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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...

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...
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White Ribbon Campaign to Support Emergency Medical Services and Frontline Workers

White Ribbon Campaign to Support Emergency Medical Services and Frontline Workers (Emporia, KS) – Newman Regional Health and Emporia Main Street announce the community’s first ever White Ribbon Campaign scheduled...
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Design a Shirt for Emporia Main Street

It is that time of year to start thinking about our next round of Emporia Shirts! We are accepting entries for design ideas. Entries need to be in a pdf...

Draw Your Main Street

Bust out your artistic skills and show some love to our Main Street Member Businesses/Organizations. How do you participate? Choose your favorite Main Street businesses and draw their picture! Drawings...

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Great American Market and DK Finish Line Celebration to be held on Saturday, Sept 12th 2020

We have seen several schedule adjustments over the past several weeks. The most recent being the postponement of the 2020 Dirty Kanza event. The new race date is set for...
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Small Business COVID-19 Grant Resources

GoFundMe: As part of the Small Business Relief Fund, GoFundMe, Intuit QuickBooks and Yelp have each donated $500,000.Google: Announcing a new $800+ million commitment to support small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), health organizations and governments,...

Payroll Protection Program Launches 4/3/20

PAYROLL PROTECTION PROGRAM Source: SBA - U.S. Small Business Administration The CARES Act includes $350 billion for federally guaranteed loans for small businesses, sole proprietors, self-employed individuals and independent contractors affected...

SBA- Disaster Assistance Update

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Emporia Farmers Market to Offer CSA-Style Food Boxes.

Due to public health concerns, the Emporia Farmers Market will not hold regular markets on April 4 and 18.  The market has been working with vendors to assemble a limited...

Stay At Home Order Issued

Additional info on HIRE from Kansas Main Street

.....We regret to announce that all our initial funds available through the HIRE Fund have been allocated at this time. However, we are keeping our form open and will continue...

Newman Regional Health Seeks Community Support with Mask Donations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23, 2020 Newman Regional Health Seeks Community Support with Mask Donations (Emporia, KS) — Newman Regional Health is asking local community members for their help in...

Quarter Mania Canceled – The Taste Postponed

Due to public health safety concerns surrounding COVID-19 and much discussion with local officials: Emporia Main Street Quarter Mania scheduled for Thursday, March 19th at the Copper Top - has...

KDHE COVID-19 Traveler & School Notice

EMPORIA KANSAS, March 15, 2020 Lyon County Public Health Department in coordination with Lyon County Emergency Management and local educational partners would like to reiterate Governor Kelly’s recommendation to close...

GBO Cancellation

PDGA Board of Directors Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic [March 13, 2020] By: PDGA StaffFriday, March 13, 2020 - 11:38 The Professional Disc Golf Association Board of Directors, in close concert with...

COVID-19 Media Release 3-12-2020

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Interactive Mural Encourages Community to Engage in Downtown

Last week was a fluttering of activity in downtown Emporia! The sun was shining, the weather teased of spring, Trox Gallery and Gifts held their Grand Opening and several Emporians...


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...


We must set measurable goals if we want to make actual progress Organizations put a lot of verbal "stuff" out there. Missions, value statements, strategic plans, visions... What does it...
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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...

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...