Emporia Main Street's PROMOTION programs are run by a committee of volunteers along with Main Street staff. Our promotion activities are focused on drawing visitors through year-round events, promoting local shopping, and marketing Downtown Emporia as a destination.
Emporia Main Street hosts or supports over 40 events each year. Our largest event, the Dirty Kanza Finish Line Party, brings over 10,000 visitors to downtown Emporia. Our Midnight Madness shopping event boosts sales at retailers throughout Emporia. All of our events promote a positive image of our community to both visitors and residents.
Whether we're putting on an event or reaching out through marketing, our promotion activities are designed to encourage economic activity and investment in our community.
Our events are designed not only to elevate the community, but also to provide exposure and foot traffic to our member businesses. Learn more here, and then contact us to register for an event!
Promotion Committee Volunteers
Emporia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Twin Rivers Winery & City Commissioner
Emporia State University
Interested in joining the Promotion Committee?
The Promotions Committee is great for those who like to help to plan events! Click the button below if you'd like to join!
With a majority of students going remote due to COVID-19, we understand that it might be difficult to get a holiday gift to teachers, administrators, and others that work within the district. Between now and December 14th, you can purchase a Special USD 253 Emporia Main Street gift certificate through our website (click here) and…Continue Reading >
This event will look A LOT different than years past The Emporia Main Street Board of Directors met this past Wednesday during our regularly scheduled board meeting (the first and third Wednesday’s of every month). One of the agenda items was discussion of Halloween activities. We will not host Haunted Tours this year, but there…Continue Reading >
Like everything else in 2020, Back to School is going to look a lot different. Emporia hosts K-12, along with Flint Hills Technical College and Emporia State University. From a business perspective, “Back to School” generally produces a more pronounced economic shift than some may realize. Emporia has a much more balanced economy than many…Continue Reading >
The mind of the consumer during a pandemic is difficult to track. Even outside of Covid, trying to guess the wants and needs of your customers can be a full time job. We know that information regarding the pandemic continues to change, and with each new alteration in infection rates, medical advances, news releases, or…Continue Reading >
Some Clarity for Your Customers: Accurate information posting can reduce frustration and increase sales.
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…Continue Reading >
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…Continue Reading >