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Virginia Main Street Toolkit

Virginia Main Street Toolkit: 
Building a Resilient Nonprofit Together

September 15-16, 2015
 
The Prizery
700 Bruce Street
South Boston, Virginia
 
Behind every exciting Main Street District beats the collective heart of volunteers, entrepreneurs and property owners working together to create an environment of invitation. Every day, residents and visitors are discovering what makes your Main Street their favorite, be it the shops, the food or the hospitality.

What is going on behind the curtain of your Main Street organization? Do ideas and agendas harmonize like a well-rehearsed chorus?  Do the inner workings of your nonprofit more closely resemble Pandora's Box than a fine-tuned organ? How do you address these issues together?

Join your Virginia Main Street network of dedicated volunteers and professional managers in South Boston for two days of how-to's and best practices to build a resilient and effective nonprofit organization. Your volunteer board, committee members and local officials are all invited for fun, networking and great ideas to make positive change in your downtown and enjoy doing it.

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2016 Building Entrepreneurial Economies (BEE) grants now available

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Building Entrepreneurial Economies (BEE) grant program through Oct. 15, 2015. BEE grants provide resources to micro-business development organizations, local governments, planning district commissions and other nonprofit organizations that deliver services to entrepreneurs in new and original ways.

Organizations may apply for up to $7,500 for a planning grant and up to $75,000 for an implementation grant. Planning grants allow organizations to assess market demand for services, research innovative means of providing business services and identify resource gaps. Implementation grants will help communities and organizations to implement business development strategies that result in business start-ups, expansions and job creation. This year, DHCD has identified four areas of focus for BEE funding.
 
Applications must be submitted in CAMS by 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2015.

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Virginia Main Street 2016 designation applications now being accepted

Virginia Main Street is currently accepting applications for new designations in the Virginia Main Street organization. In addition to becoming part of the internationally-renowned National Main Street Center, a designated Virginia Main Street Community receives an array of intensive assistance designed to advance its local revitalization efforts. Customized design assistance, access to state and national specialists, training on key downtown issues, and ongoing marketing and promotions support are among the range of services provided to Virginia Main Street communities.

Applications are due on Nov. 2, 2015.
All applications must be submitted in CAMS.

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2015 Southwest Virginia Creative Economy Conference

SealGovernor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary Maurice Jones, State Senator Charles W. Carrico, and Delegate Terry Kilgore invite you to join them at the Southwest Virginia Creative Economy Conference in Abingdon, VA. The conference will showcase how Southwest Virginia’s creative economy is a foundation on which to build Virginia’s new economy. Presentations and sessions will also illustrate how the region’s natural, cultural and human assets are driving economic opportunities in our communities and in our region. From tourism to entrepreneur development to advanced manufacturing, our region is becoming nationally known as a highly attractive destination for visitors and business development.

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