Archive for February 2012

Upcoming Events: Seattle & Portland Business and Franchise Expos

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own business or franchise?

Are you going through a career transition or want to leave the corporate rat race?

Are you looking for creative ways to finance your business?

Do you wonder if there is more to franchises than burgers and sub shops?

Are you just ready to take control of your future?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Expo is for you!  Many of the top franchises companies will be present to help you learn more about what options are out there besides fast food and retail.  Hear from entrepreneur experts about how to minimize the risk in starting a business and how to find which business fits best for you.  Finance specialists will be on hand to answer your questions about ways to get financing to start a business.  Representatives from the Portland SCORE office will discuss how to write a good Business Plan and get counseling on starting a business.  Whether you are just curious about business ownership or have decided you are ready to be your own boss, this Expo is for you.

Registration is FREE for the first 25 to sign up ($29 value).  Seating is limited/parking is free.

$100 Amex Gift Card drawing at event



Date: March 22, 2012

Time: 1:00PM – 4:00PM

SeaTac Courtyard Marriot
16038 West Valley Hwy
Tukwila, WA 98188



Date: March 23, 2012

Time: 9:00AM – 12:00PM

Meadows Meeting Room
5300 SW Meadows Rd.
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

See Why Seattle is One of the 10 Best Cities to Start Your Own Business

Seattle may best be known as the birthplace of great coffee and as a city with exceptional amounts of rain. But, did you know that Seattle is also one of the 10 best cities for starting your own business?

Kiplinger took a look at cities across the U.S., ranking them by concentration of small businesses, track records of successful start-ups, number of patents issued and cost of living for entrepreneurs. Seattle stacks up well, with a metro population just under 3.5 Million the city is home to over 70,000 small businesses! Also in the city’s favor – living and business costs run 20% to 30% cheaper than other West Coast hubs, such as San Jose.

For Seattle residents thinking about starting their own business they can rest easier knowing they live in an entrepreneurial-friendly place. However, regardless of where you live or what type of business you want to start, going out on your own can be risky.

A franchised business puts you in control with growth options, greatly minimizes your risk and sets you up with the greatest chances for success. With over 3,000 franchise companies FranNet can help you find the one that is right for you and give you the help and advice you need to truly succeed.

Free Webinar: How to Choose the Right Business or Franchise

Page Nicol of FranNet Pacific Northwest will be hosting a webinar on ‘How to Buy a Franchise’.  With over 23 years of franchise ownership and coaching experience, Page will share his insight on the following topics:

  • How to find the right business for you
  • Top myths about franchising
  • How the franchise laws protect you
  • How to get financing to start your business

If you are considering starting a business, learn the advantages of opening a business with a proven process. FranNet provides no-cost guidance, information and support to those exploring business ownership through franchising and uses an exclusive matchmaking process.

The webinar will be held on February 28th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. If you are interested in registering, you can do so here.