Main Street News - September 2009 - Vol 264

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Ready for the Economic Upturn? Properly Planning for Business Cycles

by Todd J. Barman
There looks to be a light at the end of the recession tunnel, but are your local businesses able to make the best of it? Part of being a successful business owner is having a sufficient business plan and understanding how to deal with upturns and downturns in the economy, whether they are seasonal in nature or a result of an economic downturn. Todd explains some of the concepts associated with effective business planning and offers Main Street programs advice for ways they can help their local business owners. Learn how to better understand your local economy, why you should keep marketing even when dollars are tight, and how to manage finances properly.

Local Businesses Bring Social and Economic Stabililty to Post-Katrina New Orleans

by Andrea L. Dono
The first businesses to return to business districts hit hard by Hurricane Katrina were the mom and pops. Businesses like Octavia Books opened again as soon as the owners could in order to provide residents returning home with a gathering space and a sense of stability. What's more, a recent study by Civic Economics shows that spending money with local businesses in New Orleans generates two to three times more local economic activity than chain businesses. Learn more about this study and read an excerpt from author Robert Spector's new book The Mom & Pop Store: How the Unsung Heros of the American Economy are Surviving and Thriving to learn more about Octavia's story.


Profitable Solutions: Mattresses, Wines, and Inventory

by Tom Shay
This column looks at ways small business owners can manage their inventories better in order to make more money and turnover merchandise quicker.


Director's Column: Good News for Volunteerism

by Doug Loescher
This month Doug discusses volunteerism trends.

Network Notes

by Linda S. Glisson and Andrea L. Dono
Independent businesses unite and join in celebrating AMIBA's America/Canada Unchained Day; Port Townsend Main Street in Washington launched a successful multimedia image campaign called "Meet Me in Port Townsend" to show off its destination businesses and attractions.

Gozaic Connects Downtowns to Heritage and Cultural Travelers

by Scott Gerloff
Gozaic is the National Trust for Historic Preservation's premier website for heritage travelers to learn about new cultural and heritage destinations and build itineraries, review places, post photos, and participate in an online travelers' community. Main Street programs are invited to become a charter partner and affiliate with the National Trust in a partnership that will bring more visitors and spending dollars to your community.