Program gives info on franchises, starting new businesses
Saturday, 03 October 2009 22:32
By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
As the City of Liberal’s new Economic Development Director, Jeff
Parsons’ first order of business will be hosting a Franchise
Information Night from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday at the Rock Island Depot.
The casual gathering will allow citizens interested in going into
business for themselves to gain information from a wealth of
franchises throughout the nation.
“It’s for local people who may want to consider going into business
for themselves or starting a business of their own,” Parsons said. “A
lot of times the easiest way to do that is by a franchise because
they do so much of the work for you.”
According to Parsons, he has been working along side co-worker Susan
Merklin to gather as many franchises as possible to offer information
to be available to the public at the event.
“Susan Merklin has been making phone calls for six to eight weeks now
– she has been contacting companies and asking them to send us
information on their company,” he said. “So we have pamphlets, we
have brochures, we have stuff that we have printed off the Internet.
What we hope to do is to have all this information there for people
who might be interested in doing that.
“It is just kind of an opportunity for people who have ever thought
about going into business for themselves to come and get a lot of
their questions answered,” he added. “As well as find out a lot of
information about maybe 30 or 40 companies.”
Other individuals will be available as well in order to answer
questions regarding funding and development.
“We kind of maybe have just taken the first step for them,” Parsons
said. “Even if they just want to come and get some interest, we will
have representatives from some of the local banks to talk about small
business loans. We will have Mike O’Kane from the small business
development center, he works with the college. They have all kinds of
recourses for small business people. We have a developer that is
going to participate.
“We actually have two companies who are coming down,” he continued.
“Quiznos is going to send a representative and a sandwich shop chain
called Jimmy Johns’ out of Champagne, Ill.”
The casual atmosphere will be offer a great opportunity for those
interested to get some questions regarding running a small business
answered, Parsons said.
“We will have a couple of computers there if they want to get on
and search for information,” he said. “We will have some sites
available that they can get some information from and search through
– and we are going to have cookies.
“We hope that there is a good turnout,” he continued. “It is very
casual. We are not going to have presentations or speakers, it is
just a come and go informational thing.”
Parsons urges all who have ever contemplated opening a small business
of their own to join him at the Depot in order to gather much needed
information to get the ball rolling.