Free workshop to discuss owning, operating a franchise business

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Press release from the City of Fort Wayne:

Free workshop to discuss owning, operating a franchise business
Expert on franchises in variety of sectors to lead session

Potential and current business owners interested in finding out what is involved in owning and operating a franchise are invited to a free workshop Thursday, April 15 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will be in the Omni Room on the second floor of the City-County Building.

The City of Fort Wayne will host the session in cooperation with the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Enterprise – A Program of the Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau, Small Business Administration, SCORE, Community Development Corp. and the Indiana Small Business Development Center.

“Small businesses are the growth engine for jobs in Fort Wayne. Franchises are a unique way to develop a locally owned business while tapping into national resources,” Mayor Tom Henry said. “This free session in cooperation with our community partners is yet another way I am working to strengthen the local economy and create a business-friendly climate that fosters job growth.”

Jim Gleason, regional president of FranNet, will be the workshop’s presenter. Based in Indianapolis, he connects Hoosier entrepreneurs with franchises that fit the potential business owners’ skills, interest and financial ability.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Evaluating a franchise as a way to start a business
  • First-time business owners and franchise operation
  • Diversification for current businesses
  • Advantages to owning, operating a franchise
  • Downsides to the franchise business model

Throughout 2010, other workshops are planned to encourage entrepreneurs and new business development, as follows:

  • Commercial Kitchen, June 17
  • Taxes and Record Keeping, Aug. 19
  • Keys for Business Start-Up, Sept. 16
  • Importing & Exporting, Oct. 21
  • Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, Nov. 18
  • Keys for Business Start-Up, Dec. 16

All workshops except October’s importing and exporting session will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Omni Room of the City-County Building.

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