Our promotion programs encourage local shopping, bring visitors to town, and engage residents

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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.


Promotion Programs


Emporia Main Street and the Promotions Committee host some of Emporia's biggest events, drawing thousands of visitors and locals each year. View our event calendar to see what's next.

Traffic Builders

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!

Marketing Opportunities

Let us help promote you! Get your business in front our followers and other members.

Gift Certificate Program

Our gift certificate program is free for member businesses and encourages local shopping.

Promotion Committee Volunteers

Adam Eimer
Uncommon Threads

Brad Harzman
USD 243

Kelly Mayer
Emporia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Becky Smith
Twin Rivers Winery & City Commissioner

Patti Canson


Kim Redeker
Sweet Granada

Michele Boyce

Kristy Bayer
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!

Promotion Education

Freedom Fest: Rights and Responsibilities

By Casey Woods | November 6, 2019

Honoring sacrifice goes beyond pomp and circumstance During this time of year, the Emporia Main Street staff has significant contact with veterans and active duty military.  Active duty personnel are critical in the planning and execution of Freedom Fest, and our veterans (and their families) often stop by the office to relay stories of their time in military service. …

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You Can’t Catch if You Don’t Cast

By Casey Woods | April 18, 2019

Over the next few weeks, downtown Emporia will fill with several thousand visitors from all over the world.  These people will shop, eat, and partake in entertainment options that will result in a significant boost for our local economy.  For businesses that work at converting visitors to spenders, the next few weeks could be a…

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A Window To Your Store

By Casey Woods | April 18, 2019

With spring promising to be right around the corner (we hope), now is a great time to re-energize your store front with a new window display. The changing of the season, a local event, or a holiday gives you a platform for what theme to tie into your products or services.  More often than not,…

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Motivation Selling

By Casey Woods | April 18, 2019

When most of us think about the buying process for products or services, we often simplify the motivations of our customers.  The “why” behind the purchase motivation simply becomes “because they needed/wanted it”.  Understanding the true motivations behind consumer spending can allow your business to alter products, services, and marketing to improve sales. Motivation selling…

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National Main Street Conference Kansas City – A unique traffic builder for your business

National Main Street Conference Kansas City – A unique traffic builder for your business

By Casey Woods | March 13, 2018

The National Main Street Conference is March 25th through the 28th in Kansas City, Missouri.  Due to the proximity of the conference to Emporia, and our location on a major highway system that communities may use to access the conference, Emporia Main Street is engaging in some efforts to capture traffic.  We need your help…

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Year in Review 2017

By Casey Woods | December 26, 2017

Each year we take one e-news and dedicate it towards looking back over the previous year. We don’t want to linger in the past, but we do want to recognize what occurred as we continue to push forward. A lot was accomplished in 2017, and we anticipate a lot of excitement for new initiatives next…

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