Program gives info on franchises, starting new businesses PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 October 2009 22:32

By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader

As the City of Liberal’s new Economic Development Director, Jeff 
Parsons’ first order of business will be hosting a Franchise 
Information Night from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday at the Rock Island Depot. 
The casual gathering will allow citizens interested in going into 
business for themselves to gain information from a wealth of 
franchises throughout the nation.
“It’s for local people who may want to consider going into business 
for themselves or starting a business of their own,” Parsons said. “A 
lot of times the easiest way to do that is by a franchise because 
they do so much of the work for you.”
According to Parsons, he has been working along side co-worker Susan 
Merklin to gather as many franchises as possible to offer information 
to be available to the public at the event.
“Susan Merklin has been making phone calls for six to eight weeks now 
– she has been contacting companies and asking them to send us 
information on their company,” he said. “So we have pamphlets, we 
have brochures, we have stuff that we have printed off the Internet. 
What we hope to do is to have all this information there for people 
who might be interested in doing that.
“It is just kind of an opportunity for people who have ever thought 
about going into business for themselves to come and get a lot of 
their questions answered,” he added. “As well as find out a lot of 
information about maybe 30 or 40 companies.”
Other individuals will be available as well in order to answer 
questions regarding funding and development.
“We kind of maybe have just taken the first step for them,” Parsons 
said. “Even if they just want to come and get some interest, we will 
have representatives from some of the local banks to talk about small 
business loans. We will have Mike O’Kane from the small business 
development center, he works with the college. They have all kinds of 
recourses for small business people. We have a developer that is 
going to participate.
“We actually have two companies who are coming down,” he continued. 
“Quiznos is going to send a representative and a sandwich shop chain 
called Jimmy Johns’ out of Champagne, Ill.”
The casual atmosphere will be offer a great opportunity for those 
interested to get some questions regarding running a small business 
answered, Parsons said.
“We will have a couple of computers there if they want to get on 
and search for information,” he said. “We will have some sites 
available that they can get some information from and search through 
– and we are going to have cookies.
“We hope that there is a good turnout,” he continued. “It is very 
casual. We are not going to have presentations or speakers, it is 
just a come and go informational thing.”
Parsons urges all who have ever contemplated opening a small business 
of their own to join him at the Depot in order to gather much needed 
information to get the ball rolling.

 
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