benefits and services

welcome to the UBA!

Once you join the UBA, not only do you have access to all of the amazing benefits and services listed below but your business will also receive a window decal featuring the UBA logo. Displaying the Urbana Business Association's logo is a great way to demonstrate that you are part of a proud and trustworthy business community. Now, let's talk about what we can do for you!

members only discounts & services

When you become a member of the Urbana Business Association, you are able to take advantage of members only discounts and services throughout the year.  UBA members receive discounts on vendor fees at our festivals, indoor farmer's markets, sponsorships, advertising, seminars, events, graphic design services and much more!  As a member, don't forget to regularly visit our website for the latest special offers that are designed just for you!

website features

  • New members can JOIN the UBA online through our new and improved website!
  • MEMBER CENTER - Members have their own login which allows for online MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS, update their business directory listing, submit Hot Deals, offer Member to Member discounts, post a Job, submit Events Requests, view their own website statistics and much more!
  • EVENTS - View the Calendar of Events and sign up to attend events online.
  • MEMBER TO MEMBER DISCOUNTS - specials that are offered from member businesses and only member businesses may take advantage of the discounts.
  • HOT DEALS - are specials that a member business posts for consumer viewing on the UBA website.
  • JOB POSTINGS - Included in the price of your membership!
  • INFORMATION REQUESTS - a place for people to request information on the community, businesses and recreational activities in our area. 
  • MARKETSPACE - market items, specials or other offerings to members and/or the community.

talk of the town

Published biweekly, Talk of the Town is an entertaining and engaging member and community e-newsletter. It features articles and content such as “Dear UBA”, an advice column where people can write in each week to ask community and business related questions/advice, upcoming UBA events, editorials, I Love the UBA, a testimonials section, Members Only content and much more! As part of your UBA membership, you may submit a request to be featured as the "In the Limelight" business of the week. Don't want to miss out on all of the fun? Subscribe Today!   We look forward to talking with you in 2016!

marketing & sponsorship

The Urbana Business Association's goal is to offer services and strategies that will allow our businesses to thrive and succeed.  With this in mind, we have developed a new marketing program and we encourage our members to seek out the marketing knowledge and expertise of the UBA.  By becoming a member, businesses can take advantage of the following marketing services and sponsorship opportunities.

  • Discounts with many local media outlets such as SJ Broadcasting, Illini Radio, News Gazette, WCIA, and many more.  Please contact the UBA for the latest participating media.
  • Complimentary consultations on campaign ideas for your business.
  • Throughout the year, UBA will use its very own marketing dollars to promote targeted areas of Urbana and its member businesses.
  • UBA hosts many festivals and special events throughout the year. By joining the UBA, members can purchase sponsorships at a discounted member only rate.

graphic design services

 We all know the struggle of pulling marketing ideas from our mind and making it a reality.  Well, struggle no more! UBA is proud to announce the addition of extremely affordable to FREE graphic design services as a membership benefit.  From basic flyer designs to trifold brochures, let the UBA help you from conception to the finish product.  Please contact the UBA for the current rates, terms and conditions. 

networking events

Networking events are proven to be one of the least expensive marketing tools in the business world.  Therefore, in order provide effective growth opportunities to our business community, UBA is proud to host a variety of networking events throughout the year.  Our B&B, Business & Breakfast, morning networking event allows our early birds to get that worm! On the other hand, our evening networking event, The BIZBASH, is a great opportunity for our night owls to "keep calm and get their network on"!  We also hold educational luncheons, seminars, round table meetings, new member events and much more!  So, whether you are a member of the UBA or just looking for a great opportunity to network with fellow business professionals, put our next event on your calendar!

ribbon cuttings

Celebrations are an important aspect of your business, and can also be a great marketing tool. The Urbana Business Association offers you special ways to make your celebration a memorable one. Whether you're a brand new business, opening a new location, or achieving a significant milestone, a ribbon cutting ceremony is the perfect way to celebrate the occasion. For more details, please see our ribbon cutting page.