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Main Spotlight: Creating a Community for Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Fremont, CA

June 15, 2021 | Main Spotlight: Creating a Community for Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Fremont, CA | By: Tina Kapoor, Economic Development Manager, City of Fremont | Photo credit: Fremont Economic Development The COVID-19 pandemic caused layoffs and closures for businesses nationwide,...


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Main Spotlight: Five Takeaways on Supporting Entrepreneurship from Matthew Wagner, Ph.D.

June 9, 2021 | Main Spotlight: Five Takeaways on Supporting Entrepreneurship from Matthew Wagner, Ph.D. | By: Abby Armato, Communications Coordinator, Main Street America | Earlier this week, Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., Chief Program Officer at Main Street America, was featured on Breaking...


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Historic Real Estate Financing on Main Street: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities

June 2, 2021 | Historic Real Estate Financing on Main Street: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities | What does the pandemic mean for navigating downtown real estate development deals? How can Main Street programs help position real estate projects for success? We chatted with Corey...


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Introducing Main Street Online: A New Tool to Help Small Businesses

Introducing Main Street Online: A New Tool to Help Small Businesses | May 10, 2021 | Main Street America (MSA) is excited to introduce Main Street Online , a new tool to help businesses grow and strengthen their online and e-commerce capabilities. Supported by GoDaddy , the tool...


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COVID Lesson: We Need to Build Stronger Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

April 26, 2021 | COVID Lesson: We Need to Build Stronger Entrepreneurial Ecosystems | By: Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., Chief Program Officer | Many of us likely remember the old adage: from every tragedy comes a learning opportunity. The global pandemic has certainly presented many of those...


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Announcing the Recipients of the Main Street Forward Awards

April 12, 2021 | Announcing the Recipients of the Main Street Forward Awards Clockwise from top left: The Argenta Outdoor Dining District in North Little Rock, AR; Missouri Main Street Connections' virtual Directors Meeting; an outdoor cleanup on Emporia Main Street in Emporia, KS; a food...


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Main Spotlight: Windows of Opportunity - The Transformation of Empty Storefronts on Main Street

March 18, 2021 | Main Spotlight: Windows of Opportunity – The Transformation of Empty Storefronts on Main Street | By: Lisa Morgen, Retailworks, Inc. | A window display for Diedrich Jewelers in Ripon, Wisconsin, designed by Retailworks, Inc. Photo credit: Retailworks, Inc. With winter...


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Main Spotlight: Using StoryWalks to Bring Reading and Fun Downtown

March 9, 2021 | Main Spotlight: Using StoryWalks to Bring Reading and Fun Downtown | By: Dr. Noah Lenstra, Assistant Professor of Library & Information Science, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Founder & Director, Let’s Move in Libraries Since their creation,...


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Main Spotlight: Pop-Up Retail: Not Just For Start-Ups, And Other Learnings From Its Evolution

February 11, 2021 | Pop-Up Retail: Not Just For Start-Ups, And Other Learnings From Its Evolution | By: Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., Vice President of Revitalization Programs, NMSC | Moonlight Makers is a pop-up gift market store in Asheville, North Carolina. Photo credit: Ablokhin A few...


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Main Spotlight: Understanding Philanthropic Resources in Community Economic Development

February 2, 2021 | Main Spotlight: Understanding Philanthropic Resources in Community Economic Development | By: Dionne Baux, Director of Urban Programs, NMSC | Outdoor dining during COVID-19 in San Francisco, Calif. Photo credit: Bjorn Bakstad This article was published in the...