Learn About The BBA

The BBA is a private membership organization that advocates on behalf of Burlington’s business community. Our alliance of more than 260 diverse businesses shares the goal of stewarding and promoting Burlington’s economic vitality. The BBA focuses on issues that directly impact Burlington businesses, such as transportation and parking, public safety, infrastructure maintenance and improvement, cleanliness, signage, taxes, and zoning, and we voice the business community’s concerns and interests in a variety of forums.

Learn all you need to know about BBA Membership! Be sure to contact Jeff McLaughlin for all membership needs!

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Our mission is to enhance and promote the economic vitality of Burlington, Vermont, 
and to assure that the City of Burlington 
continues as the cultural, social, 
political, educational 
and economic center of northwestern Vermont.


How we started....

Over 35 years ago a group of business owners in downtown Burlington decided to form a merchants association. At that time, the downtowns and main streets in America’s cities were losing business to suburban malls. These Burlington founding fathers such as Nate Harris, Hertzel Pasackow, Pat Robbins, and Bill Truex decided that Burlington could do better and worked to create the Church Street Marketplace pedestrian mall. Since those early days, the BBA has grown into an organization whose mission is to improve the city’s standing as the cultural, social, political, economic, and educational center of northwestern Vermont. Back then we were called the Downtown Burlington Development Association (DBDA). While changed our name – we are now the Burlington Business Association (BBA) – our mission remains the same.

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