Franchise Fair Offers Help to Potential Entrepreneurs



Heather Rosen

FranNet of Virginia is hosting its third biannual Capital Area Franchise Fair to help prospective entrepreneurs explore a variety of franchise options, understand the franchise model, and make informed decisions that will help them achieve their business and personal goals.

FranNet of Virginia is a franchise matchmaking service in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC that regularly provides franchise education seminars to aspiring entrepreneurs through SCORE and the Virginia Small Business Development Centers; local, Federal, and State government agencies; and local military bases.

The event is scheduled for May 15, 2012, 12:30pm- 5:00pm at The Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Suite 1700, Vienna.

FranNet of Virginia—in partnership with SCORE and Community Business Partnership—is sponsoring a series of workshops and a Resource Fair to educate aspiring entrepreneurs about some of the non-conventional options in franchising. Most people equate franchise with “fast food;” but franchises are available in over 90 different industries, many of which require fewer hours and far less start-up funds while generating greater profits than food businesses.  The Capital Area Franchise Fair will help attendees explore different options and learn about navigating the franchise research and ownership process.

Participants include:

  • Heather Rosen, a FranNet of Virginia franchise consultant and coach who helps people identify the right franchise based on skill sets, financial and lifestyle goals, budget, and financial capabilities
  • Lenders and alternative financing companies
  • Franchise lawyers
  • SCORE counselors
  • Women’s Business Center and Small Business Development Center counselors
  • Representatives of select national and international franchise companies

Tickets cost $35 ($45 after May 8). Register online at For questions, contact Heather Rosen at 703-291-0939 or