Portland Main Street in the News

Portland Main Street always has something going on: new businesses openings, a great festival or event, fun promotions, or critical trainings or seminars to offer local businesses and entrepreneurs. Check back here regularly for a list of activities and happenings in downtown Portland!

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June 2009

Pay Day Promotion Underway (LSJ)
Pay Day Promotion Underway.pdf
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Portland Main Street to Host Building Basics Seminar (LSJ)
Portland Main Street to Hold Building Ba[...]
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New Manager Settling In (LSJ)
New Manager Settling In.pdf
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Volunteer Workshop (LSJ)
Volunteer Workshop.pdf
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Portland Main Street to Host Small Business Workshops (LSJ)
Portland Main Street to host Small Busin[...]
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July 2009

Portland Main Street Achieves National Accreditation (LSJ)
Portland Main Street Achieves National A[...]
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Main Street Workshop Offers Tips on Volunteer Recruitment (LSJ)
Main Street Workshop offer tips on Volun[...]
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Portland Main Street to Host Small Business Series (LSJ)
Portland Main Street to host Small Busin[...]
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Portland Main Street to Host Workshops for Businesses (LSJ)
PMS to Host Workshop for Small Businesse[...]
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Facade Grants Available for Downtown Buildings (LSJ)
Facade Grants.pdf
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August 2009

Twelve Friendly Tips for the Main Street Manager: www.mainstreet.org (August 7, 2009)

 

Portland Main Street Hosts a "Marketing your Business" Workshop (LSJ)
Portland Main Street Marketing Your Busi[...]
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Portland Pay Day Continues (LSJ)
Portland Pay Day Continues.pdf
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Downtown Business Expands (LSJ)
Downtown Business Expands.pdf
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Small Business in a Down Economy (ISS)
Small businesses in a down economy.pdf
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Portland Main Street Celebrates Key Honor (LSJ)
Portland Main Street Celebrates Key Hono[...]
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Portland Pay Day Entering Final Days (LSJ)
Portland Pay Day Entering Final Days.pdf
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September 2009

Oktoberfest set for October 16th and 17th (LSJ)
Oktoberfest 2009.pdf
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Portland Main Street to Host First Annual Big Beer Run 5K (LSJ)
Big Beer Run Press Release.pdf
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Portland Pay Day A Huge Success (LSJ)
Portland Pay Day Wrap Up.pdf
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Groups Look to Fundraising (ISS)
Groups look to fundraising.pdf
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October 2009

Volunteers Needed for Oktoberfest Celebration (LSJ)
Volunteers Needed for Oktoberfest.pdf
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Oktoberfest to Host Beer Brewing Demonstration (LSJ)
Oktoberfest Beer Brewing Demonstration.p[...]
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Portland Brings Back Oktoberfest (ISS)
Portland Brings Back Oktoberfest.pdf
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November 2009

HolidayFest Schedule of Events
HolidayFest Schedule of Events LSJ.pdf
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HolidayFest Coming Back to Downtown Portland (LSJ)
HolidayFest 2009.pdf
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HolidayFest Ushers in the Holiday Spirit (ISS)
HolidayFest ushers in the holiday spirit[...]
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Main Street Program has Big Impact (LSJ)
Main Street has Big Impact.pdf
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Portland Bookstore has New Owners (LSJ)
Portland bookstore has new owners.pdf
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December 2009

Portland Downtown Becoming a Boom Town (ISS)
Portland downtown becoming a boom town -[...]
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January 2010

Michigan Main Street Draws Dozens to Portland (ISS)
Michigan Main Street draws dozens to Por[...]
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Portland Quilt Shop Named "Business of the Year" (LSJ)
Portland Quilt Shop Named Business of th[...]
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February 2010

Main Street Makeover (ISS)
Main Street Makeover.pdf
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March 2010

New Business Opens in Downtown Portland (ISS)
New Business in Downtown Portland.pdf
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Main Street Gives Businesses a Voice in Downtown Revitalization (LSJ)
Main Street gives businesses a voice.pdf
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Portland Main Street to hold Rummage Sale (LSJ)
Main Street to hold Rummage Sale.pdf
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April 2010

Plans Underway for Downtown Block Party (LSJ)
Plans Undersway for Downtown Block Party[...]
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Tourism Council Gains Focus (ISS)
Tourism Council gains Focus.pdf
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May 2010

Portland Readies for First Annual Block Party (ISS)
Portland Readies for First Annual Block [...]
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Street Closures Announced for May 15 Block Party (LSJ)
Street Closures for May 15 Block Party.p[...]
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Organizers Dub First Annual Block Party a Success (ISS)
Organizers dub Block Party a Success.pdf
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First Downtown Block Party a Great Success (LSJ)
First Downtown Block Party a Great Succe[...]
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Portland Pay Day Begins June 1st (LSJ)
Portland Pay day Begins June 1st.pdf
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Save the Spots: Downtown Portland Launches Parking Campaign (ISS)
Save the spots_ Downtown Portland launch[...]
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July 2010

Portland DDA Now Accepting Facade Grant Applications (LSJ)
Portland DDA Now Accepting Facade Grant [...]
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Portland Main Street to Host Sign Workshop on July 21 (LSJ)
Portland Main Street to Host Sign Worksh[...]
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Portland Makes the Most of it's River Heritage (GRP)
Portland makes the most of ...pdf
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Downtown Portland's New Guide Developed to Spark Tourism (ISS)
Portland_ New guide developed to spark t[...]
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Portland Parking Study Results Released (LSJ)
Portland Parking Study Released.pdf
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August 2010

Portland Main Street Volunteers Honored (LSJ)
Portland Main Street Volunteers Honored.[...]
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Volunteers Make Downtown Portland Great (ISS)
Volunteers Make Portland Great.pdf
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Free Business Seminar to be Offered on August 17th (LSJ)
Free Business Seminar to Take Place on A[...]
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Portland Pay Day Promotion Enters Final Month (LSJ)
Portland Pay Day Promotion Enters Final [...]
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"Pay Day" for those who Shop Locally (ISS)
‘Pay Day’ for those shopping locally.pdf
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Portland Pay Day Drawing on September 8th (LSJ)
Portland Pay Day Drawing on September 8t[...]
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September 2010

New Events Added for the 2010 Oktoberfest (LSJ)
New Events Added for the 2010 Oktoberfes[...]
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Local Businesses Reward Customers (ISS)
Local Businesses Reward Customers.pdf
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VanSlambrouck Named "Volunteer of the Year" (ISS)
VanSlambrouck Named Volunteer of the Yea[...]
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VanSlambrouck Named 2010 "Robert Busby Volunteer of the Year" (LSJ)
VanSlambrouck Named 2010 Robert Busby Vo[...]
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Big Beer Run to Take Place October 16th (LSJ)
Big Beer Run to Take Plave October 16.pd[...]
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October 2010

Portland Main Street to Hold Prize Raffle (LSJ)
Portland Main Street to Hold Prize Raffl[...]
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Portland Hosts Michigan Main Street Associate Level Training (ISS)
Portland Hosts Main Street Associate Lev[...]
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Portland Oktoberfest Event Grows in Popularity (LSJ)
Portland Oktoberfest Event Grows in Popu[...]
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November 2010

Portland's HolidayFest Scheduled for Nov. 19-20 (LSJ)
Portland HolidayFest event scheduled for[...]
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Events Added to HolidayFest Celebration (LSJ)
Events Added to Portland HolidayFest Cel[...]
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Portland's Holidayfest on the Grand Comes Again With Some Twists (ISS)
Portland’s Holiday Fest on the Grand com[...]
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December 2010

New Sign Incentive Offered in Downtown Portland (LSJ)
New Sign Incentive Offered in Downtown P[...]
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Sign Incentive Grant to Increase Commercial Creativity (ISS)
Sign Incentive Grant to Increase Creativ[...]
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January 2011

Portland Main Street Recognized as a Nationally Accredited Program
(LSJ)
Portland Recognized as a Nationally Accr[...]
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February 2011

Beautifying Downtown Portland (ISS)
(ISS)
Beautifying Portland_ Duff, Chadwick and[...]
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March 2011

Michigan Main Street Selects Three Downtown Communities to Receive Retail Merchandising Training
(LSJ)
Michigan Main Street Selects Three Commu[...]
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Downtown Rummage Sale Set for April 15-16
(LSJ)
Portland Downtown Rummage Sale Set for A[...]
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Portland Main Street to Host Second Annual Downtown Block Party
(LSJ)
Portland Main Street Program to Host Sec[...]
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April 2011

Downtown Rummage Sale Set for April 15-16 (LSJ)
Downtown Rummage Sale Set for April 15-1[...]
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Portland Main Street Holds Merchandise Training Workshop (LSJ)
Portland Main Street Holds Merchandise T[...]
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Portland Main Street Hosts Business Seminar on May 5 (LSJ)
Portland Main Street Hosts Business Semi[...]
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Portland Main Street to Host Second Annual Downtown Block Party (LSJ)
Portland Main Street to Host Second Annu[...]
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Portland Wayfinding Signs Upgraded (LSJ)
Portland Signs Upgraded.pdf
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May 2011

Restoring History for a Future Use (ISS)
Restoring history for future use - Ionia[...]
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A Fine Time in Downtown Portland (LSJ)
A-fine-time-downtown-Portland.pdf
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Portland Opera House Meeting Scheduled for May 14 (LSJ)
Portland-Opera-House-meeting-scheduled-M[...]
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Portland Officials Receive Report on Market Study (LSJ)
Portland-officials-receive-results-marke[...]
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Street Closures Announced for Downtown Block Party (LSJ)
Street-closures-announced-Portland-block[...]
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The Recipe for Thriving Downtowns (CG)
The Recipe for Thriving Downtowns Part 2[...]
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June 2011

Portland Main Street Offers Community Business Training (ISS)
Portland Main Street offers area communi[...]
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Portland Pay Day Promotion Underway (LSJ)
Portland-Pay-Day-shopping-promotion-now-[...]
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Keeping the Historic Appeal in Downtown Portland (ISS)
Duff, Chadwick and Associates_ Keeping t[...]
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July 2011

Main Street Program Honors Volunteers (LSJ)
Main Street Program Honors Volunteers.pd[...]
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Portland Main Street Hosts Small Business Seminar (LSJ)
Portland-Main-Street-hosts-small-busines[...]
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Portland Main Street Schedules Volunteer Recognition Event (ISS)
Portland-Main-Street-schedules-volunteer[...]
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Portland Main Street Honors Volunteers (ISS)
Portland Main Street to honor volunteers[...]
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August 2011

Wine the Walk to Take Place August 20th (LSJ)
Wine-Walk-event-take-place-Aug-20.pdf
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Crafters Wanted for 2011 Oktoberfest (LSJ)
Crafters-wanted-Portland-Oktoberfest-eve[...]
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Wine the Walk Event Draws 400 to Downtown Portland (LSJ)
Wine the Walk Event Draws 400 to Downtow[...]
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September 2011

Portland Pay Day Pays Back (ISS)
Portland Pay Day Pays Back.pdf
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Main Street Offers a Lot to Portland (LSJ)
Main Street Program Offers a Lot to Port[...]
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Keeping Cash Local (ISS)
Keeping Cash Local.pdf
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Portland Pay Day Hits Record Level (LSJ)
Portland-Pay-Day-contest-hits-record-lev[...]
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Portland Gets Ready for Oktoberfest (LSJ)
Portland Gets Ready for Oktoberfest.pdf
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Registration Open for the 2011 Big Beer Run
Registration-open-Portland-s-Big-Beer-Ru[...]
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(GRP) Grand Rapids Press

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The Portland Main Street program exists at the intersection of historic preservation and economic development. Our goal is to revitalize the downtown while protecting and enhancing the unique historic buildings. Our volunteers work to protect the sense of place and history that downtown Portland holds and build on that.

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Design Committee: 2nd Thursday

Organization Committee: 3rd Wednesday

Promotions Committee: 4th Tuesday

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DDA Board: 3rd Thursday

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