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
Des Moines, Iowa
  
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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Benefactors 


The City of Emporia

 

Lyon County

 

Bobby D's BBQ

 

Caribbean Sun Tanning

 

CoreFirst Bank & Trust

 

The Emporia Gazette

 

ESB Financial

 

Emporia's Radio

StationsKVOE, 104.9, Country 101.7

 

Longbine Auto Plaza

 

Roberts Blue Barnett Funeral Home

 

T2 Verizon Wireless

General Level Members 

AKA Marketing/The Sports Fan

 

Amanda's Bakery

 

Applebee's

 

Ash, LLC.

 

Atherton & Huth Attorney at Law

 

Barden & Thompson

 

Bath Expressions

 

Bennett Dental Group

 

Blue Fox, Inc.

 

Black Heart Cherry

 

Bluestem Farm & Ranch

 

Brown's Shoe Fit Co.

 

C & J Woodworks

 

Cable One

 

Cable One Advertising

 

Candlewood Suites

 

Capitol Federal

 

Cassell Insurance

 

Chester Press, Inc.

 

Clark Carpet & Tile

 

Coffelt Sign Co. 

 

Commercial Street Diner

 

Country Mart/Price Chopper

 

Dan's Hands

 

Dorsey & Wise Family Eye Care

 

Douglas Chiropractic Center

 

Emporia Chamber of Commerce

 

Emporia State Federal Credit Union

 

ESU Memorial Union

 

First Community Bank

 

Flint Hills Eye Care Associates

 

Flint Hills Lanes

 

Flint Hills Laser Expressions

 

Flint Hills Music

 

Flint Hills Tech College

 

Flint Hills Mall

 

Forget Me Not Productions

 

Four Seasons Apartments

 

Genesis Health Club

 

George Groh & Sons

 

Gerald Schumann Electric

 

Glendo

 

Granada Coffee Company

 

Granada Plaza & Lofts

 

Graves Drug Store

 

Hair Krafters

 

Helbert & Allemang Attorney's at Law

 

High Gear Cyclery

 

IM Design Group

 

Inno-Vest Corp.

 

Insurance Center

 

Insurance Planning Center, Inc.

 

Java Cat 5

 

Jimmy John's

 

Kansas Radio 96.1 The Wave

 

KISS 103.1

 

Krueger & Williams Law Office

 

L & L Pets

 

Little Caesers Pizza

 

Lyon County State Bank

 

Lyon County Title

 

Marion National Bank

 

Mark II Lumber

 

Mathis Physical Therapy

 

McDonald's on 6th Ave.

 

McKinzie Pest Control

 

Menu Foods Midwest Corp.

 

Midas Touch Golden Tans

 

Modern Air Conditioning

 

Monarch Tattoo

 

Muckenthaler, Inc.

 

Natasha's

 

Nature's Paradise

 

Navrat's Office Products

 

Nikki B's

 

Pizza Hut

 

Pizza Ranch

 

Plum Bazaar

 

Poehler Mercantile

 

Pool & Wright

 

Post Abandoned

 

Prairie Sage Apartments

 

Punkin Doodles

 

Pyramid Pizza

 

REMAX Realtors

 

Redline Trucking

 

Rent to Own Center

 

Ru Yi

 

Sauder Custom Fabrication

 

Scheller's Lawn & Landscape

 

SS Graham Insurance Agency

 

Stanley Jewelry

 

Studio 11

 

Subway

 

Sunflower Gymnastics

 

Symmonds & Symmonds Attorney at Law

 

The Help Desk

 

The Henrikson Team

 

The Medicine Shoppe

 

The Shopper

 

The Sweet Granada

 

The Villiger

 

The Villas at Emporia

 

The White Rose Inn

 

Thompson Auto Repair

 

Toso Appraisal Service

 

Town Crier Bookstore

 

Town Royal

 

Verizon Wireless

 

Water's True Value

 

Westar Energy

 

Wheat State Pizza

 

Williams Automotive

 

 

 

 

Non-Profit Level Members 

 Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

Community Theatre of Emporia

 

Corner House

 

Emporia Arts Council

 

Emporia Farmer's Market

 

Emporia Granada Theatre Alliance

 

Emporia High School Future Business Leaders of America

 

Emporia Public Library

 

ESU Foundation

 

Small Business Development Center

 

First Presbyterian Church

 

Flint Hills Optimists Club

 

Jayhawk Area Council (Scouts)

 

Lyon County Historical Society

 

National Teachers Hall of Fame

 

Plumb Place 

Home Based Level Members 

Boyzen Bunny Fiber Arts- Tracey Graham

 

Energy Innovators

 

Gold Canyon Candle- Stephanie Morgan

 

Green Door Recycling- Amy Becker

 

Independant Longaberger Consultant- Judith Dieker

 

Interdependent Web- Ben Stallings

 

Joe the Furniture Doctor- Joe Kurzen

 

Kynda Kreative- Amanda Mendoza

 

Mary Kay- Brenda Braynard

 

Pampered Chef- Chelsea Gerleman

 

Patti Cakes- Patti Lipson

 

Paula's Creations

Paula Roper

 

Premier Designs Jewelry- Nikki Simmons

 

RossTography

Mike Ross

 

Stampin-Up

Darcy Johnson

 

Tastefully Simple- Vanessa Apodaca 

Individual Supporters 

Anne Strobel

 

Brad Harzman

 

Erin Woods

 

Julie Johnson

 

Kayla Oney

 

Mark & Amy McAnarney

 

Mary & Tim Helmer

 

Matt & Val Zimmerman

 

Pam & Fred Stephenson

 

Rob Gilligan

 

Sue Blechl

 

Victoria Partridge 

Emporia Main Street E- Newsletter

Greetings!

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

Emporia!

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