Symposium offers tools for starting a new business

"Career Alternative: Start Your Own Business" is the title of the Harford County Business Symposium on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harford Community College, Edgewood Hall, 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air.

Sponsored by the Harford County Chamber of Commerce, Harford Community College and Harford County Economic Development, the conference will teach participants about business ownership.

The cost to attend is $15 per person and includes continental breakfast and a box lunch. To sign up, visit or call 410-838-2020.

Participants will learn about the advantages of business ownership; the alternatives of a start-up business, buying an existing business and franchising; how to find a business that is right for you; simplifying the search; how to finance a business; risks and rewards; and more.

Harford County Executive David R. Craig will provide opening remarks on the importance of small business to Harford County. Other conference speakers include Richard Bock, president of FranNet of Maryland, who will discuss business ownership as a career alternative, and Debbie Williams, vice president of business and professional banking at M & T Bank, who will focus on how to finance a business, including through federally backed programs through the SBA.

A number of franchisors, representing different industries and investment levels, will also participate in the conference. Included will be representatives from Great Clips, SpeedPro Imaging, Always Best Care, Title Boxing, Money Mailer and FranFund.

Another on-site resource will be an "open house" with representatives from the Small Business Development Center and SCORE.

The conference was organized to reach those interested in small business ownership, including those affected by layoffs and downsizing; service veterans; Baby Boomers and retirees looking for a second career or additional income; households needing a second income; recent college grads; and others interested in business ownership.

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