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10 BIG Franchise Mistakes

When considering business ownership, many people look to franchising as a way to reduce their risk.  Franchising has been very good to some and not so kind to others.  Join our SCORE franchise experts, Chris Coleman & Kathryn Van Voorhees, as they share some of the common mistakes people make when investing in a franchise.  Some of these mistakes may surprise you! 

Chris & Kathryn will also discuss how to identify the right opportunities and how to effectively evaluate them.  If you’re even remotely considering franchise ownership, you do not want to miss this workshop! 

Cost:  $35 Prepaid Registration; $45 Pending or At-the-Door

Prepay with a credit card using PayPal or with Cash or Check at the door.


 Chris Coleman, FranNet  As a Franchise Consultant & Owner of FranNet, Chris provides no cost consultations to individuals who are seeking business ownership opportunities.  Chris works to match the personal, professional and financial goals of his clients with carefully selected franchise companies.  He further coaches his clients on how to thoroughly search for and evaluate franchise opportunities.  Chris is now living his dream of business ownership as a franchise owner himself and is devoted to educating others on the benefits & risks of owning their own business.

 Kathryn Van Voorhees, Van Voorhees Law, a law firm focused on meeting the legal needs of small businesses in Missouri.  Kathy grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, but has called St. Louis home for more than twenty years.  She is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and is a 1995 graduate of Washington University School of Law where she earned her J.D.

Throughout her legal career, Kathy has focused her practice on meeting the legal needs of businesses and individuals.  For much of her career, she represented insurers and their policyholders, both businesses and individuals, handling a variety of lawsuits and claims first in a small firm and later for a large insurer.  During this time, Kathy gained a great deal of litigation and courtroom experience.  Kathy was designated to work with restaurant and hotel franchisees defending claims.  She went onto be named special investigative unit counsel, serving the insurance fraud unit for a large insurer.  Her favorite part of her practice was working with business owners (both independent and franchisees) in an effort to protect the businesses they had worked hard to create. Doing this work, Kathy realized she really wanted to help business owners protect their businesses through forward thinking representation which works to limit liability and exposure.   

Toward this end, in 2007, Kathy formed her own practice, “Van Voorhees Law.”  Van Voorhees Law helps existing businesses and people starting businesses whether this is by purchasing an existing business or franchise or creating something new.  Many claims and disputes can be avoided at the outset by implementing preventive measures. Van Voorhees Law works to educate its clients about liability risks and legal issues while learning about the clients’ needs and future goals to tailor appropriate solutions. Van Voorhees Law strategizes with its clients to scale its services to the clients’ needs and resources.  Recently Kathy became a volunteer for SCORE.


Wednesday, Jul 20 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Webster University, Walker School of Business
East Academic Hall, Room 202
545 Garden Avenue
Webster Groves, Missouri 63119


For more information contact:
St. Louis SCORE – Chapter 21
SCORE - St. Louis
(314) 539-6601

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