Main Street Lansing Annual Banquet has been postponed

Open 4 Business contest will still happen

The Main Street Lansing Annual Meeting and Dinner scheduled for this Saturday, March 21 at TJ Hunter’s Banquet Hall in Lansing has been postponed, according to a statement released by Main Street Lansing Executive Director Andy Kelleher. The released statement reads, in part:
“A number of people have reached out to ask us about the status of our upcoming events in light of COVID-19. We have been in communication with our county public health officials, and we’ve been monitoring the Iowa Department of Public Health information.

“We are going to postpone our Annual Meeting, which was set for Saturday, March 21. Despite the Iowa Department of Public Health not issuing any recommendations to cancel mass gatherings (at the time of the Friday, March 13 released statement), we have heard from numerous concerned citizens who worry about the size of the event, the presence of food, and the impact any sickness could have on older guests (and the demographics at the Annual Meeting tend to skew a little older). A number of people had already decided to refrain from attending, so in an effort to be wise with your time and ours, the best course of action was to postpone the Annual Meeting.

“Our Annual Meeting was going to feature our Open 4 Business grant contest, awarding $2,000 to a local business. Please note that this contest will still be happening, following a similar timeline. However, due to the postponement of the Annual Meeting, a public pitch on stage won’t happen anymore. We will inform the public about the results of the contest once it happens.”

Open 4 Business is a statewide contest sponsored by Main Street Iowa, with potential winnings of $28,000 in grant funds. Any business located within a designated Main Street District and in operation for at least one year is eligible. Funds can be used for things like inventory, equipment, marketing, computers and software.

Each Main Street community can enter one business in the contest, and Lansing’s entry will be decided as described above. The winner will receive $2,000 and the chance to compete in the statewide contest. The winner simply needs to apply for the statewide contest before receiving the local funds. The $2,000 local prize is made possible by Kerndt Brothers Bank, Kerndt Brothers Insurance Agency, Lansing Fitness Center and Main Street Lansing.

For more information contact Andy Kelleher at 563-538-9229 or by email at

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