For Existing Businesses
If you are a business located within our BID boundaries, we offer the following services:
We promote our downtown retail community as a whole, AND our businesses within. Have a special event or promotion? Share it with us, and we’ll send it to our thousands of e-newsletter and social media subscribers. Over the course of a year, we coordinate district-wide advertising campaigns, special events and neighborhood promotions designed to attract visitors to Jamaica Avenue, and by extension, the stores within. Local merchants are invited to “plug into” these many marketing campaigns at no cost to them.
Late spring through December, we present several sidewalk sales events. Our BID pays for the cost of required city permits, allowing any business who desires to participate the opportunity to sell goods in front of their storefront.
Have you received a confusing business violation by the City’s Dept. Of Consumer Affairs, Sanitation or similar? Call us so that we can help you identify the reason and resolve the situation. We’re also here to advocate on your behalf if loitering, illegal dumping, or other quality of life issues are affecting your business. If you would like to file a complaint yourself to the Business Integrity Commission, you can do so here.
Periodically we engage specialists to provide free training to our local business community. Trainings are created based on observed need and incoming business requests. Our current focus: helping businesses develop a free online presence using established digital platforms (Yelp, Google Maps, Instagram and Facebook) and merchandise storefront windows to increase foot traffic, interest and sales.
We keep abreast of new incentives, business classes and citywide regulations and initiatives, sharing them with our local business community as we learn of them.
Our semi-annual happy hours allow businesses the opportunity to mingle, develop alliances, and meet other key players in our commercial community.