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

Identifying new business pathways as the population deals with ongoing pandemic impacts

By Casey Woods | June 3, 2020

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 that are so broad that they apply to everyone typically boarder on common sense. Specific recommendations for a singular business sometimes doesn’t cross apply to…

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Curbside Assistance to Businesses

By Jessica Buchholz | March 19, 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, individuals have been advised to stay away from certain business types.  Restaurants, bars, retailers, and entertainment venues have been hit particularly hard by a sharp and unanticipated drop in traffic and sales.  Curb side pick-up is an option that some restaurants and retailers are using to encourage product sales and promote some…

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Interactive Mural Encourages Community to Engage in Downtown

By Jessica Buchholz | March 12, 2020

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 and visitors took a moment to transform themselves in to a butterfly!After several months of planning, working on designs, and discussing with the appropriate channels,…

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By Casey Woods | March 4, 2020

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 technology and shopping preferences, but new trend data suggest that retail of the future will need to take very specific steps to grow. Emporia Main…

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How ’bout Those CHIEFS?!?!

By Casey Woods | February 4, 2020

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 Bowl this past weekend. Even if you aren’t a sports fan there are several things that we can learn from success in athletic endeavors that…

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Hitting the “Start” Button

By Casey Woods | January 28, 2020

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 to wain. This is the time of year where it often feels like your business is running you more than you are running it. To…

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