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.

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

So WHO are we Marketing to? A new tool to drill down on your exact consumer mix through Emporia Main Street.

By Jessica Buchholz | December 12, 2023

We are always looking for new ways to add value to local businesses and give them a competitive edge. Large corporations have extensive marketing departments that study every element of their consumer market, and market shifts, on a continual basis to create a market advantage. Most small businesses can’t access that type of information in-house.…

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Keep things going during the last month of the year!

By Casey Woods | December 5, 2023

December is upon us, and it is a critical month for many businesses. Keeping your attitude positive and your energy level up is important for customer interactions and your sanity. This newsletter will be about self care, and some strategies that will help keep your focus merry and bright into 2024. Customers want to interact…

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Small Business Saturday!!!!

By Casey Woods | November 22, 2023

At Emporia Main Street, we believe small businesses are a big deal. Supporting our local entrepreneurs isn’t just something we say, it’s something that we do through some very clear actions all year long. We loan dollars to startups and expansions, apply for grants to assist with business and property development, develop systems that allow…

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Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Trend capturing to support traffic and sales.

By Casey Woods | November 14, 2023

We are getting ready to enter the holiday home stretch. Emporia quickly transitions from Veterans Day to the Christmas Season, and the decor, mind set, and retail/service focus needs to shift to accommodate the season. The biggest push for retail sales is close to Thanksgiving (and then on to Christmas). Three separate activities happen in…

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Projecting Positivity: Creating a positive and productive work environment takes some culture effort.

By Casey Woods | November 8, 2023

The sun is setting a little sooner each day. The weather is getting cooler and the 4th quarter brings some additional stress for both business owners and staff. That type of stress can quickly snowball into negativity, and that negativity can express itself in all kinds of ways that make customers avoid your business. Yes,…

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Rural Population Trends: Drivers for population and economics within rural communities

By Casey Woods | October 16, 2023

I don’t think it’s a secret that there are differences in community types throughout the nation. Huge cities, metropolitan areas, rural cities, small towns, and country living all have their plusses and minuses. Much of what drives population is a desire to live a certain lifestyle and a connection with the place you live. However,…

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