s Employee Benefits

This comprehensive group benefit program is available to members with as a few as three employees. By leveraging the purchasing power of ABLE BC, we have negotiated significant improvements in cost and flexibility as well as terms and conditions not offered to individual firms. Johnstone’s offers a range of customizable group insurance benefits including: life insurance, income protection, travel insurance, and health and dental coverage. Learn more.

Mills Office Supplies

BC-based supplier of office supplies committed to providing our members with competitive pricing and personalized service to best accommodate your individual needs. Access discounted products and supplies relevant to the hospitality industry at this one-stop shop. Learn more.

To learn more about or sign-up for a member benefit program, please contact: Danielle Leroux (Director of Membership & Communications) at 604-688-5560 or danielle@ablebc.ca.

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