A Message From Our Partners

Marc Steiner

Franchise Consultant, FranNet

Franchising is a vital part of Virginia’s economy with over 22,000 establishments providing over 250,000 jobs and contributing $12.7 Billion to the Gross Domestic Product. For many years, FranNet and the SBDC have shared a common goal-educate entrepreneurs through building foundations within communities by helping individuals invest in local business opportunities.

As the owner of the locally based franchise consulting firm, Ocean Decisions, and a franchisee with FranNet, I am committed to helping prospective and existing franchisees to succeed. We have entered into an agreement with the Hampton Roads SBDC to use our shared resources and expertise to develop a program that promotes successful franchise ownership by providing training, counseling and tools to help prospective entrepreneurs make good decisions about becoming franchise owners.

This joint program is intended to help educate prospective owners by providing:

  • Free one-to-one counseling services with SBDC counselors and FranNet franchise experts
  • Hosting of seminars in local centers and webinars
  • Access to the Growth Wheel™ counseling tools
  • Use of the FranNet Personal Franchise Assessment and counseling process to help individuals to find the best franchise opportunity to meet their particular goals

Enhance opportunities. Create jobs. Invest in our local communities.
These are goals that the SBDC and the Ocean Decisions/FranNet team can always support. We will empower entrepreneurs together.

Warm Regards,
Marc Steiner

Jim Carroll

Executive Director, Hampton Roads SBDC

Established in 1990, the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads is a non-profit organization that is tasked with providing information, training and technical assistance to both existing and prospective small business owners start and grow their businesses. The Center has staffed and satellite offices throughout the 18 cities and counties of Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore. Its two websites, www.hrsbdc.org and www.hrsmallbizloans.com provide a wealth of information as well as telephone numbers for the local offices.

How can you access this assistance? All it takes is a telephone call or email. Usually, for those who are inexperienced and have not open their own business before, we have them complete either a free, three-hour online training course on starting a small business or take a three hour classroom program which costs $20. Once this requirement is satisfied, then you are eligible for the free one-on-one counseling.

This counseling is free, strictly confidential and totally non-judgmental. There really are no bad questions. The goal of this counseling is to provide the client with straightforward advice which specifically addresses the client’s questions or needs.
Owning a small business is both highly rewarding and highly frustrating. No one can do it alone. Obtaining assistance from the SBDC is a sound course of action for your business.

Jim Carroll