Posts Tagged "main street"

Colorado Main Street Provides a Customizable Framework for Community

Colorado Main Street Provides a Customizable Framework for Community

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to downtown preservation. In Colorado, the statewide Main Street program customizes a strategy for each local community based on its unique needs and strengths. This technique allows individual communities to flourish with the support of a statewide network. The Colorado Main Street program works all across the vast, historic state. From mountain towns like Steamboat Springs to plains communities like Lamar, the state Department of Local…read more →

5 Reasons to Join a Main Street Organization

5 Reasons to Join a Main Street Organization

Originally appeared on Business.com. As a small business owner, you take big risks and face even bigger competition, but you don’t have to do it alone. Main Street organizations, including small business associations, downtown improvement districts and Local First programs all support small businesses with everything from promotional resources to networking opportunities. They’re often led by small business owners themselves, putting the organization in the best position to support your…read more →

Downtown Franklin Turns Local History into a Legacy

Downtown Franklin Turns Local History into a Legacy

The streets of downtown Franklin, Tennessee, feature brick sidewalks and Victorian buildings. Those buildings house local art galleries, restaurants, antique shops and more. If it sounds like a charming place, that’s because it is. Located just south of Nashville, the city of Franklin wears its historic charm proudly, as local merchants and community leaders work to blend the old with the new and the past with the future. Franklin’s vibrant…read more →

The America’s Main Streets Contest Kicks Off

The America’s Main Streets Contest Kicks Off

It’s that time of year again: Independent We Stand kicks off the third annual America’s Main Streets Contest on Feb. 26. This year’s winner will receive a prize package that includes $25,000 cash and a variety of tools for downtown revitalization. The America’s Main Streets Contest celebrates the work of downtown improvement districts, independent business associations and the like. Fans can nominate and vote for their local Main Street organization…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in October

5 Main Street Events to Visit in October

Ready for fall fun? This October, communities across the country will celebrate autumn with pumpkin patches, homecoming parades, costume parties and more. These events are a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends, as well as get to know your community a little better. Find a seasonal event near you or check the list below to enjoy all that fall has to offer. Homecoming Block Party October 6,…read more →

Small Biz Tip: Embrace Your Small Business Niche

Small Biz Tip: Embrace Your Small Business Niche

Independent, locally owned businesses offer everything from best-selling books and next-generation electronics to organic produce and freshly baked sweets – but they may rarely sell them in one place. More often than not, local businesses specialize in a particular niche, such as books, sporting goods or even microbrews. Still, they must continually compete against one-stop-shop superstores, boasting low prices and endless inventories. Rather than assimilating to the big-box business model,…read more →

5 Main Street Events to Visit in May

5 Main Street Events to Visit in May

What makes a weekend festival on Main Street so memorable? Perhaps it’s the ambiance created by live music and diverse food, or maybe it’s the cause that a festival supports. No matter the details, local businesses are sure to make a strong showing. With their support, the weekend will be memorable, and the community will be stronger. CarbondALE Brew Fest May 5, 2017 Carbondale, Illinois While some Americans will celebrate…read more →

Cedar Lee District Brings Art & Culture to Cleveland Heights

Cedar Lee District Brings Art & Culture to Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights is a suburb of Ohio’s most populous city. Despite sharing a name with the larger city down the road, Cleveland Heights maintains an identity all its own, in part, because of the lively arts community that has grown up there. That arts community, as well as Cleveland Heights’ small business community, is supported largely by the Cedar Lee Special Improvement District.   Cedar Lee District represents a public-private…read more →

Iconic Route 66 Road Tour Promotes America’s Main Streets Contest

Iconic Route 66 Road Tour Promotes America’s Main Streets Contest

To help promote the launch of the America’s Main Streets Contest; which began on March 1, we hit the iconic Route 66 Highway to educate communities about the importance and economic impacts that Main Streets – and the small businesses you find on them – have on local economies. We traveled to 12 cities, in six states along 1,400+ miles of Route 66. With a fitting name the “Great American…read more →

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