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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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New Survey for Small Businesses! A Note from NMSC's Research Team

January 27, 2021 | New Survey for Small Businesses! A Note from NMSC's Research Team | Our January SMS survey of small business owners has been live for about 24 hours, and we’ve currently received about 200 completed surveys. Could we get to 500? 1,000? If you haven’t already, please...


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New! Main Street Resiliency Grant Program

January 26, 2021 | New! Main Street Resiliency Grant Program | Main Street programs have demonstrated time and time again over this past year how essential they are to the health and vitality of their local communities. You’ve not only supported your small businesses, but also developed...


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Coping with the COVID Crisis in the Midst of the Holiday Rush: Nine Takeaways from Our December Surveys of Small Business Owners and Main Street Programs

January 25, 2021 | Coping with the COVID Crisis in the Midst of the Holiday Rush: Nine Takeaways from Our December Surveys of Small Business Owners and Main Street Programs | By: Michael Powe, Ph.D., Director of Research, NMSC | Photo credit: Cindy Shebley In early December, as the...


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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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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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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...


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Survey Confirms Small Businesses Need Congressional Support

December 18, 2020 | Survey Confirms Small Businesses Need Congressional Support | Immediately following Thanksgiving and Small Business Saturday shopping promotions, Main Street America conducted a survey of over 1,000 small businesses to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our...


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Community Spotlight: The Holidays on Main Street

December 17, 2020 | Community Spotlight: The Holidays on Main Street | By: Abby Armato, Communications Coordinator, NMSC | Part of Downtown Fredrick's virtual tour of their festive holiday decorations. Photo credit: Downtown Fredrick Partnership Over the past few months, we’ve been...


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Announcing the Main Street Forward Awards

December 16, 2020 | Announcing the Main Street Forward Awards | The events of the past year represent what could have been an existential crisis for America’s Main Streets. The converging impacts of COVID-19, national and local reckoning related to racial justice and equity, and...