Reflections and resolutions for the new year

Reflections and resolutions for the new year


As we enter a new year, each of the stakeholder groups that are responsible for downtown revitalization have an opportunity to reflect on the gifts of 2020 and resolve to make changes that will make your organization and/or business more prosperous and effective in the coming year. Although 2020 was difficult for many, it did offer up many things to be grateful for, as well as laying bare areas for improvement. As an old English proverb says, “A good beginning makes a good end.” Taking steps now at the beginning of the year to ensure a more productive middle and end of the year—especially in a year of recovery, might make the difference between a transformative rebound year and a prolonged recovery.

This newsletter suggests three gifts of gratitude and five suggested New Year’s resolutions for businesses, organizations and individuals involved in downtown revitalization.


wisconsin’s small businesses demonstrated amazing agility and resourcefulness in 2020. The steps taken to survive and thrive despite challenges can help them become resilient in the future.


Embracing the pivot to reassess and rebalance creates opportunities for the future.

Directors and board members

A new year brings new opportunities to engage with key stakeholders. Engaging and empowering partners to be part of the downtown vision will increase organizational effectiveness.




Discussion Call – Membership Model Discussion
Jan. 8, noon-1 p.m.


Main Street Makeover Applications Due
Jan. 11
Download an application here


Main Street Orientation (Virtual)
Jan. 20, 10 a.m.-noon


Wisconsin Rural Economic Summit (virtual)
Jan. 25, 1-4 p.m.


2020 Main Street Awards Nominations Due
Jan. 29
Email Adriana with questions


Basics of Ecommerce Webinar
Feb. 10, 8:30-9:30 a.m.


Advanced Ecommerce Strategies Webinar
Feb. 24, 8:30-9:30 a.m.


How to Fundraise in a Crisis & Delight Donors in Virtual World/Epic Fundraising Examples (2 part series)
Feb. 23, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Mar. 4, 11 a.m.-noon


Fundraising Myths, Truths & What the Best Fundraisers (and Boards) Do Differently (2 part series)
Apr. 6, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Apr. 15, 11 a.m.-noon


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