Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
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Check-in starts at 6:00 PM


Housatonic Community College Beacon Hall, Room 329 
900 Lafayette Boulevard
Bridgeport, CT 06604

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Presenter: Carolyn Tormey

Carolyn Tormey is a franchise coach with The Entrepreneur’s Source, the nation’s largest professional franchise placement and coaching organization. She is a local CT resident, having lived in Fairfield County for 23 years. Carolyn has over 20 years of combined experience in franchising, operations and financial consulting for large multi-national corporations. Carolyn is a Certified Business Mentor and franchising subject matter expert for the Fairfield County chapter of SCORE.

Presenter: Valeria Bisceglia

Valeria is a business advisor with the CT Small Business Development Center. She has been assisting business owners and directors in developing all aspects of their organization in industries as varied as food and restaurant, retail, manufacturing, technology, and construction for over 14 years. Valeria believes in the importance of research and big-picture thinking that lead to measurable and attainable goals. She has an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.


Fairfield County SCORE 
SCORE Fairfield County 

Could a Franchise Be The Right Business Opportunity for You? 

A free SCORE Small Business Workshop co-sponsored by Southern CT Black Chamber of Commerce and Bridgeport OIC 

Franchising businesses are broader than food services related businesses. They span many industries that may be product or service focused. You will gain an overview of the franchise process and seeking financing from our speakers and from some successful local franchisees who will discuss their own experiences in setting up a franchise.

This session will cover:

  • Franchising 101 — what’s it all about?
  • Is franchising right for you?
  • How to research and properly evaluate a franchise
  • What franchising options are available regarding types of businesses and levels of funding
  • How to secure funds for a franchise
  • Real life experiences from franchisees


Free Business Counseling To get free one-on-one business counseling or learn about other SCORE free workshops, please visit our website.SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association.