Joan Garry strikes again. She leads a nonprofit consulting firm and is the author of Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership, a favorite read among Virginia Main Street program managers. Recently she contributed an article to The Chronicle of Philanthropy about motivating an apathetic board, a situation that may hit close to home for any … More How to Reignite Your Board Members
At the closing luncheon of Downtown Intersections—the gathering of Virginia’s Main Street and downtown revitalization network—eight awards marked the best of the year. Erik Johnston, director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development presented the awards, noting the power of collaborative effort toward in creating places that attract investment and people. Short videos—each … More Video Highlights: Virginia Main Street Merit Awards
Revolving loan funds are a key tool for business district revitalization. They can provide crucial gap financing, especially when the investment doesn’t meet the equity requirements of commercial financing or when a lower interest rate is needed to make the project work. Those conditions apply to a good percentage of start-up businesses and projects involving historic … More How well is your loan fund rotating? Upcoming events feature resources, strategies and networks
Are you wondering what programs are available to help revitalize your downtown or community? Do you have a “white elephant” building in your community that would make a great brewery or co-working space? Do you want to encourage new businesses to open in your community? If so, we encourage you to attend one of the … More Community Development Roadshows Coming Soon!
Are you an entrepreneur looking to take your business idea to the next level? Register now to attend one of six Lean Canvas workshops, presented by Dale Fickett of RVA Works, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Main Street program and hosting localities. This day-long session on the Lean Canvas method … More Take Your Business to the Next Level with Lean Canvas
Our guest blogger is Downtown Lynchburg Association Executive Director Ashley Kershner. Lynchburg is beyond excited to host the 2019 Virginia Main Street Downtown Intersections. Downtown Lynchburg is a vibrant, charming locale studded with unique and creative local businesses. We hope that while you’re here to visit, you’ll have the opportunity to experience all that downtown … More Lynchburg Invites You to Explore!
“Our downtown has become the place where people want to visit, play, work, and live”. This is a statement most anyone would want to make about their community, but all too often the task is overwhelming. Where to start when there is so much that could be done? How do you put together the resources … More The Main Street Approach – A Catalyst for Community Revitalization