Peter Birkeland to Present “Ideas, Tactics, and Tips to Grow Your Company” at the New England Franchise Association (NEFA) Meeting on Tuesday January 15th, 5:30-9 PM

Chestnut Hill, MA, December 25, 2007 --( Peter Birkeland will outline “Ideas, Tactics, and Tips to Grow Your Company” at the New England Franchise Association (NEFA) meeting on Tuesday January 15th, 5:30-9:00 PM to be held at Lombardo's Conference & Function Facilities
6 Billings St. Randolph, Mass.

Peter Birkeland is one of today’s leading experts on franchising, distribution channels, and growth platforms. He is the author of Franchising Dreams, and was named by Fortune Small Business as "One of the top ten minds in small business." He founded Peter Birkeland Consulting to help companies create and execute growth platforms that increase productivity.

The evening includes a cocktail and networking session beginning at 5:30 PM, dinner at 7:00 PM, and the presentation. The entire business community is urged to attend. Membership in the NEFA is not required. Reservations are required.

Registration Fee is $60 per person and includes dinner.

Peter has executive management experience as a CEO of a steel manufacturing company, research experience in strategy to world-leading strategist Gary Hamel, and management consulting experience with Accenture and Bridge Strategy as Research Director of Change Management. He received his master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and continues to lecture at the University of Chicago Graham School.

Birkeland has appeared on over 100 radio and television broadcasts and his ideas and articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, Chicago Tribune, Entrepreneur, Fortune, Fortune Small Business, Dallas Morning News and other leading publications. The Restaurant Finance national convention, and franchisor national conventions.

About NEFA:
New England Franchise Association (NEFA) is the trade organization for franchisors and franchisees in the region, with over 125 members. The mission of NEFA is to bring franchise executives, franchisees and vendors together to share ideas for success.

Franchising more than ever before, has an unprecedented opportunity to make a major positive impact on the future New England economy. In a 2004-05 study conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoppers on behalf of the International Franchise Association (IFA) found that in New England over 750,000 jobs are a result of franchising, the total output is over 70 Billion dollars a year, and there are over 32,000 franchise establishments in the six New England States.

New England Franchise Association
Jim Coen