Telling the Full Story During Preservation Month

During the month of May, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) celebrates the diverse and unique heritage of our nation’s cities and states. Annually, local preservation groups, state historical societies and various organizations across the country celebrate through events that promote historic places and heritage tourism, while also demonstrating the social and economic benefits … More Telling the Full Story During Preservation Month

Crowdfund Investing for Main Street

Sometimes capital from credit cards, banks, friends and family are not the right fit for fast growing and start-up Main Street businesses. Thankfully, another option is crowdfunding. While most people think of Kickstarter and other donation-based platforms for raising capital, there are also investment-based crowdfunding options like Mainvest, which focuses on small business opportunities, or … More Crowdfund Investing for Main Street

Virginia Tourism Corporation Recovery Marketing Leverage Program Application Now Open!

Seeking to spur economic activity and support the tourism and hospitality industries, the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) announced that applications are now open for the VTC Recovery Marketing Leverage Program! Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, and award announcements will be made by July 30, 2021. The summer 2021 program … More Virginia Tourism Corporation Recovery Marketing Leverage Program Application Now Open!

Great Reasons to Transform Downtown Spaces into Fun Places

Imagine if your community designed downtown to be a playful place for families, an inviting, interactive place that makes learning about local history fun and encourages lingering for increased spending at restaurants and shops. What would that look like? On Thursday, May 6, the Center for Universal Education and the Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking … More Great Reasons to Transform Downtown Spaces into Fun Places

The Walker Program Releases Small Town Economic Revitalization and Racial Justice Guide

In spring 2021, The Walker Program released its Small Town Economic Revitalization and Racial Justice Guide, which provides a step-by-step framework to address racial inequity through the economic sector in the cities of Lexington and Buena Vista, Rockbridge County and similarly sized communities. Created by a Washington and Lee University student, Courtney Berry, in partnership … More The Walker Program Releases Small Town Economic Revitalization and Racial Justice Guide

Culpeper Competes Announces Awards to Four Businesses for Startup and Expansion

Excitingly, the Town of Culpeper’s Tourism & Economic Development Department announced that four Culpeper Competes entrepreneur’s had been awarded $45,000 in grants and prizes! The nine-week entrepreneurship education competition program was designed for entrepreneurs planning to open a new brick and mortar business in downtown Culpeper, for existing downtown businesses that had innovative ideas on how to expand and grow … More Culpeper Competes Announces Awards to Four Businesses for Startup and Expansion

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