About I Am Mainstreet America /

We share the stories of America's small business entrepreneurs and mobilize citizens everywhere to champion them

I Am Mainstreet America is a social venture and storytelling platform that promotes small business entrepreneurship as a means to combat unemployment and boost economic impact in cities. We believe that small businesses are the backbone of America's economy. Our mission is to help revitalize American cities by supporting small business entrepreneurs, breaking down barriers to educate future entrepreneurs, and mobilizing citizens everywhere to champion them.

Our Content


Our inspired content at I Am Mainstreet America includes the core storytelling of our service: we highlight with video, photography, illustration and written word, the stories of America’s most promising small business entrepreneurs. These are the trendsetting owners of brick and mortar retail stores, hip restaurants, and other physical spaces that make American cities walkable and vibrant. Read stories>

Our Platforms


Mainstreet Mob


At Mainstreet Mobs members earn prizes and other perks for participating in our cash mob events. ​Simply join, shop local at participating Mainstreet Mob events, login to your free member account and upload your receipts to start earning points!

Mainstreet Hype


Mainstreet Hype aims to be the leading retail small business newswire service on the web. We offer affordable, curated press release distribution to local, national, and urban media for small business owners.

Our History

We got our start back in 2009 with I Am Young Detroit, an interactive, hip and vibrant blog that allowed users to nominate the young entrepreneurs that we would profile each month.

Then I Am Young America was launched in 2015, hoping to grow on I Am Young Detroit’s early success. We highlighted how teens, 20-somethings and 30-somethings all over the country were making their mark on their cities through entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation. 

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