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Franchise Program

Franchise Program 2018-05-02T20:24:19+00:00
Scott Lassen

Scott Lassen ’10

“The Golden Corral is an amazing opportunity for me to own and operate a larger business. I think there are some real possibilities to grow the business and to be more engaged with the Saint Joseph community.”

Robert Schimming

Robert Schimming ’10

“The small class sizes and the willingness of faculty to help any way they could were unique. Even though I have graduated, I know the School of Business professors are still available to assist me.”

Leslie Burris '11 & James Burris

Leslie Burris ’11 and James Burris

“Missouri Western State University and the Craig School of Business have given me an opportunity of a lifetime. The education I received prepared me to open my own business within months of graduation. I can’t imagine a career I will enjoy more than being an entrepreneur.”

Our partnership with Steven L. Craig, CEO of Craig Realty Group, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has created an opportunity for students and alumni to compete to own a franchise.

The program has evolved to include additional franchise opportunities like Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt; Auntie Anne’s; Billy’s Italian Restaurant, Pizza Pasta Po’Boys; Blaze Pizza; Flip Flop Shops; Fresca’s Mexican Grill; Golden Corral; U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt; Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, Yogli-Mogli Frozen Yogurt, and Yogurtini Self-Serve. Since the program’s inception in 2009, graduates of the program have opened over 30 stores across the country with sales in excess of $7.5 million. CSB awards the opportunity for new franchises each year to participants competing in the program.

  • MWSU seniors with a business or entrepreneurship major or minor
  • Minimum GPA 2.5
  • MWSU alumni with a business or entrepreneurship major or minor or significant business experience
  • Candidates enroll in an Applied Entrepreneurship class, MGT 417, offered every spring at MWSU, and write a business plan for a company.
  • Candidates then present their business plans in a preliminary competition held toward the end of the semester. A panel of judges identifies the finalists who can revise their plans before presenting them in the final competition.
  • By the end of the semester, franchise opportunities to be awarded are identified. Judges rank the finalists, and candidates select the franchise they want.
  • Winners attend franchise training
  • Financial documents with the lender are signed, as are documents with the Craig School of Business and MWSU
  • Owners open their stores!!
  • CSB provides continued support for store owners
Pam Klaus

Pam Klaus

Director of Franchise Programs
Popplewell 211