"Using Franchising as an Effective Strategy to Small Business Ownership" will be held July 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, 9250 Bendix Road North, in Columbia.

This session will educate aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners on exactly what franchising is and how forming a strategic affiliation with a national franchise organization can be an effective platform from which to launch a successful small business.

There is no fee but registration is required. Register online by July 12, http://www.centralmdsbdc.org/trainings.

For information, call 410-837-4928.

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