2021 Virginia Main Street Revitalization Merit Awards: Nominations Now Being Accepted

Virginia Main Street (VMS) invites participants within the VMS Network, referring to Advancing Virginia Main Street, Mobilizing Main Street and Exploring Main Street communities, to submit nominations for outstanding achievements in comprehensive downtown revitalization efforts! Excitingly, awards will be presented during a special virtual celebration during the final webinar of the Creating Community Vitality Series … More 2021 Virginia Main Street Revitalization Merit Awards: Nominations Now Being Accepted

The Future is Bright in Downtown South Boston

Our guest blogger, Zachary Whitlow (pictured left), is a Community Revitalization Specialist at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), working closely with the agency’s Virginia Main Street (VMS) program and Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI). He loves helping communities across Virginia unleash the power of small-scale, grassroots revitalization to build a sense … More The Future is Bright in Downtown South Boston

Small Business Protection Guide for COVID-19: Keeping Your Finances, Employees, and Physical Property Safe

Across the country, small businesses have faced unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many closed for good. Turning the world upside down, business owners have been asking themselves, what will my small business look like in the near future? It’s impossible to know for certain, but it’s never too late to act quickly … More Small Business Protection Guide for COVID-19: Keeping Your Finances, Employees, and Physical Property Safe

Ashland’s New “Welcome Back for Our Comeback” Marketing Campaign Spotlights Resilient Entrepreneurs

Undoubtedly, the novel coronavirus pandemic has negatively affected many small businesses across the Commonwealth, and community leaders have been working tirelessly to help rebuild their local economy by mobilizing resources, solidifying partnerships and utilizing state and federal assistance. A prime example of such relief and recovery efforts would be Ashland’s unwavering desire to encourage customers … More Ashland’s New “Welcome Back for Our Comeback” Marketing Campaign Spotlights Resilient Entrepreneurs

Open EDA Grant Opportunities

Economic Adjustment Assistance Dates: As soon as possible, the EDA recommends applicants to submit complete applications no latter than March 31, 2022. Eligibility: District organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District Indian tribe or a consortium of Indian tribes State, county, city, or other political subdivision of a state, including a special purpose unit of … More Open EDA Grant Opportunities

2022 Main Street Expo: Become an Exhibitor!

Main Street Now serves as the premier national conference for local leaders working to advance economic opportunity and improve quality of life in historic downtowns and commercial districts. The annual event welcomes 1,800+ community leaders from small towns, midsized cities and urban neighborhood business districts who are professionals in preservation-based, economic development and community revitalization. … More 2022 Main Street Expo: Become an Exhibitor!

CCV Series: September 2021 Recap & Additional Resources

Educational Webinar In September, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) welcomed Terrand Smith (pictured left), founder and CEO of 37 Oaks Consulting, a Chicago-based company that strengthens and revitalizes neighborhoods through local commerce, to discuss new ways to support neighborhood businesses and the workforce that supports them as both have encountered unprecedented … More CCV Series: September 2021 Recap & Additional Resources

Downtown Lynchburg Association Named AARP Community Challenge 2021 Grantee for Art Alley Project

Across the nation, more than 3,500 entities submitted applications through the AARP Community Challenge 2021, an annual challenge that funds projects that build momentum for local change and make communities livable for all ages. The selection process was highly competitive with only 244 projects selected, resulting in roughly $3.2 million distributed to communities, big and … More Downtown Lynchburg Association Named AARP Community Challenge 2021 Grantee for Art Alley Project

Danville’s River District Association Offers Creative Boost to Existing Businesses through New Support Program

Our guest blogger, Kirsten Halverson Aherron, serves as the Communications and Events Manager for the River District Association (RDA) in Danville, Virginia, a welcoming and lively place for all. She’s incredibly passionate about helping people feel connected to and proud of where they live, especially when it comes to Danville’s River District where she enjoys … More Danville’s River District Association Offers Creative Boost to Existing Businesses through New Support Program

Dreams Come True in Downtown Buchanan

In 2019, native Buchanan resident, June Morris, took a giant leap of faith and signed up for the Town of Buchanan’s Community Business Launch (CBL) classes through the Advancement Foundation’s Gauntlet program. She hoped to learn good business practices and receive assistance attaining her dream of owning a business. Morris completed the training, pitched her … More Dreams Come True in Downtown Buchanan