Step up your business’ game

Published 9:43 pm Thursday, October 27, 2016

Suffolk Economic Development and the Small Business Development Center will present a free small business seminar, “Competing With the Big Guys … How Independent Retailers Win & Keep Customers.”

The seminar, facilitated by Marc Willson, is designed to give small, independently owned retailers valuable guidance about competing with larger “big-box” businesses.

Willson has more than 35 years of retail experience in helping retail, restaurant, and tourism-related small businesses refine and promote their concepts to the public.

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In his role working with the SBDC, Willson meets with small business owners throughout Virginia as part of the Small Town and Merchant Program, a comprehensive collection of workshops, hands-on initiatives, resources designed to address the specific needs of Main Street retail and restaurant businesses and confidential one-on-one counseling in partnership with local SBDC offices.

This seminar will help businesses learn about:

4How to treat your customers;

  • 4Make their business a shopping destination;

4Outmaneuver on social platforms;

4Create a memorable experience for the customer;

  • 4Add services;
  • 4Choose and position products;
  • 4Build on community involvement;
  • 4And create and communicate a niche.

The seminar will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 at The First Lady of Suffolk, located at 447 W. Washington St.

To register or to learn more, contact Deanna Holt at 514-4049 or