Are your events on-brand?

June 9, 2020 by Travis Brown

Are your events on-brand? There’s no denying that events are a large component of downtown life. Whether your organization is dependent on events for fundraising, or you are holding them to increase attendance and build atmosphere, events are a critical aspect of nearly every downtown. While these events are frequently essential for the health of… Read More →




Your Downtown Website

June 2, 2020 by Travis Brown

Your Downtown Website I think we would all agree that a website is not an option for any organization, it’s a requirement. Your website can be one of the most effective communication tools that you have. Since we deal with technology, we get asked about websites a lot. Most of those questions revolve around what… Read More →




Why Reporting Matters

April 9, 2020 by Travis Brown

Why Reporting Matters For over a decade now, I’ve had the good fortune to be a part of the Main Street movement. When I started I was told by our State Coordinator that I needed to fill out our monthly reporting, so I did. I didn’t think much about it at the time, I just… Read More →




Debunking Main Street Myths

April 9, 2020 by Travis Brown

Debunking Main Street Myths I have been fortunate to be associated with Main Street for over a decade now. Along the way I have discovered that many of us face similar situations. That similarity got me thinking. Are these really situations, or does this similarity lead to group-think about a problem? Is there a problem,… Read More →




10 Things to do during the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 20, 2020 by Travis Brown

10 Things to do during the COVID-19 Pandemic This is a unique time. Main Streeters are faced with some new challenges as the world faces the COVID-19 Pandemic. It seems as though the landscape is changing almost daily, and while we know there is light at the end of the tunnel, we don’t yet know… Read More →




Getting the most out of your next conference

September 4, 2019 by Travis Brown

Travis' Tips for getting the most out of your next conference I was at a conference recently and got to thinking about how to get the most out of the conference. I had presented early on, so I had time to watch the attendees and really think about how to maximize your time. Like everything,… Read More →




Alabama LAB recap

August 30, 2019 by Travis Brown

Alabama LAB Recap Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Main Street Alabama LAB in Decatur, Alabama. This is their annual state-wide Main Street conference, and was a great opportunity to see some familiar friends and faces, and meet some great Main Streeters. I’ve been to several conferences and I always try to… Read More →




Sponsorship Packet Template

July 16, 2019 by Travis Brown

Sponsorship Packet Template Whether you are in a large district or a small one, having enough funds to do everything you want always seems to be a challenge. Very few districts are left wondering what to do with all their excess funds at the end of the year. Most of us are stretching those dollars… Read More →




Property Inventory Form

July 1, 2019 by Travis Brown

Property Inventory Form In the past we have shared tools to help you get your downtown properties noticed and how to evaluate them using our property pro forma. This time we wanted to share a tool with you that can help you get your property and business database started (or updated). Our District Inventory form… Read More →




Go for the Gold

June 18, 2019 by Travis Brown

Go for the Gold Promotion We’ve shared a lot of tools with you over the past year, and one thing we haven’t shared is a successful event. We wanted to change that. We know events are a big part of downtown, and having a successful one can make or break your organization. While we talked… Read More →