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Now Open: Nominations for the Mary Means Leadership Award

January 14, 2021 | Now Open: Nominations for the Mary Means Leadership Award | Nominations for the Mary Means Leadership Awards are Open! Since its founding, the Main Street program’s success has depended upon the vision and determination of leaders committed to community...


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Jump off the Business Recruitment Train: The Real Returns are in Cultivating Local Entrepreneurship

January 14, 2021 | Jump off the Business Recruitment Train: The Real Returns are in Cultivating Local Entrepreneurship | By: Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., Vice President of Revitalization Programs, NMSC | Historically, whether it’s been traditional economic development or Main Street economic...


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The Grills Fund for Main Street Revitalization: Project Progress

January 13, 2021 | The Grills Fund for Main Street Revitalization: Project Progress | In May, eight Accredited Main Street America Programs received $10,000 each from the Grills Fund for Main Street Revitalization to implement innovative projects to address the current and/or legacy impacts...


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Just Released! Main Street's Comeback

January 12, 2021 | Just Released! Main Street's Comeback | We are excited to announce that Main Street’s Comeback and How It Can Come Back Again , the new book by Mary Means, is now available. Covering more than 40 years of the Main Street revitalization movement, the book recounts the...


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Announcing the At Your Side Small Business Grant Program

January 12, 2021 | Announcing the “At Your Side” Small Business Grant Program | As small businesses continue to weather the challenges of the pandemic, we’ve teamed up with Brother International on a grant program to provide support. The “At Your Side” Small Business Grant Program will...


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2020 Year in Review: A Letter to the Network

January 8, 2021 | 2020 Year in Review: A Letter to the Network | By: Patrice Frey, President & CEO, NMSC | Main Street America Network, Unfortunately, this week – like so many in recent memory – has brought with it renewed national anguish, with the violent insurrection at the...


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Main Street America and The Hartford Award More Than $430,000 in Grants to Small Businesses

January 6, 2021 | Main Street America and The Hartford Award More Than $430,000 in Grants to Small Businesses | Top photo from left to right: Bricolage Art Collective: Paducah, KY, Credit: Landee Bryant; Curitiba Art Cafe: Fredericksburg, VA, Credit: Curtiba Art Cafe; MiLadies...


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HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program: First Round Recipient Spotlights

December 22, 2020 | HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program: First Round Recipient Spotlights | Top (left to right): The Bankery in Skowhegan, Maine; Center of the Yarniverse in Ashland, Virginia; Tina's Timeless Threads in Dover, Delaware; and Griff Goods in Opelika, Alabama .Bottom (left...


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HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program: Spotlighting Tina's Timeless Threads

December 22, 2020 | HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program: Spotlighting Tina's Timeless Threads | Left: The new Point of Sale at Tina's Timeless Threads. Center: A model shows off an outfit on the new website platform. Right: New security monitors at the shop. Photos courtesy of Tina...


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Congress Throws Lifeline to Small Businesses, But Fight for Main Streets Continues into New Year

December 22, 2020 | Congress Throws Lifeline to Small Businesses, But Fight for Main Streets Continues into New Year | By: Patrice Frey, President & CEO, NMSC | Dear Main Street America Network, Last night both houses of Congress passed the Coronavirus Response And Relief...