Main Street is a nationally recognized program that uses a four-point approach to revitalize downtown areas. These four points are organization, economic vitality, design, and promotion. Main Street’s approach is unique because its guiding principles are different from other redevelopment strategies. These principles include a comprehensive approach, incremental projects, community involvement and a strong public/private partnership. Opelika’s Main Street program began in 1987.
Your gift will support Opelika Main Street in launching a new zero interest small business loan program for downtown businesses. This loan would provide much needed capital for help with startup costs, renovations, merchandise and various other business expenses. Additionally, this would also allow Main Street to give small grants to businesses during times of economic distress such as the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak. These funds would allow us to start building the base to launch this effort.