Nonprofits and Community Partners, We See You

Our guest blogger is Kadi Davis, senior membership manager at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. Please take five minutes to complete the nonprofit needs survey at the end of this post. Nonprofits and community partners, we see you. We see the painful dilemma you face shutting your doors and cancelling your events to fight back against the community … More Nonprofits and Community Partners, We See You

COVID-19: Local Government Response (Making the Case)

Small businesses across the nation are feeling the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the social restrictions it necessitates. Until the public health crisis subsides, front-line decisions made by municipalities remain vital, and Main Street programs and other community stakeholders need to help make the case for an economic response on the local level … More COVID-19: Local Government Response (Making the Case)

Best of: Small Business Resources

Recast City has great resources for communities and businesses, including “Small Business Triage in 3 Steps.” Locable is offering Free Business Status Directories for communities, check them out today! What about our Farmers Markets? Check out the Virginia Farmers Market Association page for resources, tips, and communications regarding Covid-19 realities. The International Economic Development Council … More Best of: Small Business Resources

COVID-19: Support Local Safely

  Today, we find ourselves facing an ever-developing public health crisis, referring to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, that threatens to impact communities and small businesses throughout the nation. People are practicing social distancing, canceling travel plans, postponing events and essentially staying home, and merchants are feeling the effects. In the midst of uncertainty, … More COVID-19: Support Local Safely

Virginia Main Street’s in the News

We know our Virginia Main Street communities rock! Check out what is happening around the state – Monuments to yesteryear: Restoring downtown Danville buildings adds value, money for the entire community Make Wytheville the Strongest Town! Working for Downtown South Boston’s Transformation How a Rural Virginia Town is Using Entrepreneurship to Boost its Local Economy … More Virginia Main Street’s in the News

Don’t Miss Out!

Keep these opportunities on your radar! Do you have an amazing business in your downtown that needs some resources to “take it to the next level?” Check out the Future of Shopping Small grant. The over 55 crowd has disposable income. Can your farmers market do more to meet their needs? Improving Social Connectedness and … More Don’t Miss Out!

Is housing part of your downtown revitalization strategy?

Dynamic downtowns offer a competitive advantage in economic development and business recruitment. An essential component is to this is offering a diversity of housing stock. Housing options will also lead to increases in residents, which then support local businesses and bolster additional private and public investment. DHCD will provide training at the upcoming Spring Rev-Ups … More Is housing part of your downtown revitalization strategy?