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April 27-28, 2019: Chicago - Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Sat. 11am-5pm · Sun. 11am-4pm

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Free seminars and workshops

Seminar Room is Presented by: Allstate

** Times and topics are subject to change

Saturday, April 27, 2019



Cliff Nonnenmacher 

12:00 PM

Use Your Retirement Funds To Start A Business Tax Deferred & Penalty Free

Seminar presented by: Cliff NonnenmacherFranocity

What you will learn:

  • Learn about your financing options.
  • Learn how the tax reform plan helps new Entrepreneurs.
  • Learn how to use your 401K or IRA to by your business tax free.


Allstate - Karren Thompson

Allstate - Brandon Robertson

12:45 PM

5 Lessons I Learned in My First Year as a Small Business Owner

Seminar presented by:Karren Thompson & Brandon Robertson ~ Allstate Insurance Company

In this session you will learn:

  • Hear from an experienced Sales Leader who consults on a daily basis with over 30 Allstate Agency Owners.
  • Learn the keys of launching a successful small business.
  • Also hear from the experiences from a current Allstate Agency Owner.


Timothy Haines

1:30 PM

Are You Fully Leveraging Social Media to Attract Customers

Seminar presented by: Timothy HainesSymposia Labs

In this session you will learn:

  • Facebook and Instagram advertising: what you need to know.
  • Social media marketing and your loyalty program.
  • Text message marketing: where to begin.


Carl Gould 

2:15 PM

5 ways to Generate Business Revenue in the next 90 Days

Seminar presented by: Carl Gould7 Stage Advisors

What You Will Learn:

  • The Season Of Business and how they are affecting your ability to grow.
  • How to Increase Your Fees….and get paid MORE.
  • Increase customer loyalty, and repeat purchases.
  • Key Strategies to take your business to the next level.


Sunday, April 27, 2019



Effie Katris

Dana Mavros

Joanne Maamry

12:00 PM

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Franchising

Seminar presented by: Effie Katris & Dana Mavros & Joanne MaamryThe Entrepreneur's Source

In this session you will learn:

  • What would work for you?
  • What questions you should ask?
  • How is franchising different?


Chris Conner 

12:45 PM

How to Start Your Own Business – Franchising vs. Small Business Start Up

Seminar presented by: Chris ConnerFranchise Marketing Systems

Building a business plan, market strategy and defining goals for your new business start-up. The good and bad of buying a franchise vs. starting your own business or buying an existing business.


Stephen Konkle 

1:30 PM

SBA Programs to Start Grow and Finance your Small Business

Seminar presented by: Stephen KonkleU.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration provides assistance in three major areas:

  • Counseling
  • Capital Access
  • Contracting

This session will cover the government support programs available to help you start, finance and grow your business.


Lynne Shelton

2:15 PM

A to Zee: 5 Steps of Due Diligence

Seminar presented by: Lynne SheltonShelton Law & Associates

This seminar is catered to those who are looking to purchase a franchise but are unsure on where to start. Attendees will leave knowing what steps to take, what questions to ask the Franchisor and how to strategically plan for a life as a business owner.

Key Points:

  • Funding your Franchise
  • Consulting the Pros
  • Legal Roles and Needs
  • Roles and responsibilities of a Franchisee
  • Validation – questions to ask other Franchisees
  • Effective questions to ask every Franchisor