LSBDC to hold Business Expo in Mandeville

Monday, August 3, 2015
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at Southeastern Louisiana University, the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, SCORE, St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation and FranNet Louisiana will host a free business expo for individuals seeking recession-resilient business ownership on Tuesday, Aug. 18.
     The expo is scheduled in Mandeville from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Causeway Branch Library, located at 3457 Hwy. 190. A light lunch will be provided.
     The event features franchisors in health services, insurance paid damage restoration, business to business marketing services, home décor, and HVAC services, said FranNet of Louisiana’s Ted Fireman. Benetrends, a leader in franchise financing, will also participate.
     “New Orleans and particularly the Northshore have become an entrepreneurial hotbed. For a lot of people, the right route to owning their own business is through a less volatile model – franchising,” Fireman said. “This expo is designed to demonstrate the advantages of franchising, why the success rate far exceeds independent business start ups, and to expose people to companies looking to expand into Southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”
     Fireman said the goal is to help individuals find a route to owning their own business that maximizes their skills and resources and is not fast food or restaurants.
     “We’ll help people understand how to carefully and effectively research a franchise business that matches their goals – whether full or part time,” he said. “I expect this expo to show people the depth and breadth of options and the level of business sophistication available if they are willing to explore the possibilities.”
     Fireman said the first 25 individuals to register and attend will receive a free book titled, “The Franchise Rules.”
     For more information, contact Fireman at (504) 459-9404. Online registration is available at


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