Small Business Saturday

Come downtown this Saturday November 28th and Shop Small! Small Business Saturday encourages people to support local businesses and help our community in a BIG WAY!

Make a purchase at a participating business and enter to win one of our giveaway baskets valued at over $250 each.

Not included in list below (La Grande Country Club is offering %10 off their golf shop)
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2016 Membership Now Available

The time has come and we are ready to start accepting 2016 community and business membership applications.

LGMSD Business Member Application
LGMSD Community Membership Application

We want to thank you for your support past and future. What we do wouldn’t be possible with the support of our community. 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Thomas Taylor, Executive Director LGMSD

Downtown Christmas Light Parade

La Grande Main Street Downtown (LGMSD) invites you to participate in this year’s Christmas Light Parade on Thursday December 3, 2015 at 6:00 PM. Please join us in celebrating this wonderful holiday season by entering the 2015 Light Parade!

The tree lighting will be held at Max Square, on the corner of Adams Ave and 4th Street immediately following the parade. Check in for the parade is on Hemlock Street behind Globe Furniture. Participants should arrive between 5:00 and 5:30 PM. The parade will start at Hemlock and Adams Ave at 6:00 PM and make its way West on Adams to Max Square.

Please fill out form to participate! 
2015 Christmas Parade Participation Form

Small Business Saturday – Shop Small

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On Saturday November 28th we will be celebrating our annual Small Business Saturday. This event encourages people to shop locally at small businesses during the black friday shopping weekend. We have canvas shopping bags, door mats, signage, balloons, and more for you to share with your customers and help advertise on the day of the event. In addition we will be doing a giveaway basket again this year. Once a customer makes a purchase they are invited to fill out an entry form (one per purchase) for a chance to win a gift basket made up of merchandise for our downtown vendors.

To be included you must provide:

 1. A sale or deal that you will be featuring on the 28th that we can advertise. 
2. Either $25 in the form of a Gift Certificate or Merchandise to be included in the  gift basket giveaway.

Tips for Businesses:

We are encouraging all participating businesses to stay open until at least 4pm on Saturday.

To promote the day: Hand out postcard flyers that are provided to all of your customers prior to and on Saturday November 29th. Display the SBS merchandise provided by La Grande Main Street. Please put up the picture of the gift baskets that can be won. Additional PDF flyers will be sent to participating businesses via email. Post signs and put balloons out to let people know that you are participating in the event.

On the day: Hand out entry form to any customer making a purchase on Saturday November 28th. It is a good idea to have an area off to the side, where customers can fill out entry form, so it doesn’t slow down your checkout process. Keep entry forms behind your counter so that customers realize they need to make a purchase to be entered. Customers can enter at as many businesses as they want as long as they make a purchase at each one.  The entry forms will be picked up Tuesday, December 1st from all participating businesses and the winners will be drawn at the Main Street Office. Winners will be announced on LGMSD’s facebook page and winners will be contacted by LGMSD.

Thank You for participating and helping to making Main Street successful!


Downtown Safe Trick Or Treat – Friday October 30th

Click Below For Sign Up Form
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With Halloween right around the corner, we are starting to organize our Annual Downtown Safe Trick or Treating. The event will go from 4-6pm on Friday October 30th. Businesses or community groups are encouraged to participate! If your business or group is not located within the closed street section of downtown (4th and Adams to 4th and Greenwood), then please fill out the above Downtown Trick or Treat Form and return them to the La Grande Main Street office.

Some ideas to promote your business or organization: 
1. Staple coupons or information sheets to candy you’re passing out.
2. Come up with a fun game or educational activity for the kids. Their prize for playing your game: candy!
3. Organize an activity that gets the whole family involved. This is a great time to educate parents on what your store, or your non-profit group brings to La Grande. 
4. Do you have an upcoming sale or event? Promote it to families that are downtown on Halloween day.

Board Member Elections

Board Election will be taking place in early October! There are numerous great choices this year that will be a great addition to our Board of Directors. Make sure to check your email if you are a LGMSD Member and place your votes to choose our next board members.

Look for information about this years candidates coming soon!

Annual Banqeut

It is time for our Annual Members Banquet again here at LGMSD. We are excited to show our appreciation to all of our amazing members with good food and great company. This year LGMSD will be holding our banquet at the Presbyterian Friendship Center located at 1204 Spring Street in downtown La Grande from 5:30-7:30PM Thursday October 15th. We will start off our banquet with a social mixer and meet and greet with our new director. The theme this year is “A Taste of La Grande” and will feature dishes from Merlyn’s Catering, 10 Depot Restaurant and Bar, as well as many of our other local businesses; Tap That Growlers will be serving craft beer and cider. There will be door prizes and a desert auction following dinner.

Tickets will be $20 and available to the general public starting October 1st. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Downtown Safe Trick or Treat

With Halloween around the corner, LGMSD is planning our annual Downtown Safe Trick or Treat. This year we will be holding the event from 4-6PM on Friday October 30th. If your business is located out of the street closure section please stop by the office and fill out one of our Downtown Trick or Treat form or print one off our website and drop it off.

Don’t forget to take advantage and promote your business by attaching coupons or information about your business to send home to parents. Feel free to get creative and have games or activities as well as candy.

Oregon Main Street Update

CLICK HERE to read a great article about Oregon Main Street Communities! 

“Results from Main Street communities in the top two tiers speak for themselves. Since 2010, there has been a total of $53,932,204 of private sector reinvestment in 719 rehab projects both large and small, $54,535,801 in public sector reinvestment, 295 net new businesses opened, and 1,995 net new jobs were created.”