May 8, 2008 — Entrepreneurs considering franchising can now access a new online course from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and FranNet to help them navigate the competitive franchise industry.
The introduction to franchising course, “Franchising Basics,” is a free online seminar which provides three key sections that examine more than 10 essential areas relating to franchising, including “Is Franchising Right for You?” and “How to Choose the Right Franchise.” The course also covers franchising options, strategies for growth, and pitfalls to avoid. The course aims to provide its participants with a better understanding of franchising and help them decide if it is the best small-business option for them.
The course can be accessed from the SBA Web site, under the Free Online Training icon by selecting “Franchising Basics” in the “Starting a Business” section. The courses are designed for self-paced learning, and a certificate of completion will be provided to participants who finish.