Q: What is IBA?
A: IBA stands for Irvington Business Association, which is a membership organization open to any business in the Irvington area. We are partners with Irvington Development Organization (IDO), so if you join IBA you also become a member of IDO. To become a member, go to the membership page.
Q: Did it used to be called AIM?
A: Yes, since its inception, the organization was known as Association of Irvington Merchants (AIM). The name was changed to IBA in July, 2013 to better reflect the diversity of membership, as the organization is open to any business owner, not just retail and restaurants.
Q: Are my annual dues tax-deductible?
A: Yes, IDO is a 501-c3 organization. Member dues are 100% tax deductible.
Q: What is ShopIrvington.com?
A: This website is operated by IBA. Its mission is to spotlight and encourage business and commerce in Irvington.
Q: What are the boundaries of Irvington?
A: We recognize the following boundaries. We know that many businesses outside of these boundaries are important to Irvington but we do have to draw the line somewhere.
- North: East 10th Street
- East: Shadeland Avenue
- South: Brookville Road
- West: Emerson Avenue
Q: Can a business located outside these boundaries join IBA?
A: Yes, we welcome any new members who want to help Irvington grow and prosper.
Q: If my business joins IBA, do I have to do anything?
A: Participation is not required, we’re pleased to have the monetary support if that’s best for you. However, if you’d like to get involved, we meet once a month (4th Monday, evenings) and have several active committees working on events, merchandise, member recruitment, and marketing. Even if you can’t regularly make meetings, there is plenty of opportunity to make a difference. Your voice counts!
Q: Do businesses outside the Irvington boundaries qualify for free listings?
A: Generally no, but paid members are afforded featured listings even if their business is located outside of Irvington.
Q: My Irvington business should have a free listing, but I can’t find it here. What should I do?
A. Contact us with your business name, address, phone number, category you should be listed in, and we’ll add you. (We know we have missed some, please help us be as complete as possible.)
Q: What if my business is listed and I would rather it not be listed?
A: No problem. Just contact us and we’ll remove it.
Q: Can I correct mistakes in my listing?
A: Yes, you can do this by emailing us the changes via the contact page.
Q: What is the difference between a free and a paid or featured listing?
A: All listings include business name, address, phone number, category and map location. Paid members of IBA also receive featured status, website and social media links, business description, logo and other perks.
Q: Can home-based businesses be listed?
A: Yes, if the business and/or owner is located within the boundaries of Irvington, the business qualifies for a free listing. You can put “home based” for your address if you do not want your address to be public. Home-based businesses are also eligible for membership should you be interested in joining us.
Q: What about non-profits, churches, schools, etc?
A: We list Irvington-based non-profit organizations, but not religious organizations or schools at this time.
Q: Can I just buy a featured listing and not be a member of IBA/IDO?