Ever Dreamed of Owning Your Own Business? Free Forum Offered at Southern Vermont College Feb. 22

February 4, 2011


Is the prospect of owning your own business enticing? Learn about the options available, including the many benefits of franchising at a free forum hosted by Southern Vermont College’s McCormick Division of Business on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., entitled, “Starting your own business? Is franchising right for you?” The presentation, to be held in the College’s Everett Mansion Theatre, will be led by Keld Alstrup, President, FranNet Vermont & New Hampshire, a national franchise consulting firm. The forum is free and open to the public.

FranNet consults for franchise concepts of all types of businesses and investment levels, and assists and coaches clients in finding the best fit franchise business. “During his franchise consulting career, Alstrup has helped clients with the opening of well over 120 businesses all over the United States,” said SVC McCormick Division Chair Eric Drouart. “His presentation will offer a wealth of information and valuable tips for not just those considering a franchisee opportunity, but anyone considering opening or starting a business anywhere.” Drouart added that the forum was planned to concur with National Entrepreneurship Week, Feb. 19-26.

Alstrup gained multi-level business experience with 26 years working for Volvo international in many management areas including distribution, business administration, marketing, sales and human resources before joining FranNet. He holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and has lived and worked in Denmark, Canada, Sweden and the U.S.
“I enjoy helping people learn the pros and cons and different ways of starting a business, the costs, types of franchises, and successful techniques for researching them,” Alstrup said. “My job is to match entrepreneurs with a business that is right for them.” Alstrup said the presentation will allow plenty of time for Q & A, as well as one-on-one consulting, in an informal, no-cost atmosphere.

This event is the third forum hosted by SVC’s McCormick Division of Business, which offers majors in Business Administration/Management, Business Administration/Sports Management and Entrepreneurship and Management with real-world exposure through class projects for local businesses and internships. Refreshments will be available. Due to space limitation, preregistration is appreciated by Feb. 18. For reservations or more information about the forum, contact Eric Drouart, Chair of The McCormick Division of Business, at 802-681-2898 or e-mail businessprograms@svc.edu or use the online registration form. Visit www.frannet.com/alstrup for more information on the company.