NSHMBA 2014 Conference


This set of workshops is designed for professionals who are considering going into business for themselves but doesn’t necessarily have a concept in mind.  Franchising is a great alternative and it isn’t just burgers and subs! There are over 6,000 businesses that are franchised today with a total investment range between $20,000 to up in the million dollar range.  Seminars last 40 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A.

Course Schedule:

Are you ready to start a Business? – learn how to start your own business.  Learn about what franchising is (and isn’t), the pros and cons of franchises and how others have created their own empire while keeping their jobs.

Funding a Business/Franchise - attendees will learn what it takes to get a bank loan as well as other alternatives such as 401K rollovers without early withdrawal penalties or the tax implications. Great for anyone who wants to start their own independent business or a franchise.

Vetting a Franchise Opportunity - with over 6,000 franchises to choose from, learn how to properly vet a franchise to minimize your risk of time and money.  Learn what to expect in the mutual franchise interview, what questions to ask and where to get information to research an opportunity.

Day in the Life of a Small Business/Franchisee - learn from a panel of franchisors on what they look for in a successful franchisee.  Find out who their ideal candidate is, what their financial requirements are, and what a typical day is like for franchisee owners.

Hispanic Mentorship Driven Accelerator Program - Workshop leaders are from The Entrepreneur’s Source, a 30 year-old company who has helped thousands of individuals with the tools, services and support system they need to learn about their entrepreneurial options and to pinpoint opportunities that match their goals. 




Date & Time:

Saturday September 27, 2014
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM



Pennsylvania Convention Center
Room 201 A, B & C
One Convention Center Place
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2299



9:00am - 9:50am
Room 201 A
Plenary Session
Welcome – Julio Rocha, National Board of Directors
Keynote – Alejandra Castillo

10:00am -10:40am
Room 201 A
Are You Ready to Start a Business? (Small Business/Franchise)
Speakers: Scott Kidd, The Entrepreneurship Sources

11:00am - 11:50am
Room 201 A
Funding a Business (Expanding/Franchise)
Speakers: Art Gimenez, Director, Enterprise Center Capital Corporation, Dallas Kerley, Chief Development Officer, Benetrends
Isabell Estes, The Entrepreneur's Source; Wells Fargo

11:50am – 1:00pm

1:00pm – 1:50pm
Room 201 B
Hispanic Mentorship Driven Accelerator Program
The Entrepreneurship Sources

Room 201 C
Vetting a Franchise Opportunity
Isabell Estes, The Entrepreneurship Sources

2:00pm – 2:50pm
Room 201 B
Day in the Life of a Small Business Owner
Julio Rocha, Rocha Financial Group, LLC
Manuel Trujillo, Swain Techs
Luis E. Torrado, President and CEO of Torrado Construction

Room 201 C
Day in the Life of a Franchisee
Scott Kidd, The Entrepreneurship Sources; Chick-fil-A, 7-Eleven, Nationwide

3:00pm – 3:30pm
Room 201 A
Closing Session
Closing Remarks - Pedro Viera


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