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: