Every day, business improvement districts around the globe are hard at work making the world better. From supporting small business, to developing downtown websites and marketing programs, to installing signage and decorative lights, business improvement districts are making great strides for the economy and small businesses.

Civitas is a full-service firm specializing business improvement districts. Whether you have one and need help, would like to create one, or are just curious – feel free to contact us to learn more today.

Business improvement districts can be based on property owners – or business owners. This page focuses on those based on business owners. To learn more about those based on property owners, go here.

Business Improvement Districts

Found in downtowns, business parks, and commercial corridors, business improvement districts place a charge on all businesses within a defined boundary. The funds are usually collected by the local government with the business license (or sometimes on a monthly basis).

Although the funds are collected by the local government, they are typically then provided to a nonprofit corporation. The corporation is managed by representatives of businesses paying into the district, helping ensure their needs are met.

Services provided by a business improvement district typically include marketing, wayfinding, brochures, websites, decorations, lighting, and special events.

The term of a business improvement district varies. It can be an annual levy, a 5-10 year term, or even in perpetuity in some states. Business improvement districts tend to be quicker to form than property based districts, taking between 6-10 months.

Winery Promotion Districts

Winery promotion districts are the future. In many wine destinations, there is a tourism improvement district hard at work promoting room night stays – but nothing promoting the local wineries. A winery promotion district can help close that gap and drive increased sales to tasting rooms.

In a winery promotion district, a fee is placed on tasting rooms. The funds raised are provided to a nonprofit corporation and used on marketing and promotions designed to increase patronage at tasting rooms. The programs funded vary, including traditional marketing, special events, training programs, transportation improvements and wayfinding signage.

The term of a winery promotion district varies. It can be an annual levy, a 5-10 year term, or even longer in some places.

Brewery Promotion Districts

Like its cousin the winery promotion district, a brewery promotion district fills the marketing gap to help promote local breweries. A fee is placed on the breweries, and the funds raised are provided to a nonprofit corporation. The corporation uses the funds raised to provide a variety of services designed to increase patronage at the brewery.

A brewery promotion district can fund various services, including traditional marketing, special events, training programs, transportation improvements and wayfinding signage.

The term of a brewery promotion district varies. It can be an annual levy, a 5-10 year term, or even longer in some places.