Business Debtors Anonymous (BDA)
BDA is a distinct and dynamic but not separate part of DA, created to focus on the recovery of members of the fellowship who are self-employed people or business owners. Together, members of BDA support one another in applying the DA principles and tools when owning and running a business. There are particular issues that arise for such people, both in managing their businesses, and in keeping them separate from their home lives. Note that the primary purpose of BDA is to operate businesses without incurring debt, and personal debting issues should be addressed at regular DA meetings
However, as part of DA, there is no separate membership for attending BDA meetings. As it states in our Third Tradition, “the only requirement for DA membership is a desire to stop incurring unsecured debt”. This applies to both professional and personal debt. It is understood that paying bills for goods and services rendered according to agreed upon terms does not constitute debting.
The meetings list specifies which meetings focus on BDA issues. Some may restrict participation in order to allow a focus on particular aspects of business debting (see meetings list).