About Us

The mission of the Elko Downtown Business Association is to promote, preserve and enhance the prosperity of the downtown area and support the overall betterment of the Elko Community.

Elko Downtown Business Association (DBA) and You

The downtown of each city is truly the heart of that city and Elko is no different. The Elko Downtown Business Association (DBA), originally created in 1984 as a non-profit organization, provides one voice for many downtown interests. In addition to collaborating and communicating with the many agencies that service downtown, we serve on a multitude of taskforces and committees making sure that downtown interests are heard. Serving as an advocate for Downtown Elko, the DBA represents over 70 active business members: arts organizations, restaurants, retail stores, entertainment, professional services and non-profit organizations. The DBA is supported by a volunteer board of directors and a group of business owners and employees, who work diligently to grow the success of Downtown Elko as a shopping, dining, and event destination. Supported by member’s fees and event proceeds, the DBA has helped place garbage cans, benches, decorative banners and holiday lighting, trees and flower barrels to name a few tangible services.

Summer Wine Walks and the Snowflake Festival are the highlights of DBA sponsored events. These events are typically held on the second Saturday of the Month, with the first main event of the year, the Art Walk, starting in May. Other events include the Margarita Walk, Pumpkin Walk and the Farmer’s Market. These events help reinforce a sense of community, bring in much needed revenue to businesses and bring people together to enjoy what Downtown Elko has to offer.

Many people don’t realize how important supporting local businesses is to our overall economy. When you support local, the money stays in the community. That money gets circulated, supporting neighboring businesses and local non-profits, and acts as a clear economic benefit to the area. This is one of the easiest ways to energize the local economy.

The Elko DBA will continue to support Downtown Elko through Shop Local campaigns, hosting a variety of events, encouraging new business development, raising consumer awareness and encouraging people to support the heart of Elko. By supporting the downtown business community, we ensure that Downtown Elko continues to grow, thrive and be our heart of Elko.

The downtown area is defined at being bounded on the south by River Street, on the east by 12th Street, on the west by 1st Street, and on the north by Court Street. Membership to the DBA is open to any business, firm, organization, or civic group.

2017 Board of Directors

President
Jon Karr
Telescope Lanes

Vice President
Brianne Clark
Evergreen Floral Shop

Secretary
Mandy Kelso
Ruby Mountain Woodworking

Treasurer
Debbie Lindsey
H&R Block

Past President
Hayley Bammesberger
Indigo

Member at Large
Jeff Dalling
Coffee Mug

Member at Large
Jeannie Gillins
Bodily’s

Member at Large
Rachel McAdoo
McAdoo’s

Member at Large – Associate
Marin Wendell
Everything Elko

DBA Coordinator
Rushele Melton