Mission Statement

The Greater Alameda Business Association is dedicated to the growth and prosperity of independent business in Alameda. GABA conducts monthly meetings which provide its members with educational seminars and an opportunity to network. GABA keeps members informed of current issues before City of Alameda agencies and offers its members subsidized and shared advertising. Founded in 1987, GABA is funded by its membership dues and fundraising efforts.

Greater Alameda Business Association (GABA) History

In the 19th century, steam trains ran the length of Alameda with stops along Lincoln and Encinal Avenues. The stations along these avenues became the nucleus of small commercial areas surrounded by residential communities. Then came the red electric trains, which ran along these routes carrying passengers until 1941. Although trains no longer carry shoppers to these stations, the Greater Alameda Business Association, (GABA) has kept the theme of neighborhood business districts alive. The GABA train logo symbolizes Alameda’s rich history and the vitality its historic neighborhood shopping districts enjoy today.

Business owners along the Park and Webster Street shopping districts enjoyed associations that offered representation as a collected voice within their districts (WABA and PSBA). The Alameda Chamber of Commerce was not active at that time, therefore, no one represented the outlying businesses that were mostly clustered around the former train stations.

There was a need for representation for these business owners. In 1987, they banded together to form the Central Alameda Business Association. The name of our organization was later changed to the Greater Alameda Business Association (GABA) to include the growing business areas of Bay Farm Island, Harbor Bay, Marina Village and South Shore business communities.

GABA has always maintained its mission as an organization dedicated to the growth and prosperity of independent businesses within Alameda. The board members are dedicated to the fulfillment of GABA’s mission and purpose.

In keeping with the desire to preserve the city’s history, GABA secured grant money and sponsored the installation of the nine historic station markers throughout the city. More markers are expected to be installed as funds become available.

GABA members continue to show their support of our future business men and women by donating prizes to a raffle held at the monthly meetings. All proceeds from the raffle are donated to the young entrepreneurs of the business departments of Encinal, Island and Alameda High Schools.

GABA relies solely on membership dues and volunteer fundraising efforts to operate.