DFA Membership Handbook

CONGRATULATIONS – As a DFA member, you have tapped into exclusive benefits and opportunities!

Here’s how to maximize your membership investment:

DFA Membership Handbook

Develop meaningful relationships downtown through our in-person and online community:

  1. You can book a call or visit with our Managing Director anytime HERE!
  2. As a member, you have access to the membership directory. Email hhood@williamsonheritage.org to access!
  3. Our member meetings are once a month – send all email addresses you’d like to receive exclusive DFA meeting invitations to hhood@williamsonheritage.org!
  4. If you attended a meeting and would like to provide anonymous feedback, CLICK HERE!
  5. Join our exclusive member’s-only Facebook group community HERE to network and collaborate throughout the week!
  6. Want to host a DFA Mixer at your place?  CLICK HERE and follow the instructions to become the next host of a DFA Midweek Member Mixer!  (You can choose how many guests you want to host.)




DFA Member Meetings (first Thursday/month, 8:30 am at The Franklin Theatre)Register HERE>

  • August 4
  • September 1
  • October 6
  • November 3
  • December 1

DFA Mixers (middle Wednesday evening every month from 4-6pm)Register HERE>

  • August 17
  • September 14
  • October 12
  • November 16

DFA University (dates, times, locations vary)Register HERE>

  • August 25th at 112 Bridge St. on "Cultivating Mental Health and Success Mindsets in the Workplace"

DFA Masterminds (dates, times, locations vary)Register HERE>

  • Retail Mastermind
  • Service Businesses Mastermind
  • Nonprofit Mastermind
  • Building Owners Mastermind

Advisory Board Meetings (second Thursday/month, 8:30am at 112 Bridge St.) – 

(Email hhood@williamsonheritage.org if interested in joining the Advisory Board.)

  • August 11 (CANCELED)
  • September 8
  • October 13
  • November 10
  • December 8

(for business members only)

Build your brand, promote your jobs and events, and drive tourists and locals to your business:

  1. You can schedule a FB LIVE once/quarter HERE!
  2. You can submit a job for hire to our website HERE!
  3. You can submit an upcoming event to our web calendar HERE!
  4. You can promote your business on our website blog once/year HERE!
  5. You can promote your business in our consumer eblasts once/quarter HERE!
  6. You can promote your business in our social media FB & IG posts once/month HERE!
  7. You can promote your business in our social media stories & highlights once/week HERE!
  8. You can participate in our festivals by emailing hhood@williamsonheritage.org to get involved!
  9. We will post your business listing in the right category HERE within a month of your joining us!
  10. Email hhood@williamsonheritage.org to learn your promotions in the Downtown Franklin Annual Awards!
  11. Invite us to co-host your FB events and email hhood@williamsonheritage.org to make sure we accept the invite!
  12. Download and display your digital membership trust badge on your website/email signatures and anywhere else HERE!
  13. If your business provides business-building services of any kind, you'll be listed on our online Smart Start™ Guide within a month HERE!

Access vital downtown news and information along with business-building tools & resources:

  1. Send all email addresses you’d like to receive exclusive member communications and information to hhood@williamsonheritage.org!
  2. The emails you send will receive exclusive email invitations to education workshops and business building resource programming!
  3. List or request space to buy, lease, rent, or sell downtown HERE!
  4. We are accredited with Main Street America® and share various grant/loan/funding opportunities as they are announced to us through that avenue and others!
  5. Click HERE to access our current resource library!
  6. Leverage this page as well as our exclusive members-only Facebook Group HERE to learn how to best leverage your membership and maximize your investment with us!

Tap into exclusive offers and savings on Heritage Foundation and DFA resources:

Influence downtown culture, development, festivals, and advocacy initiatives:

  • Participate in discussions that shape the economic development and culture of downtown Franklin through our member meetings, online FB Group HERE, and periodic exclusive surveys!
  • CLICK HERE to learn more about committee opportunities and apply to join!
  • Keep an eye on your member communications and newsletters for opportunities to get involved in advocacy initiatives on behalf of downtown Franklin businesses!

(for business members only)

Annual Bonus: