Virginia Main Street 2016 Designation How-to-Apply Workshops


Virginia Main Street 

2016 Designation 

How-to-Apply Workshops

DHCD will be accepting up to three new designated Virginia Main Street Communities into this successful Virginia Main Street program in 2016. The communities must meet the eligibility criteria to be considered.  In addition to becoming part of the internationally-renowned National Main Street Center, a designated Virginia Main Street Community receives an array of intensive assistance designed to advance its local revitalization efforts. Customized design assistance, access to state and national specialists, training on key downtown issues and ongoing marketing and promotions support are among the range of services provided to Virginia Main Street communities.

Three how-to-apply workshops will be conducted for communities interested in completing the Main Street designation application. Virginia Main Street staff will provide detailed review of the application process and assist with participant questions.  Attendance is highly recommended, though not required, for application for Virginia Main Street designation. Applications will be due Nov. 2, 2015.

Tuesday, July 14
3-5 p.m. 
Miller Center
301 Grove Avenue,Room 304
Lynchburg, VA

Monday, July 20
1-3 p.m. 
Wytheville Meeting Center
333 Community Boulevard
Wytheville, VA

Thursday, July 23
10 a.m.-noon 
Main Street Centre
600 East Main Street
12th Floor Conference Room South
Richmond, VA

The deadline for registering for a workshop is Friday, July 10. To register for one of these events, click here.

Register Now for the VMS Essentials – July 15 in Lynchburg


Virginia Main Street Essentials: An overview of the Main Street Four Point Approach (R)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Holiday Inn Lynchburg
601 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA

Join Main Street professionals and volunteers for a one-day, back-to-basics revitalization training on the Main Street Four Point Approach® presented by National Main Street Center staff and design professional expert.  We encourage your board and committee members and Main Street volunteers to attend and learn more about this program. To view the agenda and workshop information, click here.


The Main Street Four-Point Approach® is a unique preservation-based economic development tool that enables communities to revitalize historic commercial districts by leveraging local assets, from historic, cultural and architectural resources to local enterprises and community pride. It is a comprehensive strategy that addresses the variety of issues and problems that challenge traditional commercial districts.

The success of the Main Street approach is based on its comprehensive nature. By carefully integrating the Main Street approach’s four points (organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring) into a practical downtown development strategy, a local Main Street program can produce fundamental changes in a community’s economic base.

For more information, visit

Launch Gloucester announces winner of first Community Business Launch

A bakery and cafe, a business catering to pets and pet owners and a massage and wellness clinic will be the newest businesses to open or expand on Main Street following the Launch Gloucester awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 19.  Participants in the entrepreneur contest that launched earlier this year also got a surprise element when the Cook Foundation granted a $5,00 award to the sole business in the competition with an arts  component.  Three winners, and the fourth that won the Cook Foundation prize, were among 10 businesses whittled down from an original field that exceeded 40 when Launch Gloucester got under way last year.  The entrepreneurs vied for a combined value of $95,000 in good, services and start-up capital to launch a business on Main Street.

The Launch Gloucester program was one of three in the state that are part of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Virginia Community Business Launch initiative, managed by DHCD.

Hopewell and Staunton will be announcing their winners in the next few weeks, so be on the lookout.

How-to-apply workshops are being conducted in the next two weeks for the 2016 Community Business Launch application.

CBL Gloucester

Winner Launch Gloucester – Sweet Tooth Parlor & Cafe

Building Collaborative Communities and Community Business Launch How-to-Apply Workshops announced

CBL-BCC1The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has announced funding is available for the Building Collaborative Communities (BCC) and Community Business Launch (CBL) programs for fiscal year 2015-2016.

DHCD grant programs offer flexible resources to do more across your community and region. Register below for one of the how-to-apply workshops to learn about the programs, the successful projects they have funded in the past, program changes for the coming year and how you can best position your effort.

Building Collaborative Communities

Building Collaborative Communities (BCC) provides resources and technical assistance to distressed regions to stimulate job creation and economic development while building community capacity and leadership. Grants must be multi-jurisdictional and can fund a range of projects and activities which will foster regional economic growth and increase collaboration and investment from a broad and diverse contingent of stakeholder groups.

Community Business Launch

The Community Business Launch (CBL) is designed to assist communities in taking a systems approach to building an asset-based small business development strategy. The program starts with a community’s unique vision for its future and then uses a local business competition to find and foster the entrepreneurs that connect with that vision. The CBL offers financial and content resources, guidance, and a learning network of communities pursuing similar strategies. By designing your own CBL, you can help your community develop a coordinated, comprehensive sustainable environment that identifies, launches and supports community-based entrepreneurs.


Wednesday, June 3
10 a.m.

Thursday, June 4
10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, June 9
1 p.m.

Wednesday, June 10
10 a.m.

Wednesday, June 17
10 a.m.

Please register at least three days before the workshop to receive the location address and additional details. If you are unable to attend a workshop, please contact for additional details.

Market Your Main Street: Low-cost, high-impact strategies to get out your message

Your Main Street program is tasked with meeting the needs of many different stakeholders: visitors, business owners, municipalities, donors, volunteers, etc. How you communicate your message to a wide audience with different interests requires segmenting them and then having separate conversations unique to their interests.

Join the National Main Street Center for a webinar led by Pamela Herrmann with the Paragon Effect on Thursday, May 21 at 2 p.m. to learn a new tactic that will help you do pinpointed marketing that is low cost and highly effective. You will not want to miss it, so register today!









Celebrating Virginia Business Appreciation Month

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In recognition of Business Appreciation Month, DHCD continues to recognize amazing businesses across the commonwealth, and we hope you will continue to do the same in your communities! Here are few great snapshots of businesses in SWVA doing great things! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out more about #VABiz!



May 2015 is Business Appreciation Month

Bam Logo Full - Blue-02Governor McAuliffe recognizes May 2015 as Business Appreciation Month. DHCD has provided a list of ways you can celebrate this month-long recognition on our site at BUSINESS APPRECIATION MONTH.  The site features downloadable versions of the logos for you to use on your material, as well as ways to celebrate your local businesses and potential ways to garner media attention. Governor McAuliffe’s official proclamation is also located on the page.

Every year since 1963, the president of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. This year, the Small Business Administration is offering five FREE webinars on a variety of business topics. Check out the list of webinars here and share with your downtown businesses today!



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