In 1906, an early Chamber of Commerce was formed in Bismarck. Many changes were made with all the growth and industry of the city, first in the early 20’s and then again in the mid 50’s. This grandfather organization became the beginning of what is now The Downtowners and also the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. In 1985, the association incorporated as the Downtowners and is represented by a board, staff, and coalition of member businesses.
Our mission at the Downtowners is to serve and support the growth and development of downtown Bismarck to benefit our members and the entire community. We are a 501c6 non-profit organization that promotes our member businesses and the city center as the vital core of the community. This idea is the cornerstone of all of the efforts of our organization.
The Downtowners put on a number of community events such as: Street Fair, Downtowners German Days, Small Business Saturday Neighborhood Event, ND Downtown Conference, Downtowners Fashion Art & Wine Walk, member mixers, speakers, seminars, and more. We advocate for the city center and attend all pertinent government meetings.
Downtown Business Association of Bismarck has a Board of Directors and workgroups. Staff includes an Executive Director, Assistant & Marketing Director, and Special Projects Coordinator. The Board of Directors meet the second Wednesday of each month.
2018 Executive Committee
President: Steph Smith- Fleck’s Furniture & Appliance
Vice President: Troy Tieszen- Known in 60 Media
Secretary: Amber Bernhardt- Missouri Valley YMCA
Treasurer: Jeff Japel- New York Life
Dave Ehlis: American Bancor
Brooke Walter: BNC National Bank
J. Morgan Legreid: Co-Schedule
Cole Johnson: EAPC Architects Engineers
Bobi Herbel: Magi-Touch
Dawn Kopp- Chief Executive Officer
Kate Herzog- Chief Operating Officer
Madison Cermak- Special Projects Coordinator