Doing Business

Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Downtown SLO is centrally located and a great place to do business. With a rich history, natural beauty, and a vibrant economy it is no wonder that San Luis Obispo has been called the Happiest City in America. 

Downtown B.I.A (Business Improvement Area) Members receive numerous benefits including:

  • Members-Only Newsletters – Stay up-to-date on downtown happenings, networking events, sales tax figures, openings/closings, and ways to participate.

  • A unified voice on downtown issues. Downtown SLO is the voice of downtown working with City Council, City Staff, and others to represent the business community. We’ll keep you informed on all of our efforts to keep downtown safe, accessible, and vibrant.

  • Sponsorship Opportunities. Through our events, we attract tens of thousands of people downtown each year. Members are eligible for sponsorship opportunities ranging from booths to title sponsor recognition. We’ll work with you to find the right audience to fit your marketing needs.

  • Being a member of a robust, award-winning Downtown community

  • Advocacy on behalf of your business and community through local and state government

  • Opportunity to participate in dozens of events throughout the year (ex: Concerts in the Plaza and the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market)

  • Enhanced beautification efforts like tree lighting and maintenance of infrastructure

  • Coordination of seven different committees that address specific and unique initiatives, like parking, nightlife, cultural arts, and more

  • Additional cleaning and support services through our Ambassador program

  • Business listing on our website with built-in SEO

  • FREE access to our Business Education Series, featuring information and resources for local businesses

  • Promotion of your business through sponsorship opportunities, social media, Downtown Business Spotlights, online calendar, and advertising in the Deliver-E

If you have questions or would like to reach out and meet with our team to discuss member benefits, let us know! Email and we’d be happy to set up a time to meet with you.