January 1, 1996 in Nation/World

Small-Business Exhibition Will Present Big Opportunities

Compiled By Business Staff
 

Would-be small business owners will have a golden opportunity to assess some of their options this weekend when the Entrepreneur Expo debuts its 1996 run in Spokane.

The exhibition to be put on by Denver-based S.C. Promotions will feature as many as 75 vendors offering franchises or other businesses, company president Shale Buchen said Friday.

Rights to the businesses cost as little as $100 or as much as $200,000, he said.

Full- and part-time businesses will be available, as well as many that are home-based. “They’re turnkey opportunities,” Buchen said.

He said S.C. has produced the expo since 1987. This year, he said, the company will run two tours, one for smaller cities like Spokane, another for larger cities.

Together, they will hit about 75 cities and attract 350,000 visitors.

“We’re helping build businesses,” Buchen said.

The expo will be held Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Spokane Center. Cost for adults will be $5.

In other events this week:

Today

New Year’s Day; financial markets closed.

Tuesday

Commerce Department reports November construction spending.

Wednesday

Consumer Credit Counseling of Spokane starts a four-part series on Money Control. The classes, which continue on subsequent Wednesdays, will be held at the service’s offices at N1912 Division. The sessions begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at 8:30 p.m. Cost: $18 for CCS clients, $25 for others. Call 327-3777 or 1-800-892-6854 to register.

Commerce Department reports November new home sales.

Thursday

The governors of Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana convene a steering committee that will examine the region’s energy system. The meeting at the Wynhdam Garden Hotel near Sea-Tac International Airport begins at 10 a.m.

Commerce Department reports November factory orders.

Walt Disney Co. shareholders meet in New York to vote on merger with ABC.

Los Angeles Auto Show opens.

Friday

New officers will be sworn in when the Hispanic Business and Professional Association holds its monthly meeting at Cavanaugh’s on Fourth at 11:30 a.m.

The 53rd Annual Cherry Institute will be held from 8:30 a.m-3:45 p.m. at the Yakima Convention Center, 10 N. 8th Street.

Labor Department reports December unemployment for the nation. Department of Employment reports Idaho rate.

Consumer Electronics Show opens in Las Vegas.

Sunday

National Farm Bureau Federation opens its annual meeting in Reno, Nev.

, DataTimes ILLUSTRATION: Graphic: Measuring the economy

MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story:

On the shelf

Money, January: Annual tax report offers tips on cutting this year’s tax bill.

Staying put

For the third straight year, the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce reported a decline in the number of people inquiring about moving to Spokane. The chamber sent information to 2,146 people in 1995, down from 2,791 in 1994.

Here’s a look at how inquirees broke down by state:

California, 27 percent.

Washington, 8 percent.

Texas, 7 percent

Arizona, 4 percent

Colorado, 3 percent

Nevada, 3 percent

This sidebar appeared with the story: On the shelf Money, January: Annual tax report offers tips on cutting this year’s tax bill. Staying put For the third straight year, the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce reported a decline in the number of people inquiring about moving to Spokane. The chamber sent information to 2,146 people in 1995, down from 2,791 in 1994. Here’s a look at how inquirees broke down by state: California, 27 percent. Washington, 8 percent. Texas, 7 percent Arizona, 4 percent Colorado, 3 percent Nevada, 3 percent

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