Missouri Main Street Connection was awarded $552,733 CARES Act Recovery grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to assist Missouri Communities in responding to and recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. This grant was matched by local investment of $157,938 to deliver Main Street economic recovery technical assistance and training which will have a continued impact on Missouri communities.

Through the funding received, Missouri Main Street Connection delivered the Downtown Strong: Building Resilient Economies service-grant to 76 recipients in 20 communities including 16 organizations and 60 businesses. In total almost 200 services were administered with recipients of the Downtown Strong: Building Resilient Economies grant receiving one to six services. Additionally, our staff complied the findings and resources from the 13 consultants we worked with into a Small Business Toolkit.

Small Business Toolkit

To be resilient for any economic conditions, Missouri’s business and historic districts must be ready to adapt by investing in the development of their business and/or organization. This involves reviewing procedures, updating or creating an online website, and more. Utilize the findings and resources prepared through this grant to take your business and/or Main Street to the next level with this free downloadable Small Business Toolkit.

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Downtown Strong: Building Resilient
Economies Grant Recipients

The services that were delivered to grant recipients were more flexible than originally designed as following the pandemic needs were often changing quickly. Our consultants did a fantastic job at adapting the service they were delivering to meet the needs of each individual businesses or Main Street program’s needs.

Learn more about select businesses and Main Street programs that were highlighted in our blog, which is now located in our featured articles.

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The services highlighted on this page were prepared by Missouri Main Street Connection, Inc. using Federal funds under award 05-79-06056 from Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.