Join The DBA

  • DBA’s Mission

    “Downtown Business
    Association serves as advocate
    and promoter of business and
    economic interests in the
    downtown area.”

  • DBA’s Vision

    “The Downtown Business
    Association will be the leader
    in making the downtown a
    destination for businesses,
    shoppers, diners and
    residents. ”

  • Event & Member Benefits

    • Quarterly Business to Business Mixers
    • Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Opening
    • Third Thursday’s (May & October)
    • Business Development Workshops
    • Quarterly Empowerment Breakfast
    • Coupon Sheet
    • State of the Downtown Breakfast
    • Business Expo
    • Taste of Downtown
    • Champagne Shopping

  • Featuring Guides

    • Shopping Guide
    • Restaurant Guide
    • Medical Guide
    •Business Guide

  • Strategic Member Advertising

    Social Media
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Instagram
    • E-Blast
    • Downtown Advocate

  • History

    1950s • Formed in 1954 • Began campaigns to attract business back to the Heart of Bakersfield
    1960s • Promoted the Civic Auditorium Development project Formed Downtown • Improvement District Improve streets sidewalks and downtown parking.
    1970s • Support construction of the bank of the America Tower & renovation of the Fedway Department Store into Bakersfield College’s Will Institute- the First College Downtown Assisted in the formation of the CDA
    1980s • Participated in the 18th & Eye Parking development and fundraising drive Brought the Bakersfield Christmas Parade back to the Downtown Started the Downtown Street Fairs
    1990s • Raised $100,000 to save Bakersfield’s Historic Fox Theater • Started the “Up on the Rood Party” • Led the project to save and preserve the Unreinforced Masonry Buildings downtown • partnered with City officials on the Chester Avenue Streetscaping Project
    2000s • Worked with city officials to expand the Streetscaping Project from “k” to Eye Street & Chester Ave. from 24th St. to Garces Circle• Participated in Bakersfield’s Charretee Process which has resulted in the fallowing City Improvements: Mill Creek Central Park , McMurtrey Aquatic Center & Ice Rink, Rabobank Arena, Maya Cinema, Wall Street Alley, 19th & Eye Improvements & the Padre Hotel Restoration • Continued to Promote downtown businesses through the popular Hwy 99 Cruise ‘n Show, Downtown Street Fairs, First Friday’s and other Downtown Promotions and activities • Advocated on behalf of locating future Federal Courthouse in the Downtown area
    2011-2012 • Working with Bakersfield officials to finalize the Mill Creek Redevelopment project and the Q Street improvement project Establishing Downtown Medical, Arts, Education, Entertainment and Financial District areas • Working tirelessly to restore and revitalize the Heart of Bakersfield

Third Thursday

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10/20/2016 - 17:30
18th - 21st Street Bakersfield


Third Thursday

  • Mix & Mingle Marriott