"Knowing that we have a variety of businesses that were facing different hurdles to reopening, we determined a Micro-Grant would be essential to the mix of support we could offer our local businesses.” - Jim Hoover, President, Main Street Middletown Board of Trustees
MIDDLETOWN, Md. (PRWEB) July 02, 2020
Main Street Middletown, MD Inc. has awarded $11,300 in grants to support local businesses in response to the economic hit many small businesses have endured due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent mandatory closings and shutdowns.
Main Street Middletown, MD Inc. is one of the 31-certified Maryland Main Streets and is part of the National Main Street program. Although it is a small organization run by a volunteer Board of Trustees, and staffed by one person, the Board has achieved some major milestones over the last ten years, but according to the Main Street Manager, Becky Axilbund, “this is a very proud moment for our organization.”
Supporting local businesses within the Main Street district is mission-driven work. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent shutdowns and partial closures, the Main Street Board of Trustees has created a multi-faceted approach to assist the businesses as they reopen. Board President, Jim Hoover said, “knowing that we have a variety of businesses that were facing different hurdles to reopening, we determined a Micro-Grant would be essential to the mix of support we could offer our local businesses.”
Other efforts include increased advertising, creating a new unity slogan and signage, and increased business meetings with speakers providing technical assistance. Events that have been cancelled are being retooled to address changing attitudes about crowded events, and new virtual events are being planned all in an effort to continually bring positive attention to our hard-working businesses in Middletown, Maryland.
Main Street Middletown, MD Inc works to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life of the Main Street district. Our efforts stem from the National Main Street and Maryland Main Street programs. We bring together local, regional, and state partners, citizens, businesses, and elected officials to support the Main Street district through various forms of promotion, valuing the unique historic buildings and visual cues that make up the downtown district, and implementation of economic retention and economic growth strategies.