Business Enhancement

Our business enhancement programs launch entrepreneurs and help small businesses grow

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Emporia Main Street's BUSINESS ENHANCEMENT programs are implemented by a committee of volunteers along with Main Street staff. The primary goals of our business enhancement initiatives are to:

  • support, educate, and provide resources for ALL entrepreneurs and businesses throughout Emporia
  • grow a sustainable core business district downtown

Our business enhancement programs provide a wide variety of tools to assist new and existing businesses, catalyze property development, and create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and innovators that strengthen Emporia's local economy.

Business Enhancement Programs

Start Your Own Business Class

If you're ready to take your business from concept to reality, the Start Your Own Business class is one of the best tools at your disposal.

Available Property Listings

We can help you find a property that's a great match for your business concept. If you own a property, contact us for a free listing!

Incubator Space

Next door to the Emporia Main Street office, this 1,100 square foot rent-free space is available to start-up businesses for a set period and includes business mentoring.

Business Consulting

Individual advice tailored to your business.

Grants, Loans & Tax Credits

Emporia Main Street provides access to wealth of financial incentives to start or expand a business, including our own low-interest loan program, matching fund opportunities, and assistance with local, state and federal financial programs.

Business Investment Guide

Created for entrepreneurs and developers, our Business Investment Guide outlines why Emporia is a great place to do business, and includes a list of available resources to get started.

Want to support budding entrepreneurs, or become an entrepreneur yourself?

Emporia Main Street is here to help your business grow. Your support also promotes overall economic development and re-investment in downtown and the community as a whole.

Business Enhancement Committee Volunteers

Shawn Honea, Chair
IM Design Group

James Willingham
Emporia State University

Rob Scheib
USD 253

Tom Mains

Lori Andrews
ESB Financial

Bruce Boettcher
BG Consultants

Jana Marstall
USD 253

Interested in joining the Business Enhancement Committee?

The Business Enhancement Committee perfect for those who are passionate about business, fueling job growth in Emporia, and helping entrepreneurs launch or expand. Click the button below if you'd like to join!

Business Education

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

By Jessica Buchholz | April 12, 2021

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 they are currently in, but it is absolutely critical for businesses to understand what to do as they enter into different lifecycle phases. If you…

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New business trends emerge from the pandemic. What should you keep moving forward?

By Jessica Buchholz | March 31, 2021

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 highlight newest business, organizational, and community development trends. We also hear new business questions that emerge from market changes, and we use those questions to…

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The New Federal Stimulus – what Does it Mean for Your Business?

By Jessica Buchholz | March 16, 2021

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 have been disproportionately impacted by COVID.The following is a version of a National Main Street outreach that has been slightly augmented to meet local needs.…

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New Kansas Main Street Incentives.

By Jessica Buchholz | March 10, 2021

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 derailed with the pandemic, but the state worked hard behind the scenes to provide communities with a new slate of incentives that could stimulate modern…

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Spring Cleaning – Getting Ready for Different Types of Business.

By Jessica Buchholz | February 25, 2021

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, a cooped up populace is looking for more reasons to venture outdoors. We are still in a pandemic, so some of that outdoor exploration can…

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What Is Going On With Minimum Wage?

By Jessica Buchholz | February 11, 2021

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 will it be implemented? How much will this cost me? How will this impact my customers? Minimum wage increases can impact businesses in a number…

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