The Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA) is a tiny nonprofit dedicated to increasing the vitality of Downtown Bend. We are responsible for everything from daily sidewalk sweeping to the planning & development of what Downtown Bend will look like in the future. We run the banner program in Downtown, we provide and care for the flower baskets in the summer, we decorate during the winter, we run community events like Ladies Night and Shop Small Saturday, we create and keep up to date all the Downtown Bend websites and social media, we communicate with all 400+ DBBA members anything and everything that has to do with Downtown, we work closely with Bend Police, the City of Bend, DPAC, MPO, and other community organizations to make sure the needs of Downtown are met, we raise funds to grow the ways in which we can serve Downtown and we provide the vision for what Downtown will look like in the future. We have a staff of just 3 people for this HUGE scope of work, and the DBBA Board of Directors plays a key role in supporting staff, guiding the organization, and developing it's growth & expansion.
The DBBA is a Mainstreet USA subsidiary. As such, our organization and board of directors have certain requirements they must maintain. Here is an outline of how Mainstreet USA boards help small towns all across America thrive:
Board of Directors
For more information about Mainstreet Boards, click here.
When you serve on the DBBA Board of Directors, you have the opportunity to guide and shape our beloved Downtown Bend's growth and development. Directors serve for the betterment of ALL of Downtown - not one single agenda. At times, serving as a director might be difficult as it requires individuals to set aside what might be their personal agenda or goals for Downtown to support the overall betterment and vision of Downtown. Being a director is being a part of a team of passionate, caring people who are working to make Downtown Bend a better place.
The DBBA Executive Director is tasked with being the 'expert' on Downtown - working with DBBA members, DBBA staff, the public, key stakeholders, community groups, committee's & more to be constantly educated about, and assessing the needs of, Downtown within the greater Bend community. The Board of Directors helps the Executive Director & DBBA staff by asking key questions like;
Every Board Director provides their unique wisdom for the growth and development of the organization and it's programs. Collectively, the Board provides a strong, supportive framework, and the big-picture vision for the staff to work under. The Board works together to set annual goals, and works with staff to continually assess these goals and what is needed to accomplish them.
By collaborating together, the DBBA board and staff are able to build and grow strong programs that achieve their mission - to increase the vitality of Downtown Bend!
As a DBBA Board Director you will:
On June 3, 2020, City Council approved the use of public ROW for businesses who are wishing to serve patrons in streets and/or alleys.
Attached you will find:
1.Business Process – Outlines the process the City will take, at expeditious speeds, to issue you a Revocable ROW Permit for these uses.
2.Expansion Checklist – Outlines the different items necessary for submittal to the City of Bend prior to issuance of the Revocable ROW Permit.
3.ROW Application – NO FEE - Please complete this application to the best of your ability. If you have questions while completing this, please reach out to me for assistance.
4.Sidewalk Café License Application – $100 Fee - If you have already submitted an application, then you DO NOT need to apply again. If you haven’t submitted this application and the necessary insurance, you will need to do so prior to issuance of the Revocable ROW Permit. These will be processed expeditiously in 1-2 business days.
5.Use of ROW Agreement – NO FEE - This is required for businesses or groups of businesses prior to issuance of the Revocable ROW Permit.
On the traffic control plan, you will need to describe on the plan or separately, you will need to describe how you plan to create a barrier between your patrons in the street and the active vehicular traffic, if that is part of your proposal. The City of Bend has a very limited amount of traffic control devices at this time due to road maintenance projects, so please reach out to local resources for those devices for your ROW closures.
Please take a moment to review these materials.
Just in case you missed yesterday's update on Downtown parking from the City of Bend, please see the notice below.
Here is the timeline for the phased return for parking to return to normal:
Parking permits for employees will once again be required beginning July 1. Paper permits will no longer be issued and ALL permits will be digital. The link to purchase parking permits will be up on 6/15/20, and I'll send out a reminder email to get your permits. Please purchase employee permits in advance of July 1, if possible.
Also, please note (and give a virtual high-five to) the City of Bend and Diamond Parking for establishing the following safety measures:
The Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA) is a small nonprofit dedicated to increasing the vitality of Downtown Bend. They keep Downtown clean, graffiti free & accessible, they create the ‘look and feel’ of Downtown Bend as you know it, including decorations & banners, and they advocate for the needs of Downtown Bend business and building owners. Because much of their funding comes from fundraising events, like Bend Oktoberfest, which has been canceled because of COVID19, the organization will be operating with a limited budget this next fiscal year.
“As a small non-profit we rely on our community to help fund beautification projects in Downtown Bend” says Mindy Aisling, Executive Director of the DBBA, “this year, because we will be unable to hold our usual fundraising events, we will be relying more than ever on direct donations from our community.
Recently, the Bend Relo team at Fred Real Estate Group made a generous donation to the DBBA to support them in continuing their services during these difficult times.
“We want to lead by example and the DBBA’s mission is something we feel aligned with. Bend is a community and economy of small businesses and we want to be supportive where we can.” said David Keyte with Bend Relo at Fred Real Estate Group.
The DBBA wanted to use the funds to do something special to brighten up Downtown, something that would be a long-lasting investment with a positive message. As a small non-profit, the DBBA is always working to stretch every dollar. As such, the DBBA reached out to Brilliance and Branding, a long-standing community partner and sponsor of Downtown Bend beautification. They agreed to discount the costs of banners, and working together, new banners were designed for Downtown Bend.
The DBBA Board of Directors reports that it is donations like the one from Fred Real Estate Group that allow that allow their staff to continue to do the good work that they do for the community.
“Downtown Bend is truly your classic small town Main Street, funded by the community for the community,” says a DBBA Board Director, “we are incredibly grateful and honored by the generous donation from Bend Relo at Fred Real Estate Group, and, in partnership with Brilliance and Branding, we are delighted to bring further beautification to Downtown Bend.”
PICK-UP “OFFICIAL” TOWER POPCORN FOR YOUR HOME SCREENINGS
What goes best with Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or your classic DVDs? Real movie theatre popcorn, that’s what! This Friday, May 8, between 4-7 pm drop-by the Tower Theatre on Wall Street in downtown Bend and take home the tastiest popcorn in Central Oregon for just $3. The freshly-made cinema snack will be individually served in the Tower’s own large disposable paper cups. Candy, cookies, bottled water, soda and wine will also be available for purchase. Enjoy a weekend movie marathon in quarantine as if you were at the theatre!
Orders can be placed and paid in advance online, or at the Tower box office. All required sanitizing, social distancing, and face coverings will be utilized. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Tower Theatre Foundation.
For details and more information, call 541-317-0700 or email Info@TowerTheatre.org.
Duda's Aussie Pies launched their #feedahealthcareworker program on March 26, designed to allow Duda's friends and family from all over the globe to support our small business and put big smiles on the faces of some amazing Healthcare workers at St. Charles hospital, in Bend.
Bend's incredible healthcare workers are working on the front lines every day, putting their own health at risk for our safety. May we always show gratitude and respect for their selflessness and bravery.
They are the real heroes ❤️
Since day one, Duda's Aussie Pies has delivered over 163 delicious Aussie pies to many different departments of St Charles, including the Emergency Room, Family Birthing Unit, Behavioral Health, Medical Floor, Security, Social Services, The PES unit, Patient Access Services, Admitting unit, and more. Lunch is always very well received and it warms our heart to be able to provide this service, now more than ever!
"Thank you a million times over!
These acts of kindness really inspire our team."
From the Duda's Aussie Pies team: Our healthcare workers deserve a medal and while we don’t have any of those, we are happy to take them a yummy pie with chips on your behalf! If you would like to get involved, you can head on over to our website and add the item, “Feed a Healthcare Worker”, to your cart today.
A HUGE thank you goes out to our amazing donors this far and to the wonderful, Rachelle Hoole for accepting and distributing our lunches on the front lines.
"They were so happy and encouraged
by your kindness!!"
Now through Wednesday 4.22.20 all profits from the Employee Relief Tee Collection at Revolvr Menswear on Wall Street in Downtown Bend will go directly to the Revolvr employees that were temporarily laid off due to the COVID-19 store closures.
These tees are purchased on a pre-order basis, so please allow 7-10 business days for your order to arrive. By purchasing a tee from this collection, you are also helping us support our small, independent vendors that have also been hard hit by the store closures, since almost all shops have cancelled their incoming orders or put them on hold.
Thanks for your support! The Revolvr team looks forward to opening their doors again soon!
*Due to the donation nature of this collection, tees in this collection do not qualify for the 20% off discount
We all know and love Deschutes Beer, and the Bend Public House has long been one of the most popular destinations in Downtown Bend.
Right now, one of the most important things we can do is support our local Bend busiensses. There are a few ways that you can do that while enjoying Deschutes damn tasty beer!
Not surprisingly, Deschutes beer sales are down due to restaurant & bar closures across Oregon and beyond. However, there is still plenty of Deschutes Brewery beer available out there. You can find out which grocery and convenient stores are selling Deschutes beer in your area using their online beer finder.
BEER PICKUPS: In addition, they are doing safe beer pickup at our Bend Tasting Room!. You can even purchase small batch beers not available in stores as well as 5-gallon kegs. Here’s how it works:
Buy a 6-pack for a health care professional!
I hope that you are all hanging in there.
In case you missed it, here is information on the most current news from Kate Brown on the plan to reopen Oregon, and here an update on the SBA small business loans.
We also have a plethora of websites aimed at helping local businesses get much-needed customers, SOS Bend just launched this week, Visit Bend created this page, KTVZ created this page, there is a new charity-based website for Bend businesses here, and our own downtownbend.org is almost completely updated with the new “Downtown Online” pages.
For staying connected, I recommend tuning into Bend Chamber’s weekly webinar (click here to view last week's), Matt Hand’s Show up Central Oregon is also tackling a lot of great issues, Let's Keep Connected has some valuable content, and you can view updates from Governer Brown here, and sign up for updates from Jeff Merkely and Representative Helt.
In addition, check out:
Good News from Downtown Bend
Our Favorite Product ThisWeek
& our We’re Open in Downtown YouTube video
Last week our Board of Directors voted to defer EID payments for 90 days. So the City will send out the annual EID bill, as usual, in May - but building owners will be able to delay their payment without a penalty. The Board also voted to extend all Downtown directory kiosk ads for an additional 6 months at no extra charge and to suspend billing until September.
Right now, we have cut all non-essential staff and programs (to save money for whatever the future may hold), and with the remaining 1.5 FTE we've adjusted our focus to concentrate on marketing, and helping the public know what businesses are still open & how they can shop and dine with them. We are also working with businesses one-on-one to help them adjust their business models to offer online services, and in some cases, we're helping them get their stores online. Let us know if you need individual assistance. Additionally, of course, we still have Ryan on the street every morning cleaning and checking for safety issues (Thank you, Ryan!). As soon as this has passed, we'll be ready to bring all staff back to full-time and hit the ground running to make sure that Downtown Bend is as unique and vibrant as it was before this crisis hit.
Finally, we are accepting applications for new board members. You can find all the information and the application by clicking here.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if I can be of any assistance.
Stay well & stay hopeful,
Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA)