The membership cycle is changing!
The Board of Directors has voted to shift the current membership cycle based on our fiscal year (July-June), to the calendar year (January-December), effective immediately.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns.
Benefits of Membership
The DBAC strives to provide a high level of service to our members businesses. In addition to providing marketing opportunities, leadership roles, and an influential forum for turning ideas into actions, the DBAC always keeps its members up-to-date with recent news, information, and events happening downtown. Membership benefits include:
We strongly support our members in all their events and marketing campaigns. And in our own marketing, we feature DBAC members and give them top priority in downtown recommendations.
Member businesses enjoy an enhanced listing on our website, which is one of the most comprehensive resources of Downtown Charlottesville’s entertainment and businesses.
Bi-monthly, we send out a newsletter highlighting DBAC members’ events, festivals, activities, programs, concerts, plays, and more going on in downtown Charlottesville. Over 1,500 people use the newsletter to stay up-to-date with local events. In each issue we highlight 5 member businesses as well. The newsletter is posted to our thousands of Facebook and Twitter followers as well.
We have a large Facebook presence with 15,000+ likes and Twitter presence with 4,500+ followers that we use to promote the Downtown Mall. For members, we offer free advertising to a wider, but still relevant audience with our “Membership Spotlight” campaign and eye-catching posts. We also advertise special events, sales, and campaigns of member businesses for free.
Downtown Gift Certificate Program
This program allows members to participate in a free gift certificate program. Gift Certificates can be purchased at J. Fenton Too and can be used at select downtown businesses. They make great gifts and encourage traffic!
Partnerships with Area Media
In past years, we have partnered with various radio, print and television publications to create promotional packages and advertising discounts for downtown merchants.
Membership Email List
Every DBAC member is connected on a membership email list to encourage communication and promote partnerships and networking. This list has not and will never be sold.
Download Membership Application and Membership Form below:
MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION FORM
NEW: Pay your membership fee online! Click here!