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Center for Franchise Development hosts ribbon-cutting, open house

The Center for Franchise Development in the Steven L. Craig School of Business and Technology at Missouri Western State University will host a ribbon-cutting and open house at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29 on the second floor of Popplewell Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

“As part of the ribbon-cutting, we will have an exciting announcement about the Applied Business Ownership class in the spring,” said Pam Klaus, director of the Center for Franchise Development. The Applied Business Ownership class allows students and alumni to compete for the chance to own and operate their own franchise business.

Guests for the event include Steve Craig, benefactor of the Craig School of Business and Technology, and Heather Neary, president of Auntie Anne’s, the hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise. Auntie Anne’s will provide refreshments for the open house.

Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit