Blog

Home / Join / Blog
waterbreak

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...
spring local

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,...
DownTownNite

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...
minwage

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...
Future planning image

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...
building better

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...
handshake-feature

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...
volleyball

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...
mural3

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...
fb open house

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...
DownTownNite

Brookings Study

Several months ago, Emporia was selected as one of three communities to participate in a rural economy/community study through the Brookings Institute. The Brookings research team was directed to Emporia...
a1 3

Local Business Expands Operations to New Location.

EMPORIA, KS- After several months of anticipation and planning, A1 Pump & Jet has opened operations at its new facility. As a service provider to major commercial food processing plants...
localpres

USD 253 Holiday Gifts

With a majority of students going remote due to COVID-19, we understand that it might be difficult to get a holiday gift to teachers, administrators, and others that work within...
group

Newman Regional Health Employees Receive Heartfelt Thank You

Red Line Truck Lines gives gift to say Thank You! Emporia, KS – The Emporia Main Street Office was packed with a special Thanksgiving feeling this week as over 50 gift...
holiday-stroll-square-for-social-media

The 2020 Holiday Season in Emporia

I know this sounds a little repetitive, but holiday events are a little different this year. With so much change in the world, we wanted to let you know what...
curbside

New data on consumer and economic behavior projections

It's the question we are continually asked by businesses and consumers: "when will this all be over?". We have to consistently remind people that the prognostications about the end of...
EekTown Halloween

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...
EekTown Halloween

Mask Up for Trick or Treat downtown on October 31st.

The Emporia Main Street Board of Directors met this past Wednesday during our regularly scheduled board meeting (the first and third Wednesday's of every month). One of the agenda items...
Hand pressing Start Your Business on blurred cityscape background

Start Your Own Business Class Enrolling Now!

The first class for the Start Your Own Business session is next Tuesday, October 13th. We have a few class slots open for our limited group (only 12 spots), and...
bingo

Insight Into the Strategies and Other Economic Development Professionals are Using to Build Better Economies and Communities.

Most people that know me well understand that I expect to gain something actionable from meetings, retreats, and/or conferences. Meeting simply to meet/network/"get on the same page"/etc. isn't something that...
lovejob

A New Tool to Help Local Businesses and the “Gig” Economy.

Emporia Main Street communicates with other similar programs far outside of our region on a fairly consistent basis. Our emphasis on finding "like" communities, or areas that were once like...

Consumer Preferences – Round 3.

Emporia Main Street has obtained consumer preference information in relation to COVID response on three separate occasions. These responses can help business and organizations determine best practices as we continue...
b2b

Back to Business – Kansas Dept. of Commerce Releases Grant info for Businesses & Non Profits.

The Kansas Department of Commerce released information concerning COVID Relief Grants for businesses and nonprofits in the following categories ( you can apply for grants in multiple categories ): Small Business Working...
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...
walkparty

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...

Archives