Main Street America Launches New Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Resource Center

With generous support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Main Street America has launched an Entrepreneurial Ecosystems resource center that’s designed to help revitalization professionals lead and develop initiatives that support innovative entrepreneurship. The online center contains a variety of tools, resource examples, blogs and research from Main Street America and the vast Main Street … More Main Street America Launches New Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Resource Center

SBA Launches Grant Opportunity for Microenterprises

Recently, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) launched a new funding opportunity, the Program for Investment in Microenterprises (PRIME), and they will be seeking applications for no more than one of the following funding tracks: Track I (Technical Assistance): The SBA will seek applications for funding to provide training and technical assistance programs to disadvantaged … More SBA Launches Grant Opportunity for Microenterprises

DHCD Releases 2020 Virginia Main Street Annual Report

In 2020, Virginia’s historic commercial districts and downtowns worked tirelessly to build vibrancy and economic opportunity as they experienced unprecedented challenges, pivoting quickly at the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic to help small businesses and other key stakeholders secure the resources necessary to survive. Apart from their inspiring local efforts, the Virginia Department of … More DHCD Releases 2020 Virginia Main Street Annual Report

CCV Series: April 2021 Recap & Additional Resources

Educational Webinar During the month of April, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) welcomed John Sarvay (pictured left), founder of Floricane, to discuss the difference between connectivity and being connected, as well as how to explore ways in which community organizations can best leverage relationships and technology to grow and strengthen community … More CCV Series: April 2021 Recap & Additional Resources

DHCD Releases 2020 Virginia Individual Development Accounts Annual Report

The Virginia Individual Development Accounts (VIDA) program serves as a financial education and matched savings program to assist low-wage earners, helping participants save money, increase their financial knowledge and build their wealth with the purchase of an asset. Participants access the VIDA program services by working with intermediaries that function as “coaches,” helping them become … More DHCD Releases 2020 Virginia Individual Development Accounts Annual Report

DHCD Releases 2020 Industrial Revitalization Fund Annual Report

The Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) assists localities in addressing blighted structures in their communities that have contributed to the disinvestment of the property and surrounding neighborhood. “Industrial” structures are considered any non-residential structure significant to the community, due to its size, location and/or economic importance. These remnants of past economic vibrancy and local economies in … More DHCD Releases 2020 Industrial Revitalization Fund Annual Report

Gloucester Named Main Street Forward Award Recipient

During the 2021 Main Street Now Conference, Main Street America (MSA) presented six communities from across the nation with Main Street Forward Awards for having demonstrated exemplary recovery and resilience efforts amid the multiple crises and events of 2020. Excitingly, the Main Street Preservation Trust (MSPT) in Gloucester, Virginia was honored for the community’s innovative … More Gloucester Named Main Street Forward Award Recipient

DHCD Releases 2020 Community Business Launch Annual Report

The Community Business Launch (CBL) is a place-based entrepreneurial development strategy that fills a critical mass of vacant storefronts with expansion or start-up ventures. Local CBL programs train entrepreneurs, creatives, and small business owners about business planning practices, culminating in a group of finalists pitching their ideas to a panel of judges, with winners receiving grant funding … More DHCD Releases 2020 Community Business Launch Annual Report

Richmond, Virginia Named Host City for 2022 Main Street Now Conference!

During the virtual 2021 Main Street Now Conference, Main Street America (MSA) announced the host city for next year’s conference! Excitingly, the 2022 Main Street Now Conference will be held in Richmond, Virginia, and we’re thrilled to welcome thousands of downtown revitalization professionals, economic development practitioners, urban planners and others from across the country – … More Richmond, Virginia Named Host City for 2022 Main Street Now Conference!