I am interested in becoming a franchisee, probably for a major restaurant franchiser, in the future. As an independent study I researched the process by which I might reach that goal. With co-operation from my local bank and Panera Bread I simulated the process, ending up with a completed application to obtain a franchise.
In doing this, I had interviews with Panera executives, discussed the financial requirements with my bank and carried out general research on the topic of franchises. I drew up a detailed business plan that could be used to support both my application to Panera and my request for bank funding.
Ryan Golinvaux, ’04 Fulton , IL
Majors: Business Communications and Sports Management
Sponsor: Gordon Urquhart