We love historic downtowns!

Enhancing the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of historic downtown business districts in Missouri.

Designated Missouri Main Street communities report economic impact in their districts each quarter.
Cumulative totals for the program:

Public and Private INVESTMENT


Net new businesses


Net New jobs


volunteer hours




View the latest resources and information below. 

Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) is a network of over 140 commercial districts comprised of thousands of small businesses. It is MMSC’s mission to advocate for and to provide tools and resources to small businesses across Missouri in both rural and urban downtowns. To assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, MMSC conducted an online survey for three weeks in April 2020. Over 600 small business owners responded from over 100 different Missouri cities and town, of which 93% of respondents reported owning businesses with fewer than 20 employees. Findings from this survey highlight the profound impact of the current crisis on the smallest, locally-owned businesses that are the backbone of all Missouri communities. Read the full report here: 

COVID-19 Resources for small businesses and Main Street Organizations

National Main Street Center 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC site for businesses

CDC Site for community organizations

Small Business Administration

US Chamber of Commerce

CARES Section by Section

Guidance for Small Business Owners from AARP

Design in the Context of Covid - The Comprehensive Resources and References List From The Downtown Happy Hour


Business Resources:

How the Federal Stimulus Can Support Small Businesses and Nonprofits

Employee Rights - Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act)

Email from a small business on their plan to keep serving customers

Non-Profit Connect COVID-19 Resources

WhizBangRetail training in pdf and video form

4 Resources for Small Businesses Coping with the Coronavirus Outbreak

Free IT training for nonprofits

If cancelling non-profit events, things to consider

Best Practices for Downtowns in Crisis

National Restaurant Association COVID-19 Reopening Guidance

Tips for Landlord-Tenant Conversations

"Trust Kit" By Lansing, MI

Safe Reopening Plan Template

State of Missouri Information:

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services:
A good resource to track COVID-19 cases and provides a good FAQ’s sheet

Community and Small Business Development

COVID-19 FAQs for Businesses & Workers: Unemployment, Workers' Compensation, and Discrimination 

MOSource Link Business Resources & Updates

Information Regarding SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Missouri Small Business Development Centers

Jackson County Social Distancing Protocol

Show Me Strong Recovery Plan

Local Community Recovery Ideas for CARES Act Funds

Livingston County - CARES Act Allocation Information

Coronavirus Relief Fund FAQ's

Community Marketing Tools & Templates:

Ways To Show Love - Downtown Lee's Summit

Downtown Scavenger Hunt

More Community Marketing Tools On MMSC Facebook


Leading Main Street News:
Leading Main Street News is provided by MMSC weekly for organizations to send to their Board, City, Chamber, Volunteers, Community Members, etc. 
It provides 3 resources, 3 merchant ideas, and 3 ways to show support! It was designed in PDF with a fillable box for you to submit an encouraging message of the week before sending it out. Questions? Email: janie@momainstreet.org 

Leading Main Street News - May 11th Edition

Leading Main Street News - May 18th Edition

Grant Resource Directory: 

May 18th Edition


Creating A Community’s Sense Of Place In Response To COVID-19 | 6/3/2020

Design In A COVID-19 Environment with Randy Wilson | 5/27/2020 

CARES Act Money For Counties & Municipalities | 5/20/2020 

Navigating a New Reality-Together | 5/13/2020 

Redefining Retail & Reopening Downtown | 5/6/2020
Lansing, MI Business Survey  and  Joe Borgstrom's Presentation 

Selling On-line and Promoting via Social Media | 4/29/2020

Restaurant and Retail Success Stories | 4/22/2020

SBA Loan Details | 4/8/2020 | Resources available: 
SBA Loan Products Available and Q & A Transcript with SBA Loan Specialist

Mornings On Main Presentation  |  3/25/2020

Have you missed a Mornings on Main webinar? You can view them all on our channel here.