HometownTimes.com Joins International Franchise Association

Online Publisher of 500-Plus Local News Web Sites Provide Up to 10,000 Jobs and additional incentive to veterans

Cumming, GA (February 2009) -- Hometowntimes.com has joined the International Franchise Association (IFA), a membership organization of franchisors, franchisees, and suppliers founded in 1960, providing members and guests with a one-stop shopping experience for franchise information. As a new member of IFA, the Georgia-based community online publisher of more than 500 local news, events and information websites, is now an affordable franchise opportunity for small business entrepreneurs, veterans, and up to 10,000 experienced journalists and advertising salespersons.

In additional to joining IFA, Hometowntimes.com joins the International Franchise Association Supplier Forum and VETFRAN. As a Supplier Forum Member, Hometowntimes.com will deliver national news coverage and drive new customers to localized small businesses through its network of community news, events and information websites, located across the country, coast to coast. As a member of the IFA's VETFRAN program, Hometowntimes.com will offer discounts on its normal franchisee fee and other government incentive programs to US veterans, enabling their ownership of a Hometowntimes.com site.

"During these difficult economic times and when our county owes so much to its veteran community, and we see many talented people unemployed and business professionals being laid off, we are pleased to be in an unusual position to provide local business ownership opportunities and thousands of jobs in the journalism industry," said Paul Baron, President and CEO of Hometowntimes.com. "Low start-up costs, additional discounts to Veterans, and economic incentives from creative use of 401K accounts to fund a small business investment with no loss of a weekly paycheck and no withdrawal penalties, make owning a HometownTimes.com online newspaper one of the best opportunities around right now. We call it our own 'stimulus package,'" he added.

The 'stimulus package' Baron speaks of is an offer to qualified owners/publishers to purchase a HometownTimes.com franchise at 50% of the normal license fee -- an initial investment of less than $5,000. This package is perfect for the talented journalists or enterprising professional seeking a promising new venture that will weather the struggling economy and put him or her back to work today.

About HomeTownTimes.com

HomeTownTimes.com is a national online news and community publications franchisor, currently operating more than 500 internet-based news sites across the United States. The mission of the Georgia-headquartered business is to bring local communities together via a convenient portal that provides free access to local news, information exchange, community forums and advertising. Each individual HomeTownTimes.com online news publication is a community hub for home town events, Internet forums, classified ads, business directories, photo galleries, sports, health news, coupons and feature stories about local events, people and businesses. Independent small businesses, large franchisors, and companies with a national footprint will all find their hyper-local targeted audience for their products or services through HomeTownTimes.com ad placements, videos, original content articles of interest, and news of local events associated with their business. Franchise opportunities are available in every state and county throughout the USA.

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