Name of Organization: Youngsville Area Business Association (YABA)
Phone: 919 556-4026 or 556-5073
Email address: email@example.com
WEB site address: www.yabaonline.com
Contact Person: Janis Cyrus - Executive Director
Dues:Membership dues are $50.00 for businesses and $10.00 for patrons. (Patrons are local leaders that wish to support the YABA organization) Business membership includes a business card size ad in the Youngsville directory. Larger ad spaces are available at an additional cost.
YABA is an 504 (c) nonprofit organization with an all volunteer staff. The organization was reestablished in June, 2005 and has grown from 15 members in 2005 to over 200 members in 2011. A monthly newsletter is published for all members and “Night to Network” evenings are held for members to socialize, network, and meet fellow business owners. In addition, membership includes a listing and business card size ad in the Youngsville Business directory which is published by YABA. One of our goals is to restore and beautify downtown Youngsville which will lead to downtown development.
The following are some of the projects that have been coordinated through the group:
* Youngsville Business directory: the first directory was published in June, 2006. Over 1500 copies were distributed to new and existing residents in the area so that they will be able to identify and utilize local businesses. YABA membership includes an ad and listings in the directory. The 2007 directory was printed with 3000 copies – double the first publication! The 2012-2013 publication is now available.
* Facade grants: The Town on Youngsville allotted $10,000 for facade grants. Five businesses were selected to receive a maximum of $2,000 per business. These funds provided new awnings, building repair, and painting for 5 downtown businesses. The second phase of the facade was funded by Crescent Development and began in October, 2006. Five additional businesses placed awnings and painted their buildings. As new businesses open in Youngsville now coordination is done with the builders to maintain the color scheme and building design of the town. The Youngsville Town sign is now in place at the corner of US1-A and Main Street thanks to contributions from YABA, the Youngsville Woman's Club, and local businessman Larry Carter. The Town Hall sign was installed in 2012.
* Art Projects: YABA began selecting sites for murals in August, 2005. The Coca Cola sign on the corner of
YABA coordinated the installation of the beautiful Youngsville Town sign at the intersection of Main Street, Holden Road, and US1-A in 2009 and lighting was added to the sign in 2010.
The 2011 project was the concrete base located near the Youngsville Library as you enter Youngsville from US1-A South.
Muralist Kim Young completed that project in 2011.
* Calendars: Scenes from days gone by in Youngsville were first printed for 2006 and every year since. Funds raised from this project are used to fund the art projects and signage projects
Call 556-5073 for information.
* Christmas parade: YABA along with the Town of Youngsville sponsors the Santa float in the parade each year. In addition, the organization participates in organizing the parade and worked to establish an Old Time Christmas all day celebration after the parade starting in 2005. Events after the parade included children’s activities,a visit with Santa,singing by local churches,and refreshments. The day ends with the lighting of the Christmas tree and singing by local children. This event was established to give that “Hometown” feel to the community and to celebrate the Christmas season.
* Christmas Care:YABA coordinated with local businesses and churches beginning in 2005 to help over 40 children in the Youngsville area during Christmas by collecting clothes, toys, and food. During 2006 the number increased to 16 families, 50 children, and 4 seniors thanks to the generosity of the community and in 2007 over 20 families were helped through the Christmas Care program. The 2008 Christmas Care was bigger than every helping 48 families with 118 children and 9 seniors. With the open hearts of the community YABA was able to help 53 families in the area in 2009,131 children in 2010, and 153 children in 2011.
In 2012 we helped 57 familes and 144 children with their Christmas wishes.
* Local Parks: YABA is working with several local organizations to improve Mitchell and
* Historical Plaques: plaques denoting historical buildings in Youngsville are currently being sold by YABA.
* Memorial bricks: bricks are being sold to assist in finance the brick sidewalk project currently underway in Youngsville. The Town of
a brick in memory or in honor of an individual as well as to note a business establishment in the area. This is a great way to become a part of Youngsville’s history!
* Promotions: The goal is to have a local promotion each month. Events include the
* Business Expo – our first Business Expo was held March,2007 and was a great success. Over 40 vendors participated including 5 food vendors. The business vendors were please with the turn out and the contact leads they were able to establish. In addition we offered a unique area designated for nonprofit groups so that members of the community could be aware of volunteer organizations in Youngsville. This is now an annual event for YABA the third Thursday in March.