Emporia Main Street (EMS) is an economic and community development philosophy that operates within the City of Emporia and Lyon County. Using an effective four point approach, adopted from the National Main Street Center, Emporia Main Street works to create a dense and sustainable community where business, properties, developments and people can thrive.

After 26 years, it is time for a new Home for Emporia Main Street. Our New Space will grow local business and employment in Emporia, foster entrepreneurship and calculate risk-taking to build a stronger community.

Click HERE to be a part of the HomeGrown Campaign.

Join us for a night of fun, food, drinks, and raising funds for our community! For more info and to purchase tickets, click here: 2017 Public Improvement Auction

Please click below for a map of the 2017 Veterans Banners.

Banners are sectioned off into blocks and on ESU. Please note banners at ESU are by the one room school house, circle drive, and by King Hall.

Veterans Banners by Block 2017




Emporia Main Street and our members are excited for ESU football season! Join us downtown before and after each home Emporia State Football game! Show your Emporia and Hornet pride by shopping local!  Several businesses are offering game day promotions, student discounts, and extended hours! For a list of businesses click the link below!

Tailgate & Open Late Businesses!

Home game days include: September 7th & 23rd, October 7th & 21st, November 4th & 11th

In 2014, the Emporia Main Street organization spearheaded a project to decorate the downtown light posts with banners honoring current or former service members. From the beginning, the project was about much more than banners – it was about collecting, preserving, and sharing the personal stories of those who have bravely served their country.

In 2017, Emporia Main Street partnered with KVOE Radio to create Beyond the Banners magazine. The magazine contains all the stories collected during the banner project, in a printed keepsake publication. Pre-Orders are now being taken for this timeless keepsake. To place an order please click here: Beyond The Banners.

The Banner Release Party will take place at 727 Commercial Street, Friday, October 20th from 4pm-6pm & Saturday, October 21st from 10am-1pm. If you pre-ordered a magazine, and did not have it shipped to your home, you can come down to the release party and pick up your order. There will be additional magazines available to purchase, but we will have limited quantities.

Gifts to our Soldiers

We are currently working with an Emporian, who is oversees, to send care packages to locals and their units. We will be accepting items at the release party on October 20th and 21st. Click HERE for a list of items:  We will also be taking cash donations to help pay for shipping. If you would like to include a note with the items, please feel free to do so. Any notes must be in a non sealed envelope.

Start Your Own Business Class

The Start Your Own Business Class has helped to start or expand seventy entrepreneurial businesses in the area.  If you are serious about taking your business from concept to reality, the Start Your Own Business class is one of the best tools at your disposal. Classes are held in the evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Flint Hills Technical College Main Campus. Class dates are: October 17, 19, 24, 26,  30 (the only Monday class, due to Halloween) & November 2, 7, 9, 14 and 16.
Classes will cover a wide range of topics, including: cash flow, financing, marketing, insurance, taxation, legal structures, site selection, business expansion, human resource management, daily operations, business plans, logistics, and much more.
Class spaces are limited, and due to a generous grant from ESB Financial, students are able to apply for a discounted course rate.  Normally, the Start Your Own Business Class fee would be $300, but ESB Financial has underwritten the class so scholarship recipients can receive the course education for only $99.  The SYOB Class is officially a two hour course through Flint Hills Technical College, and students are eligible to participate in additional regional competitions with the opportunity to win cash prizes to assist their business development.  Qualifying SYOB graduates may also be eligible for special zero interest loan programs, depending on a host of factors.
To sign up for the Start Your Own Business Class click HERE or forward this information to a budding entrepreneur that needs to take a tangible step towards starting their own business.



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