The South DeKalb Business Association’s (SDBA) mission is to promote commercial prosperity and enhance the quality of life within the South DeKalb community. The SDBA acts as a united advocate for positive change and development and provides a forum for addressing business and community issues.

  • Began in the mid-1970s as The South DeKalb Mall Merchant Association (SDMMA)
  • Became the Candler Area Business Assocation (CABA) in the 1980s
  • Broadended its reach tocover the growing South DeKalb Business area and changed its name to the South DeKalb Business Association (SDBA)
  • Has over 30+ plus years of operating experience
  • Actively been involved in encouraging and supporting economic development in the South DeKalb Community
SDBA was a catalyst for the creation of the South DeKalb Business Incubator & Youth VIBE, an Organization for Youth Entrepreneurship Training.


  • Monthly luncheon membership meetings featuring very informative speakers
  • After-hour functions to mix and mingle with prominent business owners and corporate members
  • Short member introductions that provide the opportunity to spotlight you and your company
  • Upon becoming a member, you may create a profile for your company and have it available as a handout to members
  • Alphabetical and categorical (by business) listing in our annual membership directory
  • A “SDBA Member Area” is provided at the luncheon meetings to display your business cards and brochures
  • A forum for problems you encounter related to the South DeKalb area
  • Opporunity to become Business of the Month or Business of the Year
  • Representation through SDBA with other affiliate organizations working on issues relative to the South DeKalb area
  • Advertising of your business through the SDBA website