There's more than meets the eye with our program name incREDible Downtowns!
This is program focuses on entrepreneurship education for those with business ideas that are vibrant and vital choices for historic districts.
Here's the math:
inc = professional businesses
RED = retail/restaurant entrepreneurship development
Edible = ok, this one may not add up, but it refers to the food industry
Downtowns = historic districts = Main Streets
Partnerships! That's where it's at and what we're all about. This program brings together an entire community: property owners, economic developers, small business educators, funders, local business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs from every age group, cultural background and economic status.
Our goal is to create the most inclusive and diverse downtowns with vibrant, successful businesses run by passionate people who participate in the promotion, preservation and vitalization of our nation's historic districts.
Well, frankly, because we rock! We have previous experience with Main Street programs, small town economic development, entrepreneurship training, partnership/relationship building, herding cats, refereeing children, launching a business, start-up business assistance, and getting even the most glazed-over skeptic enthusiastically involved in projects.
Not only do we bring the incredible knowledge gained by these experiences, we are really excited about what we do. Passion...get too close and you'll catch it!
Program Elements include:
This option is for the community with a DIY mindset. The toolkit will have all the documents needed to get started, a step-by-step guide for implementing the program, and a detailed budget with funding ideas.
This option is for the community that's prepared to DIY...but who want a little added support along the way. Program Consulting package comes with the Toolkit and virtual program consultations.
This option is for those of you who value full service. With this package you'll receive the toolkit, virtual program consultations and on-site assistance with implementation.
incREDible Downtowns is designed after the Main Street model. As of 2020: 1130 Designated Main Street Programs, $4.1 Billion Invested in Downtowns!
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