We make things happen!
Join the OTBA and combine your voice with other local businesses to have direct input and representation on issues that matter most to your business.
- Promotional Opportunities
The OTBA provides programs, group advertising opportunities, publications and events that provide your business with the opportunity to bring more attention your way. The OTBA also runs an active social media program for Takoma to attract visitors.
The OTBA keeps members informed of events, programs and issues important to running a business in Takoma. The OTBA provides a weekly electronic newsletter that highlights upcoming events and programs.
Members can count on the OTBA to assist with issues important to Takoma businesses, advocating for economic vitality, safety and cleanliness. Membership ensures that your voice and business concerns are represented before all of our local jurisdictions: Takoma Park, MD; Takoma, DC, Montgomery County, and the state of Maryland.
- Networking and Support
Throughout the year, there are opportunities to network with other businesses. The OTBA staff is always available to assist when support or guidance is needed.
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2018 Membership Payment:
$65 – Start-ups, Home-based Businesses, Local Musicians and Artists, Independent Trade Contractors.
$265 – Small Business with 1-5 employees, individual member of a group practice, Non-profits (non-profit association/organization, community/neighborhood group
$475 – Business with 6-10 employees
$575 – Business with 11- 25 employees
$775 – Business with more than 25 employees or Group Practice (law firm, medical office, real estate office), Commercial Property Owner
Send via check to OTBA, 6909 Laurel Ave, Suite A ,Takoma Park, MD 20912
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The OTBA is a small non-profit tackling big issues. Its success is due to the active participation of Takoma businesses, community organizations and residents.
The Design Committee focuses on the physical appearance and health of the community:
- Participate in bi-annual Clean-Up Days
- Help organize public art projects
- Support businesses with facade changes
The Promotions Committee is responsible for events in the Old Takoma area as well as outreach and promotion:
- Help plan and support events in Takoma. Current popular events include: Takoma Park Street Festival, Art Hop, Earth Day, Grant Avenue Market, Pajamarama, Sidewalk Sale and more. (SSL Hours available for students).
Economic Restructuring works on issues of business retention and recruitment and networking with the various levels of government. Projects include:
- Market Analysis Report
- Finding Financing for Local Businesses including managing the OTBA’s Revolving Loan fund and Takoma Notes
- Parking Availability Assessment
- Quarterly Membership Meetings
The Organization Committee provides the structural support for the operation. Current work includes:
- Recruiting Volunteers
- Website upkeep and maintenance
With your support, we are able to continue our work on community initiatives like festivals, concerts, public art and more.