Marc’s real world experience in a wide variety of retail organizations gives him immediate credibility with business owners. His friendly nature puts owners at ease and open to hear his critique and recommendations---86% reported they implemented his suggestions and they are better retailers. The local SBDCs are quick to call on Marc for presentations, onsite consultations and retail industry trends and best
practices. He has been an wonderful addition to the Virginia program!
Jody Keenan, Director, Virginia SBDC Network
"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 by years of retail experience. I highly recommend his services!!!"
Kilgore College SBDC
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.
All the best,
Kyle H. Myer
Community Development Program Administrator
Virginia Main Street
Delartment of Housing & Community Development
Richmond, Va 23219
"Marc has yankee efficiency with southern charm".
Mayor of Occoquan, Virginia
" 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".
BethAnn Lederer, LEED AP
Working Wonders, LLC
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 observations. I found the form of value, and I will use this in meeting with the city’s Department of Public Works as we develop a Master Downtown Streetscape Plan.
"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 level. From reinforcing management basics, to human resource quidance, growth planning and more, this program has been key for me professionally.
Former Director, District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
"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, training possibilities and getting you back. It felt so hurried. I still have so many more questions. I have such a big picture in mind for this town, just need a road map. I see so many possibilties for this place.
You are completely delightful to work with. I understand why you do so well with this line of work. You won over everyone you met- they smiled when you came in the door. I really appreciate your enthusiasm, kindness and directness.
City of Kilgore, Texas
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.
Eastern Shore News,
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 were over 50 attendees.