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WBC Connecting Students with Local Businesses


With the new school year approaching, Williams Baptist College is once again working to get its students connected with local businesses and organizations. WBC is enlisting Williams BLUE businesses that wish to offer discounts to students, and the college has also scheduled its annual First Fair for local merchants, churches and organizations to introduce themselves to Williams students.

"We expect around 500 students at Williams this fall, and about 75 percent of them will live on campus. That means hundreds of resident students will move to our community and make this their college home. The sooner we can get them acclimated to our area and its businesses, the better it is for the students, the community and the college," said Brett Cooper, WBC’s vice president for institutional advancement.

Williams BLUE, an acronym for Businesses Linking Up Eagles, was started in 2001 as a joint effort between WBC and the chambers of commerce in Lawrence County and Randolph County. It lists business in those two counties which offer discounts to Williams students who present a valid ID.

Some 50 local businesses are already involved in Williams BLUE, and more are being sought. Businesses that wish to offer a discount for WBC students can call (870) 759-4108 or email mrose@wbcoll.edu. The deadline to be listed in the 2017-18 Williams BLUE brochure is Friday, Aug. 4.

Williams BLUE businesses are also listed online at williamsbaptistcollege.com/BLUE. Williams BLUE listings are offered free of charge.

First Fair will take place Monday, Sept. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., in WBC’s Southerland-Mabee Center. The annual event gives businesses, churches and other organizations a chance to set up displays and introduce themselves to Williams students.

"Our students look forward to First Fair each year, and they are usually standing in line when the doors open. They love to pick up the promotional items that vendors give away, and it is the perfect opportunity for businesses and others to meet Williams students," said Amber Grady, dean of students.

There is no charge for First Fair display space, and the deadline to register for a booth is Friday, Sept. 8. Those wanting to register can call (870) 759-4188 or email jmayberry@wbcoll.edu.

Fall semester classes begin at Williams on Aug. 22. WBC is a liberal arts college in Walnut Ridge.

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