Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM PDT
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Silicon Valley SCORE 
234 E. Gish Road, Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95112

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Silicon Valley SCORE 
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A hands-on business exploration workshop

SCORE Silicon Valley and FranNet of the Bay Area have teamed up to present a workshop essential for anyone who wants to take their career to the next level.  Join us for a hands-on workshop where we'll help you decide which path is the right one for your unique needs and interests. 

During this informative, hands-on workshop, we will: 


 - Address the actual risk(s) involved in business ownership vs a traditional career

 - Discuss the pros and cons of starting a business vs buying a business vs buying a franchise

 - Identify recession-resistant industries

 - Learn how to conduct thorough due diligence in business exploration

 - Uncover financing options


- Review your personalized Business Evaluation Suitability Test (B.E.S.T.)  (this will need to be completed prior to the class, see comments below.)

- Discuss your Career Alternatives 

- Unpack your "entrepreneurial DNA"

- Create your unique business model

- Learn what types of businesses fit your profile 

Today’s career landscape has changed. Join us if you’re ready to discover alternative paths to financial freedom!  

Registration Steps

1. Register for the class using the registration button on this page.  

2. Complete a B.E.S.T assessment prior to the class. A hard copy of your results will be provided in class. You can complete the assessment here: https://entrepm.com/media/kfagan.  

What People Are Saying About This Class:

  • “This class has helped me understand what type of business is best for me”

  • “Good information and knowledgeable presenter”

  • “Great class, now I feel more prepared for the future”

Registration Information 

Registration Fee: $45.00

Veterans: Free admission is available for this class.  Click Here for details.

Walk-ins: If space allows, you can register at the door and pay by PayPal.

Be sure to complete registration fully. Print out the ticket and bring it to class as proof of payment or save the confirmation email on your mobile device and bring it with you.

Seating is Limited.  This class begins promptly at 6:30pm so please arrive by 6:15 to sign in and get seated.

If you have trouble registering, send an email to info@svscore.org

About The Course Instructor:

Katie Fagan

Katie has over 15 years of experience in the world of small business.  In her corporate career she worked as the Vice President of Small Business Funding, focusing primarily on funding start-up franchises and businesses.   During her time there, she gained extensive knowledge on the ins-and-outs of franchising from the back-end forward.  Katie has helped over 600 small businesses open their doors, many of which were franchises, and has facilitated hundreds of SBA loans.  Katie also worked in business brokerage, as a co-founder of a boutique brokerage firm focusing on the resale of restaurants, nightclubs and franchises. Currently, Katie teaches Entrepreneurship at universities across the Bay Area, volunteers with the San Jose Chapter of SCORE as well as other local government and non-profit agencies educating people on the ins-and-outs of small business ownership. She has successfully helped over 1,000 people into business.  Katie holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance and a PhD in Mass Communications.