JULY 2021
Main Street destinations to visit this summer

Entrepreneur perspectives


Wisconsin Main Street hosted its first Downtown Pitch Contest in June, inviting entrepreneurs from more than 100 Main Street and Connect Communities districts to share ideas for business concepts or expansions to meet the needs of local customers, enhance their district, and support and sustain local businesses. The contest received numerous applications from each region of the state, encompassing communities large and small and businesses of all types. From an experiential Jackson Pollock-style art studio in Kenosha to a customizable donut shop in Monroe, the creativity and persistence of entrepreneurs from around the state was impressive.

Customer-centric mindset

Many of our finalists impressed the judges with their deep understanding of local customer needs and the ability to create or adapt their business models to meet these needs.

Community-based business model

We often hear that downtowns are appealing business locations because they provide not only a built-in source of foot traffic, but also a supportive business environment filled with like-minded business owners willing and able to partner together to market to customers, host events or just generate good ideas.

Makers in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is known for its strong manufacturing heritage, which includes not just corporate manufacturing but also local makers.




Great Lakes Virtual Main
Street Conference

Aug. 5 - 6 
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.



Healthcare Partnerships for Downtown Success Webinar
Sept. 2
Noon - 1:00 p.m.



Saving Wisconsin’s Historic Theatres Workshop
Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation

Sept. 17-18, Spring Green


First Impressions Regional Workshop Series
Sept. 21 - 23 
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., various locations



WDAC Downtown Summit
Oct. 12-13, Appleton
Learn More


Urban Spaceship (formerly Vacant Storefronts) Conference
Nov. 9, Milwaukee
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