March-April 2013 Index Page

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President's Note
By Patrice Frey
NMSC President Patrice Frey discusses the launch of the National Main Street Center, Inc., as a subsidiary of the National Trust and the work under way to assess the process of compiling Main Street reinvestment statistics.

Insurance 101
By the Staff of National Trust Insurance
Deciding on the types of insurance your Main Street organization needs can be a daunting task. National Trust Insurance Services takes you through the variety of policies most commonly needed to protect your program, from Special Event Liability to Volunteer Accident and Employment Practices Liability.

Main Street’s “Octomanagers”
By Teresa Lynch
In their 80s and still going strong: read these great stories about three senior managers who are still leading their Main Street programs in Mississippi, Iowa, and California.

Crowd Funded Real Estate
By Errin Welty
See how the “buy-local” model that supports small business growth can be translated into a strategy for bricks-and-mortar projects.

Main Street at Work
Author Teresa Lynch takes us from vision to reality in this story about reviving two African-American Main Streets. Sweet Auburn in Atlanta is just starting its journey back to prosperity, while H Street Main Street has become a national success story and a model from which Sweet Auburn and other districts can learn.

ShopTalk: Is 2013 Your Year for Plan B?
By Margie Johnson
For many small businesses, says retail consultant Margie Johnson, their “A” game is being tested by the “new players” in retail. She offers 9 simple strategies to help independent businesses succeed in this challenging environment. B-curious and B-relevant are just two.

Network Notes
See how tax credits helped save an Art Deco theatre in Culpeper, Va.; how buying just one product locally can significantly boost your economy; and how a “Day of Caring” made a dramatic improvement in the appearance of one Missouri Main Street town.