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Business Franchise Expert to Offer Workshop

Publish Date: 11/12/2009

November 5, 2009

MANSFIELD, PA— “Is Franchising An Option?” will be the topic of a workshop presented by franchise expert Lou Lavetan on Thursday, November 12, 7 p.m. at Mansfield University’s Straughn Hall. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Drawing on his experience as a franchise owner, developer, mentor and consultant, Lavetan will lead an interactive Lou Lavetandiscussion attempting to answer questions on what franchising is and how to find the right franchise to invest in.

“With all the economic development that is going on in our area, we thought this would be a great opportunity for people to gather information and get their questions about what is involved in buying and operating a franchise answered,” Dennis Heinle, director of the Mansfield University Leadership Institute, said.

Lavetan’s resume includes 11 years as an area development manager for Mail Boxes Etc., now known as the UPS Store. During that time, he owned and managed his own location in York, PA while laying foundations for 23 additional stores in South Central Pennsylvania. Lavetan earned the company’s award for superior operations for nine straight years.

He also has had success owning and operating franchises in a maid service and a dry cleaning business, mentoring other owners while building success in his franchises.

A consultant since 2004, Lavetan says he has found it to be the most rewarding way to share his franchise experiences. Helping others also find the career freedom he so enjoyed. His philosophy of doing business is based on the motto “they don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Also while at MU, Lavetan will meet with students to discuss business, entrepreneurship and leadership.

The workshop is sponsoring by the Mansfield University Leadership Institute and the MU chapter of Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE).

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