Super District 7 Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson
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DeKalb commissioner offering free tips to help residents own their own businesses

One DeKalb County commissioner is pushing for more residents to own businesses and franchises through free tips and resources this weekend.

Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson will have a booth at The Great American Franchise Expo, which takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Cobb Galleria Centre. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., DeKalb residents can visit the Super District 7 booth to meet and learn from local lending and service partners. 

During the expo, residents can also watch panel discussions, meet with specialists to get insight on how to own a franchise, and attend seminars like “Franchising 101,” “The Legal Aspects of Franchising and the FDD” and “Women Business Owners are Booming.” Over 100 of the country’s top franchises will be represented.


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“The Great American Franchise Expo is a national leader and DeKalb residents will benefit greatly from the experience and ability to connect with opportunities to own their own businesses,” Cochran-Johnson said in a statement.

Cochran-Johnson, the county’s newest commissioner, has previously said she wants more county residents to own their own businesses and franchises, to combat what she considers a lack of economic development in southern and unincorporated portions of the county. 

Admission to the expo is free, but attendees are encouraged to register and RSVP online.

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