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

Home / Programs / Promotion

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

Support Local Restaurants

By Jessica Buchholz | March 20, 2020

Dear Community Members and Business Owners Right now, several of our local businesses need our support more than ever. The Flint Hills Community Health Center in conjunction with the Lyon County Board of Health announced that: effective as of 8 AM Friday, March 20 all large public gatherings of people in Lyon County including all…

Continue Reading >

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…

Continue Reading >


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…

Continue Reading >

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…

Continue Reading >

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…

Continue Reading >

Valentines Day is a Month Away!

By Casey Woods | January 14, 2020

Your first shot to make some money in 2020 It seems like we all just survived the holiday season, but the calendar marches on! Valentines Day is coming up in a month, and the holiday serves as a major revenue driver for many retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Instead of our normal bullet business tips,…

Continue Reading >