The Downtown Organization of Santa Barbara, Inc. (DSB) is dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of the business, cultural, community and environmental vitality of Downtown Santa Barbara for the benefit of its members, Santa Barbara residents and visitors. DSB was first incorporated in 1967, in response to growing competition and development in the suburbs. This non-profit membership organization has served as the collective voice for Downtown Santa Barbara for more than fifty years.
Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, DSB has a long history of leading change, organizing community, and building the brand of this amazing place we call Downtown Santa Barbara. At our core, our volunteer leadership has built the strength of our organization through the years. We pride ourselves on providing services that benefit our members every day and we work innovatively to leverage our knowledge and can-do history to help shape future opportunities and overcome challenges.
This is our organization’s forty-seventh year managing the Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). These are “self-assessments,” meaning the businesses agreed, through a legal mechanism, to assess themselves to pay for certain services that would benefit their businesses. There are actually two BID’s: the Downtown BID created in 1968, and the Old Town BID created in 1976.BID services in Downtown Santa Barbara include marketing, promotion, events, decorations, and other advocacy and activities that benefit the businesses.
Once the BIDs were established, the City of Santa Barbara contracted us to manage and implement the BIDs management plans and programs. While the Downtown Organization merged with the Old Town Business Association in 2004, the two BIDs have continued to operate separately, in compliance with their respective ordinances. Their combined assessment revenues support DSB’s member programs and services that are improving the overall business climate for Downtown Santa Barbara stakeholders.
In the late 1970s, the City of Santa Barbara contracted with DSB to provide daily landscaping maintenance and cleaning services along a defined corridor of State Street. This Contract for Services has been renewed and its Scope of Services expanded through the years, with DSB now providing needed services for seasonal sidewalk cleaning to meet additional demands along key pedestrian corridors. Downtown members opening their businesses in the mornings will see the DSB crew taking care of business, and taking pride in keeping our dynamic district clean and attractive.
The Towbes Group
American Riviera Bank
David de L’Arbre
Santa Barbara Travel Bureau
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
LYNX Property Management Inc
Distinctive Framing 'N' Art
Santa Barbara Arts
The Shade Store
The Law Office of William Duval
Hotel Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
American Riviera Bank
MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
Visit Santa Barbara
Margerum Wine Co.
Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
Sarah York Rubin
SB County of Arts & Culture
Ensemble Theatre Company
Santa Barbara Independent
Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts
Opal Restaurant and Bar
Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants
Montecito Bank & Trust
Santa Barbara City Council