Have you been thinking about buying a franchise? The process can be intimidating, even when the franchiser is highly rated, as many in the pool industry are. But as the practice becomes more and more prevalent, information is power.

On Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, there will be a free seminar, "What You Need to Know Before Buying a Franchise," in Sacramento, Calif., at California Capital Women's Business Center, as part of the local chapter of the Small Business Administration. Presented by Lynne Shelton, a counselor for Shelton and Power, the session will focus on the questions people should ask franchisers and the benefits of buying a franchise. Local offices of the SBA hold free business seminars around the country, and events can be found here.  Read More