Downtown Boulder Businesses Donate to Flood Relief Efforts : ‘YES We Are Open…And Ready To Help’ Campaign

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[Boulder, CO]  September 18, 2013 - Over 35 downtown businesses have joined together to raise money for flood relief efforts.    The ‘Yes We Are Open and Ready to Help’ campaign was developed by the Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District/Downtown Boulder, Inc. in response to downtown businesses who were looking for various opportunities to personally support the community.   Visit for a list of participating businesses.

Through Sunday, September 22, 2013, participating downtown retailers and restaurants will display ‘Yes We are Open’ signs in their front windows and donate 10% of their sales to the Foothills Flood Relief Fund – a joint partnership between the Community Foundation of Boulder County (who office in downtown Boulder) and the Foothills United Way chapter.   United Way will administer the fund.  Grants from the fund will assist with immediate and longer term needs and will be made to non-profits providing direct services throughout Boulder County. 

Downtown Boulder, Inc. has pledged to match the total raised through this campaign up to $10,000.00.  “Our downtown district received minimal damage in comparison to other areas in Boulder,” said Sean Maher, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Improvement District.  “By Monday, our businesses were open and looking for a way to help those impacted by the flood.   The amount of generosity throughout downtown has been overwhelming.”

Downtown Boulder is working closely with the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau and city officials to help communicate various messages to the public.  As of today, all of downtown Boulder is open to the public.  The Boulder County Farmers’ Market will resume their Wednesday evening and Saturday morning schedules effective immediately.     A calendar of events can be found online at    For more information about businesses and events in Downtown Boulder, visit

About the Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District (BID)

The Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District (BID) is a 49-block neighborhood where property owners tax themselves to make their community cleaner, safer and more vibrant. The tax is used by the BID to purchase services that supplement those provided by the city and provide a comprehensive consumer marketing program.
Working with the city of Boulder and our non-profit partner, Downtown Boulder, Incorporated, the Downtown Boulder BID is leading a new spirit of cooperation among property owners, businesses and the community by providing a range of enhanced management programs including maintenance, marketing, economic vitality and physical improvements. These program areas of the Downtown Boulder BID are designed to retain, expand and attract businesses and investments to improve the Downtown environment.

About Downtown Boulder, Inc. (DBI)

Downtown Boulder, Incorporated (DBI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to continued preservation and enhancement of Downtown Boulder as the heart of the greater Boulder community. We work to maintain downtown as the center of commerce, government, culture, and leisure. DBI members support the overall vitality of downtown through public advocacy, political involvement, and community events that enhance the Boulder experience for residents and visitors. Membership in Downtown Boulder, Incorporated (DBI) is voluntary and open to any interested person or organization.  (


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