Mover. Shaker.
Difference Maker.

It's a great time to join Downtown Norfolk Council.

The renaissance in Downtown Norfolk is fully underway, thanks to the Downtown Norfolk Council’s efforts. There has never been a better time for you, your business or organization to join forces with us. As the unifying voice of Downtown members and stakeholders, Downtown Norfolk Council is the catalyst for advancing the vision for the future. The energy is contagious and momentum is unstoppable–together we can build an even more vibrant, attractive and successful Downtown.



DNC, established in 1979, is a private, not-for-profit organization of businesses and individuals dedicated to making Downtown more dynamic, attractive and prosperous. Thanks to four decades of policy development, advocacy, promotion and an unwavering responsibility to the Downtown community, today our 350 plus member organization is respected as facilitators and liaisons for our private sector.


DNC members enjoy exclusive benefits and opportunities to support our continued success. These benefits can promote your business as well as Downtown. From knowledge to networking, there’s always something to do and ways to join in:

  • Advocacy
    • DNC is the advocate and catalyst for Downtown’s economic development, parking, wayfinding, bikeability and placemaking.
  • Networking Opportunities with Downtown Business Leaders
  • Opportunities to promote your business
    • Fast Facts Member Highlight – features and promotions about your businesses events, specials, happenings or general news to share in our weekly email distributed to over 5000 recipients
    • DNC social media (105,000 plus followers) – opportunity for dedicated posts about your business to our robust, diverse and engaged audience
  • Monthly Member Briefings
    • Topics impacting Downtown. FREE to DNC members ($25 for non-members).
  • Member Appreciation Perks
    • Virginia Stage Company– complimentary show and reception
    • Discounted tickets to various events
    • Special discounts at local businesses
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Business Counseling
    • Work with our marketing team for recommendations and marketing assistance
    • Access to social media consultants
    • Members only presentations from experts on marketing hot topics
  • Referrals
  • Reduced fees for events and marketing initiatives
    • Co-op advertising
    • Restaurant Week participation
    • Annual Meeting tickets
  • Complimentary listing in the Guide to Downtown Norfolk
  • Business listing with logo, description, image, and link on
  • Company Visibility
  • Membership Decal


Now is the perfect time to join other forward-thinking business leaders committed to Downtown’s continued growth and success. Downtown wouldn’t be what is it today without DNC. For an even better Downtown, join today.

Still not convinced? Check out this list of 10 Things You Didn't Know DNC Does.


Dues start at $60 for individuals, $165 for non-profits and $250 for businesses.

Download this flyer here.