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

4th Qt Activities – Finish the Year Strong!

By Jessica Buchholz | October 4, 2023

The last three months of the calendar are upon us, and this is the time where businesses need to focus on traffic, exposure, and sales to finish the year strong. Using recent market analysis data, we are spotting shifts in the market landscape that businesses need to account for. The outreach shifts, when coupled with…

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Business Diversity: Kansas Commerce Registry Programs Open Opportunities to Women, Minority, & Veteran Owned Businesses

By Jessica Buchholz | September 28, 2023

In competitive marketplaces, entrepreneurs need to look for an edge. Standing out in a field of similar businesses can be difficult, but there are programs that can help women, minority, and veteran owned businesses attract interested parties. The Kansas Department of Commerce has a certification process and a directory that can help potential customers identify…

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Show of Hands Year 2 – A successful entrepreneurial pitch activity is back!

By Casey Woods | January 25, 2023

Three years ago, Emporia Main Street had an opportunity to participate in a study by the Brookings Institute. The study focused on the practices of three Main Street programs in the rural communities of Laramie, Wyoming; Wheeling, West Virginia; and Emporia, Kansas. While researchers were busy studying us, each community got the chance to study…

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Fab Lab Update

By Jessica Buchholz | January 6, 2023

The Fabrication Lab at Emporia Main Street came online in April of last year, and it has been a wild ride taking the concept to fruition. In the past eight months, Jeremy Wharton (the Fabrication Lab Manager) has helped businesses prototype new products, supported entrepreneurs testing out concepts, worked with event organizers to support merchandise…

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Business Strategy Recalibration

By Casey Woods | December 14, 2022

We are in the heart of the holiday rush, and I know you don’t need another thing to do, but what if I told you some simple notes during this month could help you focus your strategy for long term success? You want to be successful in the long term, correct? The holiday season creates…

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Customer Service: It’s Kinda A BIG Deal!

By Casey Woods | November 15, 2022

Some reminders as we approach peak holiday shopping season. The defining characteristic for small businesses is often service. I know that may seem unfair as large retail operations force self checkout and avoid human interaction at all costs, but your businesses’ ability to form a connection through great service to your customers creates loyalty, generates…

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