Corpus Christi, TX (PressExposure) April 09, 2009 -- The Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and La Palmera have teamed up to host âMake it Your Businessâ a free event designed to boost attendeesâ business savvy. The event will be held on April 16, from 5-7 p.m. in center court at La Palmera and is open to the public. It includes an entrepreneurial seminar and a preview of mall renovations.
âThis will be a great opportunity for us to share our new vision for La Palmera with business leaders in our community,â said La Palmera General Manager Fred Walters. âWeâre happy to partner with the Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber to present this timely seminar and share some business insight with the group. There may even be those in attendance who will someday open a store here at La Palmera.â
The workshop portion will be hosted by franchise expert John Moak, owner of Fortuna Franchise Opportunities, specializing in pairing entrepreneurs with appropriate business concepts. He will provide guidelines and discuss evaluation tools to help attendees assess their individual needs and suitability to own or start a business and to determine which business concept is the right one. Handouts and helpful checklists will be provided. The evening will end with a behind-the-scenes tour of the mallâs new retail space and food court.
"Giving our membership opportunities to gain insight during challenging times is of utmost importance,â said Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber Chairman Chad Magill. âAdaptability can be paramount when facing tough economic business decisions; expanding our knowledge of business models and opportunities is also critical. I personally am looking forward to attending. We are pleased to partner with La Palmera in hosting the 'Make it Your Business' event, highlighting engaging and insightful entrepreneurial tools for future business needs."
Moak, a former Chamber of Commerce director himself, is a guest lecturer at the University of Southern Mississippi and regularly speaks with Chamber and small business groups.
âThis is a volatile time in business,â said Moak. âPeople are changing jobs in an uneasy economy so by choice or by necessity, many are now looking for a new business opportunity. Being your own boss is a great thing if you can compete in the market place. However, unless you have considerable experience in the specific type business that you are considering going into, it is very probable that you will fail.
âThatâs why franchising is a good option. It can set individuals up for success and long-term wealth by helping them access financing and business planning and by providing proven formulas for success and ownership support. Because so much of the research has already been done, you can, in a very real sense, try the business on before you buy to make sure it is a good fit for you. La Palmera has several opportunities for franchising and individual business owners.â
Attendees should meet in the mallâs center court area. For more information on âMake it Your Businessâ or La Palmera, go online to http://www.lapalmera.com or call (361) 991-3755.