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Franchises: Picking the Right One for You

The Charlotte Observer's ShopTalk

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM (EDT)

Charlotte, NC

Franchises: Picking the Right One for You

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Have you considered buying into a franchise business, but you’re not sure where to start?

Then come to "Franchises: Picking the right one for you," a May 20 breakfast event hosted by The Charlotte Observer's ShopTalk and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Get the inside scoop from some local franchisees, including former Carolina Panther Everette Brown, who now owns Charlotte's first Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchise, and TCBY franchise phenom Sam Batt, owner of 17 of the yogurt shops.  


                                   Brown                                                 Batt

Also on the panel will be Sue Gilbert, owner of the area’s first Nothing Bundt Cakes franchise; Ben Knight, local FASTSIGNS franchisee with three locations; and Randy Mitchell of The Entrepreneur’s Source, a company that offers business coaching to franchisees and prospective franchise owners.


              Gilbert                                              Knight                                     Mitchell 

The panel will discuss what’s involved in taking this route to small-business ownership: from where to begin, to startup costs, to working with a corporate parent. The audience will be invited to ask questions and get advice from our panel of speakers.

Registration is $20. A full, hot breakfast will be served, and every attendee will get a Shoptalk travel mug AND be entered into a drawing for an iPad mini. The event runs 7:30-9 a.m. in the Observer’s auditorium, on the third floor of The Charlotte Observer building at South Tryon and Stonewall streets. Free parking is available in the Observer's lot on Church Street, between Stonewall and Morehead streets.

For more information call Observer Innovations Editor Jen Rothacker, 704-358-5081.

This event is underwritten by ShopTalk sponsor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.


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The Charlotte Observer
600 S Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM (EDT)

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