Want to become a member of DLI? We’d love to have you join us! Here’s what you’ll get!

Questions? Contact the Executive Director via the contact form or at 785-842-3883.

2017 Membership Application & Benefits
What Do my Dues Do?

How We Serve the Community

The efforts of DLI work for the benefit of every Downtown Lawrence business and the greater community.

Downtown Beautification:

  • Help facilitate seasonal plantings with City
  • Provide and maintain Christmas decorations and seasonal banners
  • Partnership with Cottonwood’s JobLink to provide additional year round sidewalk cleaning and  maintenance

Participate in sponsoring, planning and coordinating downtown events including, but not limited to:

  • Downtown Lawrence Restaurant Week – (DLI event)
  • That DAM Booze Event (DLI event)
  • Kansas Craft Beer Expo ( DLI/KS Craft Brewers Guild event)
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade—March 17
  • Downtown Lawrence Shot Put event
  • Lawrence Busker Festival — last weekend in May
  • Free State Festival
  • Tour of Lawrence
  • Annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale – Third Thursday in July (DLI event)
  • Summer Brown Bag Concert Series (DLI/LPRD event)
  • Downtown Summer Film Festival – Dinner & A Movie (DLI event)
  • Oktoberfest Lawrence (DLI/Chamber event)
  • Zombie Walk
  • Halloween Painted Windows (DLI/LPRD event)
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treat—October 31 (DLI event)
  • Santa’s Rescue from Weaver’s roof and Holiday Lighting— Day after Thanksgiving (DLI event)
  • Small Business Saturday shopping event – Saturday after Thanksgiving (DLI event)
  • Winter Wonder Weekend – 1st weekend in December (DLI/DLI partners event)
  • Lawrence Old Fashioned Christmas Parade—First Saturday in December
  • Final Fridays—monthly

Member Benefits

Unified lobbying voice for members with City & County on Downtown issues including development, community events and parking; collaboration with City of Lawrence, Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lawrence Chamber, University of Kansas, Lawrence Arts Center, Watkins Museum of History, and many other community organizations

Free listing on 3 new merchant business directories: (non-member businesses must pay for inclusion)

  • Vermont St. Parking Garage map and directory (6.3’x11’)
  • Downtown Lawrence walking and downloadable map and business directory (advertising space available)
  • 9th & Mass. St. free standing kiosk (9’x5’x2’) includes map and directory (advertising space available)

Weekly e-blast with news, events and opportunities related to Downtown businesses (advertising space available)

Promotion of your business and special events to DLI’s 33,000 Facebook, 6700 Twitter and 3900 Instagram followers and to 3200 weekly e-newsletter subscribers

Promotion via $20,000+ annually of advertising and marketing materials

Opportunities to participate in promotional activities including retail, food, entertainment, and family events

Opportunities to participate in local and regional cooperative advertising and marketing activities

Inclusion in a dynamic website with 93,000 visitors and 215,000 page views per year featuring: Member Business Directory, Event listings, and Member profiles (advertising space available)

Monthly Member meeting, networking, referral and small group opportunities

Free business development classes on topics from Human Resources to Quick Books to Social Media/Marketing, etc.

Downtown Lawrence Gift Cards – nearly $200,000 worth sold annually:

  • Ability to accept DLI Gift Cards and inclusion in DLI member business directory distributed with every gift card
  • Increased sales generated via this program

Inclusion in all permits, insurance and promotion of Annual Sidewalk Sale

Annual General Membership Breakfast and Annual Mixer

Membership discounts from select vendors

Belong to a group of local business owners all working together to keep Downtown vibrant and relevant!