Register today to attend the next Rock Business Roundtable Quarterly Breakfast on January 29, 2020, featuring Mara Fortin, CEO, KKN Consulting, LLC.
“Creating a Dessert Dynasty by Faithfully Following God’s Calling”
Are you looking for 2020 to be the year of fundamental change and clarity in your business life? Come hear Mara Fortin explain how she created a "dessert dynasty" against all odds by faithfully following God's calling on her life and in her business.
Mara Fortin was told thirteen years ago that she would be out of business within six months! As the first franchise owner of the now popular Nothing Bundt Cakes brand, she took a massive gamble at the age of 34, with two babies, and walked away from a successful law practice. With God's guidance and direction, Mara took bold and decisive action and grew that small business to seven bakeries and over 130 employees, making her the single largest franchisee in the quickly growing business. She will share the story of her amazing journey and the learnings she gained along the way that allowed her to excel and grow her business beyond her wildest imagination.
NETWORKING: 7:00-7:30 am
BREAKFAST/PROGRAM: 7:30-9:00 am
About Mara Fortin
Mara Fortin is an attorney, small business owner, political advocate, philanthropist, community leader and, most importantly, a mom. She has three children, two teenage daughters, and a 21-month-old son. Mara was the first franchisee ever to open a Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery and grew it to be the largest in the nation, with seven, as the brand grew to over 350 bakeries nationwide. She gave up her practice of law thirteen years ago, moved her family back to her hometown of San Diego when her daughters were two and nine months old and started on her small business venture. Over the years, Mara found a niche by using her legal background and the grit of many years’ experience opening small, but prolific, retail bakeries in the challenging California market, to speak openly and transparently to leaders about the challenges faced on a daily basis. Her authentic style and years in the trenches allow her to connect with a wide array of influencers.
In addition to building a successful business which employed well over 100, mostly women, in the San Diego county market, Mara sat on the boards of several small business advisory councils and has also been very active with the International Franchise Association, which represents thousands of small business owners across the country.
Mara travels to Washington DC regularly to meet with members of Congress and frequently speaks with members of the press and media on small business-related matters. Mara is an entrepreneur and thought leader and enjoys each and every opportunity to speak to and on behalf of the hardworking men, women, and families across the country, especially when speaking about faith and how it has impacted her business success.