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Mornings on Main
Priming an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

June 7, 2023

Join Missouri Main Street Connection on June 7, 2023 at 8:30am in Central Time (US and Canada) for our next installment of the Mornings on Main webinar series in 2023.

Priming an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Many Main Street programs are looking for ways to fill vacant commercial spaces with quality businesses that enhance the region. To generate growth in your district, learn how leading Main Street programs utilize tools like incubation spaces, fabrication labs, and entrepreneurial training classes.  This session will also discuss the development, funding, and outcomes of newer downtown growth strategies.

Emporia Main Street’s Director, Casey Woods, will share the organization’s experience with these programs in their rural community in Kansas over the past sixteen years.  The entrepreneurial journey begins with training classes; which have helped start or expand over 100 businesses in the region; to pitch events; Main Street managed incubator space; and finally a fabrication facility to support existing businesses and aspiring creators.

These concepts and their representative supporting elements will be discussed within the webinar.


Registration is required for this free webinar. If you have any questions, please email logan@momainstreet.org or call our office at 417-334-3014.


Speaker: Casey Woods, Director of Emporia Main Street

Prior to becoming the director in March of 2009, Casey Woods worked in both retail and agricultural jobs for the family business. A lifelong resident of the Emporia area, Casey was a 10-year volunteer for Emporia Main Street prior to his appointment as director. During that time, he served as the Board President and Chair of the Economic Vitality Committee. Casey works with both large and small communities and their businesses to promote sustainable economic growth through community and economic development practices. Casey consults with businesses, organizations, and communities to understand their market capacity and fill vacant spaces. During his tenure at Emporia Main Street, over $100 million has been reinvested within the core of Emporia, KS.  Emporia Main Street has received numerous accolades including a Great American Main Street Award, USA Today's Best Main Street in America, and a Main Street Forward Award.






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The training is a private and public partnership with Department of Economic Development, State of Missouri, USDA Rural Development, and MMSC.

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