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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.



Emporia Main Street Voted Best Non-Profit in Reader’s Choice Awards

The Emporia Gazette’s Readers Choice Awards is a contest where readers choose their favorite restaurants,...

The HartBeat of Main Street Program – Grant Opportunity.

The HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program, created by The Hartford Small Business Insurance and...

Life Time Announces Cancellation of Dirty Kanza 2020 Event.

Please click the link for the article published in the Emporia Gazette. http://www.emporiagazette.com/free/article_59e00ac0-c062-11ea-a8a0-d7622eae496f.html

Congrats to Our June Garden Winners!

Ron Gilligan Tom Haskett Friends of Emporia Main Street

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back to school

Back to School – What Should Businesses Expect during COVID-19?

Like everything else in 2020, Back to School is going to look a lot different. Emporia hosts K-12, along with Flint Hills Technical College and Emporia State University. From a...

Welcome Back Block Party & Moonlight Madness to Combine.

We are mixing things up a bit for two of our late summer events! Due to current circumstances we have decided to combine our Welcome Back Block Party and Summer...

The Great American Market Canceled for 2020.

Emporia, Kansas - The Great American Market has been cancelled for 2020. The Market is a joint effort between Emporia Main Street and its title sponsor, the Emporia Gazette, and features local...

New Assistance for Local Businesses

The City of Emporia, KS has been awarded $132,000 of funding through the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Community Development Block Grant COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program (CDBG-CV). The City of...

Annual Meeting Highlights

In 2021, the Emporia Main Street organization will turn 30 years old, and we've never experienced a year quite like this. Before mid-March of 2020, we saw a year full...

Upcoming Events

Aug 20 , 2020
5 pm - 9 pm
Sep 12 , 2020
This Event Has Been Canceled - Please Contact The Office for Details
Sep 26 , 2020
This Event Has Been Canceled

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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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