Kentucky Main Street Program reminding shoppers to Shop Small as holiday gift-buying season begins

Small Business Saturday has quickly become synonymous with the first Saturday after Thanksgiving as a means to encourage holiday shoppers to patronize local businesses. This national Shop Small marketing campaign also coincides with holiday events and activities already planned in many Kentucky Main Street (KYMS) communities. “Small Business Saturday reminds us that during one of the busiest spending...

Participating communities reported investments of over $109 million from Kentucky Main St. Program

The Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) announced that 39 participating communities reported cumulative investment of $109,741,515 in their commercial downtown districts in 2016, a number that includes $75,070,029 of private investment matched by $30,920,494 in public improvements. This total was up significantly from the $76 million of cumulative investment reported by 44 communities in 2015. Administered...

‘Shop small’ efforts, including Small Business Saturday, are helping revitalize downtowns

First there was Black Friday, followed by Cyber Monday. Then, in 2010, the first Small Business Saturday took place the first weekend after Thanksgiving – and today it has grown into a national movement in support of small businesses and the shop small movement, a grassroots effort to drive shoppers to local merchants.   This year, Small Business Saturday will be Nov. 29, the highlight of many...

Number of Kentucky small towns recognized for Main Street revitalization up 30 percent

The oldest of its kind in the nation, the Kentucky Main Street Program increased the number of communities receiving national accreditation by almost 30 percent in 2014 to 22, up from 17 in 2013.   A look down Madison Avenue in Covington (Photo from RCN) The 22 downtown revitalization programs received recognition from the National Main Street Center. KYMS is administered by the Kentucky Heritage...