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EABA Year in Review | 2022

Tuesday, December 20, 2022 1:48 PM | Anonymous

MARCH: Welcomed Six New Board Members

  • Miko Evans: Meak Productions: Co-Vice President,  Ashley Browning: Village Fitness: Secretary, Micki Silvestros:  East Atlanta Copy Center: Public Safety Chair (publicsafety@eastatlantabiz.com), Marsha Bagley: Intown Marsha: Events Chair (events@eastatlantabiz.com)

  • Carlen Hultgren: RPG Home Advisors: Changed positions from Events to Membership Chair (membership@eastatlantabiz.com)

  • FOMO/East Atlanta Main Street Board Representatives: Michelle Rice and Roger Deweese of Peachtree Architects. 

  • Thank you to Co-Vice President: Mary Mckissick, Secretary Asiaa Karriem: The Wing Bar, Co-Membership Chairs: Lauren Janis and Vicki Park for serving as the founding board members of EABA from 2019-2022.  

APRIL: EABA Hired Main Street Coordinator Chelsea Sommers

  • Launched an inclusive search for a part time coordinator to manage the East Atlanta Main Street program from January - April with idealDESIGN. We had 23 candidates. Thank you to the review committee for your time!! 

  • Chelsea Sommers was hired part-time at the end of April to manage EABA communications and Main Street initiatives. 

  • You can reach Chelsea at hello@eastatlantabiz.com.

MAY: All About Main Street

  • East Atlanta Business Association is an Atlanta Main Street District and received $20,000 from the Department of City Planning for program training and staff.   We are a 2023 District and will receive funding. 

  • EABA president, Nate Minor, new Main Street Coordinator, Chelsea Sommers and Community Development Consultant, Jennifer Ohme attended the National Main Street Conference in Richmond Virginia in May with the City of Atlanta and the other 4 Atlanta Main Street Districts. 

  • Developed the Atlanta Main Street volunteer board with the Friends of Madison Organization and worked on our 2022 Main Street Work Plan.

  • Launched Visioning Questionnaire: What do you Want for East Atlanta in May online and in-person receiving over 300 responses. 

  • Hosted a Whispers of History Walking Tour in May, National Historic Preservation Month, with 30 attendees. The event raised $880 and supported local authors by promoting Images of East Atlanta book as part of the tour.

June: Outreach + Marketing

  • EABA teamed up with EAV Farmers Market on the last Thursday of the month to promote EAV Main Street and EABA to residents. We had a great time! 

  • District 5  Councilmember Bahktiari sponsored $500 to purchase gift cards from 20 EABA members for prizes to the Visioning Questionnaire participants. EABA matched the amount to award 28 winners $1300 in prizes. 

July was for Winners

  • Promoted winners and prizes of the Visioning Questionnaire all month on social media and emails. Prizes from Argosy, Screenfixing, Village Fitness EAV, Traci with an Eye Graphic Design, East Atlanta Strut, EABA Bundle, East Atl Copy Center, Park Pet Supply, Holy Taco, MikChan's EAV, JenChan's Cabbagetown, Music with Monique, Big Daddy Biscuits, Midway Pub, Gate City Tattoo, The Furside Pet Spa, Chelsea Sommers, Realtor® Bundle

  • Filming in the Village: USAA Commercial

Fall Y’all

  • Completed 4 rideshare drop off/pick up locations with signage and geofencing during peak weekend hours to alleviate traffic jams and increase safety for pedestrians. https://eastatlantabiz.com/Blog/12966694

  • Collaborated with East Atlanta Parent’s Network for EAV-O-Ween. Provided participating EABA members with a balloon and candy. Over 15 businesses participated and 1000 trick or treaters!!! 

  • Launched SHOP EAV Digital Gift Card. Purchase one card and use it at multiple locations! Great cross-promotion opportunity for all participating businesses. Free for EABA members.  Sign up or purchase at eastatlantabiz.com. This is an ongoing program!!! 

  • Promoted Small Business Saturday and 12 EABA members specials on social media and emails. 

  • New HUB membership is available for businesses located within a shared storefront. Ask us about it! 

2022 GOAL 

  • Become an Accredited Georgia Main Street Community!!! 


  • Increased membership by 27 new businesses, closing out 2022 with 81 members. Membership is paid annually and renews on your join date. 

  • Sign up at eastatlantabiz.com/membership.   

  • Check out our members at eastatlantabiz.com/directory

2022 Meetings: A Lot of Great Business Information and Community Sharing! 

  • BOARD: 10 in-person volunteer board of director meetings with 15 business owner volunteers totalling 200 hours. Thank you to Keller Knapp for hosting.

  • GENERAL: 10 in-person and virtual general body meetings with an average attendance of 25 business and property owners. Thank you to East Atlanta Kids Club for hosting. Thank you to Councilmember Bakhtiari’s office for attending. 

  • ATLANTA MAIN STREET DISTRICTS: 12 in-person and virtual district meetings with Dept. of Planning, Georgia Main Street and fellow districts of Virginia Highland, West End, Sweet Auburn and Little 5 Points. 

  • EAV MAIN STREET/FOMO:  10 in-person and virtual volunteer board for Atlanta Main Street/Friends of Madison Organization with 7 dedicated residents and business owners totalling over 250 hours. Thank you to Argosy for hosting.


  • EMAILS: Sent 46 emails to 500+ businesses and interested residents featuring meetings, events, filming notices, Atlanta Main Street initiatives and over 100 business resources.

  • WEBSITE: Added a dedicated Main Street page to eastatlantabiz.com. 

  • BLOGS: Added 38 informative blog posts. Meeting minutes are posted monthly! 

  • SOCIAL MEDIA:  Grew our IG and FB followers by 250 over the year. @EastAtlantaBiz posts reached an average of 23,000 people in 2022. All EABA members receive a dedicated post. Please tag @EastAtlantaBiz and we’ll share to our stories and reels! Thank you to Marketing Chair, Traci Sampson of Traci with an Eye Graphic Design. 

2023 LOOK AHEAD!!  

1st General Meeting of 2023: Tuesday, January 17, 2023 6pm

  • 3rd Tuesday of the month 6:00-8:00 pm @ East Atlanta Kids Club

Volunteer Board of Directors Election: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at General Meeting

Whispers of History Walking Tour: May 2023 

Small Business Saturday + Shop Small: Saturday, November 25, 2023



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