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Small Business Saturday Highlights

Local Main Street's hosted activities and businesses welcomed shoppers across Missouri for Small Business Saturday.

Participating in Small Business Saturday and promoting small businesses is one way local Main Streets boost their local economy and support local businesses to stay downtown and come downtown!

Check out some of the Main Street communities that participated in this year's Small Business Saturday!

Downtown Excelsior Partnership

Downtown Joplin Alliance

Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street, Inc.

The Independence Square

My Hometown Carrollton

Sedalia Main Streets

Featured Articles

A Decade of Growth

Read the newest article written by our staff. Keith Winge wrote a thoughtful reflection centered on his work with MMSC over the years delivering services and training to local Main Street programs. MMSC has developed a suite of tools and services to equip local efforts in revitalizing their historic commercial district. 

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Upcoming Events

The Power of Collaboration: Nurturing Relationships with Elected Officials


Wednesday, January 10, 2024

8:30 am - 9:30 am



Get the inside scoop on fostering effective collaboration with your elected officials. This webinar will provide a road map for engaging and nurturing relationships with elected officials that go beyond securing funds by diving into actionable tactics for initiating contact and maintaining engagement. Learn how to cut through the noise elected officials receive daily with trust and communicate your aligned interests. Gaining public support for your Main Street program is not only part of the Main Street accreditation criteria, it also is a great way to unlock game-changing opportunities for your historic commercial district and local businesses. 

Registration will open soon.

The Power of Main Street - Main Street Capitol Day


Tuesday, January 23, 2024


Jefferson City, MO

Main Street Executive Directors are invited to come with Missouri Main Street Connection's staff and board to visit with Missouri's legislators and share "The Power of Main Street." This annual invite-only event is a great way to continue the relationship between elected officials and Main Street.

If your community does not have a local Main Street program, we encourage you to learn more about Main Street.

Community Empowerment Grant Workshop: Round One


Wednesday, January 31, 2024

10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Governor Office Building

200 Madison St., Rm 315,

Jefferson City, MO 65101

Any Missouri community interested in learning more about the time-tested Main Street principles for downtown revitalization and a 60/40 Matching Grant for assistance in establishing a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 Main Street organization in their historic commercial district should attend.

Registration will open soon.

Main Street Awards Webinar


Friday, February 9, 2024




Local Main Street staff and volunteers who oversee the nomination of projects and initiatives for MMSC's annual Evening of Excellence Awards Ceremony and Dinner should attend to learn how to craft a winning nomination from previous judges.

*Only local Main Street programs in good standing with their agreement with MMSC are applicable to submit nominations.

Registration will open soon.

Paul Bruhn Subgrant Program Workshop


Wednesday, February 16, 2024



Any* property owner who is looking for ways to fund should attend this workshop to learn about the criteria for this subgrant opportunity.

*Property owner must own a qualified building in a community with a local Main Street program in good standing with their agreement with MMSC.

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Main Street Opportunities

Main Street Professional Directory

The free Professional Directory to connect with specialists and experts covering a host of disciplines in preservation-based economic development to mobilize your organization in implementing your downtown revitalization project will be online soon.

Main Street Resource Library

Ensure you are a MMSC investor to gain access to our Main Street Resource Library that hosts documents covering all areas of the Main Street Approach™.

Email Staci Cox at for more information about becoming an investor.

Investor Portal Here

"Doctor Is In"

The MMSC Historic Preservation Committee is accepting applications for its free “Doctor is In” consultation service open to MMSC’s top three tier Main Street organizations.

Whether it is an existing project or a new emergency with a downtown property, no preservation project is too big or small for MMSC’s Board and Advisory members to provide guidance, answers, and connections to assist you in accomplishing your districts preservation goals.

Learn more, review eligibility, and fill out the submission form on our website to have a consultation with the Doctors regarding your preservation project.

Contact Ben White at if you have any questions.

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Main Street 101 Training

Main Street 101 is a free online training series that provides flexible training on the Main Street Approach™ for new board members, volunteers, staff, and city officials. This tool includes 40-45 minute long modules that can be used for volunteer development, committee training, and leadership development. The training series includes various resources and guides to help a Main Street program with further committee development. 
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Congratulations To Those Certified In November!

Warrensburg Main Street

Bram Roden

Main Street Chillicothe

Ericka Kroll

Sedalia Main Streets

David Esser

Downtown Joplin Alliance

Todd Patterson

Main Streets Gallatin

Dennis Brammer

Ginger Williams

Rick Wharton

Historic Downtown Liberty

Emma Johansen

Missouri Communities Members

Suzan Collins

This project has been funded in part by a grant from the Kemper Fund for Kansas and Missouri, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and USDA Rural Development.

Heritage Circle

Missouri Main Street Connection

is dedicated to creating and preserving

memories made by generations in our

historic downtowns.

You are invited to support Heritage Circle through a monetary donation. Your donation will have a lasting impact in the creation of memories in your community and many others. Your donation supports communities across Missouri and celebrates the importance of community culture, the value of local history, and embraces traditions that make each community irreplaceable.

Your donation can be made monthly or annually in whatever amount you choose. Please choose the frequency of your donation to Missouri Main Street Connection today by clicking on one of the buttons below.

As a gift of appreciation, you may receive an exclusively designed lapel pin, handmade ceramic mug, or other gifts that show our gratitude for your support in preserving your community.

Select Frequency Of Donation

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YOUR DONATION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Missouri Main Street Connection is a statewide, 501c3, not-for-profit organization and is the leading statewide nonprofit organization devoted to preservation-based economic development. Through the Main Street America® movement and our partners, we empower community revitalization by celebrating, supporting, and sustaining Missouri historic commercial districts in both rural and urban settings.
Read More our Heritage Circle Highlights

Thank You to Our Heritage Circle Donors!

Robert Espeland

Gayla & Ken Roten

Margaret Waterman & Steven Hoffman

Chris Johnston

Bob Lewis

Thank You to our November Investors


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Neighboorhood Assistance Program

To qualify for credits, a donor must make an eligible donation to MMSC. A simple, one-page form is all that is required to accompany your check. Once MMSC receives a copy of your cleared check, we do the rest!

To make a contribution or for questions contact Gayla Roten, MMSC State Director at 417-334-3014 or

About the Program

The Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) was created by the state of Missouri to provide assistance to community-based organizations and help them implement community and neighborhood projects.


The philosophy behind the program is quite simple. Rather than funding a project by giving a grant, the State partially reimburses eligible donors who fund the project themselves.


In effect, this enables donors to redirect their tax dollars to local projects of their choosing.

Unlike a direct government grant, this form of state assistance involves no transfer of dollars. Instead, MMSC assumes full responsibility for securing the desired financial support through their own fundraising efforts, using the tax credits as an incentive. The State’s role is to oversee MMSC’s projects and process the tax credits for eligible donors.

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Missouri Main Street Connection is a statewide, 501c3, not-for-profit organization committed to fostering renewed vitality and sustainability in historic commercial districts across the state of Missouri.
Missouri Main Street Connection is an equal opportunity organization.