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Welcome to Franchise Interviews weekly podcast and radio show. If you ever dreamed of one day owning your own business, then you have come to the right place. Listen to detailed interviews/podcasts with some of the most informative sources on the topics of franchising and entrepreneurship.

People are hungry for good vital content (Keyes, 2009). To date, we have recorded over 552 interviews on our weekly franchise radio show with some of the top franchisors, franchise experts, franchise attorneys, franchisees, and franchise authors. You can even listen to our shows based on category of i
Franchise Interviews Meets with the Angry Crab Franchise
In 2013, Angry Crab Shack launched in Mesa, AZ. This concept has a vibrant, memorable dining environment and offers high-quality seafood at a more affordable price. Angry Crab Shack combines Cajun- and Asian-inspired seafood, affordable prices and strategic real estate practices into the winning franchise combination the brand operates today. We are meeting with Andy Diamond, the President of Angry Crab Shack. In part two, we will play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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June 30, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meets with Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse Franchise
We are meeting with Ajay Singh, Vice President of Brand Development for Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse.  Johnny's Italian Steakhouse is a leading dining destination offering an everyday indulgence that provides a high-end experience without the high-end price. Johnny's creatively blends sophistication of the past with a modern edge. As a distinctly upscale dining experience with reasonable prices, Johnny's features a traditional speakeasy ambiance that is brought to life by timeless steak and Italian dishes, entertaining service and its trademarked Blue Bar where hand-crafted cocktails are skillfully prepared.
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June 28, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meets with the Building Kidz Worldwide Franchise Opportunity
We are meeting with Sanjay Ravi Gehani, Partner and Chief Marketing Officer for Building Kidz Worldwide, LLC- Building Kidz is unique in that their unparalleled proprietary curriculums, references, and highly qualified faculty combine a world class academic setting with a specialization in Performing Arts. Their creative philosophy is stitched throughout our curriculum which we customize to meet the specific needs of every child by delicately balancing our time between structured elements and play.  They offer weekly lessons in music, dance, and theater embedded in our daily routine. Their children, from the age of 3, perform one recital and one Broadway style production annually such as: The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Rio, and Where the Wild Things Are.  In Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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June 21, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meets with the SpeedPro Imaging Franchise Opportunity
We are meeting with Larry Oberly, CEO for SpeedPro Imaging…SpeedPro Imaging is the nation’s leading wide-format printing and graphics franchise. Through extreme resolution levels and unparalleled color matching technology, SpeedPro studios provide innovative marketing solutions to elevate businesses nationwide.  SpeedPro’s unique business model offers franchisees the ability to control their working hours and have the flexibility to live their life how they want to, while also giving them the tools they need to succeed. With proprietary technology, thorough training, and ongoing support, SpeedPro owners are set up to hit the ground running, grow, and thrive.  In Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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June 14, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meets with the Angry Crab Shack Franchise
In 2013, Angry Crab Shack launched in Mesa, AZ. This concept has a vibrant, memorable dining environment and offers high-quality seafood at a more affordable price. Angry Crab Shack combines Cajun- and Asian-inspired seafood, affordable prices and strategic real estate practices into the winning franchise combination the brand operates today.  We are meeting with Andy Diamond, the President of Angry Crab Shack.  In part two, we will play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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June 7, 2018
Franchise Interviews Tips on Attending A Franchise Show
This week (May 31 to June 2) Franchise Interviews will be visiting the International Franchise Expo in New York at the legendary Javits Center. Many refer to this show as the Super Bowl of franchising. Today you will hear numerous interviews on how to prepare for a franchise show.First you will hear our conversation with Tom Portesy, the President of Mart Franchise Ventures Expositions.  Mr. Portesy will discuss what aspiring frantrepreneurs can expect from a franchise show.  Next you will hear our interview with the franchise expert Terry Corkery who gives his advice to aspiring entrepreneurs looking to buy a franchise as well as some fantastic tips on attending franchise shows.  The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, or Javits Center is a large convention center located on Eleventh Avenue, between 34th and 40th streets, on the West side of Manhattan in New York. http://www.ifeinfo.com/ Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend The International Franchise Expo: Meet face-to-f
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May 31, 2018
Co-Branding - Franchise Interviews Meets with Dippin' Dots & Doc Popcorn
We are meeting with Steve Rothenstein, Senior Director of Franchising at Dippin' Dots & Doc Popcorn. When Dippin’ Dots’ CEO Scott Fisher acquired Doc Popcorn in 2014, he needed to empower a leader to combine the two franchise models and expand the perfectly balanced snack co-brand. He leaned on the 25-year franchise-industry veteran, Steve Rothenstein, who’d previously held leadership positions with Yum Brands, Cold Stone Creamery, Tasti D-Lite and Planet Smoothie.  He’s led the franchises’ double-digit growth each of the last four years, since the acquisition. Dippin' Dots Franchising, LLC. Where do Dippin' Dots fans go for all their favorite flavors of Dippin' Dots? They go everywhere! Dippin' Dots Franchisees sell the fun, ice cold dots at fairs, festivals, shopping centers and in existing businesses. Market research shows Dippin' Dots outperformed some of the top franchised ice cream brands 2:1 among kids and almost 2:1 among young adults. And one fact was very cl
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May 24, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meet with the Hammer and Nails Grooming Shop for Guys
We are meeting with Aaron Meyers, Chief Operating Officer of Hammer and Nails Grooming Shop for Guys.  Hammer & Nails Grooming Shop for Guys, a first-of-its-kind men’s grooming shop that provides hand and foot care, haircuts and shaves in a man cave nirvana. The male grooming industry has become mainstream, with barbering services proving to be the fastest growing sector. As the surge continues, Hammer & Nails has appointed a leadership team to elevate the brand to new heights as it continues to expand its nationwide footprint. As a trailblazer in the space, the brand is perfecting its membership-based model to give men the ultimate man cave nirvana experience while upping their grooming regime.  In Part Two, we will play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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May 17, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meets with Michael Peterson of Franchise Beacon
We are meeting with franchise author, franchise expert and the President of Franchise Beacon, Michael Peterson  Whether you're looking to start a franchise or grow an existing franchise, Franchise Beacon offers the expertise and services that can help guide your franchise business to success. Michael is the author of "How and Why to Franchise Your Business."  This book was written to be the book on franchising, the go-to for a new or would-be franchisor. It was written  with someone from ourside our industry  in mind. It delves deeply into such topics as preparing to become a franchisor, the legal repercussions of franchising, how to recruit the right candidates, and how to manage a franchise system. This book will guide you in building a successful team of experts to help you create the stellar franchise brand that you dream of! If you are looking for the book on franchising, you have found it! In Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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May 10, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meets with Brian Moak of HEART Certified Auto Care
We are meeting with Brian Moak, the CEO and Founder of  HEART Certified Auto Care.  With over 90 years of auto repair experience, Heart combines old fashion service with expert mechanical repair to ensure that each and every customer has a premium level experience. Previously operating as Duxler Complete Auto Care since 1924, Brian Moak saw an opportunity to fill a growing gap in the car repair service industry. He decided to take his vision nationwide in 2017, launching the franchise of HEART Certified Auto Care.  In part two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising Podcast.
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May 3, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meets with Kevin Hsu, Co-founder and CMO of Pokéworks
POKÉWORKS POKE FRANCHISE STORY Pokéworks is a ground-breaking, healthy fast-casual restaurant concept that began on a rainy day in December of 2015 in a tiny location in Midtown Manhattan.  Today, it has grown into one of the largest and fastest growing poke brands in the nation and one we can proudly say is anchored almost entirely with multi-unit institutional franchisees.  Pokéworks was born on that quiet Winter day with a trickle of curious New Yorkers that wondered in to experience poke for the first time.  Weeks later, hundreds stood in line outside our tiny restaurant willing to wait 45 minutes or more to build their own poke burrito or bowl.  While more than 700 New Yorkers were enjoying our poke per day, our ground breaking “The ‘Sushi Burrito’ has hit NYC and its amazing” video went viral and received more than 42 million views.  Media consensus is that Pokéworks’ extraordinary consumer appeal is fueled by the exceptional efficiency, quality and affordabilit
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April 26, 2018
Asking The Right Questions:Franchise Interviews Meets Meg Schmitz of FranChoice
We are meeting with Meg Schmitz.  Meg is a franchising consultant through FranChoice — her deep knowledge of franchising started in the 1990s, when she opened the first of five Great Clips salons in the Chicago area. As the president of the Chicago area owners’ co-op and liaison to corporate executive staff, Meg saw how others struggled because they bought a franchise that wasn’t the best fit. Now, after 10 years as a franchise consultant, Meg has helped hundreds determine whether business ownership, especially franchising, is the right vehicle for their personal and financial success.   Meg’s unique perspective in the industry comes from not only her own experience as a franchisee, but also because her degree in Counseling Psychology and work as a certified Mediator and hospice volunteer.  Meg is attuned to the importance of asking the right questions and listening, which allows her candidates to hone their questions/concerns about business ownership into a refined investigati
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April 19, 2018
LinkedIn for Entrepreneurs – Franchise Interviews Meets with Nancy Friedman
LinkedIn for Entrepreneurs – Franchise Interviews Meets with Nancy Friedman LinkedIn is one of the most powerful networking business tools for professionals and entrepreneurs.  Not long ago, Nancy Friedman was interviewed in a magazine article by Forbes.  The article was called 10 New LinkedIn Tips to Propel Your PR.  In this interview, Nancy and I discuss tips learned over the years on how to effectively use this social media tool.  Nancy is president & founder of Telephone Doctor Customer Service Training. When Oprah, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, Good Morning Canada and Great Britain, CNN, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and other well-respected radio, TV and publications need a customer service expert, they call on Nancy Friedman. You should, too!  In Part Two, Marty plays the role of one of his favorite interviewers James Lipton and asks Nancy, a former actress the famous ten questions created by Bernard Pivot.  http://www.nancyfriedm
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April 12, 2018
The 2018 Tax Franchise Symposium on Franchise Interviews
There are only a couple of weeks left before filing your taxes.  This time of year, we get many questions on franchises that provide tax services.  We are going to play clips from two very interesting franchises in the tax industry.  First, we play a clip from our interview with Dom Cirello of the BookKeeping Express franchise opportunity. Dom is a franchisee to BookKeeping Express. BookKeeping Express, a national organization and franchise that provides businesses with professional bookkeeping services. Bookkeeping Express was founded in 1984 in California.  Next we meet with Nick Rizzi of the Smart Tax franchise opportunity.  Smart Tax allows its franchisees to own a tax preparation business without requiring a background in finance, accounting, or tax law - it's a business that is easy to start up and operate, just by following the established and comprehensive Smart Tax franchise system.
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April 5, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meets with the MVS Pet Care Franchise Opportunity
We are meeting with Todd Giatrelis the CEO of MVS Pet Care. The service, which brings general wellness care, vaccinations, illness and injury care right to the customers’ doorstep, comes as a welcome relief to the 68 percent of U.S. families that own a pet who routinely experience the anxiety of transporting their cat or dog to the vet’s office and back. In addition to serving a need for pet parents, the service also provides much-needed business ownership opportunities to veterinarians who, for the longest time, could only work in already established vet offices while paying down student loan debt.  The mobile pet care franchise was the brainchild of a veteran team of franchise industry experts, including Todd Giatrelis (CEO), Sarah Towne (President), and Ashley Shimabukuro (COO) who came to the realization that families and veterinarians could benefit from offering consumers convenience with added personal touches.   In Part Two of today's podcast, we play a c
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March 29, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meets with Christian Brothers Automotive Franchise
We have a great show today.  We are meeting with Mark Carr, the founder of Christian Brothers Automotive Corporation. Dedicated to its brand mission “To glorify God, by loving your neighbor as yourself” Christian Brothers Automotive has firmly planted its roots in faith, honesty and trust, which have proven to be clear differentiators in the competitive auto services and repair industry, a $380 billion sector in the U.S. economy. With its guiding principles instilled from the very first location, which opened in 1982, Christian Brothers Automotive has successfully expanded to more than 170 locations in 25 states. The Houston-based company delivers a variety of professional auto-care services including upkeep, maintenance, and repair.
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March 22, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meets with the Vitality Bowls Franchise Opportunity
We have a great show today.  We are meeting with Tara Gilad of the Vitality Bowls franchise.  About Vitality Bowls Roy and Tara Gilad, a pair of successful business owners, founded Vitality Bowls in 2011 in San Ramon, California. The duo started the superfood café concept together as a result of discovering their daughter’s severe food allergies and wanting to find safe, healthy food alternatives. Since franchising began in 2014, the brand has seen significant growth with more than 70 cafes open and in development. Named one of the Top 100 new franchises in 2017 by Entrepreneur and ranked among the 2017 Fast Casual Top 100, Vitality Bowls is redefining the fast-casual healthy food restaurant sector every day at each of its locations across the country.
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March 15, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meets with Bette Fetter, the Founder of Young Rembrandts
We have a great show today.  We are meeting with Bette Fetter, the Founder and CEO of Young Rembrandts and Author of Being Visual.  About Young Rembrandts- Young Rembrandts is a recognized leader in art education, offering a curriculum focused on teaching children to draw, using demonstration and a structured step-by-step process. Through the process of weekly instruction students are exposed to a wide variety of subject matter, artistic concepts, art history and mastery of their materials. Classes are taught to children ages 3 ½ to 12 years old. Young Rembrandts teaches more than 10,000 students each week in 31 states and four provinces. Through franchising, Young Rembrandts offers individuals the chance to grow their own business while creating a positive impact within the community.
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March 1, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meets with The Joint Chiropractic Franchise
We have a great show today.  We are meeting with Peter Holt of The Joint Chiropractic franchise.  Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, The Joint is an emerging growth company that is reinventing chiropractic care by making quality care convenient and affordable for patients seeking pain relief and ongoing wellness. Its no-appointment policy and convenient hours and locations make care more accessible, and affordable membership plans and packages eliminate the need for insurance. With nearly 400 clinics nationwide and more than four million patient visits annually, The Joint is a leader in the chiropractic profession. In Part Two, we play a clip form our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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February 22, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meets with the America’s Dog & Burger Franchise
We are meeting Manolis Alpogianis of the  America’s Dog & Burger franchise.  Entrepreneurial brothers Manolis and George Alpogianis co-founded AMERICA’S DOG AND BURGER after a cross-country road trip through the United States. This now famous journey inspired the two to open a restaurant that offered the most compelling hot dog and burger tastes of the nation in one dynamic environment. The brand uniquely positions itself in the dog and burger scene by offering guests a variety of fresh, gourmet burgers, city-themed hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, Italian beef, salads and more. After more than 20 years of proven success, the family-run business is in strategic growth mode, awarding franchise opportunities to passionate individuals and teams attracted to the brand’s distinguishable niche. In Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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February 15, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meets with the CITYROW Franchise Opportunity
Founded in 2014 by Helaine Knapp, CITYROW is a boutique fitness studio established in New York City that specializes in a total body, high-intensity, low-impact workout using a water-based rowing machine and strength-training exercises. Each stroke on the row machine utilizes 84 percent of the body's muscles - legs, core and arms. The 50-minute workouts increase aerobic capacity and efficiency and burn calories while exerting less pressure on the body's joints than traditional cardio exercises. By combining rowing with body sculpting exercises, CITYROW members see body transformation quickly.  In Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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February 8, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meets the KIDS FIRST Swim Schools Franchise Opportunity
We are meeting Gary Roth, the founder of  KIDS FIRST Swim School franchise.  KIDS FIRST Swim Schools is based on the belief that all children should know how to swim, and they have made it their mission to spread this notion nationally through franchising. After slaving away in the corporate world, Roth wanted the next chapter of his life to focus on an activity that he relished in the past, while providing a recreational and educational outlet for future generations. That passion was swimming.  From being a star competitor in high school and undergrad, to volunteering his time as a swim coach after work, Roth took it upon himself to make every child as excited about swimming as he was. Company Facts:  · Kids First Swim School currently has 29 corporate locations, four franchise locations, and teaches over 150,000 students annually.  · Last year, Kid’s First Swim School made 15.5 million in annual sales.  · Roth also owns his own construction company speci
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February 1, 2018
Franchise Interviews Welcomes Back Mark Van Wye of the Zoom Room Franchise
We are meeting Mark Van Wye, CEO of Zoom Room.  Zoom Room is an indoor dog gym and training facility where owners and their dogs come to play, train and socialize with their dogs in a climate-controlled environment. In contrast to other training facilities where the dog is trained by the store, Zoom Room's dogs are trained by their owner, creating a one-of-a kind relationship. After a recent significant investment in the brand, Zoom Room has re-launched its franchise opportunity and looks to bring its training centers to pet-lovers across America.  Mark Van Wye, CEO of Zoom Room will  discuss the growing bonding trend the pet industry and how Zoom Room is filling the demand. He will also discuss: The current need for dog training and socialization and how this helps pet owners fully understand their dog's behavior. The unique approach Zoom Room takes to pet training by offering a place where the owner trains alongside their dogs using only positive reinforcement, and the
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January 25, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meets with the California Tortilla Franchise Opportunity
We are meeting Bob Phillips and Keith Goldman of California Tortilla, a fast-casual Mexican-inspired restaurant. Falling in love with the brand's bold flavors and fun, laid-back attitude, the duo felt the concept would be perfect for a world they were familiar with - franchising. Together, they have built more than 50 restaurants in eight states over the past fifteen years and hope to introduce restaurants outside of the mid-Atlantic for the first time. Taking Goldman's 40 years of restaurant experience and Phillip's previous experience of owning dozens of franchises, the pair works like a well-oiled machine. Phillip's expertise in financial business models and bookkeeping as well as Goldman's operations proficiency are complements to one another. In 2002, experienced restauranteurs Bob Phillips and Keith Goldman opened their first California Tortilla Taking Goldman's 40 years of restaurant experience and Phillip's previous experience of owning dozens of franch
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January 18, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meets with the Code Ninjas Franchise Opportunity
We are meeting with Marty Flanagan from Code Ninjas.  Code Ninjas, founded in 2016, is the fastest growing kids coding franchise in the United States. With its flagship location currently open in Pearland, Texas, the company has more than 70 locations currently in development, including 34 franchisees across 15 states. Code Ninjas teaches kids ages 7-14 how to code in a fun, welcoming, and non-intimidating atmosphere using a game-based curriculum.  In part two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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January 11, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meets with the Camp Transformation Center Franchise
We are meeting Alejandra Font of the Camp Transformation Center.  The Camp Transformation Center is dedicated to helping clients reach their weight loss goals by offering comprehensive programs, a fun, friendly, welcoming and motivating environment. The Camp Transformation Center not only helps clients with their workout routines and form, but they also provide insight on nutrition. Transformation Center has seen vigorous growth. So far in 2017, 39 gyms have been opened and 36 in 2016. The Camp has another 22 Camps under development for 2018. In part 2, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising Podcast.
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January 4, 2018
Franchise Interviews Meets with the CMIT Solutions Franchise Opportunity
We are meeting with Jeff Connally, the President and CEO of CMIT Solutions.  CMIT Solutions (CMIT) is a leading provider of information technology (IT) professional services and products to small and medium-sized businesses, and is uniquely capable of supporting small businesses anywhere, coast to coast in the United States and Canada. By focusing on developing and maintaining local, trust-based relationships with its customers, CMIT is able to meet all of their IT needs. CMIT, which has 170 plus locations, offers a wide variety of services and products, including enterprise-class solutions, at prices small businesses can afford.   CMIT Solutions has been ranked number one in its category in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500® list for six consecutive years. Because of its growing geographic presence and partner programs, CMIT is a very attractive sales and/or support channel for larger firms desiring to reach the millions of small and medium-sized businesses in the Unit
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December 28, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets Jeff Oddo, CEO of City Wide Maintenance Franchise
We have a great show today.  We are meeting Jeff Oddo, the CEO of City Wide Maintenance, a building maintenance franchise which was started by his father. Jeff is credited with turning the business into a franchise. He is very passionate about expanding the brand and making an impact on the communities they serve. Jeff will talk about what he calls the “Ripple effect” Founded in 1961, City Wide has become synonymous with building maintenance in its home Kansas City market and the 50-plus U.S. regions where it has grown through franchising since 2001. A single-source solution for all building maintenance services, City Wide contracts with independent contractors to give clients access to dozens of interior and exterior services. City Wide simplifies the maintenance matters that mean most to building owners, operators, and management companies, easing the time, stress, and resources typically required to oversee an entire facility.  In part 2, we play a clip from our popular Great
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December 21, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with Ken McAllister, the President of MY SALON Suite
We have a great show.  We are meeting with Ken McAllister, the President of MY SALON Suite.  Founded in 2010, MY SALON Suite is raising the bar in luxury for salon entrepreneurs and consumers across North America. MY SALON Suite attracts and inspires experienced professionals from all facets of the health and beauty industry to individually own and operate their own businesses in one of several private suites, each fully equipped with a styling center, state-of-the-art security system and other eco-salon suite amenities. The resources offered by MY SALON Suite empower salon members to achieve business ownership and present them the opportunity to earn a six-figure income. The brand’s success in recent years has been momentous, and a strategic alliance partnership with Ratner Companies, the nation’s largest family-owned collection of salons, has further propelled the brand’s success and rapid expansion. With more than 45 locations in 16 states across the United States and Canada, the
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December 14, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets Mary Jane Riva, CEO of the Pizza Factory Franchise
In today's podcast, we are meeting with Mary Jane Riva, CEO of Pizza Factory.  Founded 30 years ago, Pizza Factory has become well known for serving fresh, high-quality pizza, sandwiches, salads and more. The brand is also widely recognized for its close community connection, which includes its iconic “No Bully Zone” program and impactful fundraising partnerships. Currently, there are more than 100 locations based in five states throughout the West Coast. Pizza Factory looks to add additional franchise locations in key markets throughout the country, with a special focus on Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana.  In Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast. Today’s show is being sponsored to you by Neopost and the IS-280.  The IS-280 weighs and then automatically tells me what postage amount my mail or package needs. Not only will you pay 6% less to send First-Class mail but time is also saved by not having to run to the post office
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December 7, 2017
Franchise Interviews Celebrates 550 Shows and 11 Years of Podcasting!
It is hard to imagine it was 11 years ago we launched our first podcast.  Today, Franchise Interviews is celebrating our 11th year anniversary and 550th show.  This show will feature Marty McDermott, the founder of Franchise Interviews, LLC as the interviewee discussing the history of the show.  Interviews on this show will be conducted by the amazing Jaime Jay, the popular host of Stop Riding the Pine, the great Elizie Flenard, host of the popular show Enterprise Now, the popular John Tantillo, AKA the Marketing Doctor and we even play a clip from our very first show with PB Loco. Today's show is being brought to you by Ceterus.  Ceterus specializes in franchise accounting and takes care of all of that work for you, while giving you full access to your financial data and benchmarked reporting through their platform.  If you sign up through this podcast, you will get 50% off your first two months! To learn more about Ceterus' franchise accounting and benchmarked reporting solution, ple
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November 30, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with the Totally Nutz Franchise Opportunity
This week we are meeting with the Totally Nutz franchise opportunity - Matt Barker and his wife Yvette were successful marketing executives who became worn-out of the rat race and began looking for their "next big thing." That light bulb moment came as they recalled all the conferences they used to be present at and the thousands of people walking around each show with some kind of handout. Under the name Barker's Olde Fashioned Almonds, Matt and Yvette started roasting Cinnamon Glazed Almonds in 1990 and began selling their product at different fairs and festivals. Over the years, their customers would inform how much they enjoyed the product and wished more variety would be offered. Matt and Yvette started experimenting and came up with several delectable flavors and varieties. They changed the name to Totally Nutz in 1992 and launched their franchise opportunity in May 2014. In Part Two, we play a clip from our Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.  Today's show is being
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November 16, 2017
Special Edition - Franchise Interviews Honors Our Military Veterans Show
First, we are meeting with Kevin Wilkerson. Kevin and Laurel Wilkerson own a Marco's Pizza franchise in Broken Arrow, OK. Kevin spent 24 years as an Army Infantry Officer and retired in 2005 as a full Colonel. Laurel served on active duty with the Army as an attorney for over 20 years, retiring in 2008. He later learned of Marco's and decided to get involved in entrepreneurship.  Next we meet with Sean Falk – A former US Marine infantry officer who served more than 8 years in active duty and reserves, including tours during Operation Desert Storm and in Bosnia.
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November 10, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with the Whizzyride Franchise Opportunity
Electric Scooters, Electric Bikes, Electric Skateboards and more!  We have a great show today.  We are meeting Jerry Szylwanski of the Whizzyride franchise opportunity.  Whizzyride is a Miami based intelligent technologies company- specialized in small electric vehicles. Whizzyride is an exclusive importer of the newest market inventions such as electric scooters and electric bikes. Whizzyride provides guaranty and post-guaranty service and the satisfaction of their clients in the most important thing for their franchise! In Part Two, we play a clip from our Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.  Today's show is being brought to you by Ceterus.  Ceterus specializes in franchise accounting and takes care of all of that work for you, while giving you full access to your financial data and benchmarked reporting through their platform.  If you sign up through this podcast, you will get 50% off your first two months! To learn more about Ceterus' franchise accounting and benchmarked rep
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November 9, 2017
Franchise Interviews Celebrates National Sandwich Day
Today Franchise Interviews is celebrating National Sandwich day with three fantastic sub franchise opportunities.  They include Erbert and Gerbert’s Subs, Milios Subs, and Penn Station East Coast Subs.  National Sandwich Day is observed annually on November 3. The sandwich is believed to be the namesake of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, following the claim that he was the inventor of the sandwich.  This day honors one of America’s most popular lunch items.  https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-sandwich-day-november-3/ In part four, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.  Today's Franchise Interviews shout out goes to Ceterus.  As a franchise entrepreneur, dealing with your finances, accounting, and tax preparation can be a headache. Ceterus specializes in franchise accounting and takes care of all of that work for you, while giving you full access to your financial data and benchmarked reporting through their platform.
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November 2, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with George Vodin of the Fancy Art, NFP Franchise
We have a great show today.  We are meeting George Vodin of Fancy Art, NFP.  Fancy Art, NFP is Your One Stop Shop For All of Your Wall Décor Needs.  Imagine owning a business that is not only profitable, but where it is fun to go to work every day. At Fancy Art, NFP®, you will be surrounded by beautiful artworks and soft music, dealing with a cultured clientele, who appreciate the finer things of life and have the discretionary income to afford them. Each job is different so it will never be monotonous or mundane and once your work is finished, it will reside prominently in a home or business, where it will not only bring joy and brighten the living environment, but also become a focal point of conversation whenever there is company, which is why, word of mouth will always be your best publicity. Oh! And did we mention that it is a big ticket item with high profit margins.
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October 26, 2017
Brix Holdings - Red Mango, Smoothie Factory, RedBrick Pizza & Souper Salad
We are meeting Craig Erlich, President of BRIX Holdings, the parent company for Red Mango, Smoothie Factory, RedBrick Pizza and Souper Salad.  We are going to speak with Craig can about BRIX’s position in the healthy food market and the healthy portfolio of brands they have built. We also discuss the following topics: Red Mango recently celebrated its 10th anniversary when other brands have long since come and gone in this spaceAs consumers demand healthier options, BRIX is seeing a growing popularity of non-traditional locations for the brands (inside gyms, casinos, college food courts)RedBrick Pizza will be debuting a new prototype by end of the year (opening in NJ)
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October 19, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with Michael Poates, President of Gatti’s Pizza
We have a great show today.  We are meeting Michael Poates, President of Gatti’s Pizza. For nearly half a century, Gatti’s has been satisfying cravings.The Gatti’s Pizza brand is in the midst of a huge growth period as they introduce new prototypes at a record number of new locations, an updated brand, and new products.  Some of the topics we discuss include the following: What Is Gatti’s? The Gatti’s Story How Is Gatti’s Different? Available and Growth Markets Gatti’s Franchise Models What’s Special About Their Menu? What Technology Powers Gatti’s? Startup Costs and Fees for a Mr. Gatti’s Pizza or Gatti’s Pizza Franchise Who Makes an Ideal Gatti’s Franchise Owner? Gatti’s Franchise Reviews
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October 12, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with Gigi Butler of Gigi's Cupcakes
We have a great show today.  We are meeting with Gigi Butler, the founder of Gigi’s Cupcakes.  People across the country know Gigi from her appearance on “Undercover Boss” on CBS, and her journey is the American Dream come true. Soon after opening, Gigi’s Cupcakes became a Nashville delicacy dessert of choice and now, nine years later, it has expanded to more than 100 locations across 24 states…making Gigi’s the largest cupcake franchise in the country! Moving to Nashville in 1994 from California to pursue a career in music at 15-years old, Gigi supported her dream by cleaning houses during the day and singing in honky tonks at night. While she loved music, she also had a passion for baking. As the years went by, she decided to take a chance on her cooking talents instead of her voice. She took a huge risk and opened a cupcake boutique in a high rent area just off Music Row in Nashville in Feb of 2008- not far from the bars where she sang. Soon after opening, Gigi’s Cupcakes beca
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October 5, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with the PJ's Coffee Franchise Opportunity
We have a great show today.  We are meeting Peter Boylan, to talk about the PJ’s Coffee franchise opportunity.  We will talk about the background of the PJ’s brand, the success PJ’s have seen so far, how they are rebranding, franchisee growth opportunities and more. BACKGROUND: PJ's Coffee of New Orleans was founded in 1978 by Phyllis Jordan, a pioneer in the coffee industry that demonstrated that better beans, superior roasting techniques, and pure passion for the art of coffee-making mattered. PJ's Coffee serves a wide variety of hot, iced and frozen coffee beverages using only the top 1% of Arabica beans. Founder Phyllis Jordan pioneered the cold-drip process that protects the flavor and strength of the beans, while producing a coffee that is 2/3 less acidic. FARM TO CUP: PJ's Coffee partners with farms across the world to provide their customers the finest free trade coffee. By partnering with farms like El Terrerito in Honduras, PJ's Coffee has developed programs to ensure t
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September 28, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets Mike Bidwell, the President and CEO of Dwyer Group
We are meeting Mike Bidwell, the President and CEO of Dwyer Group.  Mike Bidwell has been a visionary in the franchise industry for over three decades, beginning in 1984 when he opened up his own Rainbow International® Carpet Cleaning & Restoration franchise and later adding a Mr. Rooter® Plumbing franchise in 1992. Fast forward to January of 2014, where Mike has not only been president for seven years, he is now CEO of Dwyer Group, the holding company for 17 franchise brands with more than 2,800 franchises in nine different countries. In part two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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September 21, 2017
Franchise Interviews Welcomes Back the Marco's Pizza Franchise Opportunity
We have a great show today.  It was almost a decade ago we interviewed Marco’s Pizza.  We invited John Ramsay, the Vice President of Franchise Development Services to come back and give us an update.   Since 2008, Marco’s Pizza has continued to open an average 2-3 new locations every week, exploding from 200 to over 800 locations in just six years.  At Marco’s, they pride themselves on ah-uthentic Italian artisan pizza, made with fresh, real ingredients and dough made in the store daily. At a time when 91% of Americans eat pizza at least once a month, more people are choosing the quality pizza we’ve built our brand on.    In part 2, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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September 14, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with Gary Findley, CEO of Restoration 1
We have a great show today.  We are meeting Gary Findley, a veteran of the franchising industry.  Gary Findley has over 25 years of experience in helping entrepreneurs build over 9,500 franchise locations worldwide with only 2 brands. He now oversees one of the fastest-growing restoration franchises in the country as CEO of Restoration 1, a franchise brand with more than 120 locations open and in development. Along with offering fire, water, and mold damage restoration services, the team at Restoration 1 also provides emergency services, storm damage services, sewage system cleanup and more! Their IICRC and IAQA licensed restoration professionals can address your problems in no time. For over a decade, we have been in the business of restoring damaged residential and commercial properties to their former glory. Restoration 1 Values At Restoration 1, they understand that the people they work with are going through a stressful and emotionally difficult time. Because of this, the
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September 7, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with the Spaulding Decon Franchise Opportunity
We have a great show today.  We are meeting Laura Spaulding-Koppel, founder of Spaulding Decon.  For over a decade, Spaulding Decon has provided services for residential, commercial, government, and industrial properties to return them to clean, healthy, and safe properties for the occupants. From crime scene cleanup to hoarding, drug lab cleanup, mold remediation, and decontamination, Spaulding Decon has the professional expertise and specialized certifications to get the job done properly the first time. Every Entrepreneur Has A Story Laura was a woman in blue with the Kansas City, MO Police Department when she was called to the scene of a double homicide in a family’s home. Naturally, the homeowners thought law enforcement would clean up the mess. Shocked and disappointed to learn it was their responsibility as the property owner, Spaulding, an action-oriented Army veteran, personally worked with the family to finish the cleanup. The experience led her to found Spaulding Decon
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August 31, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with the Fleet Clean USA Franchise
Every Business Has A Story We are meeting with Scott Marr, CEO of Fleet Clean USA.  At the age of 20, Scott was pursuing truck washing as a side gig - while working full-time in the lucrative banking industry. He started out earning around 45,000 (after taxes) per-year and that income quickly rose. Shortly thereafter, Scott made the decision to quit his job in banking, and launch Fleet Clean. Tapping into a niche service in a recession-proof industry, Fleet Clean has grown at more than a 40 percent annual rate since its inception in 2009. The $12 million company recently announced franchise expansion plans throughout the Sun Belt states and into the northern regions of the United States for the anticipated harsh winter. The booming franchise wouldn't be where it is without Scott, who saw so much potential in the truck washing business that he gave up a promising career in banking at age 20 to establish Fleet Clean.   In Part Two, we play a clip for our popular Great Quotes in
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August 24, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with Christin Myers of the OpenWorks Franchise
We are meeting with Christin Myers - Regional Director of the OpenWorks franchise opportunity.  OpenWorks is guided by a simple philosophy: A cleaner, safer and healthier environment means a more productive work place. This is our goal at OpenWorks – to offer more than maintenance by working with you to improve your work environment. This is what motivates and challenges OpenWorks to go the extra mile.  OpenWorks was founded in 1983 by their current CEO, Eric Roudi. Roudi, a career entrepreneur, realized commercial cleaning was a massive and underserved $100 +billion industry. There were very few professional commercial cleaning companies at this time. Already intrigued by the idea of franchising, Roudi saw a great business opportunity by putting franchising and commercial cleaning together to create the unique concept we know today. After diligent research and planning, Eric Roudi introduced OpenWorks Facility Services, a company that is committed to improving facilities by maintai
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August 10, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with The Burgerim Franchise Opportunity
We have a great show today.  We are meeting Carlos Calderon of the Burgerim franchise opportunity.  Burgerim (pronounced Burgereem) began franchising its successful restaurant concept in 2011. Due to its overwhelming popularity, there are now over 160 branches, with stores operating and soon to be opened in the United States, United Kingdom*, Spain*, Germany*, Israel, Romania, and Russia. What makes the Burgerim chain of franchised restaurants so famous is the variety of available flavors you get with each meal. Every pack of 2, 3, or 16 mini burgers offers the customer a choice from 11 burger flavors, as well as a large selection of add-ons, which equals thousands of personalized burger combinations to choose from.
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August 3, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with Sunny Days In-Home Care Franchise
We have a great show today.  We are meeting with John Bennett, Director of Franchising  for Sunny Days In-Home Care, LLC .  Sunny Days In-Home Care grew out of the compassion and values of husband and wife team David and Evelyn Ellenwood who saw a need for better in-home care in their hometown of Pittsburgh. The two entrepreneurs committed themselves to developing a system of high-quality, affordable home care services that would allow people to lead dignified and independent lives in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Now, with a solid, experienced development team that has nurtured and grown multiple locations over the years, they are committed to providing services to even more seniors and others in need – along with the help of motivated owner-operators who are looking to do good in their local areas. In part 2, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.   Today’s Show is being sponsored by the lightspeed Speaker Series 1 fo
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July 27, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets The Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services
We have a great show today.  We are meeting with Todd Hopkins, Founder/CEO/President of The Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services franchise.  Office Pride is a fast-growing franchise in the $78 billion commercial cleaning industry. Their franchisees provide top-quality janitorial services and total floor care delivered in a professional and consistent way, through a commitment to honesty and integrity. As an Office Pride franchisee, you can enjoy all of the benefits of owning and growing your own business, plus the added benefits that comes with being part of a 25 year old franchise with a carefully-designed and proven business success model and support structure. As a part of our network, you will immediately have impeccable references, world class training and support plus financial and operational tools. The culture at Office Pride is our true distinguishing quality – our Core Beliefs and Values set the tone for every business interaction we have and we’re known nationwide fo
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July 20, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with Global Franchise Opportunities
Welcome to a very special edition of Franchise Interviews,where for over 10 years we have been asking the frantrepreneur who owns one.  I am your host Marty McDermott  and I am the President of Franchise Interviews.We have a great show today.  We are meeting with Bill Redfern, founder of Global Franchise Opportunities, which includes internationally recognized brands (A Buyers Choice Home Inspection, iHandyman and iCare- Intelligent Home Care Solutions).  In part 2, we discuss what every frantrepreneur needs to know before buying a franchise.
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July 13, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care franchise
We have a great show today.  We are meeting with Randy Wright, President at Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care franchise. Being your own boss at Cottman, means you don’t have to go it alone. From the moment you become a business owner at Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care, you’re part of our family. We will hand you a well-oiled business model – with the support of a nationwide team, an established system for success, and peers who are just as committed to your success as you are. There has never been a better time to roll into the Cottman family and benefit from decades of experience and a trusted reputation for quality auto care. Millions of car owners think of Cottman as “my mechanic.” It’s the national brand that provides local service, offering one-stop service for total car care. After 50 years, we’ve become an automotive aftermarket industry leader with nearly 70 locations nationwide.
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July 6, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets Nick Friedman of College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving
We have a great show today.  We are meeting Nick Friedman, the founder of College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving franchise opportunity.  College Hunks Hauling Junk is the fastest-growing junk hauling and moving franchise in America. College Hunks Hauling Junk has been named one the fastest growing companies in America by “Inc.” and has made “Entrepreneur” magazine’s list of top franchise opportunities for five years in a row and counting.  The growth is driven by a smart business model that allows College Hunks owners to act as executives in their businesses. In part 2, we discuss what every frantrepreneur needs to know before buying a franchise.  We will play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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June 29, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with Rick Del Sontro of the Zippy Shell Franchise
We are meeting Rick Del Sontro, CEO of Zippy Shell, a moving and storage franchise that is disrupting both industries.  Zippy Shell is the fastest growing provider of secure, convenient, and affordable mobile self-storage and moving solutions that are delivered right to your door. A unique business opportunity for the 21st Century. Zippy Shell combines both a patent pending technology and operating system, with a cost-efficient model designed to serve the Mobile Self Storage market. Zippy Shell offers a low investment and competitive entry into the market! In part two, we discuss what every frantrepreneur needs to know before buying a franchise.  We play a clip from our interview with the great Michael Gerber on our popular "Great Quotes in Franchising" podcast.  Michael turned 81 years young this week.  Happy birthday Michael!
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June 22, 2017
Franchise Interviews and the 2017 International Franchise Expo in New York
This week (June 15 to June 17) Franchise Interviews will be visiting the International Franchise Expo in New York at the legendary Javits Center. Many refer to this show as the Super Bowl of franchising. Today you will hear numerous interviews on how to prepare for a franchise show.  First you will hear our conversation with Tom Portesy, the President of Mart Franchise Ventures Expositions.  Mr. Portesy will discuss what aspiring frantrepreneurs can expect from a franchise show.    Next you will hear our interview with the franchise expert Terry Corkery who gives his advice to aspiring entrepreneurs looking to buy a franchise as well as some fantastic tips on attending franchise shows.   The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, or Javits Center is a large convention center located on Eleventh Avenue, between 34th and 40th streets, on the West side of Manhattan in New York. http://www.ifeinfo.com/
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June 15, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with Fastest Labs Franchise
We have a great show today.  We are meeting Dave Claflin, founder of Fastest Labs.  the nation's leading drug testing franchise. Fastest Labs currently has 20+ locations in eight states with sights set on becoming the largest drug testing franchise in America. Led by founder and entrepreneur Dave Claflin, Fastest Labs is able to create a niche in this ultra-competitive market by seeing clients within five minutes of arrival, not requiring appointments, and delivering immediate test results - something the competition isn't able to do. Did you know? A recent study from Quest Diagnostics revealed that drug use in the American workforce, fueled by illicit drugs, reached the highest positivity rate in 12 years - up 5% from this time last year. The analysis suggests that employers committed to creatin
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June 8, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with the Club Pilates Franchise
We have a great show today.  We are meeting with Kate Doyle, the Franchise Development Marketing Manager at Club Pilates. Founded in 2007, Club Pilates is a boutique fitness studio that specializes in strength-training classes for anyone, at any age or fitness level. Based in Costa Mesa, CA, the company is experiencing rapid growth and expects to have 350 locations open by the end of the year. With more than 500 instructors teaching over seven million workouts each year, Club Pilates is the first studio to create a 500-hour Teacher Training Program designed to thoroughly and safely teach group Pilates apparatus classes along with TRX, Triggerpoint, and Barre. In 2017, Club Pilates was named to Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 ranking, and ranked No. 17 on the magazine's 2017 Top New Franchise list. In Part 2, find out what every entrepreneur needs to know before buying a franchise.  We will play a clip from our popular "Great Quotes in Franchising" podcast.
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June 1, 2017
Franchising the Restaurant and Hospitality Recruiting Industry
We are meeting with Patrice Rice and Brian Miller from Patrice & Associates. Founded in 1989 in the basement of Patrice’s home, Patrice & Associates Hospitality Recruiting has grown to become one of the largest restaurant recruiting and hospitality recruiting firms in the country. Their franchisees and recruiters are of the highest caliber. Their team has strong in experience and includes backgrounds such as Vice Presidents, District Managers, Managing Partners, Chefs and General Managers from restaurant and hotel concepts such as The Cheesecake Factory, PF Changs, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Marriott Corporation, Red Robin, TGI Fridays, Arbys, Buffets, Applebees, Friendly’s and YUM Brands. They have helped thousands of hospitality candidates find new job opportunities. Many companies have made over 1,000 hires from Patrice and Associates.  Early in her career, Patrice wrote a book on “How to Interview” and taught classes on successful interview techniques. They re
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May 25, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with Lee Knowlton of Massage Envy
We have a great show today.  We are meeting with  Lee Knowlton, Massage Envy’s Sr. Vice President of Global Sales & International Division. Here’s some background information: Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor and, through its franchise locations, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage and skincare services. The Massage Envy franchise system is, collectively, the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians. In part two, we discuss what every entrepreneur needs to know in their quest to buy a franchise on our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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May 18, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with Craig Cody, Author of Secrets of A Tax Free Life
As a Certified Tax Coach™, Craig belongs to a select group of practitioners throughout the country who undergo extensive training and continued education on various tax planning techniques and strategies in order to become, as well as remain, certified. With this organization, Craig has co-authored an Amazon best seller, Secrets of a Tax Free Life. In addition to tax planning, Craig's practice offers traditional tax services as well as off site CFO services. With a dedicated and passionate team we are able to provide daily guidance and advice to business clients. Our efficiency is embedded in our team concept. Our clients include, but are not limited to, Medical Professionals, Clothing Sourcing Businesses and Commercial Electrical Companies.  Craig answers the following questions: What  is the biggest  mistake you see small business owners making regarding taxes? How can business owners use their CPA to their Advantage?      How often should a business owner communicate wit
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May 11, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with the Smoothie King Franchise
From a kitchen experiment to a thriving, international company, all developed from one purpose.  Smoothie King first introduced the nutritional fresh-blended smoothie in 1973 when founder Steve Kuhnau began experimenting with mixing real fruit, nutrients and proteins in a blender at home. Soon enough, his concoctions began to have a positive impact on his health, which spawned the creation of the first Smoothie King. Launching Smoothie King Franchising By 1989, Smoothie King became the first smoothie franchise in the United States. Since then, the brand has expanded its reign with each "Lifestyle Center" also offering healthy retail product solutions in sport beverages, energy bars, healthy snacks, vitamin supplements, herbs, minerals, and other sports nutrition products. SK USA, Inc. Purchases Smoothie King In July 2012, Smoothie King co-founders Steve and Cindy Kuhnau sold controlling interest of the Louisiana-based company to SK USA, Inc., headed by CEO Wan Kim, a succes
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May 4, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with the Dryer Vent Wizard Franchise Opportunity
We have a great show today.  We are meeting with Dave Lavalle – Founder of the Dryer Vent Wizard franchise.  David Lavalle, founded the Dryer Vent Wizard franchise system in 2004 in the Boston area. Lavalle frequently encountered homeowners having issues with their dryer vent systems that required an “urgent response.” These issues were a result of dryer vent lint accumulation, blockages, disrepair, or improper venting configurations. The concept originated when Lavalle realized the need for a specialist for dryer vents.   Within a few years, the concept expanded into a successful franchise that specializes in dryer fire prevention and energy savings through dryer vent cleaning, inspection, repair, replacement, alterations, and maintenance for single and multi-family residential and commercial entities. In Part 2, we discuss what every entrepreneur needs to know before buying a franchise.  We will play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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April 27, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with the Urban Bricks Pizza Franchise Opportunity
We are meeting with Sammy Aldeeb – Founder of Urban Bricks.  Urban Bricks Pizza bring an authentic Neapolitan pizza at a reasonable price to their customers’ table.   Urban Bricks Pizza embrace the pizza eating culture by providing a customized experience for every taste without compromising our quality for speed. Urban Bricks Pizza is much more than a brand, a name or a product, it is part of a lifestyle. Their personality speaks for itself: we are edgy, outgoing, and progressive. We are not your ordinary pizza place and we like to show it off.  Urban Bricks Pizza believes in authenticity, great customer service, integrity, and quality are the high standards we practice and pass to everyone who joins the URBAN BRICKS PIZZA family.   In part 2, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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April 20, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets Raymond Griffin Founder - The Lost Cajun Restaurants
We are meeting with Raymond Griffin of the Lost Cajun Restaurant franchise.  The Lost Cajun Restaurants” features southern style home cooking, like Fried catfish, shrimp and oysters.  The Lost Cajun Restaurants are a full service, family friendly restaurant and provide, the best service in the industry and it is their goal to make all of their guest feel like they are having dinner at a friend’s house. From our open kitchens, to our handmade wooden tables and our New Orleans atmosphere, you will think that you stepped off of the street into a New Orleans bistro! In part 2, we discuss what ever frantrepreneur should know before buying a franchise.  We will play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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April 6, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets With Jeremy Barnhart of the Apex Fun Run Franchise
We have a great show today.  We are meeting with Jeremy Barnhart of the Apex Fun Run franchise. Apex Fun Run is working hard to make fundraising easier! Their method is to collaborate with school PTO/As and faculty to build student leaders through a meaningful, “hassle-free” and financially successful school fun run. Apex Fun Run believes every child can change their school, and the world, in a profound way.  Some of the additional benefits include the following: Serving others brings the greatest joy and contributes to the greatest good. Learning by doing and exercise are both undervalued and underutilized in fundraising today. Encouragement and enthusiasm build others up—we will help build leaders. Raising money for your child’s school can also serve as a positive learning experience. Many people giving a little reduces the individual burden on the typical givers and donors. Teachers have skin in the game and that makes for highly-motivated and excited coaches
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March 30, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with Lisa and Mark Freidel of Signarama
Ask The Frantrepreneur Who Owns One After losing her job, Lisa Freidel and her husband, Mark – both military veterans – were facing some adversity, but nothing stands in the way of a U.S. Army Major and his West Point graduate wife! Their strength is seeing adversity and finding a resolution. That resolution, a new Signarama store, is located at 1005 Middlebrook Dr., in Liberty, MO. Mark, 53, had been a stay-at-home dad for the past 13 years to the couple’s two sons, while Lisa, 48, got her MBA and spent the past 20 years working in the private business sector and corporate America. In part 2, we discuss what every entrepreneur needs to know before buying a franchise from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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March 23, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with Morgan Morano of the Morano Gelato Franchise
We are meeting with Morgan Morano of Morano Gelato.  Morano Gelato is a small New England-based company dedicated to promoting the art of gelato-making through its production of authentic Italian gelato in small, concentrated batches. Morano Gelato was established in 2010 by Morgan Morano after spending 6 years living on and off in Italy. Morgan grew up in the Upper Valley and always planned to open a dessert-related business. During college and after culinary school, Morgan gained experience working and cooking in New York City and Italy, the most significant being her work for a Sicilian Gelato Chef who quickly became a close friend and mentor. Morgan appreciated the bold flavors of gelato found in Italy and noticed the lack of authentic gelato shops with Italian flavors in America. Disappointed with products claiming to be 'gelato,' she set out to establish the tradition of gelato-making in America and recreate pure Italian gelato.
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March 16, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with Mike Mallory of TREND Transformations
We have a great show today.  We are meeting with Mike Mallory Vice President of Franchise Development in North America for TREND Transformations, a global full-service home and business remodeling franchise that offers stylish and affordable alternatives to traditional countertops, mosaic tile backsplashes and more through a one-day resurfacing process.  In part 2, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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March 9, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets The Telephone Doctor Nancy Friedman-NancyFriedman.com
Nancy is president & founder of Telephone Doctor Customer Service Training. When Oprah, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, Good Morning Canada and Great Britain, CNN, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and other well respected radio, TV and publications need a customer service expert, they call on Nancy Friedman. You should, too! Telephone Doctor continues to grow and now includes ServiceSkills.com, an eLearning platform offering over 100 online training modules on customer service, customer loyalty, communications, internal customer service, sales training, and management & leadership programs. Nancy is the author of nine books on communications, sales, and customer service, Nancy will energize, inspire, and motivate you with tips, ideas, skills, and techniques you’ll use the rest of your life. Nancy’s keynote speaker presentations are high-energy, high in content, and best of all, high-results! For more information on Nancy, go to  www.nan
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March 2, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with Jason Olsen, Founder of Image Studios 360
We have a great show today.  We are meeting with Jason Olsen, founder of Image Studios 360. Image Studios 360 is an exclusive franchise that provides modern, high-end salon studios at affordable rates to salon professionals. Their core values of creativity, freedom and success are the driving force that empower us collectively and embodies all that we do as professionals in this industry. They strive to improve the communities we live in with the creation, support and growth of independent franchisees across the country. Their concept is simple: we provide an incredible space an atmosphere through our franchise system; our people bring the passion, talent and clientèle to their space. Together, they create an intoxicating formula for success.  In part 2, we discuss what every entrepreneur needs to know before buying a franchise on our popular "Great Quotes in Franchising" podcast.
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February 23, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with Chris Seman, President of Caring Transitions
We have a great show today.  We are meeting with Chris Seman, President of Caring Transitions. The world’s elderly population is growing, and people are living longer lives than ever before. At the same time, many seniors see their children and grandchildren consumed by busy schedules, long commutes, and their own day-to-day stresses. All these things mean that more and more, people need help with major lifestyle changes. That’s where Caring Transitions comes in. Caring Transitions is a low-cost, home-based franchise that allows you to help older adults and their families with major transitions. Rather than concentrate on one service, we focus on the full needs of our clients in this time of transition. By meeting all of their needs we exceed their expectations while maximizing revenue for our franchisees. Caring Transitions is the only national organization providing a comprehensive total solution for our clients:     Senior moving & transition services     Downsizing  
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February 16, 2017
Amy Freeman and Penny Rehling of The Spice & Tea Exchange Franchise
We are meeting with Amy Freeman and Penny Rehling of The Spice & Tea Exchange franchise. The Spice & Tea Exchange® was founded in 2008 with a vision to create a one-of-a-kind retail shopping experience. The company has franchise stores across the United States, providing guests with more than 140 spices and 75 exclusive hand-mixed blends, naturally-flavored sugars, salts from around the world and more than 30 exotic teas. The Spice & Tea Exchange sells gourmet seasonings and spices, cooking herbs, gourmet teas, sugars, sea salts, and special blends. Basically, if it's not in the store, it probably does not exist. Training is given for 2 weeks inside your store to effectively show you how to implement the franchise's proven techniques and procedures. You will learn about the product, marketing and everything in between. For more information, visit https://www.spiceandtea.com/. For franchising information, visit http://franchise.spiceandtea.com/.
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February 9, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets With Mike Porter of Bacon Bros. Public House
We have a great show today.  We are meeting with Mike Porter of Bacon Bros. Public House.  Started in Greenville South Carolina, Bacon Bros. Public House features a straightforward, made-from-scratch menu. Bacon Bros. Public House's offer delicious, quality food at an incredible value. A cure room with a viewing window is located in an area of the dining room so guests can see what meats are curing. The decor is warm and rustic with recycled pallet wood throughout the dining room, a nice compliment to Bacon Bros.' accessible fare and is fitting with the restaurant’s recycled, local first theme. Simply put, Bacon Bros. is a best bet for a fun, relaxed dining experience with friends and family or to meet pals after work for small bites. The restaurant also offers a great selection of craft beers, cocktails and dynamic wine options. Every Business Has A Story Serial entrepreneurs Eric Bergelson and Mike Porter, along with Chef Anthony Gray and Jason Callaway, are the Bacon Brothe
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February 2, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets Mike Feretti, CEO of the Great Harvest Bread Company
We are meeting with Mike Feretti, CEO of the Great Harvest Bread Company Company. Great Harvest Bread Company, a 40-year-old bakery brand that makes bread “the way it was made in the Bible” – milled from whole grains every day on the premises of its local franchised bakeries Great Harvest Bread recently announced it will begin offering a “hub and spoke” bakery-café franchise opportunity. With the new model, franchisees can purchase a large territory that includes a single Great Harvest Bread Co. bakery operation, and as many café-only units as they desire in surrounding towns. The bakery locations would be equipped with ovens and ample space to produce and deliver the hand-milled breads to the nearby café-only locations throughout the day.   Great Harvest Company believes their success comes from a strong commitment to uphold the legacy and integrity of the Great Harvest brand. Great Harvest is about customer experience and the promise of phenomenal tasting food made
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January 26, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with Devan Kline of the Burn Boot Camp Franchise
We are meeting with the Devan Kline (Co-Founder/CEO)for Burn Boot Camp.  Devan shared his personal story and how it ultimately led to the Burn Boot Camp franchise. Their expert trainers are not only well equipped with creative workouts, but ready to coach you through all of the ups and downs that come with life. During their Burn Boot Camp “Focus Meetings,” you’ll be able to get personal with your trainer and address the obstacles that have hindered your personal growth in the past. Become a better all around person by strengthening your mind before strengthening your body. In part 2, we will hear a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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January 19, 2017
Franchise Interviews Meets with Susan Boresow, President of TITLE Boxing Club
We are meeting with Susan Boresow, President of TITLE Boxing Club.  The mission at TITLE Boxing Club is to be the best hour of someone’s day. For just one hour, you can beat up a bag, relieve stress and feel truly alive. TITLE Boxing Club’s high-intensity interval training workout sculpts bodies and burns calories like nothing you’ve experienced before. Their members love having trainers lead them through explosive boxing rounds where they deliver jab, cross, hook and uppercut combinations, working their entire body on our 100-pound heavy bags. Their experienced trainers don’t intimidate, but inspire you to become the champion of your life.   In part 2, we play a clip from our popular "Great Quotes in Franchising Podcast".
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January 12, 2017
Business Plans for Your Franchise or Business That Actually Get Financed
You may have heard the great expression, "Failing to plan is planning to fail!"  In order to receive the capital you need to fund your business’ growth, you must present an interested investor with a great pitch and a great plan. It must be an INVESTABLE business plan. It has to answer his or her risk concerns and show that you and your team will be able to properly grow the company from where it is today to where it needs to be in the next 3-10 years. Creating a business plan that gets funded requires a professional who can help you with business strategy as well as the writing process.  Listen to this interview with Business Plan expert Cheree Warrick.  In part 2, we play a clip from our popular "Great Quotes in Franchising" podcast.
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January 5, 2017
How Anyone Can Write a Book In 8 Hours. Our Interview with AHA Guy Mitchell Levy
Over the years, we interviewed some great authors on the topic of franchising.  Today we are meeting with Mitchell Levy.  Mitchell Levy is the AHA Guy of AHAthat.com and CEO and Thought Leader Architect at THiNKaha.com. He and his team make it easy for corporations to easily create compelling content that help turn their experts into recognized thought leaders. Mitchell is Amazon bestselling author with fifty six business books, contributor at Entrepreneur Magazine, has provided strategic consulting to over one hundred companies. Mitchell has written social media enabled eBooks he offers for free. Mitchell discusses why more franchisors and franchisees should consider writing a book! In part 2, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast and explain why you can't paint the golden arches green.
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December 29, 2016
Day 12 of The Twelve Days of Franchising on Franchise Interviews
We have a great show today.  Today is Day 12 of our 12 days of franchising where each day, from December 12 to December 24 we will ask Santa for a particular franchise.  On the 12th day of Christmas we ask Santa for the 360Clean franchise opportunity.  Listen to the interview to find out why! And that is coming right up on Franchise Interviews. 360clean, a rapidly growing specialized janitorial services firm.  The combination of its proven operating system and innovative franchise model makes the highly affordable and high-return 360clean opportunity an ideal option for eager entrepreneurs with two options, a unit franchisee or an area developer.
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December 24, 2016
Day 11 of The Twelve Days of Franchising on Franchise Interviews
We have a great show today.  Today is Day 11 of our 12 days of franchising where each day, from December 12 to December 24 we will ask Santa for a particular franchise.  On the eleventh day of Christmas we ask Santa for the Primrose Schools franchise opportunity.  Listen to the interview to find out why! Primrose is a trusted, private preschool organization that provides premier educational child care experiences for children and families. The schools serve children ranging in age from six weeks to six years old, and have after-school programs for children up to twelve years old.
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December 22, 2016
Day 10 of our 12 Days of Franchising on Franchise Interviews
We have a great show today.  Today is Day 10 of our 12 days of franchising where each day, from December 12 to December 24 we will ask Santa for a particular franchise.  On the tenth day of Christmas we ask Santa for a PRO Martial Arts franchise opportunity.  Listen to the interview to find out why! And that is coming right up on Franchise Interviews. PRO Martial Arts is about far more than kicking, punching and karate workouts. From kids to adults, from beginners to experts, from karate, to kickboxing and much more – every class at PRO Martial Arts includes a core focus on building confidence, staying safe, and developing character. PRO Martial Arts offers a cohesive blend of the best elements of traditional Korean martial arts. Incorporating elements of Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido, the system provides the opportunity to develop a potent blend of strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance, while learning effective and proven self-defense techniques in a fun and e
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December 21, 2016
Day 9 of the 12 Days of Franchising on Franchise Interviews
We have a great show today.  Today is Day 9 of our 12 days of franchising where each day, from December 12 to December 24 we will ask Santa for a particular franchise.  On the ninth day of Christmas we ask Santa for the Fun Bus franchise opportunity.  Listen to the interview to find out why! And that is coming right up on Franchise Interviews. The Fun Bus has brought to life the philosophy to enhance children's lives by using FUN as a tool to their learning while providing a structured environment to teach FITNESS to the young child. At the same time, Fun Bus focuses on providing a positive environment, building self-esteem, perfecting coordination and motor skills, physical fitness, and social interaction. (Not to mention lots of FUN!)
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December 20, 2016
Day 8 of the 12 Days of Franchising on Franchise Interviews
We have a great show today.  Today is Day 8 of our 12 days of franchising where each day, from December 12 to December 24 we will ask Santa for a particular franchise.  On the eighth day of Christmas we ask Santa for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise opportunity.  Listen to the interview to find out why! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the nation’s largest local moving company with more than 330 locations worldwide and 2,600 trucks on the road, moving people daily to their next steps in life. The company was built on strong Core Values that have created a local business feel fortified with a strong national, and now international, backbone. The Franchise Opportunity With more than 30 years of experience, five years of double-digit growth, and continuous year-over-year record growth, we continue leading the moving industry with innovative ideas and processes. Our vision is to provide business solutions and growth opportunities along with continuing to establish moving industry best pra
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December 19, 2016
Day 7 of the 12 Days of Franchising on Franchise Interviews
We have a great show today.  Today is Day 7 of our 12 days of franchising where each day, from December 12 to December 24 we will ask Santa for a particular franchise.  On the seventh day of Christmas we ask Santa for the Stone Coat franchise opportunity.  Listen to the interview to find out why! And that is coming right up on Franchise Interviews. Stone Coat’s mission is to be recognized by builders, remodelers, architects and homeowners as a primary building material of choice in the construction industry by providing a quality, value added, green alternative stone product. Stone Coat Shared Values Faith and Family Integrity Quality Work Support Each Other Choose to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do Tell the truth Learn through mistakes
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December 18, 2016
Day 6 of The 12 Days of Franchising on Franchise Interviews
We have a great show today.  Today's podcast is Day 6 of our 12 days of franchising where each day, from December 12 to December 24 we will ask Santa for a particular franchise.  On the sixth day of Christmas we ask Santa for the Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise opportunity.  Listen to the interview to find out why! Expedia, Inc., the one of the biggest online travel companies in the world, has partnered with Expedia CruiseShipCenters to provide travelers a one stop shop for cruises and vacations. Expedia CruiseShipCenters was founded in 1987 and offers the best value in the industry with thousands of Cruise Consultants in several hundred franchise locations throughout North America.
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December 17, 2016
Day 5 of the 12 Days of Franchising on Franchise Interviews
We have a great show today.  Today is Day 5 of our 12 days of franchising where each day, from December 12 to December 24 we will ask Santa for a particular franchise.  On the fifth day of Christmas we ask Santa for the Aaron’s Sales and Lease franchise opportunity.  Listen to the interview to find out why! Aaron's is North America's leader in the sales and lease ownership of household necessities— brand name furniture, appliances, electronics and computers. Compare our business model and results to any other franchise system: Ranked #21 in Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500® out of thousands of franchise concepts. Ranked #3 by Forbes magazine among Top 20 "Franchise for the Buck."More than 2,000 showrooms across the U.S. and Canada.57 years of consistent, reliable financial results.A New York Stock Exchange traded company—AAN.A compelling Financial Disclosure Document and a solid Earnings Claim
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December 16, 2016
Day 4 of The Twelve Days of Franchising on Franchise Interviews
We have a great show.  Today is Day 4 of our 12 days of franchising where each day, from December 12 to December 24 we will ask Santa for a particular franchise.  On the fourth day of Christmas we ask Santa for the Two Maids and a Mop franchise opportunity.  Listen to the interview to find out why! TWO MAIDS & A MOP™ offers a unique selling proposition that has long been admired within the residential cleaning industry. People from almost every field within the consumer service industry have heard of our unique compensation plan. We’re proud to say that the Two Maids & A Mop brand is one of the few residential cleaning brands that can separate itself by something other than a cheap price. In part 2, we add a stocking stuffer with the author of The E-Myth Revisited, Michael Gerber.
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December 15, 2016
Franchise Interviews Meets with the President of Pango Financial Candice Caruso
On today's podcast, we are meeting with the President of Pango Financial Candice Caruso.  Whether you have an existing business or a new start-up, Pango Financials’ full suite of innovative funding solutions can help your business get the jump-start it needs. Pango Financial offers a variety of financing solutions that can be used individually or combined with another option to create the customized financing that fits your long and short-term goals.  Pango Financial is the only provider that has leveraged technology and built a completely innovative online experience for their clients. This technology coupled with a client specialist offers thier clients exceptional service both during the set up and the maintenance phase. Candice also discusses the DreamSpark plan and some of the highlights that set it apart from others in this industry. In part 2, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising Podcast.
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December 15, 2016
Day 3 of the 12 Days of Franchising on Franchise Interviews
We have a great show today. Today is Day 3 of our 12 days of franchising where each day, from December 12 to December 24 we will ask Santa for a particular franchise.  On the third day of Christmas we ask Santa for the Big Frog franchise opportunity.  Listen to the interview to find out why! T-Shirts! It's fun, creative, fulfilling and easy to operate. And everyone is a potential customer. People might say, "A T-Shirt Business?" But, we are a light manufacturing retail business based on new technology that can create custom designed t-shirts for anyone and everyone. Here at Big Frog we have discovered that becoming part of your community, having fun every day, and making customers happy creates a fulfilling & rewarding business opportunity.?  Several years ago we received a batch of Franchise Interviews t-shirts with our logo from Big Frog and they were great!
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December 14, 2016
Day 2 of the 12 Days of Franchising on Franchise Interviews
We have a great show today.  Today is Day 2 of our 12 days of franchising where Each day, from December 12 to December 24 we will ask Santa for a particular franchise.  On the second day of Christmas we ask Santa for the Cousins franchise opportunity.  Listen to the interview to find out why! Many years ago I got to try their subs and they were amazing.  Cousins story began in 1972 when two cousins, Bill Specht and Jim Sheppard, brought their favorite style of sub sandwich from the East Coast to their new hometown of Milwaukee. Setting out to craft the finest sandwiches possible with the belief that "there is no substitute for quality," they used bread baked daily, ingredients sliced deli-fresh and grilled subs made to order—a focus on quality we take pride in today. Throughout our 44 years, Cousins has been driven by the notion to Believe in Better through the continual improvement in everything we do. That's why we work to exceed expectations through focused and deliberate acti
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December 13, 2016
Day 1 of The 12 Days of Franchising on Franchise Interviews
Each day, from December 12 to December 24 we will ask Santa for a particular franchise.  Find out who made the list and listen to an interview with each franchise opportunity.  On the first day of Christmas we ask for the Amramp franchise opportunity.  Listen to the interview to find out why! Founded in 1998 by Julian Gordon, Amramp has continued to grow as the leading provider of modular wheelchair ramps, stairlifts, vertical platform lifts and other accessibility solutions. About the Amramp Team The Amramp Team manufactures their modular wheelchair ramps in historic Boston, Massachusetts. Amramp started more than 40 years ago as a producer of architectural metal items used by contractors and architects. Amramp produced stairs, rails, fire doors and security products for doors and windows. In 1998 Amramp patented a unique modular wheelchair ramp system that has become their signature product. Amramp has expanded their product line to include other products that make life a
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December 12, 2016
Franchise Interviews Meets with the RNR (RENT-N-ROLL) Franchise Opportunity
We are meeting with Larry Sutton of RNR Tire Express and Custom Wheels.  Established in 1999, RNR (RENT-N-ROLL) has been a leading provider of custom wheels and tires with easy payment options. RNR has grown to over 60 locations with several stores scheduled to open across the US over the upcoming months. In addition to the largest selection of brand name wheels and tires, RNR offers the best customer service and professional installation. At RNR it has never been easier to get the wheels and/or tires you need. With thousands of wheels and tires to choose from, our experienced staff will help you select the right product for your ride. RNR's Services - Custom Wheel Sales & Service - Top Name Brand Tires - Professional Tire Installation - Advanced Rotate & Balance - Free Flat Repair - No Credit Hassles - Roadside Assistance Program - Guaranteed Lowest Prices. In part 2, we are playing a clip for our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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December 1, 2016