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Stress Tests

When you and your staff have better coping strategies, you can avoid burnout We have all the elements of a perfect stress storm in work places right now. Businesses are...
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Local Business to Offer Staffing Support

Emporia, KS – When the Pandemic hit, Misty Gardner (RN) found herself facing a professional and personal dilemma. Like others in her field, medical professionals were faced with grueling schedules and...
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Preparing for Back to School Opportunities.

Summer is racing by and back to school is right around the corner, so it's not to soon to start planning for the school year. I know you are probably...
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New Job Board for Gigs, Part-Time, Full-Time, and Freelancers!

Across multiple industries, organizational types, and work place sizes businesses, governmental entities, and nonprofits are struggling to fill positions. After some thoughtful consideration by the Emporia Main Street Board of...
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#VaxToNormal

The Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund (GEADRF) is excited to announce the #VaxToNormal campaign. In partnership with Newman Regional Health and Lyon County Public Health, the GEADRF is working...
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Emporia Main Street designated as an accredited Main Street program for 2021

Emporia Main Street has been designated as an accredited Main Street™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of accredited...
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Preparing for UNBOUND

We will see a huge influx of gravel riders into Emporia next week for the Unbound Cycling Event. While some travel restrictions will limit a bit of participation, we will...
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What is next in the realm of Community and Economic Development?

During the National Main Street Conference, we had the opportunity to listen to a variety of different speakers and researchers tracking changes in community and economic development cultures. Understanding those...
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How Can You Help-A Push For Collaboration!

We have just made it through DDO week, which is the first "major" event held in Emporia since October of 2019. We shook some rust off, greeted guests, and promoted...
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What is the Cost of a Vacant Building?

"It's not hurting anything.""I can do whatever I want with whatever I own.""I inherited it, and I'm really not in a hurry to let it go.""It's got sentimental value.""For the...
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EMPORIA MAIN STREET EARNS NATIONAL REVITALIZATION AWARD

CHICAGO (April 2021) – Emporia Main Street in Emporia, Kansas, is one of six winners of the Main Street Forward Awards, which recognize communities that have shown exemplary recovery and...
Business Lifecycles

Business Life Cycles: Where is your business at, and what is your strategy to grow?

Businesses have different lifecycles, and the strategies to support businesses can vary by business type, owner acumen, and lifecycle tools. It is important for entrepreneurs to know what lifecycle stage...
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New business trends emerge from the pandemic. What should you keep moving forward?

One of the advantages of Emporia Main Street's affiliation with Kansas Main Street and the National Main Street organization is training. We consistently receive access to high quality data that...
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The New Federal Stimulus – what Does it Mean for Your Business?

Smart businesses have accessed governmental and nongovernmental resources to fit their needs during the pandemic. Those resources continue to change, and some dollars are specifically targeted to industry types that...
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New Kansas Main Street Incentives.

The reformation of the Kansas Main Street program within the Kansas Department of Commerce promised to provide new technical and financial resources for Main Street communities and members. Everything was...
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Emergency Messaging

Three weeks ago we ran into an issue. We needed to contact a number of business and building owners very quickly to communicate an emergency infrastructure issue, but our access...
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Spring Cleaning – Getting Ready for Different Types of Business.

We aren't exactly out of winter yet. We are just one week removed from a -32 degree wind chill, but warmer weather is becoming more frequent. With the weather change,...
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Public feedback on where we are, and how we can move forward.

Every six to eight weeks Emporia Main Street has released a consumer preferences survey. These surveys are an important data collection tool that allows us to communicate the wants and...
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What Is Going On With Minimum Wage?

Legislation under consideration is generating A LOT of questions Whenever legislation that impacts businesses is considered on the federal or state level, businesses have questions. Has the legislation passed? When...
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So, What’s the Plan? Second & Third Quarter Planning is an Uncertain Time.

The calls, emails, and social media notifications are already coming in. "What are events going to look like this year?" "When can my business open up at full capacity?" "When...
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2021 Assistance Goals: Pushing Forward Through the Pandemic.

At the beginning of January, we published a brief look back at 2020 as a way to capture work done and close the book on a difficult year. Emporia Main...
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New resources come online to support businesses repairing buildings, or evolving through the pandemic.

Emporia Main Street is always on the lookout for new funding opportunities to assist local businesses. There are three programs that we are going to highlight in this e-news.The Kansas...
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Do You Want To Get More Involved?

Did your New Year's resolution include getting more involved in your community? Here are some simple ways you can utilize Emporia Main Street to start volunteering: Projects-Emporia Main Street always...
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2020 – We still did some AWESOME things!

At the beginning of 2020, we were excited about the year to come. It seemed like every major event fell perfectly on the calendar. Businesses were expanding. Developments were in...
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The Last Minute Holiday Push.

We are down to the Christmas season home stretch. The big day is Friday, the 25th, and all of you can check your calendar to see how close that day...

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