Starting Your Business with a Franchise

March 21, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

This program is a practical guide to evaluating franchise ownership in 2017. Join us as we evaluate the franchise business model as a start-up option. The workshop will introduce "FranFit" - a national economic initiative in conjunction with the Indiana Small Business Development Centers. Prior to the workshop, participants will be invited to complete an optional assessment that assists potential business owners in identifying franchise models that are a "best fit." The assessment will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and the results will be confidentially returned online.

Featured speaker: Bill Higgins is the local owner of Hoodz Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning. He will share his inspiring journey as a franchise owner building his business and his progress since last year's Entrepreneurship Carmel Workshop Series. Discussions will include an overview of franchises/franchise ownership and incorporate the teachings of Shark Tank and The Profit.

The Entrepreneurship Carmel Workshop Series (E Carmel) identifies trending business ideas, new business fundamentals and pertinent business concepts in our new economy. E Carmel is a monthly, free series of standalone workshops addressing business ownership issues from concept, to start-up, to scaling your business. Featured guest speakers join the discussion for the second half of each workshop providing their first-hand perspective.

Interested individuals are invited to register for workshops at

E Carmel is led by Mark A. Roger, a business consultant and franchise expert for FranNet MidAmerica. Mark has worked with business start-ups in Indiana since 1993 and is a local business owner. These workshops are presented with the support of the Indiana Small Business Development Center.

Upcoming Workshops:

  • April 18: Identifying Local Business Trends
  • May 16: Showcasing Best Business Practices

This program will be held in the Program Room.