The Old 4th Ward Business Association was founded in March of 2012 by a group of Founding Members who recognized the need for our business community to work together on common goals. Those Founding Members funded the cost of the first year and a half to develop the organization from their own pocket and hired an Executive Director. The development phase focused on establishing the O4WBA as a 5O1(c)6 non-profit trade organization corporation which included adopted bylaws and an appointed board of directors. A membership based website was developed at the beginning of 2013 which allowed the O4WBA to begin collecting dues and growing it’s membership.
Based on fostering a safe and sustainable business environment with close ties to the surrounding residential community, membership grew steadily. In the fall of 2013 the O4WBA installed it’s first democratically elected board of directors. In 2014, the organization sponsored education workshops and seminars on tax credits, facade improvement grants, SBA lending and social media. Membership has grown to over 100 members, including some of the most prominent businesses and institutions in the O4W and the City of Atlanta.
In June of 2014 the O4WBA was recognized by NPU-M as a “certified civic organization” making it the first such business association in the City of Atlanta. We produced our first festival in May of 2015, “Fire in the 4th“, which was voted best new festival by Atlanta Magazine and raised $10,000 plans towards security initiatives.
To be added to the monthly meeting agenda regarding new business, event announcements or to present to the general body; contact the Executive Director- firstname.lastname@example.org by the Monday prior to the meeting.
Please plan to attend and see why we are the fastest growing business organization in the City of Atlanta.