investors without a business plan?
That is like running for the office of president of the usa without a plan.
You need a life plan first to make sure this is what you want to do.
Do you have any access to 30% of the money? In other do you have 30% of the $250,000 in cash? Which is $75,000.00 in cash.
Also it sounds like you trying to raise private funding ~ you are going to have to show the "silent" partner that there is a need and market for an ace hardware store in the area that you are considering putting it in. But understand the franchisor (one is granting you the rights to an exclusive franchise) often has major say in where you can put it to make sure it doesnt conflict with another ace hardware. Franchise are very terroritial.
Well i disagree with the Lowes/Home Depot could hurt your business comment because they may be big but they sorely are lacking in compentent workers that know their stuff.
If I have a question ~ Ace Hardware has people who can help you without the we can refer you to a contractor. I beginning to think home depot and lowes folks takes kickbacks on the side. Ace Hardware is about keeping it customer coming back and back and back.