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Trick or Treat Downtown

This event will look A LOT different than years past The Emporia Main Street Board of Directors met this past Wednesday during our regularly scheduled board meeting (the first and...
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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...
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Consumer Pandemic Trends

The mind of the consumer during a pandemic is difficult to track. Even outside of Covid, trying to guess the wants and needs of your customers can be a full...
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Some Clarity for Your Customers: Accurate information posting can reduce frustration and increase sales.

The pandemic continues to change the hours and operational standards of several small businesses in the region. Customers are wondering: Can I walk into this business? When are they open...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Support Local Restaurants

Dear Community Members and Business Owners Right now, several of our local businesses need our support more than ever. The Flint Hills Community Health Center in conjunction with the Lyon...
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Curbside Assistance to Businesses

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, individuals have been advised to stay away from certain business types.  Restaurants, bars, retailers, and entertainment venues have been hit particularly hard by a sharp and...
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THE FUTURE OF RETAIL

National trends and analysis help us project a pathway to success General technology, automated integration, and web based sales have impacted almost every industry. Retail isn't immune to changes in...
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How ’bout Those CHIEFS?!?!

What lessons can we apply to our local businesses when we compare them to the Super Bowl Champs? You might have heard that a local football team won the Super...
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Hitting the “Start” Button

Getting things started is an imperfect process, but it is the only way to get things done In the cold of late January, the energy and resourcefulness of entrepreneurs starts...

Valentines Day is a Month Away!

Your first shot to make some money in 2020 It seems like we all just survived the holiday season, but the calendar marches on! Valentines Day is coming up in...

2019 Year In Review!

A brief look back before we begin 2020! Emporia Main Street doesn't spend a lot of time looking backward in time. We've found that too much time looking behind you...
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Finish Strong During The Holidays

If you are in the world of retail or some service based businesses, you are scanning this article with glazed over eyes. You are probably a little exhausted with the...
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Sharing is Caring

During a college leadership activity, a mentor gathered a group at a local park to talk about strength in numbers.  In some instances, it was important to understand that you...
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Freedom Fest: Rights and Responsibilities

Honoring sacrifice goes beyond pomp and circumstance During this time of year, the Emporia Main Street staff has significant contact with veterans and active duty military.  Active duty personnel are critical in the planning...

You Can’t Catch if You Don’t Cast

Over the next few weeks, downtown Emporia will fill with several thousand visitors from all over the world.  These people will shop, eat, and partake in entertainment options that will...

A Window To Your Store

With spring promising to be right around the corner (we hope), now is a great time to re-energize your store front with a new window display. The changing of the...

Motivation Selling

When most of us think about the buying process for products or services, we often simplify the motivations of our customers.  The "why" behind the purchase motivation simply becomes "because...
National Main Street Conference Kansas City – A unique traffic builder for your business

National Main Street Conference Kansas City – A unique traffic builder for your business

The National Main Street Conference is March 25th through the 28th in Kansas City, Missouri.  Due to the proximity of the conference to Emporia, and our location on a major...

Year in Review 2017

Each year we take one e-news and dedicate it towards looking back over the previous year. We don't want to linger in the past, but we do want to recognize...

2016 Year in Review

Emporia Main Street works with a variety of members and partners to push new initiatives and create new opportunities every year.  We appreciate everyone's support as we work to create...

Thanks For Making Us Number One

A little preface to the press release we sent out in conjunction with the award announcement: The Top 10 Best Main Streets Award nominees were chosen by a panel of...

Four Point Refresh

Those of you that are familiar with the Main Street concept understand that we have a four point strategic approach.  The four points are:   Organization- Capacity Building, volunteer recruitment,...

When an Event is more than an Event

Emporia Main Street events evolve over time.  What starts out as something small, often grows and changes to meet new challenges or take advantage of new opportunities.  They say necessity...

Simple Ways to Capitalize on Events

Anyone associated with the Emporia Main Street Promotions Team will tell you that we break down  promotional events into two distinct categories: those specifically designed to create spending in targeted...

Independent Success

Independent businesses are obviously a huge part of the fabric of our community in Emporia. For years, stagnation and low occupancy rates crippled the downtown area, but as focus has...

2015 Emporia Main Street Annual Meeting

The Emporia Main Street Annual Meeting tends to emulate the organization itself.  We have a group  of super busy people that get together to honor productivity and offer thanks to those...

2014 In Review At Emporia Main Street

Emporia Main Street is a results oriented organization.  The culture of measurable activities that push for community growth has been fostered by you, our membership, since the inception of the...

Converting Festival Attendees Into Paying Customers

Through the Promotions Point in the Main Street concept, we focus on community marketing, the production of "register ringers" (like Midnight Madness or the Shop Hop) and "gathering" events (like...

The Taste of Emporia Q&A – Dark Horse Distillery

This is the final blog post in a 6 part series of The Taste of Emporia vendor Q&As that lead up to the event tomorrow! Damian Garcia is the Director...

The Taste of Emporia Q&A – Big John’s Brewing Company

This is Part 5 in a series of The Taste of Emporia vendor Q&As that will lead up to the event on April 18th! Diane Harris is the Office Manager...

The Taste of Emporia Q&A – Wheat State Distilling

This is Part 4 in a series of The Taste of Emporia vendor Q&As that will lead up to the event on April 18th! David Bahre is the Master Distiller...

The Taste of Emporia Q&A – Flint Hills Beverage

This is Part 3 in a series of The Taste of Emporia vendor Q&As that will lead up to the event on April 18th! Becky Siljenberg is the Import, Craft,...

The Taste of Emporia Q&A – Winebarn Winery & Vineyard

This is Part 2 in a series of The Taste of Emporia vendor Q&As that will lead up to the event on April 18th! Celeste Mikijanis is part-owner of Winebarn Winery...

The Taste of Emporia Q&A – Oskar Blues Brewery

This is the first in a series of The Taste of Emporia vendor Q&As that will lead up to the event on April 18th! Tate Nelson is a Market Manager for...

Bringing it all Together: The 4 Point Approach

  Bringing it all   Together           Different points provide better results Every business or organization has to ask themselves a series of tough questions to achieve success. ...

Can Customers Picture Your Products?

    Can Customers     Picture Your     Products?              As social media continues to change, maybe Instagram is right for you! They say...

The Evolution of a Revolution: A Conversation with Jeremy Rusco, Disc Golfer Magazine

2013 PDGA Amateur World Champrionships preview and Interview with Jeremy Rusco

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