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Assessment Increase:
After 14 years without an assessment increase and faced with increases in our program and operating expenses, and the desire to add more services to attract additional customers and strengthen our existing businesses, we made the difficult decision to apply for an increase in the BID’s annual assessment from $314,520 to $386,000. This increase was approved by the City Council and went into effect in the summer of 2018. Back in July 2017, we began notifying members of this proposed change, requesting feedback, and letting people know about the Oct. 17, 2017 public hearing. No one likes a tax increase but we believe this increase is necessary to improve the success of the district for all of our properties and businesses. Thank you to everyone who called, stopped by our office, and emailed with your comments.

What this increase will fund:
Increase hours for the BID’s supplemental sanitation workers from six hours/day to seven hours/day (we’d been forced to reduce their hours when minimum wage increased) as well as continuation of our monthly overnight graffiti removal (except Jan. and Feb.). These daily cleaners work seven days/week, 361 days a year from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. including a one hour unpaid lunch break.
Increased fees for the BID’s security guards, also due to rising minimal wage. Our guards patrol the BID seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Create and run four holiday print ads.
Add “Gateway” holiday lighting at both ends of the BID to help mark Flatbush Ave. from Parkside Ave. to Cortelyou Rd. as a specific shopping district.
Manufacture new banners for the BID’s new lampposts to replace the old, unusable banners.
Obtain special event insurance for the annual street fair.

What the BID provides which will not cost anything additional:
Fighting for Flatbush Ave. businesses when they’re faced with unfair tickets, stepping in when there is unannounced or disruptive street construction and parking obstructions, and dealing with City agencies.
Installation of security cameras (funded through Borough President Eric Adams’ Operation Safe Shopper program), creation of a security camera guide (coming soon) to make it easier for businesses seeking to add cameras to their businesses and properties, and collaboration with the 70th Precinct to make BID’s businesses safer for owners, workers, and customers.
Free networking/cost sharing events in 2018/2019.
More social media marketing for the BID as a whole and assistance for businesses who have requested help increasing their online presence.
Planning and promotion of three Friday-to-Sunday sidewalk sales weekends and production of the annual street fair (which generates revenue and opportunities to publicize and bring shoppers to the BID).
Creation of a sponsored banner program.
Holiday events including Small Business Saturday, Thanksgiving luncheon, and visits from Santa.

Corner Properties: We’ve starting the process of updating the BID’s rules (our “District Plan”) to better serve our businesses, including changing the formula that determines the tax on our corner properties so it better reflects the services these properties receive. To be a part of this process, please contact Lauren at the BID (FlatbushAveBID1[at]gmail.com or 718-282-2500, x66351).

Flatbush Avenue Street Fair

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A Street Fair with Caribbean Flair: Music, Food, Rides Vendors and More!
Date and Time: Sat. July 9, 2016 from 12pm to 6pm
Location: Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Ave. to Cortelyou Rd.
Sponsored by: MetroPlus Health Plan, Empire BlueCross BlueShield HealthPlus, Affinity Health Plan and WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

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Key Locations along Flatbush Avenue: (From North to South)
Rides: at Clarkson Ave.
DJ: at Lenox Rd
DJ & Sponsor Booth: Empire BlueCross BlueShield HealthPlus at Linden Blvd.
BID Table: Raffle, Giveaways, and More! Between Martense St. and Church Ave.
Radio Station & Sponsor Booth: WBLS 107.5 and MetroPlus Health Plan at Church Avenue
Win phones, headsets, and other items: at Cricket Wireless between Church Ave. and Snyder Ave.
Dance: at Snyder Ave.
NYPD Climbing Wall: at Kings Theatre
Vendors: from Parkside Ave. to Cortelyou Rd.

Scheduled Events:
2:00 p.m. Magic Show at MetroPlus Health Plan Church Avenue
4:00 p.m. WBLS Street Team at MetroPlus Health Plan Church Avenue

Follow us on Social Media for updates:

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Come to the BID Table on Flatbush Ave. off Church Avenue (near Chase Bank) to enter our free raffle!

Win these great prizes from local businesses:

$20 gift certificates to Island Express Grill (5 chances to win!)
2 Tickets to “Bring It! Live” at the Kings Theatre
$50 gift certificate to Cookies Dept. Store
$100 gift certificate for dancewear or classes at Cynthia King Dance Studio
$50 gift certificate for Barry’s Beauty Bar
1 Kids dance or art & crafts class at The Flatbush Loft
1 Fitness or art class at The Flatbush Loft
6 Stationary sets from CarribBEING
10 Free Ride Tickets for 2016 Street Fair Rides from the Flatbush BID

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Seeking Deputy Executive Director!

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Position Description: Deputy Executive Director

The Church Avenue and Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement Districts are seeking a Deputy Executive Director to help jointly manage both BIDs under the direction of one Executive Director.

This position is 60% communications, event planning, outreach, and assisting the Executive Director in managing both BIDs and 40% administrative and grant management. The work environment is creative, professional yet relaxed, and the work is constantly changing. The ideal candidate would be as comfortable representing the BID to our members at public meetings as he/she is stuffing envelopes for mailings. This is a two person nonprofit and the bulk of administrative tasks will be handled by the Deputy ED although some of these tasks are shared with the Executive Director. In the future, we may have an intern to assist with administrative tasks who would be trained and managed by the Deputy ED.

The BIDs have a relationship with nonprofit CAMBA under which the BIDs are provided with Fiscal, HR, IT, and Legal Services minimizing our work in these areas and allowing both BIDs to function as larger organizations than a typical two-person operation. Salary commensurate with experience with excellent benefits.

The Deputy Executive Director will report directly to the Executive Director and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Assisting in management of both BIDs under guidance and direction of Executive Director.
• Distributing marketing and other materials to property owners, merchants, and other stakeholders; forming relationships with BID members and gaining familiarity with both Districts.
• Maintaining, tracking, and preparing paperwork to ensure that both BIDs are in compliance with governmental and funding requirements.
• Monitoring street conditions and business issues in both BIDs and tracking vacancies involving walking the lengths of the Districts; following up on relevant issues as they arise.
• Coordinating meetings for Board of Directors including sending out notifications, following up with phone calls, taking notes at meetings, and preparing meeting Minutes.
• Planning, recruiting, assisting in budgeting for, and coordinating events such as street fairs, graffiti clean-up day, public meetings, concerts, and holiday programming, among other possible events; helping design and implement giveaways and raffles.
• Assisting with funding applications; preparing reports and paperwork for funders.
• Creating and distributing publicity materials, along with the Executive Director, including creating Facebook and Twitter updates and event listings, press releases, and email blasts and implementing website updates.
• Conducting research (in areas such as city regulations, property ownership, vendor prices, etc.).
• Creating basic fliers, postcards, and other marketing materials as needed. (Some design work will be outsourced.)
• Tracking outreach, communications, events, and business issues in online project management templates.
• Basic administrative tasks (scanning, copying, stuffing envelopes, etc.).
• Recruiting and managing interns.
• When ED is not available, occasionally representing BIDs at public events, community meetings, governmental meetings, etc.
• Other duties, as needed, in all above areas.

Benefits:
• Be a part of a creative, supportive team where innovative ideas and suggestions for improvements are welcomed.
• Serve a diverse community of property owners, business owners, and visitors in a quickly growing section of Brooklyn.
• Gain hands-on experience managing and implementing public events, fundraising, small business assistance, and volunteer recruitment projects among others.
• Help guide and assist with upcoming District improvements, the City’s community planning initiatives, and incoming development projects.
• Participate in BID-funded or free trainings in related areas upon Executive Director’s approval.

Requirements:
• Interest in working as part of a two-person team while maintaining ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
• Background in business improvement districts, economic development, small business assistance, communications, and/or nonprofit management a plus.
• Undergraduate degree and/or Masters degree in related field preferred but not required.
• Ability to effectively handle shifting deadlines and priorities and to juggle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
• Attention to detail and meticulous follow-through.
• The ability to build relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Professionalism and creativity.
• Solid computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) required; experience using Outlook, PowerPoint, SmartSheet, WordPress, and Vertical Response, a plus.
• Basic graphic design and website management skills or the willingness and ability to learn these skills (Publisher, WordPress, etc.).
• Availability to work occasional evenings or weekends to attend and/or staff meetings and community events.
• Multilingual, a plus.

Please submit the following by midnight on Sun. April 10, 2016:
• Cover letter describing how your skills and/or experiences make you a strong candidate for the needs of this position,
• Resumé,
• Contact information for 3 professional or academic references.
The above should be sent to Lauren Elvers Collins, Executive Director, Church Ave. BID and Flatbush Ave. BID, 2211 Church Ave., Room 201, Brooklyn, NY 11226 or by email to Laurenc@churchavenue.org (if emailed, please state “Deputy ED Position” in subject line. Please, no phone calls!

Enter Raffle to Win 2 Tickets to see Whoopi Goldberg at Kings Theatre!

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Click HERE to enter the BID’s free raffle for two tickets to see Whoopi Goldberg, live at the Kings Theatre (1027 Flatbush Avenue)!

Registration ends Wednesday, March 7th at 12:00 p.m. One winner for each show will be selected in a random drawing on March 7th, and will be contacted via the phone number and/or email address provided and will be announced on the BID’s Facebook page.

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Enter Free Raffle to Win 4 Tickets to RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES

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Click HERE to enter the BID’s free raffle for four tickets to see RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES, live at the Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue! Each entry can select one of the following shows to win tickets to:

  • Friday, March 4, 2016 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

Registration ends Wednesday, March 2nd at 12:00 p.m. One winner for each show will be selected in a random drawing on March 2nd, and will be contacted via the phone number and/or email address provided and will be announced on the BID’s Facebook page.

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Enter Raffle to Win 2 Tickets to Chaka Khan, Live at the Kings Theatre

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Click HERE to enter the BID’s free raffle for two tickets to see Chaka Khan with special guest Vivian Green perform live at the Kings Theatre (1027 Flatbush Avenue) on Friday, February 19th at 9:00 PM!

Registration ends Friday, February 12th at noon. The winner will be contacted directly and will be announced on the BID’s Facebook page.

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Enter to Win 2 Tickets to The Beach Boys, Live at the Kings Theatre!

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The Flatbush Avenue BID and Church Avenue BID have partnered to giveaway 2 tickets to see The Beach Boys perform live at the Kings Theatre (1027 Flatbush Avenue) on Tuesday, February 9th at 8:00 PM!

Click HERE to enter this free sweepstakes. Registration ends Tues. Feb. 2 at noon. Winner will be contacted directly and will be announced on the BID’s Facebook page.

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