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

Some Clarity for Your Customers: Accurate information posting can reduce frustration and increase sales.

By Jessica Buchholz | July 23, 2020

The pandemic continues to change the hours and operational standards of several small businesses in the region. Customers are wondering: Can I walk into this business? When are they open (days/times)? Do they offer curbside options? Can I order online?We know how important every dollar is to your business right now. We also know that…

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How Has the Pandemic Impacted Your Brand?

By Jessica Buchholz | June 30, 2020

There are wonderful people that work very hard to understand the world around them for the benefit of others. These people aren’t simply watching TV, reading commentary, or listening to podcasts; they are collecting data and refining raw information into something useful. When variables hit a market, shifts in consumer buying patterns and perceptions are…

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Radical Transparency: Your customers, staff, and the general public need to hear from you in a different way RIGHT NOW

By Jessica Buchholz | June 26, 2020

We have many positive traits in the Midwest. The people here work hard, they are punctual, people believe in teamwork, and they typically value getting things done. One of the negative traits we sometimes experience is out ability to deal with knowledge vacuums. When we don’t know something, instead of simply saying “I don’t know”…

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Diversifying Sales Outlets. Extending Your Sales Capabilities Beyond Your Four Walls.

By Jessica Buchholz | June 19, 2020

If there is one strategy that Covid-19 has accelerated for businesses, it is the adoption of technology to extend sales outside the traditional business physical space. Restaurants are promoting curbside delivery through on-line platforms to increase sales in an environment where occupancy has been cut in half, and online platforms allow for order placement without…

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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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