Fostering Successful Businesses in Your Community

How can Main Street organizations create a supportive, business-friendly community?  What are the elements of a community that make it viable to attract business and expansion for the existing ones?  And what are the trends that best produce the desired entrepreneurial advancement?  These are some of the questions driving Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Appalachia, a recently published … More Fostering Successful Businesses in Your Community

Webinar – Business Booster: Recruitment and Retention Tactics for a Vibrant Downtown

On October 2, 12 – 1 p.m., Virginia Main Street is offering a free webinar focused on encouraging business growth in your downtown and helping existing businesses keep their doors open.   One of the of the primary responsibilities of a Main Street program is to boost the economic growth of the business district.  With … More Webinar – Business Booster: Recruitment and Retention Tactics for a Vibrant Downtown

Make Your Downtown an Easy Target for New Business

Why should an entrepreneur choose your downtown for a new location?  Selling your community to prospective entrepreneurs is challenging without the information they need to make location decisions. Throughout the last few years, Kansas’ Emporia Main Street refined an attractive and easily updateable business investment guide to help make the choice that much easier.  The guide sells … More Make Your Downtown an Easy Target for New Business

Attracting, Developing and Retaining Main Street Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are generally pretty imaginative people, but some may need a creative venue and an audience to help them articulate their ideas. Staunton Creative Community Fund’s (SCCF) recent Ignite Staunton! campaign proved to be the creative outlet that entrepreneur Michael Reeps needed to make his unique business concept a reality. Last fall’s Ignite Staunton!, partly … More Attracting, Developing and Retaining Main Street Entrepreneurs

Staunton to host Virginia Microenterprise Network conference

On September 30 and October 1,  the designated Virginia Main Street community of Staunton will host the annual Virginia Microenterprise Network  conference. This year’s  theme is Revitalizing Neighborhoods through Entrepreneurship. The program includes a look at entrepreneurship in the Queen City;  the role of craft,  green building, and farm-based strategies in revitalization; identifying and supporting emerging neighborhood entrepreneurs; and … More Staunton to host Virginia Microenterprise Network conference

Guest blogger “Downtown Dan” Howe: Franklin awaits

There’s still time to register for the Virginia Main Street Summer Toolkit (until Monday), and the board and staff of Downtown Franklin, Inc. are eager to welcome you to our district. We’re going to spend a day and a half (July 22 and 23) focused on “Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Downtown.”   The speakers are top-notch, and this is a vital … More Guest blogger “Downtown Dan” Howe: Franklin awaits

The entrepreneur as community problem solver

Give an entrepreneur a challenge and let them rise to it.  That strategy is fueling two transportation efficiency efforts, and it may provide a much needed model for community problem-solving.  In one case, Oliver Kuttner, a Lynchburg entrepreneur, is responding to the fuel efficiency challenge made by Progressive Automotive’s X-Prize: to create a practical, safe car that can travel 100 miles on … More The entrepreneur as community problem solver