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The Association was founded in 1968 to promote businesses and community development in the Arbutus area. The GABA is a not-for-profit association of local businesses, schools, organizations, and professionals that work together to improve the quality of life in the greater Arbutus area.

The GABA sponsors an annual Business Directory and Community Directory which has a circulation of 2,500 copies.  The directory is circulated throughout Arbutus, Catonsville, and Landsdowne. Business owners are able to promote their companies on our website, linking their website to the GABA website, announce specials through our community calender, and handing out promotional materials at the tables we provide at various community functions.

The GABA also provides the opportunity to connect with local businesses and make important business contacts at our monthly meetings and networking events throughout the year.  Many new members report being surprised by how much they learn and are pleased with the opportunities to network with others engaged in similarly related businesses.

Our members believe in the promotion of Arbutus as a quality place to live and work.  They realize that a clean and safe Arbutus is conducive to happy patrons and increases business. In addition, there is a substantial benefit to Arbutus for each dollar that is spent in Arbutus rather than elsewhere. That is, each dollar enables a business to pay its workers, who in turn spend money on food, gasoline, and other items in Arbutus.  The following businesses can then pay their workers, so that each dollar spent in Arbutus has a multiplied positive economic effect on the quality of life here.

The GABA sponsors numerous charitable and community service activities to benefit the Arbutus area. Current activities include: scholarships for area high school seniors; the annual Santa House; holiday music in the shopping district; support for other non-profit and charitable organizations; as well as providing regular beautification, grass cutting, seasonal decorations, and maintenance of the sidewalks, gardens, and grounds of the shopping district.  The GABA is the parent organization for the Arbutus Arts Festival, which is held in mid May of each year.

If you have read The Arbutus Times lately, you know that the County Council has made some decisions that affect our community.  The GABA has had a considerable role in influencing the outcome of those decisions.  If you want your views on local matters known and considered, the GABA monthly business meetings are the right place for you to be.

It is our goal to help bring about the growth and expansion of our member businesses, for the betterment of the Arbutus, Lansdowne, Catonsville areas. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Debbie SeBour at 410-242-0220 Membership Chairperson of the Greater Arbutus Business Association.