More Options for America’s Entrepreneurs from FranNet and Knowledge Institute

July 06, 2012 // Franchising.com // In an effort to arm America’s entrepreneurs with more options, FranNet and Knowledge Institute are joining forces to educate individuals about the resources they require to start, grow and succeed in business. FranNet will serve as the exclusive franchise educational resource for the Knowledge Institute’s Entrepreneurial Education Network and its outreach of more than 25,000 federal, state and local business development offices across the country.

“We are extremely excited to partner with Knowledge Institute and its robust network to provide individuals with the information necessary to explore franchise business ownership as a career option,” said Jania Bailey, President and COO of FranNet. “The more we can help individuals understand the pros and cons of business ownership, the more they can make informed decisions about their potential business opportunities.”

FranNet has more than 85 consultants throughout North America who guide and counsel would-be entrepreneurs at no cost through the franchise buying process. The company uses a proprietary profiling process to expertly match an individual’s personal, professional and financial goals with a franchise business.

Knowledge Institute specializes in entrepreneurial education and small business development by providing innovative learning solutions and training programs to academic institutions, economic development agencies, government business assistance programs and individuals. Its Entrepreneurial Education Network includes U.S. Small Business Administration offices, Small Business Development Centers and SCORE chapters, and is the most comprehensive entrepreneurial education and resource referral network in the United States and its territories.

“Economic uncertainty and high unemployment continue to force many individuals to consider business ownership as a viable option for making ends meet,” said Dr. Deborah Osgood, President and CEO of Knowledge Institute. “FranNet’s 25 year track record and no-cost Personal Franchise Assessment (PFA) process offer a timely and tremendous value for these people. We are pleased to be joining forces with FranNet to make these educational tools more accessible.”

Business resources and information about FranNet’s services are provided through http://www.BUZGate.org, a primary online resource community of the Entrepreneurial Education Network.

About Knowledge Institute

Knowledge Institute specializes in entrepreneurial education and small business development through innovative learning systems, national resource communities and consulting services. As hosts of America’s Entrepreneurial Education Network, the most comprehensive entrepreneurial education and resource referral network in the United States, Knowledge Institute is driving over 1.5 million business-to-business conversations annually with tens of thousands of resources being exchanged monthly. Knowledge Institute has been promoting venture development and job creation for 40 years and is recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration for its advocacy and economic development impact. http://www.bdki.com

About FranNet

FranNet is North America’s most respected leader in matching individuals with franchise opportunities. Based in Louisville, Ky., FranNet has more than 85 consultants across its network who use a proprietary profiling and consultative process to determine a business model unique to each client’s goals, skill sets and interests, and have matched thousands of entrepreneurs to rewarding small business opportunities. Recognized by INC magazine as one of the top 500 fastest growing private companies in America in 2011 and 2010, this year marks the 25th anniversary for FranNet.

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