What We Do

DTSB Ambassadors help make Downtown South Bend a welcoming place with ongoing programs that have earned praise from visitors, businesses, and neighbors alike.

Downtown South Bend, Inc. can help you experience all the great benefits of visiting or living, working or shopping, or just enjoying yourself in the heart of South Bend.

Incorporated in January 2002, Downtown South Bend, Inc. (DTSB) is a not-for-profit 501C(6) organization dedicated to the continued growth and prosperity of Downtown South Bend in partnership with the City of South Bend. DTSB continually works to improve our community’s quality of life through creative marketing and promotion, coordinated public/private initiatives, effective economic development and business recruitment.

DTSB is governed by a 20 member board which includes downtown business owners and residents, local business leaders, the University of Notre Dame and City officials. Officers of the board include Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.

Our offices are located at 217 S. Michigan Street, in the heart of downtown South Bend. We are in the Robertson’s Building across from the historic State Theater and share our office space with the University of Notre Dame Office of Community Relations.

Putting Out the Welcome Mat

DTSB Ambassadors help make Downtown South Bend a welcoming place with ongoing programs that have earned praise from visitors, businesses, and neighbors alike. Among some of our services:

  • Visitor and driver assistance
  • Landscaping and beautification work
  • Cleaning and litter pick up
  • Panhandling deterrent
  • Event support, security & clean-up
  • Information distribution
  • Special event and holiday decorations


Getting the Word Out

DTSB develops and coordinates promotional programs and marketing efforts to encourage people to discover and enjoy everything downtown South Bend has to offer – from the first timer to the long-time Bender. Some of our efforts include:

  • DowntownSouthBend.com - A comprehensive user friendly Web site all about downtown
  • Shop & Play Guide – a high-end visitors guide listing retailers, restaurants, and attractions
  • Downtown Guide To Dining
  • Downtown Parking Guide
  • Complimentary delivery of print materials for downtown businesses
  • Downtown branding & image marketing
  • Group advertising programs for downtown businesses
  • Specific downtown event websites
  • Downtown hardcopy newsletter and e-news
  • Information Kiosks in key indoor locations
  • Directional Kiosks throughout the city
  • DTSB Annual Report

Bringing People Downtown

Throughout the year DTSB sponsored events and partner organization events highlight the downtown and its various entertainment, dining, retail and recreation options creating a unique experience for residents and visitors of all ages. Some of the events include:

  • First Fridays
  • Outdoor Summer Film Series
  • Santa’s House & Workshop
  • St. Patrick's Day Tent Party and Pub Tour
  • Egg Stravaganza
  • Red Table Plaza Lunchtime Concert Series
  • Kids’ Night Out
  • Art Beat
  • Outdoor Summer Fitness Series
  • Restaurant Weeks
  • Wine and Beer Walks

Creating a Vibrant Community

DTSB helps coordinate, support, and advocate for the downtown South Bend community in a number of ways – promoting the growth of existing businesses, recruiting new businesses, and encouraging residential living. Activities include:

  • Business recruitment – informational packets
  • New business welcome packet
  • Façade and streetscape grant programs
  • Bike rack program
  • Neighborhood relations - Participation in neighborhood meetings and events and encouraging neighborhood involvement in downtown events
  • Ribbon cutting events for new businesses
  • Downtown merchant database
  • Event coordination & promotion
  • Marketing support & consultation

Contact us to learn more about how you can fully experience Downtown South Bend.