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Is Buying a Franchise Right for Me?

FranNet of Richmond & Southeastern Virginia

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

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If you are seriously considering business ownership - and specifically franchise ownership - then this 45 minute workshop is for you.

Join Marc Steiner, Franchise Specialist with FranNet of Southeastern Virginia, as he presents:

  • Is Buying a Franchise Right for Me?
  • What are advantages and disadvantages?
  • Is franchising right for me?
  • What are the growth trends?
  • Where are the good opportunities?
  • How are franchise investments financed?
  • Where is the money?
  • How do I safely and affordably invest in a franchise?

Join us for this informative webinar to learn about franchising and how FranNet can help you become the next successful entrepreneur.


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FranNet of Richmond & Southeastern Virginia

About Marc Steiner

A FranNet franchise consultant since 2012, my role is to provide education about the franchise world, assist you with determining if franchise ownership is right for you, and identify franchise businesses that will offer you the best opportunity for success. My personal experience as a franchise owner gives me the perspective to help my clients assess their real opportunities, risks and timing to make sound decisions. We address your career options first, and work together face-to-face to determine if franchise ownership is a consideration. In addition to my role as a franchise consultant, I also co-founded of Tinole, LLC and IR3Point0. I retired from the U.S. Navy after 23 years of commissioned service. My experiences have covered the range of operations, sales, marketing, and analytical roles in small and large organizations. I earned his B.A. from Virginia Tech, M.S. in Physical Oceanography and Meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School and his MBA from Old Dominion University. Currently, I provide guest lectures on entrepreneurship and franchising at Keller Business School of DeVry University, Saint Leo University, and at local small business resource centers in Virginia. Attending one of these lectures or my local seminar series “Straight Talk About Franchising” is a great way to start your journey to business ownership. Call me directly at 757-483-9375 or register for one of my upcoming events..


About Tom Myers

Tom is the father of four children and grandfather to four grandchildren. Tom has a passion for small business and entreprenurship. He likes working with others to find ways to enrich lives and conquer challenges. His partner and former Navy colleage, Marc Steiner, also wants to promote business ownership in our region; and, together they are committed to making a difference in the lives of others. Tom was educated as an engineer (Va Tech and George Washington University)and has owned his own business and worked for the Department of the Navy and Futron Corporation. He also has a Realtors license in the State of Virginia which he has maintained for over 20 years. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Board for Breakthrough Inc. ( Additionally, Tom has served as Chairman and Board member on several other non-profit corporations in the State of Virginia. Tom recently was the Exhibits Chairman for Oceans 2012, an international conference held in Va Beach, VA to discuss topics associated with marine science and ocean engineering. He is an active participant with the Hampton Roads Technology Council, a local organization that promotes small business in our region. He enjoys golf, pickle ball, ballroom dancing and cruising the world with Silversea cruise lines. 


About Tom Lawrence

After 8 years of progressive responsibility, from teaching to managing juvenile institutions in the Youth Service Division of Virginia’s Department of Corrections, Tom Lawrence began his entrepreneurial career in 1975 with the purchase of Valpak of Virginia. Initially specializing in direct sales, in 1981, he became President and the sole owner of that business. In 1987, Tom was elected President of the Valpak Dealers’ Association and served three terms in this position. In 1991, Tom sold the Valpak of Virginia franchise and was hired by Cox Enterprises, the corporate parent of Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, Inc. His new role involved the design and implementation of Valpak’s first Field Support program and involvement in the recruiting of potential franchisees. In 1994, he was promoted to Vice President of Franchise Operations. In this position, he retained responsibility for field support, had increased involvement in franchisee recruiting and was given management responsibility for Valpak’s five franchisor-owned operations. In 2003, Tom retired from Valpak in order to move to Richmond, Virginia and establish FranNet.  Since then, he has helped dozens of people through the process of finding businesses that meet their lifestyle goals and determining which one is right for them.

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