September 17, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host the seminar, "Starting a Franchise in Today's Economy — Smart or Foolish?" on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon at the SBDC Business Education Center, 207 Chamberlin Building, Fifth and Market streets in Lewisburg. 

Consultant Lou Lavetan will lead the seminar, discussing topics such as deciding if a franchise is right for you, finding the right franchise, and building equity in a franchise.

For 11 years, Lavetan was an area development manager with Mail Boxes Etc., now known as The UPS Store. He owned and managed his own location and laid the foundation for 23 additional stores in his area.

As manager, he assisted prospective owners with the franchise validation and investigation process and trained store owners in the MBE system.

Lavetan later became partner in a maid service franchise and business development director for a dry cleaning delivery service franchisor on the East Coast before becoming a consultant in 2004.

Registration required
Registration is required as seating is limited. The registration fee is $20 and includes refreshments and a one-year subscription to Inc. magazine. Veterans may attend free of charge. To register, call the SBDC at 570-577-1249 or toll-free at 1-866-375-6010; e-mail, or visit

This seminar is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; the Brush Valley, Central Pennsylvania, Greater Susquehanna Valley, and Middlecreek Valley Regional Chambers of Commerce; The Daily Item; The Standard-Journal; and Susquehanna Business Life magazine.

The Bucknell SBDC provides free small business consulting services to residents of Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties.

Contact: Division of Communications