Going for the Whole Enchilada

A restaurateur wants to expand his handful of Mexican eateries into a chain. First, he'll have to whet the appetites of potential investors

Q: My company has owned a small group of Mexican restaurants for eight years and we're currently looking for a way to take the business to the next level. How do I expand into a larger arena? Where can I find investors to help? -- A.R., Gainesville, Ga.

A:

There are a couple of options to research at this point. One possibility is to expand into new locations by bringing in advisers and investors who will help you establish a chain. The other idea is to develop a franchise concept and begin selling outlets -- in effect, letting franchisees finance your company's growth.

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