Council approves plans for Small Business Saturday

By Courtney Harrison -

Chris Dotson

WILLIAMSON – At last Thursday’s meeting, the Williamson City Council approved a request from the Williamson Convention and Visitors Bureau for activities planned for Small Business Saturday.

Chris Dotson with the Williamson Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) approached the council to discuss tentative plans related to Small Business Saturday which will be held nationwide on November 26.

“We are here to present a date of November 26 for Small Business Saturday in Williamson. That is the sanctioned day by American Express for Small Business Saturday. What we will be doing is registering the city with them, that way we can get extra perks from them as well – promotional supplies and different things that they offer to help us out to make our Small Business Saturday a success,” Dotson began.

Dotson continued outlining other activities the CVB would like to add during Small Business Saturday. “We also want to do that day is have an open air market to go along with our Small Business Saturday…It will also be a festival. We are going to ask all the businesses to participate. We are going to ask vendors to come in… What we want to do is encourage everyone to save your money on Black Friday, don’t spend it all on big box retailers; come back to Williamson. We are going to have unique things here for you to buy for your holiday shopping,” Dotson said.

The CVB would also like to end Small Business Saturday with lighting a community Christmas tree. “We think November 26 is a good day to start kicking off Christmas in Williamson… Details will be forthcoming. We do hope to end the evening with a community Christmas tree lighting… I think it is something that will help our community come together for Christmas. At the edge of dark, we will have Christmas tree lighting. It will be a wonderful way to kick Christmas off in Williamson,” Dotson said.

Dotson explained that the tree will potentially be placed near the Coal House. “We want something grand,” Dotson stated.

The Williamson Police Chief and Williamson Fire Chief both stated that they did not see a problem with providing additional foot patrol and assistance on the 26. “I am all for anything to bring people into the city,” Joey Carey, Williamson Fire Chief stated. “I think it is a good idea, Chris. You guys are doing a good job. Whatever we can do to help, our department will do,” Carey continued.

Police Chief Barry Blair agreed. “I believe we can cover it with minimal cost. I can’t for see any other problem we would be faced with,” Blair stated.

Following discussion, council voted unanimously to approve Small Business Saturday events in downtown Williamson.

Chris Dotson Dotson

By Courtney Harrison

(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)

(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)

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