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Cyber Security

Christmas is fast approaching, but there are some folks out there that definitely deserve some coal in their stockings this year.  Hackers are out in force trying to breach security, encourage businesses...

What does Your Storefront Say About Your Business?

1.  Walk around the envelope of your building. The whole building...  Front, back, (if you are on a corner or adjacent to a breezeway) side and look at your building from...

A New “First”

The Emporia Main Street staff, and select volunteers, travel to the National Main Street conference every year. The conference covers trends and techniques that are critical for achieving community and...

Pricing enticement strategies to drive traffic (while preserving profit).

Retailers are forced to compete for consumer dollars.  With the ascension of on-line sales and other direct to consumer portals, customer competition is more intense than ever.  In response, many business...

The Art of the Deal

Retailers are forced to compete for consumer dollars. With the ascension of on-line sales and other direct to consumer portals, customer competition is more intense than ever. In response, many...

The Homegrown Initiative

Emporia Main Street (EMS) is an economic and community development philosophy that operates within the City of Emporia and Lyon County. Using an effective four point approach, adopted from the...

4th Quarter Checkup

It's that magical time of year!  Weather starts cooling down, people start thinking about holidays and businesses start promoting themselves to seasonal shoppers.  As you enter the 4th Quarter (October,...

Holiday Security Tips for Small Business Owners

The prime holiday push is upon us, and all the extra traffic is great for business.  Busy stores produce great sales opportunities, but they are also prime targets for those...

Holiday Security

The prime holiday push is upon us, and all the extra traffic is great for business.  Busy stores produce great sales opportunities, but they are also prime targets for those...

The Next Step

Several people ask "when are you moving" on a weekly basis. Rather than a simple "Did you know" question at the bottom of the newsletter, we thought we would take...

Solvency & the Lorax

Occasionally, I'll throw pictures of a little blonde three year old (going on four- going on twenty-six) into the e-newsletter. That little spit-fire is my daughter, Brynn. She is at...

Form Over Function

Economies change quickly, and some of our purpose built structures (gas stations, banks, video stores) have a difficult time withstanding adaptations in consumer fads.  Housing is changing, and entire blocks...

Spruce up Tuesday

1.  Walk around the envelope of your building. The whole building...  Front, back, (if you are on a corner or adjacent to a breezeway) side and look at your building from...
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Honoring Our Veterans – Beyond the Banners

Emporia is the Founding City of Veterans Day. Our community holds many activities throughout the year to help support and honor those who have served. In 2014, Emporia Main Street...

Brand Based Businesses

Discussions with new entrepreneurs reflect the overwhelming number of decisions they must make as their business grows.  Businesses that have been open a few years have staff that often talk...

Thank you to our Members and Volunteers

Emporia Main Street celebrates the passing of each membership year with our Annual Meeting. The meeting highlights the accomplishments of the past year, sets goals for the following year and...

Summer is Here! What can this mean for your business?

For many of us Summer time brings a sense of a time to relax, kids at home, endless tubes of sunscreen, road trips, crunchy hair from too much pool time,...

Why Your Support Matters

The concept of "joining" means vastly different things to different generations.  The Baby Boomer generation had committee upon committee, and social organization upon social organization that created a fairly hierarchical...

Back to School!

The end of summer vacation is in sight, and people are preparing for the start of another school year.  Teachers and administrators are working hard preparing facilities and lesson plans....

A New Development Downtown

Emporia Downtown Redevelopment Group, LLC announced a major new addition to downtown Emporia.  The Roosevelt Plaza & Lofts & Legacy Lofts, a new mixed use development containing forty-seven residential units...

Summer is Here!

For many of us Summer time brings a sense of a time to relax, kids at home, endless tubes of sunscreen, road trips, crunchy hair from too much pool time,...

The Meaning of Membership

The concept of "joining" means vastly different things to different generations.  The Baby Boomer generation had committee upon committee, and social organization upon social organization that created a fairly hierarchical...

Your answer to an important question

Last week, we asked you a question: "what type of city would you like to live in?"  To contextualize the question, we gave you four different options that we classified...

What type of city do you want to live in?

ommunicating business and economic strategies to the public is difficult.  In a sound bite society known for oversimplifying complex concepts, we need more effective ways to engage the public in...

How to DK

Big events are now a "thing" in Emporia.  We have a series of international events that draw thousands of people into the community, but we need your help to keep...

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