Dirty Kanza Starting Line

6:00 a.m. start to the Dirty Kanza in downtown Emporia

In This Issue #105 06/07/11
Calendar of Events
Emporia Main Street Annual Meeting.
Live in the Lot!
Cruise Nights in Emporia
Bike Accross Kansas is Coming to Emporia!
Celebrate the Flint Hills!
Summer Fun!
Upcoming Business/Community Events
Did you know? Answers to YOUR questions.

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Emporia Main Street Calendar of Events 
May 22-25
National Main Street Conference
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May 26
Business Enhancement Meeting 8:00 a.m. in the Emporia Main Street Office
Home Based Business Meeting Noon in the Emporia Main Street Office
June 1
Board Meeting
8:00 a.m. in the Emporia Main Street office
Brown Bag
Noon at the Library & Museum Courtyard
Flying Debris by Richard Holmgren
June 4
The Dirty Kanza Finish Line Party
4:00 p.m. to Midnight in the 800-900 Blocks of Commercial Street.
The race begins at 6:00 a.m. on June 4th in the 800 Block of Commercial Street.
June 8
Promotions Committee Meeting 8:00 a.m. in the Emporia Main Street Office
Design Meeting
Noon in the Emporia Main Street Office
Brown Bag
Noon at the Library & Museum Courtyard
Monty Harper
Live in the Lot
7:30 p.m. in the 700 Block of Merchant St. (Farmers Market Lot)
The Skirts and the Codependents
June 9
Bike Across Kansas participants pass through Emporia!
June 15
Board of Directors Meeting 8:00 a.m. in the Emporia Main Street office
Brown Bag
Noon at the Library & Museum Courtyard
Mr. Stinky Feet AKA Jim Cosgrove
Live in the Lot
7:30 p.m. in the 700 Block of Merchant
Martin Dinkus and the movie Stand and Deliver sponsored by the National Teacher's Hall of Fame.
June 22
Business Enhancement Meeting 8:00 a.m. in the Emporia Main Street office
Home Based Business Meeting Noon in the Emporia Main Street Office
Brown Bag
Noon at the Library & Museum Courtyard
The Basement Pickers
Live in the Lot
7:30 p.m. in the 700 Block of Merchant
Savanah Chestnut/Lonely Town
June 24th
Emporia Main Street's 20th Anniversary Annual Meeting.  6:30 p.m. at the Granada Theatre.
June 29
All Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m. in the Emporia Main Street office
Brown Bag
Noon at the Library & Museum Courtyard
Chuck Cowan Trio
Live in the Lot
7:30 p.m. in the 700 Block of Merchant Street
Radio City and the movie ET sponsored by Capitol Federal
June 30
Board Retreat
2-6 p.m.
August 16
Welcome Back ESU Block Party
Do you have an upcoming event for your business or organization?  Let Emporia Main Street  know and we may include it on our upcoming calendars!  

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At Main Street, there are busy weeks and then there are insanely busy weeks.  Last week was more of an insanely busy week.  Are you ready for another?  The first Live in the Lot Concert with the Skirts and the Codependents is this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Farmer's Market lot (and there will be a beer garden courtesy of the Granada Theatre and prizes donated by the ESU Alumni Association).  Brown Bag has Monty Harper this Wednesday at noon next to the library.  Bikers are coming through our fair city on Thursday as part of Bike Across Kansas.  There are Symphony in the Flint Hills activities AND a Cruise night this Saturday.  Get ready for some FUN!

Emporia Main Street Annual Meeting

June 24th, 6:30 p.m. @ the Granada Theatre.

2011 2012 Membership Photo

Celebrate a special 20 years with Emporia Main Street on Friday, June 24th.  Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with the Annual Meeting at 6:30 p.m.  RSVP before June 20th.  Special awards for Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Advocate of the Year will be presented.  Plus, we will have other surprises...

This Week's Flint Hills Music Live in the Lot

features "The Skirts" & "The Codependents" with Prizes donated by the ESU Alumni Foundation.

2011 Live in the Lot

The 2011, 7th Annual Cruise Night in Emporia


Cruise Nights are held the 2nd Saturday of each month from May through October from 7-9 p.m. located at Bad Ol' Berns- 20 Commercial Street in Downtown Emporia.

Live Music will be Performed by Local Musicians.

June 11- CoDependents

July 9- The Skirts

August 13- Radio City

Bring your Car, truck, motorcycle or whatever and JOIN IN THE FUN!!!


A car cleaning kit will be given away by C & J Woodworks at each Cruise Night

No Fees, No Dues and no Judging.  Just grab your wheels and enjoy the community!

For more information, contact Conrad Wempe at 620-343-6979 or visit his website on-line at http://candjwoodworks.com/

Sneak Peak of the Broadview Tower Project

Broadview Towers in progress 

The staff of the Broadview knows you are curious...  That's why they are offering you a sneak peak of the Broadview Towers Restoration Project!  Tuesday, June 14th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., stop by the Broadview at 110 W. 6th to check out the building and renovation progress!

Bike Across Kansas

BAK is riding through Emporia!


On June 9th, over 900 riders will make their way from Cottonwood Falls to Burlington via Emporia.  Riders won't come through all at once, but we are expecting the bulk of the riders from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. is several smaller groups. 


PLEASE BE AWARE OF RIDERS ON THE ROAD.  Also, please be aware that you might get extra waves of business (especially if you are a restaurant or covieniance/grocery store) on June 9th.  You also might get some strange requests, like "can you fill my water bottle?". 


Officer John Koelsh of the Emporia Police Department, Betty Senn of the CVB and Emporia Main Street Staff will stop over to Cottonwood Falls the night before travels through Emporia to entice people to stop in our community.  We cannot guarantee how many people will stop in Emporia or your business, but we want you to be aware that you may have extra customers.

Celebrate the Flint Hills!

An Emporia Celebration in conjunction with Symphony in the Flint Hills

Celebrate the Flint Hills Schedule of Events


2011 Brown Bag Concert Series

June 8- Monty Harper-  This event is especially for families.  For more information on this particular act, visit www.montyharper.com


June 15- Mr. Stinky Feet- Jim Cosgrove-  This event is especially for families.  For more information on this particular act, visit www.jimcosgrove.com


June 22- The Basement Pickers- This fantastic local bluegrass band is appropriate for anyone that loves music!  For more information on this musical group, visit them on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Basement-Pickers/143025909082207


June 29- Chuck Cowan Trio-  This group containing a former Emporian plays jazz, rockabilly and more for your listening pleasure.  For more information on this group, visit www.rockabillyhall.com/ChuckCowan.html


July 6- Wild West Wrangler- Cynthia Ziesman-  This event is especially for families.  For more information on this particular act, visit http://systems.mykansaslibrary.org/statewide-perfomer-direcotry/musicians/#muscynthia


July 13- The Skirts- A local favorite all female band that has an updated take on traditional bluegrass music.  A good time will be had by all at this concert.  For more information on The Skirts, visit: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/THE-SKIRTS/130345696390


July 20- Funky Mama- Krista Eyler- This event is especially for families.  For more information on this particular act, visit www.funkymamamusic.com


July 27-  Kaypo-  Check out local Rock and Roll Band Kaypo for the last Brown Bag of the year!  For more information on Kaypo, visit www.kaypo.org

Brown Bag is brought to you by the Emporia Public Library, Lyon County Historical Museum, Emporia Arts Council and Emporia Main Street with generous support by the St. Patrick's Day Committee.

Wednesday's at Noon in the 

Library Museum Courtyard in Downtown


Sometimes it's the simple things.  

Dirty Kanza Party
Several Businesses got out of their four walls and supported the Dirty Kanza at the Finish Line Party on Saturday.


When I was out and about last week, a few businesses wanted some "cheap and easy" ways to improve their businesses, and it reminded me of one of my first e-mails with free or easy ways to improve your business.  While most of these still apply, I wanted to add a few more based on conversations I've had with both the consuming public and other businesses.


1.  Keep it clean.  Did you know that consumers determine whether they will enter your business in a 3 second time frame?  A clean exterior and attractive windows can make a BIG difference.
2.  Stay POSITIVE.  Positive work environments are more fun for everyone; consumers included.  Negativity drags everyone down, kills moral and will inevitably lead to a less productive work environment.
3.  Train your employees to embrace your philosophy, not just follow your standards.  People can tell when employees don't believe in a product (yes, your business is a product).  Explain the "WHY" behind your business practices.  Employees that embrace your business will undoubtedly succeed.
4.  Get INVOLVED!  The most powerful form of advertising is "word of mouth", and the easiest way to create word of mouth is community involvement.  For example, you could set up a FREE booth or pass out coupons at a "Live in the Lot" event.  Need ideas?  Contact Main Street!
5.  Don't be afraid to try new things!  Businesses adapt and grow, or they can slowly whither.  A new promotion, floor plan, event or internal company contest can liven things up AND lead to future successes.
6.  Utilize new media and new technology.  E-mail marketing, Facebook pages, Twitter pages and certain types of web listings are all nearly FREE and can be very effective in the right hands.  Talk to your staff or the Main Street office to see how you can best utilize these new business tools!
7.  Hone your message with words that sell.  Did you know that you can boost your visibility and sales just by utilizing certain words?  Check out what I mean by clicking (here).
8.  Take advantage of expert resources.  Quarterly Trainings through Kansas Main Street, the Small Business Development Center, Emporia State University, Flint Hills Technical College, Emporia Main Street's Library...  You have access to tremendous resources to help you through some of your business issues.  Take advantage of them!
9.  Plan for success.  Successful business, people and organizations don't happen by accident.  They plan their success well in advance of its actual occurrence.  Use down time to timeline events, create a work calendar and set organizational expectations.  Involve others in the realization of your plan, and be clear about their responsibilities.  After a plan's completion, write down what worked, what didn't and what you should do the next time around.
10.  Realize that you have people rooting for you!  Sometimes business can be a lonely enterprise, until you realize that others have a vested interest in your success.  You are appreciated.  You mean a lot to this community.  And, you have help available from your good friends at Emporia Main Street!
The few Free or Cheap additions I would make are:
1.  Be Consistent- Consistency in hours and approach are important.  If you aren't there when you say you will be or you show that your priorities are somewhere other than your business, consumers typically won't support you very long.
2.  Become a force for positive change- To often we view the world through the lens of our businesses.  While exterior events cannot supercede the needs of your business, one of the best ways to improve your business environment is to work to improve the community.
3.  Understand that the Market is constantly changing- If you carry the same products from 10 years ago, communicate the same way you did a decade ago and merchandise the same way you always have, you will eventually loose customers.  Businesses must adjust to new demographics, new spending patterns, new technology and new trends to survive.
4.  Ask for help-  You can't be an expert in everything.  Ask other businesses and individuals for help with issues you are having problems with.  Offer assistance to others in areas you have extensive knowledge.  Collectively we can do more than individually.


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Successful people and successful businesses are rarely bored.  Generally the don't have enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished that they want to achieve.  Look through the list above and think about some ways to improve your business.  Write your thoughts down.  Share them with people in the business and then make positive changes.  If you get stuck, ask for help.  We are here for you.

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  Did you know?  Answers to YOUR questions... 


Lets see...  Last week was just a four day work week with Memorial Day, right?  Not in our world!  Last week we met with

KPA Award
Steve Harmon and Rob Gilligan join a KPA Board member to present Emporia Main Street with a KPA Award.

two entities about potential developments downtown, we attended the first Brown Bag of the season at the Library and Museum, we attended a City Commission Meeting where honors were given for the participants in the Downtown Water Main Project which won a state award (good job everyone) and a proclamation honoring this time period as Emporia Bike Week.  We held a Board Meeting, spoke with a former city commission member about a "fix" that may detur property speculation and enhance our city.  Emporia Main Street received the first ever Kansas Preservation Alliance award given to a Main Street Program at an awards ceremony in Topeka, we spoke at a Kansas Preservation Conference in Topeka, and then there was this little thing called the Dirty Kanza 200...  It was a huge week for Emporia last week, and we got some great community questions! 


1.  "How did the Dirty Kanza go?" From a several people. It was a difficult race in more ways than one.  Weather, the terrain and new additions to the event stretched our capacity, but the feedback from both a race and spectator standpoint has been overwhelmingly positive.  We can't control thunderstorms and mud, but we can put Emporia's best foot forward, and I think we did that.  Click HERE to view some of the photos from the Dirty KanzaClick HERE to watch the riders "roll out".


2.  "What was your award for?"  From an Emporia Main Street Member. The Kansas Preservation Alliance honored Emporia Main Street for its research and subsequent advocacy efforts concerning tax credits applied to preservation in Kansas downtowns.


3.  "What did you go to Topeka for today (Friday)?" From an event  volunteer.  The Kansas Historical Society asked that I speak at their annual Preservation Conference.  I was one of three people from Emporia to speak: Rocky Slaymaker and Mary Helmer were also presenters at the conference.  


4.  "So are you in charge of the Dirty Kanza?"  An on-line questions. No.  Emporia Main Street believes that when people are trying to improve the community, you help them.  Help requires actual work, and in the case of the Dirty Kanza, there is A LOT of work.  But, there is also a lot of benefit to the community.  Main Street doesn't benefit financially from the Dirty Kanza at all, but the community benefits tremendously, as do retail businesses, hotels, restaurants and the tax base.  There is a residual benefit that some people feel directly, while others will feel it indirectly. 


That's why working hard for the Jim Cummings, Tim & Kristi Mohn, and other organizers of the world is so important.  When we only think in a linear fashion about direct benefit to us, we miss out on tremendous benefits for everyone.  A little less "me" and a lot more "we" makes a better city.


5. "When is your annual meeting?" From a few people. This is a special year for Emporia Main Street.  It's our 20th Anniversary, and we want to celebrate you and all you have accomplished.  Invitations are in the mail, and we want to make sure that you help celebrate our 20th Anniversary of Emporia Main Street.  We will recognize businesses and individuals making a difference in our community, and we'll have a few special surprises.  RSVP PRIOR to June 20th, and then attend the Emporia Main Street Annual Meeting on June 24th.  Social Hour starts at 5:30 p.m., and the Annual Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Granada Theatre in Downtown Emporia.    , WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

The volunteers, members and staff of Emporia Main Street are working extremely hard to improve our business climate and build a successful community.  In short, we are working hard FOR YOU!  We appreciate your support, and we will continue to aggressively pursue opportunities to benefit our membership in the future.  Because, as we all know: small steps lead to BIG impacts!
Have a question?  Submit it to the Emporia Main Street office and we'll do our best to help you!
1st Kansas FinancialCasey Woods
Emporia Main Street
12 E. 5th Avenue
Emporia, KS  66801
(P) 620-340-6430 
(F) 620-340-6434
Many great ideas go unexecuted, and many great executioners are without ideas. One without the other is worthless.- Tim Blixseth