For Our Merchants
This page is a resource for all of our Downtown mechants. It is meant to help our merchants stay engaged and up-to-date on everything going on Downtown, such as new programming or marketing opportunities, economic development intiatives, holiday or special event notices and other pertient information that will help our business owners and managers be successful. On this page you will find a practical guide for doing business Downtown, information on who to call for various topics or concerns, our quarterly newsletters and information on new parking programs, such as the employee parking program that is being finalized and tested this summer. Thank you for choosing Downtown Delray Beach for your business! We are looking forward to working with you.
Downtown is our City’s meeting place and the symbolic heart of our community where many areas of activity are represented. Downtown is a thriving business center; a fun & vibrant retail center; a cosmopolitan residential center, where residents enjoy living as a part of the rich energy of urban life; and an ethnically and generationally diverse community.
Distributed to property owners, business owners and residents within the DDA’s district, the Report details the Position Marketing, Placemaking, and Economic Development activities from the past year and in addition provides a snapshot into 2015-2016.
In addition the DDA has created a video about who we are, what we do, and how we can help you. Click here to view.
DELRAY BEACH HOLDS ATLANTIC AVENUE CAREER EXPO
Jobs Available at Downtown Shops, Restaurants & Hotels
An Atlantic Avenue Career Expo is scheduled for Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Delray Beach Public Library (100 W. Atlantic Avenue), from 9am-11am and 1pm-3pm. The expo will feature retail and hospitality job opportunities offered by shops, restaurants and hotels throughout the downtown Delray Beach area.
The expo is a collaborative effort by the City’s economic development team, and is part of a larger workforce and talent development strategy that promotes local hiring. Organizing and supporting partners include CareerSource Palm Beach County; the City of Delray Beach; Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency; the Office of Economic Development; the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority; the Delray Beach Public Library; the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce; the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition; and the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative.
Potential job applicants can get tips from CareerSource Palm Beach County on how to best prepare for the expo at a job seeker workshop, scheduled for Tuesday, October 3, from 1:00pm to 5:30 pm, in the Tower Room, on the second floor of the library. Attendees will receive tips on a variety of practical subjects, including writing and editing resumes, professional presentation, job interviews, and communications skills.
For more information about the job seeker workshop, or to register as a participating employer for the career expo, contact Michal Corbit at CareerSource Palm Beach County at (561) 340-1060 x2368.
Click here to learn more.
October Sidewalk Sale & Susan G. Komen GO PINK
The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and while many of you already contribute or produce something in October around this cause, we are encouraging you all to maybe do a little more on Oct. 26th. Since the Summer Sidewalk Sale was cancelled due to the hurricane, we are recreating for this day Thurs., Oct. 26 from 10am – 6pm. The Susan G. Komen South Florida chapter came to us in August to partner on the Downtown Goes Pink program. We along with West Palm Beach and Stuart are taking part in the program. Not that this is a competition or anything – but we would love to have Downtown Delray out shine these other two cities!!!!
Click here for more information from Susan G. Komen with the sidewalk sale participation included. The DDA will be adding pink lighting to the streets and we are working with our partners at the City to enhance the gateway lights and Old School Square. This is the first time that they are producing Downtowns Go Pink and if all goes well it could continue.
Delray Beach Post Hurricane Irma Business Recovery Brief
Businesses throughout the Delray Beach community have been impacted by Hurricane Irma. As you work to assess the impact on your employees, property, inventory, equipment and operating revenue, here are a few resources that may help you during the recovery period. We stand ready to assist you and your employees – let us know how. Click here to view the resource guide.
2018 Guide to Downtown Delray Beach
Advertising is available in the 2018 Guide to Downtown Delray Beach.
Downtown Security Ambassador Pilot Program
We need your feedback on the pilot program. Click here to learn more about the pilot program.
Please let us know if you'd like to see the program continue:
If you are a Downtown resident, property owner, business owner or visitor, send a letter or email about this pilot program to: DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com and/or click here to take the Downtown Ambassador SURVEY.
Annual Downtown Property & Business Owner Town Hall Session: RECAP
Robert J. Gibbs delivered a riveting presentation at our annual Town Hall Meeting on April 19, 2017 at the Delray Beach Marriott, with valuable research & recommendations for our Downtown Business & Property Owners as well as our city's decision makers. "New Trends in Urban Retail Planning and Development" by featured speaker, Robert J. Gibbs, AICP, ASLA, CNU-A, President, Gibbs Planning Group was recorded & is available online. Click here to watch the presentation.
Downtown Merchant & Business Association (DMBA): Upcoming Meetings
The Downtown Merchant & Business Association consists of restaurant, business, and retail owners or operators from the Downtown (DDA) district (I-95 to the beach and within Pineapple Grove area as well as South of Atlantic). If you are a Downtown business owner or operator within the District, you are welcome to join the DMA free of cost.
To provide a forum for the downtown businesses to collaborate on programs, communicate amongst the organization and community, and be a collective voice that advocates for activities that promote the retention and smart growth of the downtown business community.
Next DMBA Meetings:
October Merchant Meeting: TBA
Business Intake Form
Click here to fill out the Downtown Business Intake Form for DDA record keeping purposes and to ensure that you are included in all of our listings, marketing, programming opportunities and outreach efforts. This form is for merchants in the Downtown District only. If you are unsure of whether or not your business is within the Downtown District borders, please contact the DDA office at 561.243.1077. Please send your completed forms to: DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com.
New DowntownDelrayBeach.com Website
All merchants within the Downtown District receive a full merchant landing page on this new website for Downtown DelrayBeach. Merchants will be able to upload photos, videos, promotions, events and so much more to their merchant landing page. This new site also offers enhanced visibility & searchability for all of our Downtown merchants. Additionally, it has a mobile-friendly & responsive design!
Website visitors will be able to search for your business by:
If you haven't received your website login information for your merchant landing page, please contact the DDA office at 561.243.1077 or DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com.
Business Profile Videos for Downtown Merchants
The Downtown Development Authority is proud to partner with VUP Media in offering this unique and affordable business profile video package for our Downtown Merchants (within the DDA District). Take advantage of increased exposure to potential customers, by marketing your business everywhere!
We have been able to leverage this opportunity for you at an extremely cost efficient price point of only $425 per video profile (a $2,500 value). Each business profile includes an on-location HD shoot of your business, HD post-production editing, business profile video (up to 2 minutes in length).
Business Profiles Can Be Used For: • Your business' website • On DowntownDelrayBeach.com, the DDA's Facbeook Page & Youtube Channel, increasing your exposure! • For tradeshows • Hotels (looped video) • In-Store Displays • Through your business' social media, blog, & email marketing channels
Click here to view details & pricing.
Click here to view existing Business Profile videos.
If you are interested in having a Business Profile video created for your business, please contact the DDA Office at 561.243.1077 or DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com.
CodeRED Emergency Notification System
The city of Delray Beach has implemented an emergency notification system to provide critical information to residents and businesses in emergency situations.
The CodeRED system, capable of placing sixty thousand calls per hour, can call all persons registered with the service or just those located within an affected area, making up to three attempts to reach each number.
The system is only activated in emergencies. Examples of why you might be called are:
Evacuation orders and instructions
Boil water orders
Warnings of bomb threats, chemical spills, or gas leaks
Missing person alerts
Reports of criminal activities in or near your area
Click here to register & learn more.