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Open For Business Grant Competition
April 17, 2015

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Dubuque Main Street in partnership with Main Street Iowa and the Iowa Economic Development Authority are excited to announce a new program to help business development efforts in Iowa’s Main Street communities. The OPEN 4 BUSINESS competition is a chance for a business owner/entrepreneur to grow her/his business idea in a Main Street community, which includes Dubuque. A group of Dubuque business leaders will evaluate business ideas on May 19, 2015, at the OPEN 4 BUSINESS in Dubuque Competition.  

Each applicant is required to complete an entry form, a one-page summary of their business, and if chosen as the local finalist, give a 15 minute “sales pitch” about their proposal to the local panel of judges.Dubuque entries are due by May 12, 2015.

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Puttzin' Around Downtown - May 8, 2015
April 16, 2015

Architecture Days

Puttzin' Around Downtown is throwing it back to 1985 this year with our theme of: 80's Blockbuster Movies!

Registration is limited to 54 foursomes.

Your registration will help Dubuque Main Street support and promote downtown through economic development and a variety of free events throughout the year including the Dubuque Farmers’ Market, Dubuque… And All That Jazz! Summer Concert Series, the Fall Into Art Gallery Tour, Architecture Days, and more.    



Architecture Days - April 13-18, 2015
March 25, 2015

Architecture Days

Dubuque Main Street is proud to announce the schedule of events for 2015's Architecture Days.

Architecture Days offers the public the opportunity to learn more about architecture and Dubuque’s historic fabric, celebrating our sense of place, our unique treasures, and the city’s growth through commitment to architectural re-use and community.

Click here to view the full schedule of events.


Dubuque Farmers' Market Vendor Registration Now Open
February 27, 2015

The annual Vendor Meeting for the Dubuque Farmers' Market will take place Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 6 PM at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, on the 3rd floor. All prospective and current vendors are encouraged to attend.

Interested in becoming a vendor at the Dubuque Farmers' Market? Please email laura@dubuquemainstreet.org for more information about vending or click on the links below for the current Vendor Handbook and Application.

2015 Dubuque Farmers' Market Vendor Handbook

To apply to be a vendor at the Dubuque Farmers' Market, please click here to be taken to the managemymarket.com website to complete an application.



Downtown Business Expo on Feb. 24, 2015
January 5, 2015

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Dubuque Main Street's trade show and networking event, the Downtown Business Expo, will be held Tuesday, February 24, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hotel Julien Dubuque. General Admission is $5 per person.

The 2015 theme celebrates the roaring 20's!





The Amazing Main Street Shop Hop!
November 17, 2014

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Are you ready for the Amazing Main Street Shop Hop, presented by Dubuque Main Street? Collect 14 stamps on your Shop Small Passport from any of the 28 retailers located in the 700-1200 Blocks of Main Street in Dubuque by November 30, 2014.

Pick up your passport at any participating business, or download it here to print your own!

Each retailer has donated a prize to create our Shop Hop Jackpot Prize Package, valued at more than $200. One winner will be randomly drawn from all entries that collected at least 14 stamps on their passport. Entries must be submitted to a participating retailer by 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.



Fall Into Art Gallery Tour to be held Oct. 3 & 4, 2014
September 12, 2014

fia logoFall Into Art is a FREE art tour around downtown Dubuque, organized by Dubuque Main Street and kept free by presenting sponsor Premier Bank.






Dubuque... & All That Jazz! Summer Schedule

Dubuque & All That Jazz 2014 LogoDubuque Main Street and the Dubuque Jaycees are proud to announce the 2014 lineup for the beloved free summer concert series, Dubuque… and All That Jazz!

All concerts are held from 5:00 - 9:30 PM at the Town Clock Plaza, 700 Main St., in historic downtown Dubuque.

June 20, 2014 | Orquesta Alto Maiz

July 18, 2014 | The Business

August 15, 2014 | 10 of Soul

September 5, 2014 | The Lonely Goats


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New Interactive Elements for Dubuque Farmers' Market

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The Dubuque Farmers’ Market will celebrate its 169th Opening Day on Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 7 a.m. - noon.

During the off season, Dubuque Main Street and the Farmers’ Market planning committee have collaborated with vendors to develop an interactive map of Market and a searchable database of products available:

Interactive map of our vendors, with with contact info, weekly availability, and more:  http://maps.managemymarket.com/1426

Interactive product search: http://managemymarket.com/api/productsearch.aspx?orgid=626>

Also be sure to sign up for our new weekly Farmers' Market e-newsletter:

Weekly Newsletter Sign Up

Downtown Dubuque Banks Launch Fixed Rate Main Street Loan Pool Program for 2014
April 21, 2014

After successfully funding over 10 projects in 2013, four Dubuque banks have once again joined together to offer the Dubuque Main Street (DMS) Loan Pool program to downtown Dubuque commercial property owners, developers, and tenants.

American Trust & Savings Bank, Dubuque Bank & Trust, Premier Bank, and US Bank have each committed $750,000 to fund the program, for a total of $3 million for rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of downtown Dubuque's historic buildings. The $3 million matches the 2013 initiative, the largest commitment to the DMS Loan Pool program to date. The 4.25 percent fixed-rate loan program is designed to be used to fund renovations to commercial properties located in one of Main Street's eight service districts.

Projects eligible for this incentive include façade and/or interior renovation, leaseholder improvements, and real estate acquisition with a commitment to "significant" interior and/or exterior renovations and improvements. After several incarnations of the loan program, resulting in more than $9 million in commitments toward more than $50 million in downtown renovation projects, the financial community will again play a critical role in providing momentum to a sustainable Dubuque. DMS's goals include helping to fill vacant storefronts with appropriate businesses and residences, and encouraging repair or replacement of facades.

Interested parties may contact Dan LoBianco, Executive Director, at (563) 588-4400 or any commercial loan officer at any participating bank.


Puttzin' Around Downtown Foursome Registration Open
April 1, 2014

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Registration is now open for Puttzin' Around Downtown, on May 9, 2014. Registration is limited to 54 foursomes

Our 18 sponsoring businesses will theme their mini-golf holes around a different location somewhere on the globe… France, China, Australia, the possibilities are endless!

Your registration will help Dubuque Main Street support and promote downtown through economic development and a variety of free events throughout the year including the Dubuque Farmers’ Market, Dubuque… And All That Jazz! Summer Concert Series, the Fall Into Art Gallery Tour, Architecture Days, and more.    



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Architecture Days Schedule of Events Released
March 7, 2014

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April 7 - 12, 2014

Dubuque Main Street is excited to announce our schedule of events for 2014’s Architecture Days, featuring a “Sacred Spaces” theme highlighting the history & architecture of places of worship in the downtown districts. Click here for our schedule of events.




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