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A thriving atmosphere for business, residents & visitors

We are an organization of over 200 local businesses and hundreds of volunteers, working together to build a vibrant and prosperous region, community, and downtown core.

A thriving atmosphere for business, residents & visitors

We are an organization of over 200 local businesses and hundreds of volunteers, working together to build a vibrant and properous region, community, and downtown core.



Congrats to Our June Garden Winners!

Ron Gilligan Tom Haskett Friends of Emporia Main Street

Vote NOW For Your Favorite Downtown Garden. June voting ends 6/30

Did you know all of the downtown gardens are taken care of by volunteers. We...

Emporia Main Street Receives 2020 National Main Street Accreditation

Emporia, Kansas -- Emporia Main Street has been designated as a 2020 Accredited Main Street America™ program. Accredited status...
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Downtown Clean Up Scheduled 6/18/20

Looking for a great way to volunteer and still social distance? We need your help...

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How Has the Pandemic Impacted Your Brand?

There are wonderful people that work very hard to understand the world around them for the benefit of others. These people aren't simply watching TV, reading commentary, or listening to...

Radical Transparency: Your customers, staff, and the general public need to hear from you in a different way RIGHT NOW

We have many positive traits in the Midwest. The people here work hard, they are punctual, people believe in teamwork, and they typically value getting things done. One of the...

Diversifying Sales Outlets. Extending Your Sales Capabilities Beyond Your Four Walls.

If there is one strategy that Covid-19 has accelerated for businesses, it is the adoption of technology to extend sales outside the traditional business physical space. Restaurants are promoting curbside...

Identifying new business pathways as the population deals with ongoing pandemic impacts

We do a lot of individual business consultations at Emporia Main Street. We prefer individual meetings for "deep dives" because we understand the unique nature of our member businesses. Recommendations...

Dirty Kanza & Great American Market to Be Held on Sept. 12th, 2020

September 12th, 2020 will be a busy day in downtown Emporia. Emporia Main Street and Dirty Kanza are excited to announce that both the Great American Market and the Dirty...

Upcoming Events

Jul 6 - Jul 12 , 2020
Sep 12 , 2020
7 am - 4 pm
Sep 12 , 2020
This Event Has Been Canceled - Please Contact The Office for Details
Sep 26 , 2020
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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Local economic impact per year of Emporia Main Street initiatives


Total investment in Downtown Emporia since 1991


Number of volunteer hours contributed each year

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Main Street's Four Point Approach to Economic Vitality

To drive economic development, we follow Main Street America's four points. This approach is a time-tested framework for community-driven revitalization. We believe that supporting and growing local businesses, engaging partners and volunteers, and revitalizing our downtown core are the keys to a strong community.


Beautify downtown while working to enhance and preserve its historic character.

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Host or support a variety of year-round events to draw visitors and promote shopping locally.

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Business Enhancement

Provide tools, education, financial resources, and guidance to entrepreneurs and businesses.

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Engage members and citizens, and forge partnerships with other community organizations.

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