2018 VMS Training Opportunities

The people who make up the Virginia Main Street network are passionate advocates, dedicated volunteers, influential stakeholders, and community organizers who work every day to turn the tide in their communities – catalyzing reinvestment, creating jobs, and fostering pride of place.  In order to meet new Main Street challenges and foster an effective organization, Virginia Main Street is committed to providing opportunities to connect to like-minded leaders and best practices in commercial district revitalization.

Check out our 2018 Training Calendar.  Whether you need a deep dive on business attraction or a quick refresher on buy local campaigns, there is something to suit your needs.

Check it out and mark your calendar >>>        


Start With “Why”: Creating Purpose-driven Special Events

On October 24, 26 and November 8 in St. Paul, Franklin, and Ashland, the fall edition of the Regional Rev Up workshops will equip your Main Street program with the tools you need to develop events that add up to meaningful change.

When taking on a special event or festival, what guides your allocation of limited financial and human resources?  Is that resource allocation strategic?

Simply put, why does your event exist?  Your goal is an authentic Main Street with a vibrant downtown business environment, and special events can support this mission; however, not all events are created equal.  Given the investment of time, energy, and resources it is essential that you take the time to reflect and evaluate the investment and the event. Why is this the event to impact your Main Street for the better?

Join us for a half-day workshop that will be educational, inspiring, and entertaining! Collaborate with community revitalization leaders, network with peers and explore ideas in the interactive sessions.  Learn:

  • To think strategically about events, before, during and after;
  • How to evaluate events for strategic improvement, deletion or handing off to a partner organization; and
  • Successful event ideas that connect to your organizational priorities or Transformation Strategies.

Registration is free. Lunch will cost $15 and is only payable by cash on site at the event.  Registration for each Rev-Up session closes one week prior to the event, so register now to reserve your spot!


Train Day – Ashland Main Street Association

Virginia Main Street Announces Community Designation How to Apply Workshops

Virginia Main Street (VMS) will be accepting applications, due June 16, for up to four additional communities to be designated in FY2012. 

This intensive approach to downtown revitalization is ideal for DHCD Commercial Affiliates and other smaller localities with pedestrian oriented historic commercial districts that are committed to community-based revitalization strategies. In this expansion round, VMS will focus on economically distressed communities that serve as a focal point for regional economic recovery. 

VMS will consider start-up efforts on an equal basis with communities that have existing downtown improvement organizations. More information about this unique opportunity will be available at three How to Apply Workshops in May. Please register here for one of the following workshops:

South Boston
May 16, 10 a.m.  
Hope Classroom, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
820 Bruce Street, South Boston 24592

May 17th , 10:30 a.m.
Garden Party Room
212 East Main Street, Marion 24354

May 18th, 1 p.m.
Main Street Centre, Floor 12 Conference Room
600 East Main Street, Richmond, 23219

Virginia Enterprise Initiative Workshops

The Virginia Enterprise Initiative (VEI) will hold informational workshops highlighting partnership and funding opportunities that can extend training, technical assistance, and capital to Virginia’s next wave of very small and emerging businesses.

VEI, Virginia’s micro-enterprise initiative, provides financial resources to nonprofit organizations that specialize in the delivery of training, support, technical assistance, and loans to for-profit businesses that employ five or fewer people. These individual entrepreneurs often lack access to business training or traditional credit.  Many of these entrepreneurs are minority, female, and/or low-income Virginians.  The ultimate goal of the program is to build the community entrepreneurial economic base by providing resources for individuals to become economically independent.

An often overlooked economic force, micro-businesses comprise well over 80% of all businesses in Virginia.  The “unexpected entrepreneur” exists in all corners of the state and VEI strives to reach each one.

Nonprofit organizations, local governments, economic development professionals and community members working to support micro-enterprises in their area are invited to attend.  To register for one of the following workshops, contact Doug Jackson at douglas.jackson@dhcd.virginia.gov or (276) 780-3244.

Manassas: October 28, 2010, 1-3 p.m.
Hosted by ECDC Enterprise Development Group
Manassas City Hall, Room 204
9027 Center St.

 Newport News: November 3, 2010, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Hosted by ECDC Enterprise Development Group
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, L. Marian Poe Room
2410 Wickham Ave.

Abingdon: November 9, 2010, 10 a.m.-Noon
Hosted by People, Inc.
Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator
851 French Moore, Jr. Blvd.

South Boston: November 15, 2010, 10 a.m-Noon
Hosted by New Visions, New Ventures
The Prizery
700 Bruce St.