The Small Business Development Center at WKU will host the “Small Town Merchant Program” in Bowling Green and Glasgow in May.
Miller Slaughter, director of the WKU SBDC, said the world of retailing is changing thanks to Internet shopping and the “big box” stores and the program will provide assistance to retail merchants in the area through workshops, talks and sessions.
National retail specialist Marc Willson and the Kentucky Small Business Development Center will show small business owners how they can grow their businesses and prosper, Slaughter said.
The free programs will be May 28 at the WKU-Glasgow Campus, 555 Hilltopper Way, Glasgow, and May 30 at the Center for Research and Development, 2413 Nashville Road, Bowling Green. Both include a complimentary breakfast at 7:30 a.m. with the program lasting from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
A limited number of businesses will be provided a free, 90-minute business audit at their location by Willson to be scheduled at the training. The audit will assess curb appeal, merchandizing, pricing structure and more.
Registration deadline for the Glasgow event is May 23 and can be completed by calling (270) 467-7154 or logging onto http://goo.gl/kg5CD. The registration deadline for the Bowling Green event is May 28 and can be completed by calling (270) 467-7154 or logging onto http://goo.gl/UYfBW.
About Marc Willson: Willson brings 35 years of experience to bear helping retail, restaurant and tourism-related small businesses refine and promote their concepts to the public. In 1975, Willson started his retail career as co-owner of the largest distributor of Earth Shoes in the U.S. Since then he has held executive positions with retailers such as Britches of Georgetowne, Crown Books, Circuit City, The Bicycle Exchange, Ecampus.com and Storetrax, Inc. Most recently, he traveled to Dallas, Texas, to open the world’s first energy efficiency store for Current Energy, LLC, a company funded by Ross Perot Jr.
Contact: Miller Slaughter, (270) 745-1924.