MMS News

Red Wing Restaurant Challenge

Excerpted from Red Wing Downtown Main Street and their Restaurant Challenge Do you or someone you know want to open or expand a restaurant to historic Downtown Red Wing? Based on local business survey results, and backed with Market Research Data – there is a need for additional restaurants in Downtown Red Wing. The Business […]

MainStreet Owatonna Becomes Newest Program of Minnesota Main Street

Owatonna is the sixth and newest Designated Main Street community with Minnesota Main Street. MainStreet Owatonna, a program of the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, made an application to become a Designated Main Street Program in Fall 2013. After Minnesota Main Street carefully reviewed the application and conducted a site visit with interviews, […]

Job Opening: Faribault Main Street Coordinator

Faribault Main Street is accepting applications for the position of Main Street Coordinator.  The Coordinator will be responsible for all activities through the Main Street program. Applicants should have education or experience in one or more of the following areas; historic preservation, planning, economic development, retail, marketing, design, volunteer management, nonprofit management and small business […]

Willmar Design Center Becomes First Accredited Main Street Program in Minnesota

The Willmar Design Center (WDC) is the first nationally accredited Main Street program in Minnesota. WDC achieved this by meeting all 11 accreditation standards which measures not only if a program is active in Main Street’s Four Points (Design, Economic Restructuring, Promotion, and Organization) but how well a program manages itself, its overall health, effectiveness […]

Winona Main Street Coordinator in the News

David Bittner, Winona Main Street’s Program Coordinator, was recently interviewed by the Winona Daily News. Bittner started in his position in January.  After the community applied in March, Winona Main Street was invited to join the statewide program Summer 2013.  Winona Main Street is Minnesota Main Street’s newest Designated Main Street Program and we’re excited […]

Winona Main Street Becomes Newest Program of Minnesota Main Street

Winona is the newest Designated Main Street community with Minnesota Main Street. The Winona Main Street program, a partnership of the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Winona, made an application to become a Designated Main Street Program in Spring 2013.  After Minnesota Main Street carefully reviewed the application and conducted a […]

Job Posting: Director at New Ulm Retail Development Corporation

The New Ulm Retail Development Corporation, a Designated Main Street Program, is seeking a Director for their organization to fulfill their mission to help existing retail businesses achieve greater success and to attract additional retail business to the city of New Ulm.  Primary responsibilities for the position include:  develop marketing strategies to attract retail business […]

Helping Businesses Take Advantage of Events

It’s a pretty typical response from a business – especially one with many regular customers – that they’re not excited about a big festival or event being planned for their street.  And that they may even close their business during the event. Businesses closing during major festivals or events is such a common issue for […]

Main Street Award Winners – 2012

On September 22, 2012, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) presented 14 projects and individuals with a Minnesota Preservation Award at a ceremony held at the newly renovated Ford Center in Minneapolis. The Awards recognize significant achievement in historic preservation statewide and celebrate those who have chosen to sustainably reuse and reinvest in our existing […]

So why do the Somali men congregate on the sidewalks downtown?

Royal Ross, Faribault Main Street Program Director, sends out a short email once a week highlighting businesses, talking about what’s happening, and just being friendly.  This week’s email was so good that I (Emily Northey) wanted to share it on our blog.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.   Hello Everyone […]