Seminars

EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS

The largest and most comprehensive series of seminars on franchising and business ownership under one roof.  Learn from the experts. Sit in on discussion panels. Interact with other entrepreneurs. Meet with legal and financial experts.

>What is Franchising

Our educational seminars are designed to offer you a complete overview of the following 4 steps to buying a franchise: 


Franchising is About a Relationship

STEP 1: The Introspective Self

Understand yourself and how your financial and professional background shape you as a future entrepreneur. Any successful entrepreneur understands how their own strengths and weaknesses interact with a brand. You will also want to ensure you and your team are financially qualified for any brands that you want to purchase.

The Franchisor

STEP 2: The Franchisor

Invest time into exploring concepts and learning as much as you can about various brands. This trade show provides you an opportunity to discover high quality concepts. You will also learn best practices and strategies regarding the two way interview that you are about to embark upon with a franchise investigation.

The Franchisee

STEP 3: The Franchisee

Do a deeper dive into your top brands and determine the best questions to ask as you get closer to making a decision. The process of discovering brands requires pointed questions and specific topics that need to be explored with current owners in the system. You will also want to hear from owners what the pros and cons are about the franchise system. “Try it before you buy it,” and hear from those who are in the system.

The Franchisee

STEP 4: Legal & Financial

Ensure you understand the legal ramifications of the franchise agreement and Franchise Disclosure Document by hiring a qualified franchise attorney to review your legal paperwork. Do a cost of capital analysis to understand your most effective financing options. While this is a complex step, you will find a wealth of resources and advisors are here to help you.

In addition to seminars that dive deeper into these four steps, we will also have discussion panels that allow you to ask questions of successful franchise owners and industry experts.  

Our seminar series are designed to help you avoid costly mistakes when buying a franchise.

Saturday - September 30

The Power of A Vision Board

Phyllis PIeri

11:00 - 11:30 AM


A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Ms. Pieri will lead attendees through an uplifting presentation on how to visualize and ultimately achieve your goals.

Commercial Real Estate and Franchising

Rich LeBrun

11:30 - 12:00 PM


Chicago native and industry veteran, Rich LeBrun will present on the intricacies of finding the perfect commercial real estate for your new franchise. 

Keynote Speaker

TBD

12:00 - 1:00 PM


TBD

Franchising with Family and Friends - Best Practices with Partnerships

Stephen Winterrowd

1:00 - 1:30 PM


Mr. Winterrowd will present on the often travelled (and potentially disastrous) road of partnerships between friends and family members in franchising. Learn best practices to establishing business partnerships and setting clear expectations.

Semi-Absentee Ownership

Rick Morgin

1:30 - 2:00 PM


Mr. Morgin will discuss the pros and cons of one the most popular ownership models in franchising, the semi-absentee owner. Is this model the right fit for your lifestyle and goals?

Ask a Current Franchise Owner

Panel of Franchise Owners

2:00 - 2:30 PM


This insightful Q&A session will allow attendees to ask questions of current franchise owners. Not to be missed!

Franchising and the International Marketplace

Leonor Clavijo & Kapil Manocha

2:30 - 3:00 PM


Ms. Clavijo and Mr. Manocha will discuss the growing influence of the franchise industry across the globe from Latin America to Asia. Discover resources and opportunities available to international entrepreneurs looking to establish stateside or abroad.

Women Business Owners are Booming!

Marisa Allen

3:00 - 3:30 PM


Ms. Allen will discuss the boom of women in franchising and resources available to the female entrepreneur. 

Employee to Franchisee; Dealing with Fear and Best Practices

Stephen Winterrowd

3:30 - 4:00 PM


Mr. Winterrowd will talk about his experience in making the transition from employee to franchisee and the hurdles and doubts he needed to overcome to achieve success.

Sunday - October 1

The Legal Aspects of Franchising and the FDD

TBA

11:00 - 11:30 AM


Come learn about the intricacies of the legal and financial components of a franchise investigation.

Creating a Dream with Franchising; Wisdom from Successful Entrepreneurs

Mark Ehrlich

11:30 - 12:00 PM


Mr. Ehrlich is an industry veteran and close friend of many thought leaders in franchising. He will inspire attendees with anecdotes and a wealth of knowledge gathered from a life spent in the entrepreneurial fast lane.

Don't Mess Up! - Reduce Your Chance of a Costly Mistake in Franchise Research!

Todd Weiss

12:00 - 12:30 PM


Todd Weiss, CFA is an industry leader in both the franchise and coaching industries. Mr. Weiss is an engaging speaker with a special passion for helping people become their absolute best with the gifts they’ve been given and avoiding the common pitfalls of franchise exploration.

How To Be a Successful Franchisee

Nick Neonakis

12:30 - 1:00 PM


Best selling author and franchise expert, Nick Neonakis will lead through attendees through an informative overview of the franchising world and what it takes to succeed in the world of franchising.

Ask a Current Franchise Owner

Panel of Franchise Owners

1:00 - 1:30 PM


This insightful Q&A session will allow attendees to ask questions of current franchise owners. Not to be missed!

The Power of Leverage and Credit

Guidant Financial & Gregoire Gasparini

1:30 - 2:00 PM


Respected lending organization, Guidant Financial, and industry veteran, Gregoire Gasparini, will discuss the power of leverage and credit in helping to start the franchise of your dreams.

Franchising Fundamentals

Mitch Pinckney

2:00 - 2:30 PM


Mitch Pinckney is a highly accomplished franchise industry expert and coach with more than 25 years experience as a franchise owner/franchise development consultant and entrepreneur. Mr. Pinckney will discuss the fundamentals of franchising taken from many years in the industry.

Service Businesses - How to Grow Beyond a “One Man Show”

Tim Church

2:30 - 3:00 PM


Tim is a “practice what you preach” style straight shooter. He has worked in franchise development since 1998 and has helped hundreds of people become successful business owners. Mr. Church will discuss his experience in the service industry and how to grow a franchise beyond a single entrepreneur.

Veterans & First Responders; Perfect Candidates for Franchising

Dave Cooley & Jay Bankert

3:00 - 3:30 PM


Military veteran and Police detective, Dave Cooley & Jay Bankert discuss the many options and programs in the world of franchising to help our nation's heroes on the road to independence.

Financing Options

TBA

3:30 - 4:00 PM


Come learn about the myriad ways to finance your new business. From 401k rollovers to SBA loans, you'll walk away with a broader understanding of ways to fund your entrepreneurial dream.
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