Exmore, VA

Business expert speaks in Onancock, VA Local business owners are invited to attend a presentation by national retail industry consultant Marc Willson about how small town merchants can survive in today’s competitive arena with national chain competition and a lagging economy. Willson was well received by the business owners who were able to attend. There […]

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Eastern Shore News – Keller, VA

In Agreement Willson looked around and made recommendations on lighting, product displays and promoting products. “you’re just not competing with other gift stores”, he said. “You’re competing for everyone’s dollar.” Thompson nodded in agreement. “As a consumer, I know,” she said.

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Fallon Burns – City of Kilgore, TX

I totally enjoyed your visit! I just got off the phone with the Kilgore Economic Development Director, telling about you! In a town like Kilgore, being Economic Development Director comes with a busy schedule. You got us fired up! Patsy and I talked 4 hours after you left. Ways we can unify the merchants even more, […]

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Gabe Klein, Former Director – District Department of Transportation, Washington D.C.

A Solid Foundation for Our Business I have worked with Casey Willson in three different companies now, including Zipcar in Washington, D.C. and D.C. On The FLY. The strategic quidance, financial planning, and hands on training with staff has been invaluable in building a solid foundation for our bussinesses nand/or taking them to the next […]

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Eddie Bumbaugh, Executive Director – Harrisonburg Renaissance VA

Training & Experience I wanted to offer a few comments on the Community Walk-Through Inventory.  I think it is always helpful to hear perceptions from someone who does not live or work here.  This is particularly the case, such as with Marc, where he has the training and experience from other communities to make informed […]

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BethAnn Lederer, LEED AP – Working Wonders LLC

Extraordinarily Fortunate I consider myself extraordinarily fortunate to have come to the attention of Casey Willson. His expertise, contacts, teaching skills and staunch support in placing my company in an exponentially better position to receive funding!

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Earnie Porta, Mayor of Occoquan, Virginia

Yankee Efficiency Marc has Yankee efficiency with southern charm!

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Kyle H. Myer, CDP Administrator – Department of Housing & Community Development

Your partnership is invaluable! Thank you for contributing to a sucessful toolkit. As always, you were well received. I know the VMS communities are pleased to have you back again for the merchant workshops. Your partnership, along with the VASBSC, is invaluable. Keep up the great work!

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Brad Bunt, Director – Kilgore College SBDC

His Tips are Gold Marc Willson is a fabulous retail consultant. We have never in the past had such positive responses from a consultant as we had when Marc came to town. He gives an unbiased, real time assessment of the business and offers suggestions on improving sales. His tips are gold and backed up […]

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Jody Keenan, Director – Virginia SBDC Network

Marc has been an wonderful addition to the Virginia program! The Virginia SBDC has engaged Marc Willson as a retail business consultant since 2009.  He has been an incredible resource for our SBDCs and the independent retailers in downtowns and Main Streets ever since. Marc’s real world experience in a wide variety of retail organizations gives […]

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