Business

Franchise Workshop This Friday in Kona

May 6, 2013, 10:29 AM HST
* Updated May 6, 3:22 PM
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A free workshop will be held this Friday in Kona for people who want to learn about owning a franchise business or franchising their own business.

Entitled “Franchise Me,” the workshop will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Bank of Hawaii conference room at 74-5447 Makala Blvd. in Kailua-Kona.

The seminar will cover key points of the franchise business model, as well as what is needed to know to franchise a business and options for financing a franchise business.

Topics will also include the diversity of franchising in more than 90 industries, the legal aspects of investing in a franchise, and government oversight of the franchise industry.

Workshop speakers include Scott F. March, a Kona-based attorney and member of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising. March focuses on small businesses, start-ups, franchising and trademarks.

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Kari Waldhaus, a business and franchise coach, as well as franchise owner of the Entrepreneur’s Source, will share her experience helping clients select the franchise that’s right for them.

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Waldhaus is the 2013 SBA Minority Small Business Champion for Hawai‘i County.

Another speaker, Christie Crawford, a Bank of Hawaii vice-president, has more than 15 years experience working with small business owners and specializes in business lending.

Crawford was named the 2012 SBA Lender of the Year for West Hawai‘i.

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Early registration is encouraged, as space is limited. To register call Christie Crawford at (808) 854-2175 or email [email protected]

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