Imagine a wagon moving slowing across a dry, barren land. It’s very hot. Your bonnet is only so much protection from the blazing sun. Your baby cries in your arms.
Your sixteen year old son leads the oxen across the dessert and your husband walks along beside the team. You’re on your way to a new land and a new homestead. You are part of a pioneering family and you know that one day your picture will be in every history book. You only hope that those writers remember to mention how hungry you were when that photo was taken, how your back ached from holding yet another child, and how you dreamed of living another life, one in the city where there’s a college and women could where new crinoline dresses. (I’m digressing.)
Once you reach your new homestead there is a visitor on the horizon. Her wagon, unlike others, has a special aura around it. It’s, in fact, a magnificent wagon, unlike your tired one and your husband is just as intrigued as you are when if approaches you and your family.
She, let’s call her Sarah, pulls back the tarp and inside the wagon is an abundance of riches; these luxuries glisten against your tired, sun damaged eyes. “Welcome”, she says. “I’ve been waiting for you”.
Sarah is, of course, the Welcome Wagon. She bestows these gifts to you as a form of acceptance to this new land. Sarah is good with commerce, too. She knows the importance of helping families and helping local businesses. Sarah paid off her wagon in no time, saving money to start her own preserve company.
The present Welcome Wagon can help you as well. Our wagon has been replaced with more formidable transportation but the riches still remain.
Sarah’s program has now expanded to include: Baby Welcome and Business Professional Welcome. The Community Welcome is still what we are know for and we are recognized not by our wagon but the large wicker basket.
I, personally, am in charge of the Business Professional Program and for Woodstock, Ontario, it’s called “Woodstock Business Welcome”. I truly care about Woodstock business and do my best to promote local business through gifts/tokens from our sponsors, blog writing, Tweeting, and Facebook communication.
Interested in become a Woodstock sponsor? Please message me for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.