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Introducing Hanaa Raydan and Ahmad Aboul-Hosn, the new owners of Rosemary Bookkeeping Wembley. 

Rosemary Bookkeeping is bringing its expert bookkeeping services to Wembley and the surrounding areas for the first time under the expert supervision of Hanaa Raydan and the support of her business partner Ahmad Aboul-Hosn.

We sat down with Hanna and Ahmad to discuss their new adventure and why they invested in a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise business.


Who are Hanaa and Ahmad?

The business partners are keen entrepreneurs with experience living and working in North London’s thriving business community.

A mother of three girls and the holder of multiple qualifications in business development, accounting and bookkeeping, Hanaa has wanted to own and operate her own bookkeeping business for many years.

After working as a part-time bookkeeper since 2015, she has finally achieved her dream of supporting her local community with the support of a trusted and expert brand behind her, alongside her business partner.

Ahmad Aboul-Hosn is a local entrepreneur who has lived and worked in the Golders Green area for over fifteen years.

He is a father of two boys and loves spending time with them, his dog, and cycling when he is not growing and nurturing his businesses.

It is in the shipping franchise business that Ahmad owns that his and Hanaa’s work overlapped, as she worked within this business while working as a treasurer for a local charity.

Ahmad is passionate about the businesses in the Wembley area and, having studied bookkeeping is excited to help support Hanaa as part of Rosemary Bookkeeping Wembley.

With his existing knowledge and experience in franchising, Ahmad encouraged Hanaa to follow her dream of owning a bookkeeping business using a franchise model to gain the support of a renowned franchisor and nationwide franchise network.


The benefits of a Rosemary Bookkeeping business

With a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise, Hanaa says she has the support and expertise to succeed in business by building upon her existing knowledge and specialism.

She is excited to grow alongside her clients and business partner and support the community where she has lived and worked for a long time.

With Rosemary, she says, “I can make connections with the community while providing services in a professional way.”

Hanaa has been prepared to hit the ground running with her two-week training academy at the ServiceMaster franchise support centre, helping her set up her business and providing varied support from operations to sales and marketing.

The process, she adds, was easy and straightforward, thanks to taking everything step by step with “advice from experts who knew what they were talking about.”

 “I didn’t think it would be that easy!” she says.

“You find yourself in a rhythm of doing tasks bit by bit, and before you know it, you’re ready to go!”

With the business now open and providing support to clients in the Wembley area, Hanaa is excited to deliver quality and consistent bookkeeping services to her clients in the short term, with the goal of expanding her territory within the next five years.

Yasmin Chaudhari, Senior Marketing Executive and Marketing Manager for Rosemary Bookkeeping, says:

“I’d like to personally welcome Hanaa and Ahmad to our ever-growing Rosemary Bookkeeping network.

This is a really exciting time for the brand and Hanaa and Ahmad in particular as we look to extend our services to businesses within the locality of Wembley.

Their experience and business mindset make her a great addition to the network of franchise partners, and we look forward to supporting her as she grows her business in the years to come.”


Could you be the next Hanaa?

If, like Hanaa and Ahmad, you would like to start your own growing bookkeeping business with the expert support of an extensive franchise support team, contact our franchise sales team on 0116 275 9000, email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk or book an intro call to the brand to learn about opportunities in your area.

Meet Zoe Barnard-Rowland, the brand-new owner of Rosemary Bookkeeping in Exeter.

Rosemary Bookkeeping Exeter is now under the new and expert supervision of Zoe Barnard-Rowland, an FCCA-qualified accountant with over 25 years of experience working for over 30 companies, optimising their bookkeeping processes.

We sat down with Zoe to discuss her new adventure and why she chose to purchase Rosemary Bookkeeping Exeter.


Background

During her 25 years in accounts, Zoe has worked her way up by working long-term and in temp positions for different companies, gaining experience and qualifications as she went.

Having worked in multiple sectors, from insurance to energy supply, media and home care, in roles from accounts assistant to financial controller, Zoe says she has “seen pretty much every financial system that’s going.”

While working across sectors, she became adept at identifying these packages, picking them up quickly, identifying similarities to other packages and taking that information forward to streamline processes for the companies she’s worked for.


Why Rosemary Bookkeeping?

Taking over from the previous owner, Zoe takes on an existing client base alongside supporting new small business owners who want support with their bookkeeping to grow their business or streamline their processes.

Zoe came to Rosemary Bookkeeping after taking redundancy from her previous company in 2023.

Realising she was at a crossroads, she decided to take the opportunity to branch out, invest in herself, and use her redundancy package to purchase her franchise.

Initially, she was unsure of where to start but knew a franchise model would give her the support she needed to go into business for herself.

“I can do bookkeeping with my eyes closed,” she says. “But having franchise support makes the fresh start less daunting.”

Having looked at different opportunities, Zoe decided Rosemary was perfect for her because of the amount of head office support the brand offers – allowing her to be her own boss while still being part of a company and community of like-minded business owners.

“If there is someone responsible for marketing, legal or HR, and are there as your main point of contact, it gives you that comfort and backing,” she says.

Now, what was daunting has been made easy with the right franchise.


Aspirations

Zoe is now excited to be her own boss and grow alongside the business (which she says she plans to expand once she has found her feet) and her husband, who will support her with data entry.

“At the moment, Lee is excited about bookkeeping. I’m excited about checking his work,” she jokes.


Want to be your own boss with a bookkeeping franchise?

If, like Zoe, you would like to start your own growing bookkeeping business with the expert support of an extensive franchise support team, contact our franchise sales team on 0116 275 9000, email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk or book an intro call to the brand to learn about opportunities in our area.

Meet the owner: Waqas Chughtai from Rosemary Bookkeeping Reading shares his story.

There are as many reasons to start a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise as there are people.

Our business owners work for themselves but not by themselves to deliver personalised and expert bookkeeping services to commercial clients and small business owners nationwide.


Professional Background

As a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) and Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA) with enormous experience in practice and across different industries, Waqas is an expert in personal tax corporation, Tax and VAT.

Already the founder of his practice, WAC and Co Accountants and E-Accountants Limited, Waqas’ decision to take over Rosemary Bookkeeping Reading in 2022 was “driven by a passion for accuracy and a commitment to client satisfaction.”

 “We offer a comprehensive suite of bookkeeping and value-added services, from meticulous accounting to strategic financial planning. Upholding the highest standards of integrity and ethics, I ensure our practices inspire confidence in our clients,” he says.


Why Rosemary Bookkeeping?

As a result, Waqas says that he chose to own a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise due to the brand’s commitment to excellence. A value that he shares.

“Rosemary’s dedication to top-tier bookkeeping services aligns seamlessly with our focus on precision and personalised client care.

This partnership provides a robust framework for innovations, ensuring we deliver cutting-edge solutions. The collaborative community within the Rosemary network enhances our growth and knowledge-sharing opportunities, reinforcing our position as a trusted leader in the accounting industry,” he says.


The benefits of a Rosemary Bookkeeping business

Through the tried and tested Rosemary Bookkeeping model, Waqas could achieve his aspiration of contributing to society by creating employment and helping smaller businesses grow.

“Beyond financial expertise, we are dedicated to community dedicated to community engagement. As the owner, I have the flexibility to support initiatives that contribute to the greater good,” he says.

With a focus on expertise, innovation, and a client-centric approach, owning Rosemary Bookkeeping Reading also allows Waqas to deliver cutting-edge solutions and build lasting relationships.


The story so far…

Waqas’ journey with the Rosemary Bookkeeping has been marked by significant milestones and achievements.

He has experienced steady growth, expanding their client base and service offerings and achieving a notable increase in client satisfaction scores by pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved by offering end-to-end solutions for all their client’s needs.

“We’re proud to have exceeded the performance benchmarks set by the franchise,” says Waqas.

“Our team has completed advanced training programs, enhancing our aspiration to continue this trajectory and further solidifying our position as a trusted financial partner.

We are committed to surpassing our goals, delivering exceptional service, and contributing to the continued success of the Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise.”


Words of Advice

Waqas has some expert words of advice looking for business owners or aspirational individuals looking to start a bookkeeping franchise:

“Embark on success with Rosemary, merging strategic vision and unparalleled support. Align your goals with Rosemary’s proven excellence in bookkeeping, benefiting from robust support for business growth. Ensure seamless synergy between your skills and Rosemary’s renowned services, creating a powerful combination for client satisfaction. Tap into the network of successful Rosemary franchise owners, gaining valuable insight by taking full advantage of the brand that has created an exceptional reputation,” he says.

“Experience the empowering commitment to excellence and continuous learning, achieving measurable success. Build a reputation for outstanding customer satisfaction with Rosemary’s client-centric approach. Leverage adaptability for resilience in dynamic markets, operation confidently with a commitment to legal standards.

Choose Rosemary for elevated business standards and a path to sustained success.”


Want to succeed in a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise?

If you are ready to work for yourself with a passion for helping clients with their bookkeeping needs while controlling your work-life balance, a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise could be your perfect next step.

Call our franchise sales team on 0116 275 9000 to enquire about available franchise opportunities near you today.

Sarah Connop, owner of Rosemary Bookkeeping Shrewsbury and Telford, shares her experience as a Rosemary Bookkeeping Franchisee.

Rosemary Bookkeeping is one of the UK’s only bookkeeping franchises.

Our business owners work for themselves but not by themselves to deliver personalised and expert bookkeeping services to commercial clients and small business owners nationwide.


About Sarah Connop

Sarah Connop opened her Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise, Rosemary Bookkeeping Shrewsbury and Telford, in September 2021, having been an accountant for over 15 years in various sectors, including retail, insurance, and financial services.

Due to her passion for numbers and helping people, Sarah said she loved these roles as they allowed her to help people make sense of their numbers.


Why did Sarah join Rosemary Bookkeeping?

As the mother to a young family and a Labrador who loves long hilly walks across Shropshire, Sarah wanted a business that would utilise her experience and let her be in charge of her time and future.

This meant that when she found out about Rosemary Bookkeeping through a close friend who was part of our network, it was a natural fit for her, as she “wanted to do something I was proud of and to support [her] local thriving small business community, with the flexibility of being there for [her] children.”

Furthermore, she was attracted to the Rosemary model because “Rosemary was highly recommended by its franchise owners.”

“I was attracted to the level of support offered by the head office and fellow franchise owners,” she says.


How’s it going?

Even opening her business in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarah hasn’t been held back.

Sarah has used the tried and tested Rosemary model, which grants business owners the unique opportunity to achieve an attractive turnover based on recurring income from loyal clients.

Sarah has achieved more than 200% growth from year one to year two and is on track to achieve a minimum of 33% growth from year two to year three!

Thrilled with her progress and aiming to grow the business by 40% each year, Sarah says she is overjoyed with what she has achieved in her business.

“I have been able to successfully start the business, run the business, and be there for family more, which is everything I had hoped for,” she says.


Words of advice

As a thriving Rosemary Bookkeeping franchisee, Sarah has some advice for anyone looking to start a new business:

“It can be daunting and hard work owning your own business,” she says, “but the rewards of being own your boss and being in control of your future are worth it!”

“Do your research into the local community to ensure there are plenty of opportunities for bookkeepers. For example, I knew Shrewsbury had a thriving small business community.”


Want to succeed in a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise?

If you are ready to work for yourself with a passion for helping clients with their bookkeeping needs while controlling your work-life balance, a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise could be your perfect next step.

Call our franchise sales team on 0116 275 9000 to enquire about available franchise opportunities near you today.

Nirmal Thakkar, owner of Rosemary Bookkeeping Garden City, shares her experience as a Rosemary Bookkeeping Franchisee.

Rosemary Bookkeeping is one of the UK’s only bookkeeping franchises.

Our business owners work for themselves but not by themselves to deliver personalised and expert bookkeeping services to commercial clients and small business owners nationwide.

Nirmal Thakkar opened her Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise, Rosemary Bookkeeping Garden City, in July 2022 after the brand was recommended by a friend who is a CIMA-qualified accountant.

Upon having a brand intro call with ServiceMaster Brands UK Franchise Sales, Nirmal was sure she and Rosemary were a perfect match.

“When I met people at Rosemary, I felt that I could be a part of the family, and I will never feel left out.”

“I feel proud to be a part of the Rosemary Franchise,” she says.


Who is Nirmal Thakkar?

With a Master’s in Business Administration and having worked in the financial industry for about 15 years, and as part of a family of accountants, Nirmal supports her clients with years of knowledge and experience.

“My husband is a Financial Director of his property-based company in the UK. He is an accountant. All the men in my family are accountants.”

“Bookkeeping runs in my blood,” she says.

As a mum in a family of four, Nirmal balances her responsibilities as a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise owner, mother, and committee member of her local Indian Cultural Association, which includes planning events and cultural activities throughout the year like Holi, Diwali and Navratri.


Why Rosemary Bookkeeping?

As a busy, family-oriented businesswoman who is entrenched in her local community, Nirmal chose Rosemary Bookkeeping to “work for [herself] and have control of [her] work-life balance.”

Franchisees like Nirmal also benefit from being part of a trusted brand, a nationwide network of bookkeepers, and a centralised and dedicated franchisor support team that helps with queries, best practices, sales, marketing, and operations.

The tried and tested Rosemary Bookkeeping model ensures they are on track to succeed in all they do – with the unique opportunity to achieve a turnover of £135,000 in just five years, based on an average commercial job value of £2,100 pa.


The Rosemary Bookkeeping Experience

Nirmal says the fundamentals of running a successful Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise have been to take small steps and work to her strengths.

“My people skills have [seen] me achieve success,” she says. Having also received esteem for her interpersonal skills, Nirmal knows that she can use this to her advantage when faced with the things she finds harder – like aspects of marketing.

“Face-to-face marketing helps a lot, as it shows your confidence and commitment in what you do, and the business owners can feel the same,” she says.


Words of advice

She says this commitment is what will enable your success as a franchisee.

“No matter who you are and what you have done, your commitment will make you successful.”

“If you are ready to work for yourselves and are passionate about your business, you will always succeed.”


Want to succeed in a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise?

If you are ready to work for yourself with a passion for helping clients with their bookkeeping needs while controlling your work-life balance, a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise could be your perfect next step.

Call our franchise sales team on 0116 275 9000 to enquire about available franchise opportunities near you today.

Getting the most from a franchise.

Being part of a franchise is a choice, so every individual has their reasons for joining.

There are costs to joining a franchise, but the benefits far outweigh these.

Therefore, we recommend getting as much out of your franchise journey as possible.

At Rosemary Bookkeeping, we offer a plethora of support, so you can make the most of your franchisor relationship.

Support

The support you can receive as a franchisee in all stages of your journey is invaluable.

Initially, you may require hand-holding time whilst you find your feet.

In the middle, you could feel a little lost and need guidance to get back on track to move the needle forward.

Towards the end of your journey, you’ll likely seek to realise your investment and need assistance preparing your business for sale.

We’re here for all parts of your journey in whatever line of support that you need.

Our marketing professionals are on hand to help you sell the sizzle of your services; our operations team to get or keep your business in tip-top shape; and our IT, HR, and admin teams support the whole operation to function.

Training 

All of our new franchisees secure a place in our training academy.

You also benefit from ongoing training opportunities in marketing, sales, operations, and more.

It’s not compulsory, but much of our training is complimentary and designed for you to use.

Starter Pack and Return on Investment

A Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise is an affordable investment for the market at hand – at £18,370 (+VAT).

We give you the tools to make the most of the market opportunity.

The initial franchise fee is a combination of a Licence Fee and the cost of our starter pack.

This includes marketing materials, qualified leads and business equipment so that you can make a start right away

Your investment gets you:

  • Full demographic report for the area
  • Two-week training Academy and Operations Manual
  • Equipment and product start pack
  • Marketing and promotional materials
  • Full training & unlimited support
  • Website and marketing support
  • Regular collaboration events with fellow franchisees

And the opportunity to make some serious money.

With the tried and tested Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise model, you could earn a turnover of £135,000 in just five years, based on an average commercial job value of £2,100 pa.

Buy small and save big

As a small business, you may encounter poor economies of scale. Not as a franchisee!

We buy big so that you don’t have to.

Furthermore, we encourage our networks to tell us what they’d like to see in the warehouse so that we can buy it in bulk and pass the savings of doing so back to you.

Network Meetings 

You are never alone in a franchise.

Not only do you receive the support that you need from a world-renowned franchisor, but you also receive support from fellow like-minded business owners who have likely ‘been there and done that’.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet with them regularly, and upon onboarding, you will be encouraged to contact your peers to establish relationships immediately.

Franchisee Council 

We are passionate about ensuring our franchisees have a voice.

As such, we have a panel of franchisees who have been voted a seat by the franchise network to share feedback, issues, guidance, recommendations and praise back to us for action or notation.

Learn More

There’s so much to get from a world-renowned franchisor. Everything that we offer is to help you on your way to business success.

See what we can do for you today by calling 0116 275 9000 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk to find opportunities near you.

Turn the corner using a proven franchise business model. 

A franchise is the perfect route if you want to be in business for yourself but not by yourself.

They offer the benefit of an established brand, a proven business model and support in the areas where you need it.

There are almost 48,000 franchise businesses in the UK, and many brands to choose from.

But this much choice can be a little daunting. Analysis paralysis is real. It’s so easy to get caught in its safety net.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a few pointers to help set you on your way to breaking free from the 9-5.

Why are you looking at a franchise?

It’s important to know what your ‘why’ is. Why do you want to go into business?

Here are some common whys:

  • “I want to be my own boss.”
  • “I’ve noticed a gap in the market.”
  • “I can do it better than they do it.”
  • “I want a better lifestyle for my family.”
  • “I want to invest my redundancy/inheritance.”

Once you know why, it’s easier to find something suitable.

What are your options?

Your options are likely narrowed down by the available territory, cost, commitment, and credentials required to join.

Taking all of those into account, you’ll still find yourself with a lot of options. Choose the one most suited to your ‘why’.

Then, do your research.

Research  

Simply for ease, online research is the best place to start.

Methods of online franchise research:

  • Take a look at franchise directories
  • Read published franchise articles
  • Check associations like the BFA (British Franchise Association)
  • Visit franchisor websites
  • Follow social media channels for a broad and varied spectrum of opportunities.

For offline research, speak to franchisees and ask for advice from respected sources.

Where possible, utilise the franchise opportunities’ services for insight into the business.

Enquire & Engage

Once you have narrowed your search, enquire with the franchise brands that most suit your ‘why’.

Now is your opportunity to conduct more in-depth research and to form a relationship with the franchisor.

In franchising, relationships are the bread and butter. They make the world go around.

So, make sure it clicks. The business and the brand feel right for you to take advantage of the opportunity.

ServiceMaster Ltd. is committed to aiding your research, ensuring your decision to join us is right for you.

Contact Us

If running your own professional bookkeeping business, backed by years of experience as an industry leader sounds like the opportunity for you, contact our friendly franchise sales team on 0116 275 9000 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk to find opportunities near you.

Ever wished you could start a bookkeeping business without the fear of error?

You can, with a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise.

At Rosemary Bookkeeping, we pride ourselves on delivering a friendly and local bookkeeping service.

Our business owners across the UK are dedicated financial experts, enmeshed in their local community and businesses, helping local people with the expertise and backing of a national brand.

Our approach

Through our practical, friendly, and down-to-earth approach, we help clients overcome the complexities they face as businesses, from navigating legislation like MTD to understanding accounting software and VAT.

The work of a bookkeeper is very personal. You become a trusted part of your client’s operation – someone they rely on.

So, you want to make sure you get everything right.

For many, this trust is both a humbling privilege and enormous pressure.

You feel you need to know everything, all the time, the first time around. But that can’t always be the case.

At Rosemary Bookkeeping, we understand this. At Rosemary Bookkeeping, we account for human nature.

Our network

As a bookkeeping franchise, there is a network of established and friendly Rosemary Bookkeepers on call whenever you need a helping hand or a query answered.

All of them are backed by the nationwide franchisor, ServiceMaster Brands UK. Their dedicated team of operations professionals, customer experience, sales, and marketing experts are on hand whenever you need them.

No matter your experience in bookkeeping, where there’s a will, there’s Rosemary.

Our Support

Our team will help you grow your knowledge, confidence and business by supporting you with comprehensive training, resources and ongoing support for as long as you are part of our family.

Don’t let fear obstruct your development. See how Rosemary Bookkeeping can make your dream a reality today.

Contact us

To learn more about available territories near you, contact our friendly franchise sales team today on 0116 275 9005.

We sat down with ‘paperwork queen’ Karen Mann the new owner of Rosemary Bookkeeping North Dorset and Salisbury to discuss her new business.

From a young age, Karen Mann loved figures, paperwork, and numbers. She says when she was at school she always thought about being an accountant. But, as she tells me, during our sit-down following her completed induction academy to Rosemary Bookkeeping, life took a different path.

Prior Career

Karen has worked for a waste management company for the last 17 years. She began in their customer service department, but within nine months, had been promoted to running their accounts office.

As an office manager, Karen oversaw the operation of accounts and managed a team of 25 other people. So, when the Financial Director retired, she was well-prepared to take up the position of Company Director.

This entailed running all the accounts side of the business, handling all administration, and doing the management accounts to be sent to the company accountant.

This work has given Karen expert technical knowledge and a wealth of experience in management, as well as the ability to work alongside others and help them with things they have found difficult.

A skill which she knows stands her in great stead as a bookkeeper.

Finding Rosemary Bookkeeping

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Karen decided that after 17 years in the same place, she wanted to do something on her own and start her own business.

“I had been working for the same company for 17 years and it felt like it was time to go and do something for myself.”

With her experience and love of figures, the path was clear to Karen:

“I thought, why not run my own bookkeeping company?”

However, all was not certain. Karen says that the one thing that always held her back from setting up her own business was the worry of coming across a problem that she had never encountered before and being unsure of how to help the client.

Then, whilst Karen was looking for jobs, she found Rosemary Bookkeeping. The possibility of joining a franchise eliminated this worry for Karen as she wouldn’t be in business alone.

“Coming across the franchise, I realised that that support network behind actually covers off that element. You’re never going to be on your own.

There’s never going to be something that you can’t find the answer to, somebody will always be able to either let you know or direct you to where to find it,” she says.

“If you’re on your own, it could take you hours of Googling or trying to phone through to ask people and not getting through to the right department, so you could end up costing yourself more money in time from trying to dig those issues out.

Whereas having the franchisor behind you who can direct you to the right place will save you hours of that trudging.”

So, Karen got in touch with our friendly franchise sales team.

“Reading through the website and reading on the BFA website about Rosemary and it just instantly felt like it was going to be a really good fit. It suited my personality and my experience and having a support network behind you gives you that reassurance.”

Getting started

With the support of a renowned nationwide franchisor behind her, Karen has finally been able to realise her dream of working for herself as a bookkeeper.

And she’s ready to go. Having completed her comprehensive Rosemary Bookkeeping training academy, Karen has been guided through the ins and outs of our franchise model and supported in setting up every aspect of her business, from marketing to sales, to operations.

“Doing the academy and starting to see how everything will work in practice has been really good I really enjoyed the whole thing,” she says.

“It is marrying up and I can see everything now slotting into place and how it’s all going to work.”

Launching her business today, she says that she is raring to get started helping customers and putting her love of bookkeeping to good use.

“I am a bit of a paperwork queen,” she says.

“I love paperwork, I love Excel, and figures are what I’m about. The whole of bookkeeping, I just love it.”

“I’m really looking forward to doing all of that and getting into the nitty gritty with customers and solving their issues and getting it all nice and straight for them.”

Could you be a bookkeeper?

Bookkeeping can be complex and time-consuming, but with the right support, it doesn’t have to be.

As a Rosemary Bookkeeper, you’ll provide a transparent and expert service in your local area, backed by a network of other experienced accountancy professionals.

If you’re looking for a change and think Rosemary Bookkeeping could be the right fit for you, get in touch with our franchise sales team today to book a discovery session and find out about available opportunities near you.