Open 4 Business Grant- Local Winner 2021

Open 4 Business Grant- Local Winner 2021

Congratulations to Dan Pilkington (Pictured), owner of our local Brown’s Shoe Fit Centerville, for your local award selection, Winner for Open 4 Business! Thank you so much to our sponsors: Iowa Trust and Savings Bank (pictured Dustin Harvey), Farmers Bank of Northern Missouri – Member FDIC (pictured Jeff Boomgarden), Us bank (pictured Brett Mihalovich and @Community1st Credit Union(Centerville, Ia) ( pictured Julie Drew) Open 4 Business contest! The contest is designed to help local Main Street programs provide financial and technical support for business retention, expansion, and recruitment efforts that improve Main Street districts. Sustainable businesses that will grow and thrive within your district are the desired outcome. Dan’s application is for new product lines and marketing. Congratulations on your local award, and good luck with the state competition! Thank you to Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, Farmer’s Bank of Centerville, C 1st Community Credit Union and US Bank for Sponsoring our local competition $1,000 cash award! Be sure to check them out for all your local financial needs!




Congratulations to Brown’s Shoe Fit Centerville!

$75,000 Challenge Grant for “Putting Back the Ritz”

Projects will leverage private investments to revitalize downtowns across the state
For more information, contact:
Jacque Matsen, 515.348.6245
November 7, 2019 (DES MOINES) — The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) today awarded Main Street Centerville a $75,000 grant for the “Putting Back the Ritz” Ritz Theater project.  State Representative Holly Brink, Senator Ken Rozenboom, ACCA (Appanoose County Coalition for the Arts) Board President Nancy Bennett, Main Street Treasurer/Secretary Judy Dorman and Main Street Centerville Business Development Committee Chair Dustin Harvey attended the event held at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.  Thirteen other Main Street Iowa communities also received grants that will benefit local improvement projects, including upper story renovations, critical building stabilization, and façade restoration and upgrades. A total of $1 million was awarded during the ceremony.
“Main Street Centerville’s (MSC) goal is to build value and appeal to the downtown by the rehabilitation of the historic core of the community. Restoration of the Ritz Theater is a large part of demonstrating the realities of downtown rehabilitation.  The Ritz has been empty or under-utilized for more than forty years leaving a significant hole in our historic downtown. Funding from this Challenge Grant will save this iconic building from falling in and ensure that it is passed on to future generations to come” Mary Wells, Executive Director Main Street Centerville         
The grants are administered through IEDA’s Iowa Downtown Resource Center and Main Street Iowa programs. The funding will be distributed in the form of matching grants to the selected Main Street programs. The estimated total project cost of these 14 projects is over $3.2 million.
“The Main Street Iowa Challenge grants have been instrumental in revitalizing Iowa’s historic main streets,” said IEDA and Iowa Finance Authority Director Debi Durham. “Reinvesting in our traditional commercial districts is good business.  It’s good for our economy and good for our state. These projects will bring new businesses and new residents to our downtown districts.”
Since the first Challenge Grants were awarded in 2002, approximately $10.6 million in state and federal funds have leveraged more than $59 million in private investment. Over the life of the program, 179 projects in 54 Main Street Iowa commercial districts across the state have received funding.
“Each project must provide at least a dollar-for-dollar cash-match,” said Michael Wagler, state coordinator for the Main Street Iowa program. “In total, these projects will actually leverage significantly more than the state’s investment into bricks and mortar rehabilitation.  This investment will have a significant economic impact within each district.”
Open 4 Business

Open 4 Business

Open 4 Business Contest Now Open

Do you have a great business idea?  Have you always wanted to own a business in downtown Centerville, Iowa?  Is your current business planning to expand services or add a new product line?  Do you have a piece of equipment you wish you could purchase for your business?

Main Street Centerville is looking for interested entrepreneurs who could use $28,500 to expand and grow their business idea within the Centerville Main Street district.  The Open 4 Business contest, launched in 2015, is an opportunity for businesses located within a state-designated Main Street district, to compete for a chance to win up to $28,5000 in grant funds to assist with a business development or expansion project that will help them grow their business.  Businesses must complete an online application and submit a short video outlining their business idea and how it will benefit the local economic climate in their community. A 25% cash match is required. Businesses must have been in operation for at least 1 year to apply. The grant funds are administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Downtown Resource Center and Main Street Iowa program.

Our Main Street Centerville program is excited to announce that for our local downtown businesses winner there will be a cash prize of $500, thank you to Iowa Trust & Savings Bank and Farmers Bank of Centerville for sponsoring this local competition!  Contact Mary at the Main Street Centerville office for more details, application is due to the local Main Street office by April 26th at 4 pm, late applications will not be accepted.  Each designated Main Street community may submit one local business applicant that represent Centerville at the state competition held in Des Moines on June 27, 2019.  Local businesses could win up to $28,500 to help support their business expansion idea.

For complete details about this program, please contact Mary Wells, Executive Director at 641.895.20188, 115 E Van Buren St, Centerville, Iowa 52544.

Business Development Seminar- “Let’s Get Social”

Business Development Seminar- “Let’s Get Social”

Our Business Development committee is so excited for the upcoming Seminar on October 17th! Our Guest Speaker will be Diana L. Upton-Hill, VP Senior project Manager with Hill Productions & Media Group, Inc. The topic will be Facebook and Instagram, so important for today’s businesses! This is a FREE seminar to attend, seating is limited. Please RSVP by 10.12.18

Diana L. Upton-Hill Bio:
Diana Upton-Hill is nearly a household name. Her credits in theater and music include roles in major theatrical productions, Billboard radio play, and appearances with regional and national symphony orchestras. Still, she finds a great deal of joy in her time as VP of the company and as Senior Project Manager, working closely with the HPMG team of creatives, crafting content for client projects and teaching workshops. Her passions also include tourism, historic preservation, and economic development. Diana holds the distinction of being one of the longest-serving Bloomfield Main Street Directors, as well as achieving Jack Kent Cooke Scholar status while graduating at the top of her class from Truman State University with a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance.

Hill Productions & Media Group, Inc. was founded as Hill Productions in 2006 by Justin & Diana Hill as the foundation for their careers in professional entertainment. Working from rural Iowa, the couple always believed that anything was possible no matter what the geographic location. Many times Justin remembers being told “You really need to get out of Iowa” and still to this day is asked “Why Iowa?”. By 2014, when “& Media Group” was added to the company name, Justin and Diana had shown that anything was, indeed, possible. Justin’s resume included work with Grammy, CMA, ACM, Tony, Emmy and Oscar award-winning talent across the globe, while Diana soon had a Billboard charting single of her own. By adding “& Media Group” to the name of the company, the vision expanded to include a line of services that enrich business and organizations – not to mention communities – across the world. Currently, the company specializes in Business Consulting, Integrated Marketing, and Creative Services.


  • Facebook & Instagram best practices (the what, the when, and the how)
  • Images: Tips and tools for custom graphics & great photos
  • Q&A – learn from the speaker AND your peers!
Volunteer Spotlight- Josephine Glick- Promotion Committee Chair

Volunteer Spotlight- Josephine Glick- Promotion Committee Chair

Meet Main Street Volunteer Josephine Glick, our new Promotions Committee Chair!
My name is Josephine Glick. I am 27 years old and am from Independence, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City. I have a husband, Chris, who is the store Director for Hy-Vee and a 3-year-old son, Michael. I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia to study Psychology. I previously worked at Hy-Vee as a cake decorator for 9 years and continue to work at Sephora in Independence, Missouri as a Makeup Artist and Skincare Specialist. I am a creative person who enjoys applying makeup, decorating cakes, painting, and drawing. I joined Main street Centerville to make friends and to help organize events that help with the restoration of our historic town square and promote our community in a positive matter! Please join us in welcoming Josephine to our program and their family to our community, what a great addition they are!