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Main Street South Carolina recognized Main Street Manning's "2014 Annual Meeting: Women of Main Street" with its Outstanding Promotion Award at the Municipal Association's Annual Meeting on July 18. Main Street South Carolina is a program of the Municipal Association of South Carolina.
The award recognizes either a single promotional event staged during 2014 or the best promotional series during 2014.
Each year, Main Street Manning hosts an annual meeting and invites the community to recognize downtown merchants" achievements. For the 2014 event, organizers decided to highlight women entrepreneurs and celebrate the Women of Main Street.
Forty-two local businesses either owned or managed by women set up displays in an open-market style. Each participant received a gift bag with a window decal recognizing them as a Woman of Main Street and a business card holder reading "Manning Women Mean Business." More than 250 community members attended the event.
Sponsors provided decorations and manpower for set up and clean up, advertising for the event and printed programs with biographies of each Woman of Main Street.
"Manning's Women of Main Street showcased the town's strengths in business and brought the community together at the same time," said Beppie LeGrand, Main Street SC manager.
Main Street South Carolina empowers residents, business owners and local officials with the knowledge, skills, tools and organizational structure necessary to revitalize their downtowns, neighborhood commercial districts and cities/towns into vibrant centers of commerce and community.
Main Street South Carolina follows the National Main Street's Four Point Approach – Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Restructuring. Each year, Main Street South Carolina recognizes members" achievements and successes in downtown revitalization. For more information about Main Street South Carolina, visit the Municipal Association's website at www.masc.sc.