He also offers a program specifically for veterans who seek business help. Though he doesn't have one currently planned at the moment, he says he has helped many veterans and always welcomes the opportunity to help more.
The goal for Svetz is to make the class accessible and affordable. "We reach out to meet the needs of an underserved area," he said acknowledging his class is reaching into more rural areas.
"It only takes two or three businesses to change an area," he said. The purpose is to help the area sustain and grow.
"We're constantly changing the program to meet the changing needs of business and the community," Svetz said.
He admits it might not be the best time to start a restaurant or something in the hospitality sector because of the pandemic, but he says there is a lot of funding available now and interest rates are low. Innovation and the changing lifestyles of workers are making business opportunities more flexible.
The classes are a mix of seasoned business people who are looking to expand services or grow to folks who come in with only an idea. Svetz says he likes that the classes have a synergy and that the students want to succeed and help each other. "It gives me a lot of satisfaction, it is fun to see people develop and obtain their dreams," he said.
"I believe in the program. It is good for people and the whole community," said Ronnie Beith who is the Marketing and Events coordinator in Franklin and who helps Svetz sign people up for the class. She said there are many Franklin businesses who have benefitted from the class. She added the class fee more than pays for itself in the discounted services it provides to new businesses.
She also said once you take the class you have Svetz's expertise for life. "If call him up to meet for coffee, he's there." she said.
"It's my way of giving back," Svetz said.
The registration information can be found on the flyers above. You can click on them to enlarge.