As local Main Street organizations begin to respond to the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having in their communities, the Mississippi Main Street Association is providing the following list of helpful resources and guidance for local communities.

For information about the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the following government public health organization websites:

For resources related to Main Street organizations and small business, please visit the following websites:



The Mississippi Main Street Association and the National Main Street Center have released guidelines to help local Main Street organizations lead their communities’ response to the impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses. We will share more information as it becomes available.

We recommend that local Main Street organizations adhere to the CDC’s recommendations for large community events. In order to help flatten the curve, Main Street programs should postpone or cancel non-essential in-person meetings and community events and follow the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing. To be clear, Main Street organizations should remain open for business, but should limit personal interaction as much as possible, especially large group gatherings.

Suggestions for operating a Main Street organization while adhering to social distancing recommendations include:

  • Communicating with your community members through multiple channels including your website, email, and social media. Email platforms like Constant Contact, Emma, and MailChimp can help organizations simplify communication via email.
  • Conducting board and committee meetings via teleconference when possible. is a free resource for audio and video conferencing. Other resources include Zoom and GoToMeeting.
  • Reading and following NPR’s Tips for Working from Home.
  • Communicating with your local news media using these media talking points