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Guest List -- Sunday, December 13

Despite the economic downturn, William Panzica's Buffalo, New York based restaurant The Chocolate Bar is thriving. In fact, the unique chocolate-themed restaurant is doing so well that Panzica is now franchising the business. We'll meet Joe Novak and his wife Tammy Gunya-Novak, Panzica's first franchisees, and find out how franchising has worked out for them in these difficult economic times.

Panelists

--Dave Anderson, President of Anderson's Learn To Lead and LearnToLead.com, an international sales and leadership training and consulting company

--Jeffrey A. Carr, Executive Director of The NYU Stern Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

--Matthew R. Shay, President of the International Franchise Association

Dollars & Sense: Holiday Gifts

The holidays are almost here, so what are you getting for your-hardworking staffers? Jaclyn Adler of RedEnvelope will show us some cool gifts to give to your staff.

Elevator Pitch

Lauren Bolin and Adam Sahaar pitch their company Urban Pirates, which provides adventure cruises around Baltimore's Inner Harbor in a 52-foot custom pirate ship. They are looking for capital to build their brand and expand into new cities.