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FranNet: Franchise Opportunities, Information, and Consulting

Smarter Business Ownership Starts Here

Learn How Franchise Ownership Can Mitigate Your Risk Of Starting Your Own Business and Help You Succeed Faster. FranNet provides education and support to individuals who are interested in exploring self employment as a career option through franchised business ownership. After all, franchising is more than just food and retail stores.

Diana Trondsen

FranNet of Houston & The Gulf Coast Region

MaryJane Mudd – Executive Director, East Harris County Manufacturer’s Association

The East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA) announced that MaryJane Mudd has been appointed Executive Director, effective March 1, 2021.

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Small Business Ideas and Entrepreneurship (

Please visit Chamber Member AARP’s Resource for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship. This resource contains helpful articles and webinars.

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Small Business Office Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

SCORE Houston

SCORE offers the nation’s largest network of free, expert business mentors. If you’re just starting a business, SCORE mentors can provide the practical action plan, education, and tools you need to open your doors and establish a customer base. If you already own a business, our volunteer mentors can help identify ways to increase profit, improve employee and customer satisfaction, and achieve work/ life balance.


Newport is a national strategic advisory firm that helps owners and CEOs of emerging and midsize companies grow and improve the performance of their businesses, often in support of a successful capital transaction or sale.