How Danville Built their Ecosystem (Hear the full story over Happy Hour at the Main Street Now Conference!)

Want to build a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem? The City of Danville has certainly figured out how to do exactly that! Beginning in 2019, the River District Association (RDA) started their exciting ecosystem building journey by receiving a Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Community Business Launch (CBL) grant, totaling $45,000, to attract new … More How Danville Built their Ecosystem (Hear the full story over Happy Hour at the Main Street Now Conference!)

New Mural Will Pay Tribute to Notable African-American Citizens of Culpeper County

In Culpeper’s historic commercial district, a new mural will pay tribute to seven notable African-American citizens of Culpeper County and be located in an area of downtown that was once a thriving Black business district, specifically on the side of a century-old building that housed Lightfoot’s Grocery, which was established in the 1870’s by Henry … More New Mural Will Pay Tribute to Notable African-American Citizens of Culpeper County

Four Entrepreneurs Awarded Grant Funds Through Scottsville Community Business Launch Program

In October 2021, the Town of Scottsville received a Community Business Launch (CBL) grant, totaling $40,000, from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). In partnership with the Community Investment Collaborative (CIC), the Town of Scottsville hosted an eight-week workshop series followed by a business plan pitch competition, focused on downtown Scottsville. The … More Four Entrepreneurs Awarded Grant Funds Through Scottsville Community Business Launch Program

The 2022 Main Street Now Conference App is Live!

If you’re attending the 2022 Main Street Now Conference, get the most of your conference experience with the official Main Street Now Conference app! You’ll find the full schedule and helpful logistical information, plus you’ll be able to: Build a personal agenda and download sessions to your calendar Connect with speakers, sponsors and attendees Find … More The 2022 Main Street Now Conference App is Live!

Highland County EDA Awarded $30,000 Rural Community Development Initiative Grant

In July 2020, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) began working to provide comprehensive capacity building services through the federal Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) to six recipient organizations located in rural and/or economically challenged regions of Virginia. The RCDI program seeks to increase a community’s readiness to undertake community and economic development projects through technical … More Highland County EDA Awarded $30,000 Rural Community Development Initiative Grant

2022 Main Street Now Conference Registration Capacity Reached: Waitlist Option Added

As of Wednesday, April 27, 2022, Main Street America (MSA) has reached registration capacity for the upcoming 2022 Main Street Now Conference, and they have added a waitlist option if you would still like to attend. There is no charge to join the waitlist, but please note that you will be charged immediately if and when they are … More 2022 Main Street Now Conference Registration Capacity Reached: Waitlist Option Added

Share Your Community’s Story in the Virginia Main Street Strategic Plan Input Survey!

Excitingly, Virginia Main Street (VMS) is developing a five-year strategic plan, and we need your help! If you are a board member, staff member, local business owner or another stakeholder in a local VMS community, please take this 10-minute input survey to share your experiences with the Main Street program. Thank you in advance for … More Share Your Community’s Story in the Virginia Main Street Strategic Plan Input Survey!

Big Stone Gap: Where Every Day Feels Like Friday!

Tucked away in Wise County, 12 miles from the Kentucky border, is the Town of Big Stone Gap, a bedroom community of 5,600 that was once reliant on the coal industry like many other communities in Southwest Virginia. The town is a tourist destination, offering unprecedented natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities with lake and … More Big Stone Gap: Where Every Day Feels Like Friday!

Nominate a Business to Be Featured During National Small Business Week

Senator Tim Kaine has launched an initiative to shine a spotlight on examples of Virginia small businesses that have developed innovative ways to make it through the pandemic and support their communities! Businesses nominated may end up being featured during National Small Business Week (May 1-7, 2022). Image Credit: The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia