DBA gears up for year ahead
by Lindsay Craven
The Downtown Business Association is beginning its 19th year following its annual officer elections on Feb. 8.
Now that the officers are in place, the association members can focus on making plans and preparations for the year ahead.
“We function as a dual-purpose group; one is as a civic organization to work on some common causes and help each other with those causes,” DBA President Kevin Austin said. “The more traditional function of a DBA is to publicize and to help the businesses actually prosper, and I think we’ve been fairly successful with that too here in Yadkinville in recent years.”
The DBA has plans to continue many of its sponsored annual events such as the 4th of July celebration, Cops Care Christmas Luncheon and booths at Arts on Main. It also plans to sponsor a couple new events that include a Dinner and Mystery Fundraiser and a spring rummage sale. There are also plans to try to create a Memorial Day night parade.
Other goals for the association are to continue to develop the Downtown Improvement Group program as well as the “Buy Local” program.
The D.I.G. program began about two years ago by the members of the DBA as an effort to do fund raising for projects that improves the aesthetics of the downtown area, according to Austin.
“Our goal is to try to do things for downtown to make it more attractive and to make people want to come downtown and enjoy the arts center and the wineries and to maybe get new retail in the area,” DBA Treasurer Debra Brown said.
“The ‘Buy Local’ program began last fall as an attempt to get residents to spend their retail dollars in the Yadkin County area. Austin said that this is even more important now that the state’s tax laws have changed from distributing state tax dollars based on population to distributing based on the amount of sales tax collected by the county.
“We don’t have the huge retailers here so a lot of our tax money is going to Elkin where they’ve got a Walmart or down in Mocksville or Forsyth County with everything they have,” Austin said. “So we need people to spend their money here and we need the retailers to see the interest that Yadkin County has in having retail here. We need them to feel that if they come to Yadkin County we will support them.”
The DBA also hopes to increase its membership number this year. They currently sit at 52 members, and all of the officers feel confident that the association can build upon that this year.
“I would like to see the DBA pick up a few more members because I think the potential is there for the organization to grow and when you have that then you’ve got a few more minds to help out with ideas and we could maybe take on a few more projects,” Austin said.
Members of the association would like to prepare a facade grant.
“One thing that has been talked about is a facade grant or program where if a business wanted to buy a new awning then the DBA would be able to assist in paying for that upgrade,” Austin said.
If you would like more information about becoming a DBA member please contact Brenda Brown via email at email@example.com.
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