Saturday Educational Seminars & Workshops

All educational seminars are FREE unless indicated otherwise. These sessions will help you make the right decisions during your franchise research.

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9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Workshop 1: The A to Zs of Buying a Franchise (Separate Fee Required)

Presented by: John P. Hayes, PhD, Marketing Professor, Gulf University for Science & Technology, Kuwait

If you’re looking for no-nonsense, cut-to-the-quick, show me how to evaluate franchises so that I can buy one that’s right for me information . . . this is the workshop you need. This is the perfect workshop for people who are just getting started with their research, as well as those who are close to making a decision to buy a franchise. Click here for more details.
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10:00 AM - 1:30 PM Workshop 2: Franchising Your Business Part 2 (Separate Fee Required)

Presented by: Michael Seid, Managing Director, MSA Worldwide and Kay Marie Ainsley, Managing Director, MSA Worldwide

Franchising has become the dominant method for the creation of wealth through small business ownership. Franchising, once known primarily for restaurants, today is used by over 85 industries including a wide range of consumer and business to business services, retail, hospitality, health, recreation and many more. If you are thinking about expanding your current business through franchising, this two-day symposium will provide the opportunity to learn from experts in the field and turn your business into a successful franchise.Click here for more details.
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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM How to Avoid the Top 10 Mistakes New Franchisors Make – Build Your Foundation for Success

Presented by: Brian Schnell, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels

According to some sources, franchising is as old as the Catholic Church. And yet numerous new franchisors make the same mistakes over and over again. This session will identify the ten most common mistakes, and provide you with solid strategies for avoiding the mistakes or mitigating their effects.
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Financing Options Available to Your New Franchise Business

Presented by: Paul Bosley, Managing Member, Business Finance Depot

The first half of this seminar will explain the key steps to prepare your business for underwriting which is a relatively standard process. The second half of this seminar will outline the variety of financial products including Seed Capital, SBA Express & 7(a) loans, Equipment Leases, Crowdfunding & Retirement Account Rollovers which can be used to capitalize a new franchise business . Each slide will be followed with a Q&A session so participants are clear about the information being presented.
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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM The Franchisor-Franchisee Relationship: Striking the Perfect Balance

Moderated by: Tom Kaiser, Assistant Editor, Franchise Times

Panelists: Catherine Monson, Chief Executive Officer, FASTSIGNS International, Inc.; Denise Acquaye, Franchisee, FASTSIGNS International, Inc.; John Palumbo, Director of Franchise Development, Checkers; Atul Gupta, Long Island Multi-Unit Franchisee, Checkers; Lane Fisher, Esquire, Fisher Zucker LLC

The franchisor-franchisee relationship is a delicate balance that when managed correctly can result in both parties thriving. With access to capital still difficult to obtain, it is more important than ever for franchisors to support franchisees on everything from real estate, construction, food sourcing, labor management and IT to marketing and advertising. This panel will include discussions from both franchisors and franchisees on how these parties should work together in order to create a successful brand.
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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Avoiding Litigation for the Start-up Franchisor

Presented by: Harold Kestenbaum, Partner, Harold L. Kestenbaum, PC and Scott Jewett, Senior Advisor, iFranchise Group

Avoiding litigation as a franchisor is more about good planning than it is about good luck. This session will help the start-up franchisor understand the most common business and legal traps that can lead to avoidable litigation. Discussions will focus on practical advice for avoiding both franchisee litigation and vicarious liability for the acts of your franchisees. Topics will include sales and marketing best practices, regulatory issues and compliance, dispute resolution, franchise relations, and minimizing liability while maintaining quality control.
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Introduction to SBA Programs, Services & Resources

Moderated by: Man-Li Kuo Lin, Supervisory Economic Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration - New York

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) aids, counsels, and assists Americans as they start, operate, and expand their businesses. Learn more how SBA’s Resource Partners: SBDC, SCORE and WBC can assist with counseling and training; federal procurement/contracting opportunities; and access to capital.
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Is Your Business Franchisable?

Presented by: Mark Siebert, CEO, iFranchise Group

You believe the time is ripe to expand your operation to multiple locations but don’t know which strategy is best for you. Options include internally-managed expansion or you may consider entering the formal world of franchising. Mark Siebert will explore various expansion strategies, choosing the right growth vehicle, and determine if you should consider franchising. This session will offer decision points to help you decide which expansion strategy may be better suited to your organization, and how to analyze your company’s growth options, including raising equity. Discussions will also include how franchising works, advantages and disadvantages of franchising, franchisability factors, and the timing of the franchise decision. The audience will also learn what defines a franchise, franchising history, and franchising in the U.S.
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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Best Practices for Start Up & Early Stage Franchisors

Presented by: Scott Jewett, Senior Advisor, iFranchise Group and Robert Stidham, President & Chief Development Officer, Franchise Dynamics

New franchisors quickly realize that franchising is an entirely new business – with its own set of best practices. Some of the best practices discussed in this presentation include establishing compliance systems, developing effective communications systems, hiring and retaining the best employees, and developing a systematic plan for the growth of your franchise system and your franchise organization.
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM What Do I Need to Know Before Buying a Franchise

Presented by: Tom Spadea, Esq., Spadea Lignana LLC

Prospective Franchisees will learn the ins and outs of buying a franchise. Attendees will learn what to think about when buying a franchise, what to look for in an FDD, how to prep for life as a franchisee and the overall how to survive the franchise relationship.
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