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Announcing the Winners of the American Express Shop Small Order In, Help Out Innovation Challenge

April 22, 2021 | Announcing the Winners of the American Express Shop Small Order In, Help Out Innovation Challenge | Since the beginning of the pandemic, downtowns across the country have encouraged their communities to support local restaurants in creative and engaging ways. We’re thrilled...


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Business Spotlight: Black Entrepreneurs Leading By Example in Chicago

February 17, 2021 | Business Spotlight: Black Entrepreneurs Leading By Example in Chicago | By Gustavo Ustariz, NMSC Left and right: Iesha Malone of Rose Cafe interacts with customers. Center: The Ware Ranch Restaurant. Opening and running a small business is no small business....


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Supporting Martin Luther King Boulevards in Neighborhood Commercial Districts

February 22, 2021 | Supporting Martin Luther King Boulevards in Neighborhood Commercial Districts | By Deshea Agee, Executive Director, Historic King Drive Business Improvement District (BID #8) | Artists paint a Black Lives Matter mural in the district. Photo courtesy of Historic King...


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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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Community Spotlight: Black History Month Initiatives on Main Street

February 4, 2021 | Community Spotlight: Black History Month Initiatives on Main Street | By: Abby Armato, Communications Coordinator, NMSC | It's Black History Month! While this month is a time to honor the past, it is also a time to celebrate the history being made every day. Main Street...


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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...


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Celebrating Black History Month on Main Street

February 1, 2021 | Celebrating Black History Month on Main Street | February is Black History Month! As we come out of 2020 newly aware of how the dual crises of COVID-19 and structural racism affect our work on Main Street, it is even more imperative that we take the time to celebrate...


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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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Now Open: Nominations for the Mary Means Leadership Award

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