An annual $25 Downtown Business Alliance Membership offers professional benefits in networking, advertising, promotions and leadership. If you are joining the last quarter of one year, your membership will go through to the end of the following year. Example: Join November 1, 2016 and membership is valid through to December 2017. Being a part of the business alliance gives you the support and advocacy on issues important to you as a downtown business owner. It gives you the communication avenue to the city when a decision or policy affects your livelihood as a stakeholder. A voluntary donation in addition to the membership dues will help with additional marketing efforts.
- Notification to up to 3 emails specific to your business
- 2017 Membership Decal
- Calendar year membership
- Social Media Promotion
- Link to your website on DBA’s website
- Discounted rates for promotional booths DBA sponsored events. o Rims on the River o Patrick’s Day Festival
- Opportunities for Leadership, Networking & Learning
- Supports downtown’s Pedestrian Art, Holly Jolly Stroll, and Christmas Tree Lighting
Twice per month a newsletter will keep you in the know on important matters of downtown.
Below, you will find resources to help our members improve their businesses. Click on the resource names for a direct link to their website!
Better Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina Sets standards for ethical business behavior, monitors compliance, helps consumers identify trustworthy businesses, and coaches businesses on ethical behavior and how to build stronger, more trusting relationships with customers.
Business Link North Carolina A free central resource for consultations, information and referrals. Business Counselors are available to discuss your needs and help you find the appropriate resources to accomplish your goals.
Cape Fear Community College Small Business Center Seminars, workshops, counseling and a Business Resource Library available for prospective and existing small business owners.
City of Wilmington Learn about important city updates, events and city council meetings that could affect your business.
Wilmington Downtown APP Join the downtown crowd and get your listing upgraded. Go to your APP store on your phone and search wilmington downtown and download this free APP.
Greater Wilmington Business Journal A great resource for happenings in the Wilmington region, including networking events and business expos.
Port City Daily A great news resource about various topics that you can also use to advertise and sell gift certificates for 30% off on their “Save 30” site.
Small Business and Technology Development Center Management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses. Most services are free of charge, and all are confidential. Provides entrepreneurs with the tools they need to build and grow successful businesses.
UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Through events, opportunities, research, education and networking, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is building a large community of entrepreneurs in the Wilmington area.
What’s on Wilmington A great website to learn about the events in Wilmington. You can sign up for their newsletter, submit your events, get a “promotional boost” or add their widget to your website to add local content.
Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau A great website to learn about the events in Wilmington and the surrounding beach areas. You can list your business or events on the website by following the links.
Wilmington Business Development Recruits business and industry and assists with expansion and relocation efforts in Wilmington.
Wilmington Downtown Inc. WDI is committed to the businesses Downtown through fundraising, public outreach and events. Refer to their website for event information, city updates, employment information, real estate and other important information.
Wilmington SCORE Chapter This nonprofit organization is dedicated to the growth and success of small businesses. They offer free counseling sessions and workshops for small business owners.
Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Membership organization that provides business resources, city information, referrals, networking opportunities, and is dedicated to community improvement and economic development in Wilmington.