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U.s. Rep. Bobby L. Rush Holds International Franchise Conference

November 9, 2003

Chicago, IL. ---- Congressman Bobby L. Rush (IL) in partnership with the International Franchise Association, the National Minority Franchising Initiative, and the University of Chicago will hold a Franchise Business Conference, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Illinois Treasurers Office, and the Illinois Department of Commerce, and Economic Opportunity on Saturday, November 15, 2003 from 8:30AM until 3:30PM at the International House Assembly Hall, the University of Chicago, 1414 East 59th Street, (Corner of Dorchester & 59th Streets) Chicago, IL.

The Athletes Foot, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, the UPS Store, Service Master, Express Personnel Services, and Carvel Ice Cream are some of the Frachises that will be at the conference.

The Franchise Business Conference will provide information on franchise availability, and eligibility requirements. There will be panel discussions on ways of obtaining a successful franchise business, and how to identify potential funding sources.

Participating organizations (in alphabetical order ) include: 87th Street Stony Island Chamber of Commerce; Alsip Chamber of Commerce; Blue Island Area Chamber of Commerce; Business and Economic Revitalization Association; Chatham Business Association; Chicago Minority Business Development Council, Inc; Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce; Chicago South Side NAACP; Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce; First Congressional District Bus. Dev. Task Force; Greater Ashburn Planning Association; Hull House SBDC Parkway Community Center; Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce; Seaway National Bank; ShoreBank; The Northern Trust Company; The Illinois Chamber; and the Womens Business Development Center. For registration information, please call Mr. Younus Suleman at the First Congressional District of Illinois offices @ 773/224.6500.