The D.B.P.A. formed in 1989 from the organization that was originally the Downtown Business Association. It was known as the Downtown Business Association, and in the early 90's was renamed to reflect its membership. It is now known as the DeFuniak Springs Business and Professional Association. The D.B.P.A. has members from all over DeFuniak Springs, in all professions and businesses.
The first objective was to bring people back downtown. That is why we held the first Hometown Christmas in 1990. Hometown Christmas has since moved to the Fair Building due to the unpredictability of the weather in November. This festival brings up to 4000 people to DeFuniak Springs in a single day. We encourage our business community to take advantage of this event.
The D.B.P.A. helped the City of DeFuniak obtain a CDBG Grant to redo the downtown sidewalks and parking area.
We have helped obtain signage for the business district, and also help keep up planters and light fixtures downtown.
During city elections we have held forums so both residents and the business community could be better informed about candidates. To help stimulate the economy D.B.P.A. has held sidewalk sales and even a bunny trail sale with someone dressed in a bunny suit.
In 1991, because of the war in Iraq, the D.B.P.A. held the first Fourth of July celebration in more than 20 years to the area. It has been an annual event since then. We also started Halloween Happening in 1991. We close off Baldwin Avenue, have local businesses come down, setup a booth, and give away goodies to the children. This provides a safe environment for kids and parents as well. We hold a window display contest for our businesses and a costume contest for the kids. All of our events are free and open to the public. The D.B.P.A. has window display contests on Halloween, Christmas, and Fourth of July.
We have a business of the quarter from our local businesses. You do not have to be a member of the D.B.P.A. to win. Just be a business in DeFuniak Springs, or a business person who has given back to our community. The D.B.P.A. publishes a newsletter at least once a quarter, but usually more often. We include local news and information about how to improve your customer base and enhance your business. If you would be interested in becoming a member of D.B.P.A. please use the Contact Us tab to let us know.
Hope to see you at our next quarterly general meeting!