A second business group has formed in German Village, listing a bevy of professional service providers, from architects to home remodelers, to take care of everyday needs.

A second business group has formed in German Village, listing a bevy of professional service providers, from architects to home remodelers, to take care of everyday needs.

German Village At Your Service - www.germanvillageatyourservice.com - is a free resource of local companies trying to reach out to German Village with one voice, said Regina Acosta Tobin, a local real estate agent who helped found the organization.

"We want it to be on top of people's minds that if they need a service of any type, they would think to go to our directory first to find local providers," Tobin said.

The idea was not to compete, but rather complement, the longstanding German Village Business Community, which costs $200 a year to join for nonretail businesses and $250 for retail and restaurants. The organization, which officially formed in 2005 and was renamed two years later, has roughly 100 members.

Annual dues for At Your Service, by contrast, are $50.

Greg Gamier, chairman of the German Village Business Community, is now a member of both groups.

"To me, it was just another advertising outlet," said Gamier, co-owner of Village Pet Supply.

He said that his store gets a second boost with At Your Service, through which he promotes other facets of his business, such as pet-sitting and dog-walking.

He said he sees it as another way for store owners to maximize their outreach and doesn't see the two business groups as having competing interests.

"As long as no one is trying to step on anybody's feet," he said. "And I don't see that happening. We're all in this together."

The organization, which now has more than two dozen members, is not limited to German Village businesses, but is intended to recruit business from the greater Columbus metro area, Tobin said.

Tobin said members are encouraged but not required to join the German Village Society, which costs $50 a year for individuals, $200 for nonretail businesses and $250 for retail, with additional membership levels available.

"If they're trying to service the community, it would be nice for them to be members of the community, as well," she said.