Ascent: A Free Learning Platform for Women Entrepreneurs to Elevate Their Businesses

Excitingly, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched Ascent, a free online learning platform that’s designed to help women entrepreneurs grow and expand their businesses. The new program will advise on preparing and recovering from disasters, strategic marketing and business financial strategy development. It’s divided into major topics called Journeys, developed by experts in women’s entrepreneurship. … More Ascent: A Free Learning Platform for Women Entrepreneurs to Elevate Their Businesses

Mary Means Leadership Award: Nominations Now Open

Main Street America (MSA) has begun accepting nominations for the Mary Means Leadership Award, recognizing and celebrating outstanding leaders across the MSA Network! Introduced in 2019, the award highlights the critical role that leadership plays in shaping the Main Street movement, and that’s never been more pertinent in light of today’s environment. Over the past … More Mary Means Leadership Award: Nominations Now Open

The “At Your Side” Small Business Grant Program

Main Street America (MSA) has partnered alongside Brother International, launching the “At Your Side” Small Business Grant Program to help brick-and-mortar businesses across the country as they work to adapt to COVID-19-related challenges and prepare for the next phases of reopening. Grant funds will not only support small businesses but also help to revitalize and … More The “At Your Side” Small Business Grant Program

Hybrid Business Whips Up Coffee with a Shot of Asset Building in Downtown Suffolk

In October 2020, Downtown Suffolk Business Launch winners and real estate brokers Domenick Epps and Danita Hayes launched Wall Street Café on Washington Street in downtown Suffolk. “Great food, great coffee, great conversation and [financial] education is what the atmosphere of Wall Street Café is all about!” – Danita Hayes Emphasizing the role of entrepreneurs … More Hybrid Business Whips Up Coffee with a Shot of Asset Building in Downtown Suffolk

Main Street America Announces Second-Round Recipients of HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program

Recently, Main Street America (MSA) and The Hartford announced the second-round recipients of the HartBeat on Main Street Grant Program. Across the country, 31 small businesses have received HartBeat awards to fund solutions that help merchants respond and better adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Excitingly, one Virginia business, Curitiba Art Cafe (pictured left), will receive … More Main Street America Announces Second-Round Recipients of HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program

CARES II: Program Fast Facts for Small Businesses

The pipelines for the second round of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding are opening now, and here are some quick facts to share with small businesses in your district: Paycheck Protection Program The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) of forgivable loans opened on Monday, Jan. 11th, to first-time applicants. It will open … More CARES II: Program Fast Facts for Small Businesses

Local Entrepreneurs Save Hopewell Coffee Shop

Larry Hancock (left), owner of Legacy Roasting Company, and Crisman White (right), owner of Room ESC, have joined forces to save downtown Hopewell’s coffee shop and communal gallery space, Guncotton Coffee and Gallery, from permanently closing as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Having businesses only a few steps away, Hancock and White chose … More Local Entrepreneurs Save Hopewell Coffee Shop

Governor Northam Commits Additional $20 Million to Rebuild VA Grant Program!

On Dec. 29, 2020, Governor Northam allocated an additional $20 million to the Rebuild! VA grant program. The funds will help meet demand and fulfill pending grant applications, enabling more than 300 small businesses and nonprofit organizations that applied before the last round of funding was exhausted in early December to receive grants. “Small businesses … More Governor Northam Commits Additional $20 Million to Rebuild VA Grant Program!

Ashland, VA Business Spotlighted by Main Street America

A few months ago, Main Street America (MSA) announced the first-round recipients of the HartBeat of Main Street Grant, a program designed to fund solutions that help merchants respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the country, 67 brick-and-mortar small businesses, ranging from bakeries and boutiques to salons and museums, received grant awards. MSA … More Ashland, VA Business Spotlighted by Main Street America