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Spaces for interested entrepreneurs still available in SoBo Start-Up! 

 

SoBo Start-Up Featured on WSET - The Heart of Virginia 

 

South Boston IDA applies for $500,000 grant to renovate John Randolph Hotel 

 

Grant to fund boat ramp as town eyes river as economic resource 

 

SoBo Start-Up kickoff draws strong interest 

 

South Boston Start Up kicks off six-week development boot camp 

 

South Boston eyeing July 4th bash 

 

Six-week business development boot camp kicks off in January 

 

Downtown gets in the holiday spirit 

 

PHOTOS: Annual Downtown South Boston Christmas Open House 

 

As holiday shopping madness sets in, movement spotlights local businesses 

 

Shop small: Nov. 28 will celebrate role small businesses play in helping economies thrive 

 

Governor McAuliffe Announces $300,000 in Virginia Community Business Launch Grants 

 
 
 
 

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About Destination Downtown South Boston

Destination Downtown South Boston, Inc. (DDSB) is a 501(c)(3) non profit volunteer-based Virginia Main Street Organization dedicated to the economic and cultural revitalization of downtown South Boston. (Tax I.D. 86-1166760)

South Boston is a designated Virginia Main Street Community, where DDSB follows the Main Street Four Point Approach developed by the National Main Street Center. Leadership of DDSB is provided by a volunteer Board of Directors, an active committee structure, as well as one full time Executive Director. Activities are focused in the areas of organization, economic restructuring, design, and promotion. DDSB's work plan items are based on these areas:

Organization Committee: Involves getting everyone working toward the same goal and assembling the appropriate human and financial resources to implement DDSB's Main Street revitalization program. The Board of Directors and Executive Director oversee the standing committee to make up the fundamental organizational structure of the organization. This structure not only divides the workload and clearly delineates responsibilities, but also builds consensus and cooperation between all stakeholders in an effort to meet our mission and objectives, to strengthen our Main Street program, and to improve the quality of life for the people who live, work and visit in downtown South Boston.

Promotion Committee: Sells a positive image of Downtown South Boston's commercial district and encourages consumers and investors to live, work, shop, play and invest in the Main Street district. By marketing the historic downtown district's unique characteristics to residents, investors, business owners, and visitors, an effective promotional strategy forges a positive image through advertising, retail promotional activity, special events, and marketing campaigns carried out by local volunteers. These activities improve consumer and investor confidence in the district and encourage commercial activity and investment in the area.

Design Committee: Gets South Boston's Main Street into top physical shape. Capitalizing on its best assets of unique physical assets and heritage, such as historic buildings and pedestrian oriented streets. An inviting atmosphere, created through attractive window displays, parking areas, building improvements, street furniture, signs, sidewalks, street lights, and landscaping, conveys a positive visual message about the commercial district and what it has to offer. Design activities also include instilling good maintenance practices in the commercial district, enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging appropriate new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning.

Economic Vitality Committee: Strengthens Downtown South Boston's existing economic assets while expanding and diversifying its economic base. The Main Street program helps sharpen the competitiveness of existing business owners and recruits compatible new businesses and new economic uses to build a commercial district that responds to today's consumers' needs. Converting unused or underused commercial space into economically productive property also helps boost the profitability of the district.

Click here to download DDSB's 2016 Annual Work Plan using the Four-Point approach.


 

DESTINATION DOWNTOWN SOUTH BOSTON MISSION STATEMENT

To ensure the long-term viability of the downtown area as a center of commerce, a source of civic activity and pride, a resource for attracting new businesses and residents, and a hub of educational and cultural opportunities. Critical to this effort is promoting a small-town quality of life, preserving historic resources, and capitalizing on South Boston’s unique heritage and hospitality.
 

Current list of Board of Directors for Destination Downtown South Boston, Inc. 2016

EXECUTIVE BOARD:

President - Gene Haugh
Vice President - Andy Newland - 3 Women Consignment, LLC
Secretary - Wayne Fuller - W.A. Fuller Menswear
Treasurer - Les Powell, III - Powell Funeral Home

BOARD:

Frank Fincher - Fincher's, Inc.
Carol Foster
Barney Newberry
Jayne Elliott
Bob Hughes - South Boston Town Council
Clint Johnson - Danville Community College
Brandee Lloyd - Team Nurse
Jewell S. Medley - Halifax United Way, Inc.
Lin Hite - Longwood Small Business Development Center
Tom Raab - Ex-Officio - South Boston Town Manager

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tamyra Vest

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