Articles by Ben Baggett:

CruiseOne Attracting Younger Generation of Franchise Owners

Fort Lauderdale, Fl -- CruiseOne, a leading home-based travel franchise as part of World Travel Holdings, announces that it is seeing a shift toward a younger generation of  travel agents in its franchise system. In fact, one of its newest ...

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Dickey's Barbecue Announces Sweet Ending to Social Media Campaign

DALLAS -- To kick off the new year, Dickey's Barbecue launched a social media campaign that asked fans to Tweet their favorite meat.  The social campaign, #SpicyorSweet, garnered over 5,000 votes via Twitter and put fans in the running to ...

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Maui Wowi Fulfills Dream for Franchisee Coming to U.S.

Maui Wowi will open a new island-themed shop in Oceanside, California. The new location, situated at Ocean Place Cinemas on the corner of Mission Ave. and N. Coast Highway is slated to open in May. The Maui Wowi in Oceanside is owned and operated ...

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Kinderdance Expands to Michigan

Melbourne, FL - Kinderdance International Inc. has been steadily expanding since its founding in 1979. Since then they have taught hundreds of thousands of children - - and AWARDS first franchise in the State of Michigan to Tamra ...

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Cinnabon's Recipe For Expansion: Licensing and Co-Branding

Cinnabon has long been thought of as the snack for travelers running through airports and shoppers strolling through malls. What started as a single bakery in Seattle's Sea Tac Mall in 1985 has grown into a company with 1,200 brick-and-mortar ...

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Maui Wowi Grants Empire Agreement to Delaware Franchisees

Greenwood Village, CO -- Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a dual beverage concept specializing in premium Hawaiian coffee and fresh fruit smoothies, has signed an Empire Agreement to bring another 10 Maui Wowi operating units to the Northeast. Behind the ...

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Strategic Franchising Systems Surpasses 1,000 Units Milestone

Cincinnati, OH -- At a time when companies are still finding their legs after the recession, Strategic Franchising Systems is running full speed ahead. Founded in 1997, the company recently surpassed 1,000 franchise units, consisting ...

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Maui Wowi Adds Second Location in Nashville Area

Greenwood Village, CO -- The historic town of Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville, will soon be home to its first Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a gourmet Hawaiian coffee and fruit smoothie shop, owned by local franchisee Eric Rilko and his wife ...

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Oxi Fresh Wins National Award for Franchisee Satisfaction

Lakewood, CO -- Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning, one of the nation's fastest-growing carpet cleaning franchises, scores high in franchisee satisfaction, according to a recent survey conducted by independent market research firm Franchise ...

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Maui Wowi Hawaiian Looks to Milwaukee as Key Growth Market

Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a coffee and smoothie staple that has been franchising for nearly two decades, will be an exhibitor at Milwaukee’s largest Franchise & Business Opportunities Expo, March 15 and 16 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park. The ...

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The Entrepreneurial Spirit: Embracing Change and Starting New is Easy as 1, 2, 3

Looking for a new career or business opportunity? Many Americans are beginning to do so as they grow increasingly tired and fed-up with the stress of an unfulfilling job in a tough economic market. Taking the first step in changing your life if ...

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BlueGrace Logistics Donates Pet Food to Humane Society of Tampa Bay

BlueGrace Logistics' "Cats vs. Dogs" Competition Pet Food Drive for 2014 raised more than twice the amount of collections for 2013, setting a new record. The drive raised over 44,000 pounds of pet food! Donated food from the drive will ...

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Massage Heights Expands Reach into Ohio Market

CLEVELAND -- Massage Heights continues the aggressive growth of its franchise system with the announcement of David Demer with Demer Holdings Group, LLC joining the company as the Area Developer for Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland offers great ...

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Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers Certified as a World-Class Franchise

LINCOLN, NE -- Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers has received World-Class Franchise certification from the Franchise Research Institute. The recognition comes after an independent survey conducted by the Franchise Research Institute, in ...

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Maui Wowi Hosts Franchise Opportunity Open House

Greenwood Village, CO -- Maui Wowi Hawaiian's local Area Developer in Kentucky, Sharon Scheer, is hosting an Open House event in Radcliff on Thursday, March 6 that welcomes anyone interested in learning more about the unique island themed ...

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Jeny Buha talks to Gator About the Frozen Yogurt Industry!

Jeny Buha, Director of Development and Marketing for 32 A Yogurt Bar, recently sat down with Franchise Gator to talk about the frozen yogurt industry. Give us an overview of the Yogurt Industry Frozen yogurt, a hybrid between the traditional ice ...

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Q&A with Jenny Buha, Director of Development and Marketing for 32 A Yogurt Bar

Franchise Gator recently sat down with Jeny Buha of 32 A Yogurt Bar to talk about her company's franchise opportunity and what sets them apart from others in the Frozen Yogurt industry. How was 32 A Yogurt Bar originally conceived and ...

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Maui Wowi Returns to Delight Minnesota Sports Fans

Greenwood Village, CO -- Greenwood Village, CO -- The Maui Wowi tradition returns to delight fans at Minnesota's High School hockey and wrestling tournaments. Local Maui Wowi Franchisee and Area Developer, Mary Bigler, has kicked ...

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Interview with Peter Markovitz, President of Mathnasium

Peter Markovitz is the President of Mathnasium, a franchise chain of neighborhood learning centers that specialize in math instruction. Mathnasium has more than 450 learning centers open or under development. Mathnasium franchisees have opened ...

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Real Property Management Unveils THE SOURCE for Property Management Expertise

SALT LAKE CITY -- The nation's leading property management company, Real Property Management today launches the go-to online resource for rental property owners: The Source. Filled with information pertinent to landlords, investors and property ...

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FASTSIGNS(R) Builds California Presence With Six New Franchise Agreements

CARROLLTON, Texas -- With business services projected to be the top growth sector in the franchise industry in 2014*, one leading business-to-business franchise is blasting out of the gate with increased expansion plans and substantial development ...

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Maui Wowi in Towson Celebrates Grand Opening With Complimentary Smoothies and More

Greenwood Village, CO -- Already a community hotspot for local Towson residents, Maui Wowi Hawaiian, located at 1220 E. Joppa Road, is hosting a grand opening celebration and serving complimentary smoothies for all who attend on Saturday, March ...

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Maui Wowi Hawaiian Brings Back Pacific Passion Coffee

Greenwood Village, CO -- To help customers cope with the extreme weather conditions hitting communities across the U.S., Maui Wowi Hawaiian is bringing back its warm Pacific Passion coffee blend. Beginning Monday, March 3 through ...

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CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. Announce Appointment of Senior Vice President Debbie Fiorino

Fort Lauderdale, Fl. -- CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. announced today the appointment of Debbie Fiorino as senior vice president.  Fiorino, currently serving as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for parent company World Travel Holding, ...

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Franchise Opportunities Now Available for WG Storage & Delivery

AUSTIN, Texas --WG Storage & Delivery announced today its plans to expand its business throughout the United States through a unique franchise opportunity. WG Storage & Delivery is recognized as an industry leader committed to ...

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Franchise Expo South Sets Records for Attendance and Exhibitors in Houston

HOUSTON -- The debut of Franchise Expo South in Houston set a record for the largest number of attendees and exhibitors in the show's eight-year history. Held from Feb. 6-8 at the Reliant Center, nearly 11,000 visitors had the ...

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Mama Fu's Revamps Consumer Facing Technology, Introduces Mobile Application for iOS and Android

Austin, Texas -- While the restaurant industry has recently been dominated by mobile apps that offer consumers a one-stop-directory of restaurant options, individual brands in the industry, such as Mama Fu's Asian House, are realizing the power of ...

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Chronic Tacos Caters to Health-Conscious Eaters

With the conclusion of the food-heavy holiday season, many people are starting to boost their exercise and diet plans, which is usually also accompanied by cutting out certain types of indulgences like dining at fast casual restaurants. To combat ...

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National Property Inspections Franchisee Survey Reveals Strong Satisfaction

Omaha, Neb. -- In February 2014, National Property Inspections, Inc., a leader in residential and commercial property inspections, commissioned an independent franchisee satisfaction survey conducted by Franchise Business Review. NPI outperformed ...

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FASTSIGNS Expands Canada Footprint

CARROLLTON, Texas -- On the heels of its banner year for sales and growth in 2013, FASTSIGNS, the worldwide franchisor for the more than 545 FASTSIGNS sign, graphic and visual communications centers in eight countries, will be launching ...

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All Four Outdoor Living Brands Now Certified as World-Class Franchises

LINCOLN, NE -- Outdoor Living Brands has received World-Class Franchise certification from the Franchise Research Institute for all four of the organization's brands:  Archadeck, Mosquito Squad, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, and ...

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Have You Heard the News? Barbie is Now an Entrepreneur Too!

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Via Entrepreneur: "If the startup world needed more proof it was in fashion, here's more: This year, Barbie becomes an entrepreneur. (What type of business, you ask? That's not important. Just go with it.) At Toy Fair this week, Mattel ...

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Costa Vida's Wave Continues to Roll in Nevada

RENO, NV  Just months after its entrance into the state, Costa Vida has announced the planned opening of its second location in Nevada. The new restaurant will open on Wednesday, Feb. 26th and be located at 4965 Virginia Street in ...

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Q&A with Alper Behar of Dermatone Skin Rejuvenation Center

How was Dermatone originally conceived and started? After two successful years serving clients to look 10 years younger, we wanted to share the success by teaching other entrepreneurs about the details of this business. What was your ...

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Maui Wowi Spreads the Tastes of the Islands to the East Coast

Greenwood Village, CO -- Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the global franchise company specializing in prestigious Hawaiian grown coffees and blended fresh fruit smoothies, has awarded a deserving U.S. veteran his first franchise agreement that will expand ...

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Two Maids & A Mop Opens Doors to Franchising

Birmingham, AL -- Two Maids & A Mop today officially announced that the brand is open for franchise opportunities. Potential franchisees will have full access to the brand's business model and over ten years of experience in the cleaning ...

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Maui Wowi Brings Back Its Valentines Day Sweetheart Deal

Greenwood Village, CO -- Love is in the air and to celebrate, Maui Wowi is bringing back its Valentine's Day Sweetheart Deal. On Friday, February 14, customers can stop by any Maui Wowi fixed retail location and get a small smoothie ...

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ComForcare Certified as a World-Class Franchise

LINCOLN, NE -- ComForcare has received World-Class Franchise certification from the Franchise Research Institute for the seventh consecutive year. The recognition comes after an independent survey conducted by the Franchise Research ...

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Dermatone Launches Unique Skin Rejuvenation Center Franchise Opportunity

MIAMI, FL - Dermatone Franchise Company LLC has created a one-of-a-kind franchise opportunity of a "skin rejuvenation destination" for people in search of affordable, non-surgical and effective age defense techniques, all conveniently ...

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Kinderdance Announces Expansion

Melbourne, FL - Kinderdance International Inc. has been steadily expanding since its founding in 1979. Since then they have taught hundreds of thousands of children - - and NOW announces USA expansion to Franchisee Heather Schweich of Florida and ...

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Maui Wowi Promotes From Within, Adding Additional Roles to Its Franchise Support

Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a quickly growing franchise company that has become a leader in serving premium quality beverages that include fresh fruit smoothies and specialty Hawaiian coffees, has announced the expansion of its support team with three ...

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Maui Wowi Appoints New Leaders

Maui Wowi today announced the appointment of Justin Livingston to VP of Business Development, a newly created position at the company. Livingston has been with Maui Wowi for eight years and served as the brand's director of Global Franchise ...

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Maui Wowi Names VP of Business Development

Maui Wowi announced the appointment of Justin Livingston to vice president of business development, a newly created position at the company. Livingston has been with Maui Wowi for eight years and most recently served as the brand's director of ...

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Del Taco Seeks Multi-Unit Franchise Owners

Del Taco's director of Franchise Development, Laura Tanaka, will speak at the 2014 Franchise Expo South Feb. 6-8 in Houston about the brand's franchising opportunities. Del Taco, which has nearly 550 restaurants in 17 states, is looking to expand ...

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Jake's Wayback Burgers Signs Deals in South Carolina and Michigan

Jake's Wayback Burgers is pleased to announce that we have new franchisees in South Carolina and Michigan. This will be our 3rd store in the state of Michigan with one store already open in Rochester Hills and our 9th store in South ...

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Rita's Italian Ice Awards Largest Area Franchise Development Ever

TREVOSE, Pa.-- Rita's Italian Ice, the world's largest Italian Ice concept with over 600 stores, has awarded its largest area franchise development agreement ever to Rita's GP, LLC, a business unit of a diverse business development group based ...

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Maui Wowi Franchise Targets Texas for Expansion

Maui Wowi will target Texas as a market for big growth. This development announcement stems from the success of the franchisees currently operating in the Greater Houston area and throughout Texas. To kick off the company's expansion efforts, Maui ...

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LearningRx Named a Top 100 Franchise

LearningRx brain training centers are impacting communities around the US, with a results-driven and proven business model. The LearningRx model helps build on nine different learning skills, identifying the strengths of each student and helping ...

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Edible Arrangements, The Freshest Idea in Franchising, Ranks High on the Franchise Gator Top 100

What's more perfect for a birthday or anniversary than an artistically designed fresh fruit arrangement? Edible Arrangements, a turnkey franchise system, has continued to expand worldwide since its inception, signing deals with major brands such ...

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CMIT Solutions is Named a Top 100 Franchise by Franchise Gator

More and more businesses are going to need IT services but costs are continually rising. CMIT has found the solution by offering low-cost, high efficiency outsourcing IT services. Businesses large and small are now using CMIT Solutions to help ...

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BrightStar Ranks High on the Franchise Gator Top 100 Franchises List

With more than 10,000 people turning 65 everyday, the Senior Care / Home Healthcare industry has grown into a $70 billion sector of the franchise industry. Many entrepreneurs are turning to BrightStar as their senior care franchise of choice, ...

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PostNet Makes the Franchise Gator Top 100 Franchises List

PostNet, a business services franchise, helps small businesses grow by helping them with logistics, branding, and hosted online websites and marketing solutions. They have quickly risen as a leader in the digital marketing and print and logistics ...

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Retro Fitness and Let's YO! Name Ray Lauletti VP of Real Estate and Development

COLTS NECK, N.J. -- Retro Fitness, a low-cost, high-value fitness franchise, along with its sister-brand Let's YO!, a fresh, all-natural frozen yogurt shop, announced today the appointment of Ray Lauletti as Vice President of Real Estate and ...

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How Do You Roll? inks development deal for Washington D.C. area

How Do You Roll? has inked a deal with Raj Patel of the Mid-Atlantic Restaurant Group, LLC to develop the Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware and northern Virginia area. Over the next eight years, Patel will sell and support the opening of 25 units ...

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Give the Gift of Well-Being and a Balanced Lifestyle from Massage Heights this Valentine's Day

San Antonio, Texas -- Massage Heights a leader of professional, affordable and convenient therapeutic massage and facial services wants to help consumers and their loved ones stay on track with their personal new year's resolutions with ...

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Mr. Appliance Ranks on Entrepreneurs Franchise 500

Waco, TX -- Entrepreneur magazine has ranked Mr. Appliance No. 474 on the 2014 Franchise 500 list. The Mr. Appliance franchise is the leading appliance repair franchise in the United States specializing in business improvement and ...

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World Travel Holdings Home-Based Division Experiences Double Digit Growth

Fort Lauderdale, Fl -- World Travel Holdings, the world's leading cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company, announces that its home-based division, comprised of CruiseOne, achieved many notable accomplishments in 2013. From CruiseOne ...

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Red Mango Celebrates Milestone Year Of Development In 2013

DALLAS -- Red Mango, named one of the Fastest-Growing Franchises of 2013 by Entrepreneur magazine, celebrated an award-winning year for franchise development in 2013. The chain surpassed 270 locations, which includes units across 30 states ...

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Cartridge World Among Top Franchises

In January, Entrepreneur magazine announced Cartridge World as one of the country's top 100 franchises. The announcement was made as part of the annual Franchise 500 list, the world's first, best and most comprehensive franchise ...

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Renew Crew's Jessica Kelman Talks to Us About the Home Maintenance Industry

The home services industry is continuing to grow every year. Many home owners are choosing to renew or restore their homes instead of buying new. With a proprietary 3-step process to clean and restore exterior surfaces, Renew Crew has continued to ...

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Why Renew Crew is the Leading Exterior Surface Cleaning and Protecting Brand Nationwide

Renew Crew, a low cost home maintenance franchise, was started in 1993 by Stan Krempges as Wood Re New. Now named Renew Crew, they are the leading national brand for exterior surface cleaning and protecting with a three-step process called the ...

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Top 100 Franchise Q&A with PortraitEFX

We recently sat down with Chris Doyle, Director Business Development at PortraitEFX, to talk about his business and its franchise opportunity. Many franchisors will say they want to "award" franchises and not sell them.  What does ...

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Renew Crew Certified as a World-Class Franchise

Renew Crew has received World-Class Franchise certification from the Franchise Research Institute. The recognition comes after an independent survey conducted by the Franchise Research Institute, in which 76% of all Renew Crew franchisees ...

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Relocation Industry Q&A with Relocation Strategies

We recently sat down with Alex Taylor and Tim Haines of Relocation Strategies to discuss their company and the corporate relocation consulting industry.  Give us an overview of the relocation industry. Why is it a great industry to start a ...

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Q&A with Relocation Strategies' Alex Taylor, Director of Franchise Development

How was Relocation Strategies conceived and started? Tim Haines originally conceived Relocation Strategies Franchise Model as we began to perfect our unique service offering which filled a large void in the business market. This concept has been ...

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NPI Honors 43 Franchisees for Achievements

National Property Inspections, Incorporated, celebrated 26 years in business, unveiled new marketing tools and databases for inspectors and presented more than 43 awards to outstanding franchisees at its annual meeting in Omaha. "We want to ...

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FASTSIGNS Celebrates Banner Year With Increased Franchise Expansion, Robust Sales

CARROLLTON, Texas -- While the number 13 is usually considered unlucky, 2013 was another year in a series of strong growth for FASTSIGNS International Inc., the worldwide franchisor for more than 545 FASTSIGNS(R) sign, graphic and ...

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Bojangles' Names Clifton Rutledge CEO, Randy Kibler Now Chairman

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bojangles' Restaurants Inc. today announced the company's board of directors has appointed Clifton Rutledge as Chief Executive Officer effective January 24. Rutledge joins Bojangles' from Texas-based hamburger ...

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Maui Wowi Hawaiian Opens Newest Store Location in Baltimore Area

Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a unique Hawaiian coffee and smoothie company, has opened their newest East Coast location in Towson, located in Baltimore County, Maryland. Franchisees Mike and Amanda Pyne have been successful Maui Wowi mobile cart operators ...

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Maui Wowi Hawaiian Acknowledged on Entrepreneurs 35th Annual Franchise 500

Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a dual concept specializing in fresh fruit smoothies and premium specialty coffee beverages, has been recognized in the 35th Annual Franchise 500 by Entrepreneur Magazine, a national business publication and industry leader. ...

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Securis Awards First 3 Electronics Recycling & Data Destruction Franchises Serving Maryland and Delaware

Securis Franchising, Inc., a leader in electronics recycling and data destruction services, announced today that it has awarded the first three franchises in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Securis' franchising strategy is part of the company's ...

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Franchise Business Costs Explained

Franchise Business Costs Explained

So you’re ready to start a business and you've decided on buying a franchise. Browsing through franchisers on the Franchise Gator site, you’ll notice that we include a liquid capital requirement, along with a minimum investment and total ...

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Q&A with Pillar to Post's Brian Wieters

Pillar to Post was recently awarded a spot in the Franchise Gator Top 100 Franchises List. We spoke with Brian Wieters, Vice President of Franchise Recruitment for Pillar to Post, about his company and the franchise opportunity they offer. Here is ...

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MaidPro Makes the Franchise Gator Top 100 Franchises List

MaidPro was recently selected as a Top 100 Franchise by Franchise Gator. So we sat down with Chuck Lynch, VP of Planning and Development, to talk about MaidPro and the franchise opportunity they currently offer. Here is a snippet of that ...

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Top 100 Q&A with Great American Cookies

Recently Great American Cookies was selected to be part of the Franchise Gator Top 100 Franchises List. We sat down with Christina Chambers, Director of Franchise Development for Great American Cookies, to talk about the company and ...

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Top 100 Q&A with Fresh Coat Painters

After revealing that Fresh Coat Painters made the Franchise Gator Top 100 Franchises list, we sat down with Wes Sattler, VP of Franchise Development at Fresh Coat Painters to talk about the company and its franchise opportunity. Talk to me about ...

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Maui Wowi Hawaiian Expands Florida Presence With Another New Store Location

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Expands Florida Presence With Another New Store Location

Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a one-of-a-kind Hawaiian coffee and smoothie company, has announced the opening of their newest store location at Miromar Outlets in Estero, Florida. This is the first store for franchise owner Muhamad Barazi, who looks ...

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Figaro's Pizza - Top 100 Franchise Interview

Figaro's Pizza was recently named to the Franchise Gator Top 100 Franchises List. So we sat down with Ron Berger, CEO of Figaro's, to discuss his company's franchise opportunity. Many franchisors will say they want to "award" franchises ...

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Maui Wowi's Newest Texas Franchisee Gets a Fresh Start

Maui Wowi's Newest Texas Franchisee Gets a Fresh Start

Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a franchise specializing in gourmet coffees and fruit smoothies, continues to expand in the Dallas area with new franchisee David Smith; making Texas the latest hot spot for the island themed company. Smith joins several other ...

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Top 100 Franchise Q&A with Pete Lindsey, Vice President of Franchising for Sport Clips

Recently, Sport Clips was named to the Franchise Gator Top 100 Franchises list. These franchises were chosen based on a number reason, including brand image and franchisee support. We sat down with Sport Clips' Vice President of ...

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Maui Wowi Tampa Franchisee Gives Back at Miles For Hope

Maui Wowi Tampa Franchisee Gives Back at Miles For Hope

Greenwood Village, Colo. -- Maui Wowi franchisee gives back at Miles for Hope event in Tampa, Florida. Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a premium coffee and smoothie franchise company, continues to empower its franchisees and employees to take part in ...

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Corner Bakery Cafe Inks Additional Development Agreements with Existing Franchise Partners

Corner Bakery Cafe announced today the company has signed three additional multi-unit restaurant development agreements with existing franchise partners to introduce the signature bakery cafe to Idaho and eastern Washington ...

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Mr. Appliance Named a Top 500 Global Franchise

Mr. Appliance Name a Top 500 Global Franchise

Mr. Appliance, a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, has been named to the Franchise Times' Top 500 List of Global Franchises for 2013. The appliance repair services franchise was listed on the Next 300 List, ranking in at No. 383. The Top 500 List ...

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Papa Murphy's Takes Home Top Consumer Satisfaction Rating

Papa Murphy’s Takes Home ‘Top Consumer Satisfaction’ Rating

VANCOUVER, Wash.  Earlier this week, Papa Murphy's was named the top brand in customer satisfaction for the third quarter, 2013 by Technomic's Consumer Brand Metrics program. According to the data published, Papa ...

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More than 15,000 Franchise Jobs Created in September

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Recently, the International Franchise Expo released their monthly report for September. The ADP National Franchise Report (NFR) shows progress for the franchising industry, with more than 15,000 jobs created in September alone. The Franchise ...

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Franchise Gator Introduces Dental Fix to 36th Franchisee of 2013

Atlanta, GA (November 13, 2013) Franchise Gator announced today that its client, Dental Fix, signed its latest deal as a direct result of an exclusive newsletter that was sent to the Franchise Gator subscriber base.   Dental Fix's latest ...

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Technology Industry Interview with Kevin Sinclair of Wireless Zone

We talk with Kevin Sinclair about the Wireless Zone franchise opportunity and his company's ideal candidate. Tell us about the Wireless Zone Franchise concept. Wireless Zone is the largest wireless retail franchise in the US. Wireless Zone's ...

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Q&A with Clay Neff of Wireless Zone

Franchise Gator sat down with Clay Neff of Wireless Zone, to talk about his franchise and where its heading in the next few years. How was Wireless Zone originally conceived / started? At the dawn of the cell phone age, Wireless Zone ...

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Finance Industry Q&A with Michael Debenham, CEO of American Title Loans

We talk with Michael Debenham, CEO of American Title Loan, about the finance (specifically title loans) industry and why his company has been so successful. Provide an overview/ description of your industry.  Include reasons why it's a ...

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Q&A with Michael Debenham, CEO of American Title Loans

Recently we sat down with Michael Debenham, CEO of American Title Loans, to talk about his franchise and its success in the financial industry. How was American Title Loans originally conceived and started? In 2006 most title loans were done in ...

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Ram Jack Ranked as a Top 100 Franchise for Veterans

Ram Jack Ranked as a Top 100 Franchise for Veterans

Ram Jack, one of the world's only foundation repair franchise, was recently named to the Top 100 Franchises for Veterans list put out by Franchise Business Review. The list includes those who actively recruit and support US military veteran ...

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What Are 3 Important Qualities of a Successful Entrepreneur?

Meet Rocco Fiorentino Recently, Benetrends' President and CEO Rocco Fiorentino was featured on a panel of experts for "Empowering Entrepreneurs" put out by Media Planet. Fiorentino joined the Benetrends board of directors in 2009, with ...

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Education Industry Interview with Shaun Tuch of Professor Egghead

Why is children's education such a great industry to start a business in today? Parents want what's best for their kids. Parents will always pay for extracurricular activities, camp and birthday party services. Schools also need proper after ...

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Q&A with Shaun Tuch of Professor Egghead Science Academy

How was Professor Egghead Science Academy originally conceived and started? After Professor Egghead Science Academy became our most popular after school class, we knew we had something going. Voted best after school Program in LA, we were on ...

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Just Another Thursday in Washington

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It’s back to business as usual today in DC, but the government shutdown of these past two weeks has taken a financial and morale toll on the American people, their businesses and the global vision of this country as a stable geopolitical ...

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Edible Arrangements Reaches New Milestone

Just a little over a year after opening their 1000th location, Edible Arrangements has announced the opening of the 1,100th store in Weslaco, Texas. "It is amazing to think how far Edible Arrangements has come from our first ...

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Increase Your Bone Density and Physical Strength with OsteoStrong

At the ripe old age of 30, most of people begin to feel the little aches and pains associated with aging which are often caused by the gradual effects of muscle and bone atrophy. A steady decline in physic, balance, bone strength, and muscle ...

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Music Education Industry Interview with Angela Sakell of Bach to Rock

Recently, Angela Sakell of Bach to Rock sat down with Franchise Gator to discuss the Bach to Rock franchise opportunity and the music education franchise industry. Provide an overview/ description of your industry.  Include reasons why it's a ...

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Q&A with Angela Sakell, VP of Marketing at Bach to Rock

We recently sat down with Angela Sakell, VP of Marketing at Bach to Rock, to talk about her company's franchise opportunity and how they differentiate themselves from others in the market. How was Bach to Rock originally conceived and ...

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Home Services Industry Q&A with Brandon Wallengren, VP of Sales & Marketing at Five Star Painting

Provide an overview/ description of your industry.  Include reasons why it's a great industry to start a business in today. The painting and home improvement industry is estimated to be a $100 billion worldwide industry. The industry is very ...

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Q&A with Chad Jones, CDO of Five Star Painting

We recently sat down with Chad Jones, Chief Development Officer of Five Star Painting, to discuss his company's franchise opportunity, and what sets them apart from others in the home services industry. How was Five Star Painting originally ...

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Franchise Owner Advice Part 3 – Bumps in the Road

No matter what your background, there will always problems you encounter. Some are minor bumps in the road and some can make you feel like Chicken Little screaming, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!” What can make these moments ...

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Dental Fix Awards Franchise in Fresno, CA

Dental Fix continues its record setting year. Fresh off of awarding its 27th franchise of 2013 in September, Dental Fix has now awarded its 28th franchise of 2013, to Jay Jones, of Fresno, CA, Dental Fix announced on Friday. The signed ...

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Area Developer Spotlight: Greg Gonville, Philadelphia

Greg Gonville, 45, is the regional developer for Honest-1 Auto Care in Philadelphia. Greg received his B.A. in business management and entrepreneurship from Northeastern University.  He also has his MBA in technology and e-commerce from West ...

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Franchise Owner Advice Part 2 – What can you expect?

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So much research and time is spent trying to figure out what franchise is right for you " not to mention how much money is needed to make your dream a reality. Something that is hard to research is what expectations you should have when ...

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Franchise Owner Advice Part 1 – The Road to Becoming an Entrepreneur

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Did you always know you wanted to be an entrepreneur? Most people say no to this question. Some may have harbored a dream to one day start their own company, but franchising specifically is not usually among the list of childhood ambitions. In ...

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Ask a Franchisee Series, Part 4: Ryan Spath of Cellairis

In the final part of our series, we meet Ryan Spath, a 29 year old franchisee who climbed his way to success after joining his first Cellairis, a wireless accessories franchise business. Miss Part 1-3 of this series?Part 1: Bill and Nancy Allen ...

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Ask a Franchisee Series, Part 3 of 4: Jim and Jason Valentine of Cousins Subs

In Part 3 of our Ask a Franchisee Series, we meet the Valentines, who own and operate a Cousin Subs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Miss our previous interviews? Catch up with the links below: Ask a Franchisee Series, Part 1 of 4: Bill and Nancy Allen of ...

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Starting Your Own vs. Building A Business

Starting Your Own vs. Building A Business

People with an entrepreneurial passion are always looking for new business opportunities. Persistent commitment to financial growth in comes with many different, often difficult, decisions. One such decision many entrepreneurs face is deciding ...

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Ask a Franchisee Series, Part 2 of 4: Glenn Keller of Kitchen Tune-Up

Every year, more and more entrepreneurs are looking into franchising as way to start their own business. Although there are plenty of articles written, very few capture the franchisee’s point of view. In our new series, Ask a Franchisee, we ...

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Ask a Franchisee Series, Part 1 of 4: Bill and Nancy Allen of BrightStar Care

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Here at Franchise Gator, we’re always looking for ways to help educate entrepreneurs on franchising and starting their first business. In our newest series, we've decided to switch things up and learn more about franchising from the ...

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Jump-Start Your Career With a Franchise

When Rowley Mayo, 62, was downsized from his job as a finance executive in 2009, he wasn't ready to stop working. But Mayo soon learned that companies weren't lining up to hire workers in his age group, especially those accustomed to earning ...

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Retail Industry Q&A with Ciara Stockeland, President of MODE

Recently we sat down with Ciara Stockeland, President of MODE, to discuss her franchise and the the retail franchise industry in general. Give us an overview of the your industry and why it's such a great industry to start a franchise ...

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Q&A with Ciara Stockeland, President of MODE, Designer Outlet Stores

This past week, we sat down with Ciara Stockeland, President of MODE, to discuss her franchise opportunity and what makes her business unique. How was MODE originally conceived and started? We opened our first boutique retail store in 2006. In ...

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Buying Young: Starting a Franchise in Your 20s

Buying Young: Starting a Franchise in Your 20s

Whether you’re just starting your senior year in college, just graduated, or graduated in the past few years, you may be thinking about starting a franchise. The job marketing, although improving, has been hard on new graduates, with more than ...

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Buying Young: Starting a Franchise in Your 20s

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Whether you’re just starting your senior year in college, just graduated, or graduated in the past few years, you may be thinking about starting a franchise. The job marketing, although improving, has been hard on new graduates, with more than ...

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Home Services Industry Q&A with Greg Haskett of HomeTeam Inspection Service

We recently sat down with Greg Haskett of HomeTeam Inspection Service, to talk about the home services industry and the role his franchise plays in it. Why is the home services industry a great industry to start a business in today? We provide a ...

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Q&A with Greg Haskett, Vice President of HomeTeam Inspection Service

How was HomeTeam Inspection Service originally conceived and started?  Our president and founder, Paul Spires, began performing inspections in the Greater Cincinnati area in 1990.  His initial concept of a team of inspectors that ...

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Home Inspections Q&A with Kirk Bingenheimer, Founding Member of B-Sure Inspection

Eric Bell, Director of Sales & Services at Franchise Gator, recently sat down with Kirk Bingenheimer of B-Sure Inspection to talk about the home inspections franchise industry and his franchise opportunity. Provide an overview of home ...

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Q&A with Kirk Bingenheimer, Founding Member of B-Sure Inspections

Recently Eric Bell, Director of Sales &Services at Franchise Gator, sat down with Kirk Bingenheimer to talk about the B-Sure Inspections franchise opportunity. How was B-Sure Inspections conceived and started? About a year after I started my ...

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Q&A with Artin Tounian, President and Founder of Prime National Credit Repair

Recently we sat down with Artin Tounian, the President and Founder of Prime National Credit Repair, to talk about his franchise opportunity and what sets his company apart in the industry. How was Prime National Credit Repair ...

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No Money, No Problem! Starting a Franchise on a Limited Budget

Even in today’s harsh economy, there are ways to make a success out of a business that strays from the traditional, 9-to-5 office gig. For that reason (and many more), the franchise business model has long been a popular entrepreneurial path, ...

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Home Healthcare Industry Interview with David Goodman of Companion Connection Senior Care

Provide an overview/ description of your industry. Include reasons why it's a great industry to start a business in today. The home health care industry continues to be the fastest growing category in franchising. How has your industry changed ...

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Q&A with David Goodman, President of Companion Connection Senior Care

Franchise Gator recently sat down with David Goodman, President of Companion Connection Senior Care, to talk about their franchise/membership opportunity. How was Companion Connection Senior Care originally conceived and ...

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Infographic: ADP National Franchise Report for May

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The ADP National Franchise Report is an up-to-date, monthly snapshot of the franchise industry based on payroll data gathered by ADP. In May, the number of jobs in the franchise sector grew by 19,160, with food and business services franchisors ...

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How Much Does It Cost to Start a Franchise?

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Have you ever wondered how much it would cost to start a franchise for some of your favorite brands? We've put together an interactive infographic full of information on some of our customers' favorite brands. Franchisors include: Seven Eleven, ...

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Restaurant Industry Q&A with Richard Simtob of Zoup!

Franchise Gator recently sat down with Richard Simtob of Zoup! to discuss the restaurant industry and the Zoup! franchise opportunity. Provide an overview of the restaurant industry. Include reasons why it is a great industry to start ...

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Q&A with Richard Simtob of Zoup! Fresh Soup Company

How was your franchise/opportunity originally conceived and started? Zoup! began as an idea the company's founders pondered as they were building their first soup-related food service business.   That original company which manufactured ...

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Q&A with Maytag Commercial Laundry

Why should I invest in a Maytag Equipped Laundry? For the same reasons more customers do, every day. The Maytag equipped Laundry store is backed by a powerful and legendary brand name, tremendous energy efficiency and innovative products, ...

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Q&A Interview with Anne McCabe Lobelson of Allstate Insurance Company

How was your franchise/opportunity originally conceived and started? We attract people who are interested in a franchise type opportunity! We are not a franchise, but our exclusive agency owners own equity in their "books of ...

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Bookkeeping Express Helps CPAs and Accountants Reach Their Business Goals Through CPA Express

CPA Express Service being offered to CPAs and Accountants who wish to expand their business without the cost! VIENNA, Va. BookKeeping Express, the first U.S. franchise focused solely on bookkeeping services, is providing a competitive advantage to ...

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Q&A with Christina Chambers, Director of Franchise Development at Great American Cookies

Describe how Great American Cookies originally conceived/started The company started from a chocolate chip cookie recipe passed on by the grandmother of one of the founders.  He and his partner knew they had a fantastic product, so they ...

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Automotive Q&A with Mr. Transmission/Milex

Provide an overview/ description of your industry.  Include reasons why it's a great industry to start a business in today. The average age of a vehicle on the road today has increased substantially over the past few years.  Customers ...

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Q&A with Marsha Ruske, Marketing Director at Mr. Transmission/Milex

How was Mr. Transmission/Milex originally conceived and started? Milex Complete Auto Care and Mr. Transmission are longstanding, solid brands that have been continuously providing automotive repair services for over 50 years.   Moran ...

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Doc Popcorn Awards 100th Franchise Agreement

Doc Popcorn Awards 100th Franchise Agreement

BOULDER, CO  Doc Popcorn, a national snack franchisor, has announced the signing of their 100th franchise agreement. The new agreement marks a company milestone for the rapidly growing business in a industry that does more than $1.7 billion ...

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Q&A with Holly Owens of ProTect Painters

How was ProTect Painters originally conceived/started? Part of the Service Brands International family of service franchises. We wanted to add another service-oriented system to our brands which would allow us to capitalize on our 28 years' ...

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Green Industry Interview with Ashley Davis, Brand Manager of Pro Energy Consultants

Provide an overview/ description of your industry.  Include reasons why it's a great industry to start a business in today. Energy costs and consumption have exploded into the consciousness of our nation's homeowners and businesses, making ...

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Q&A with Mark Cannella, Founder of Pro Energy Consultants

How was Pro Energy Consultants originally conceived/started? Pro Energy was started in response to a need I saw after working for more than 15 years in the HVAC industry and I saw firsthand that customers were having home performance issues not ...

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Franchise Your Business: Could Franchising be the Answer?

Could Franchising be the Answer

By: Mark Siebert So your company is taking off and you're trying to figure out how to expand. Could franchising be the answer? Business owners should keep several factors in mind when they are looking into the concept of franchising. ...

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Retail Industry Q&A with Cheryl Kittson of Great Canadian Dollar Store

Provide an overview of your industry. Include reasons why it's a great industry to start a business in today. A dollar store offers great products at low prices.  Why buy a gift bag for $5.99 when you can purchase one at your dollar store ...

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Q&A with Cheryl Kittson, Franchise Development Administrator of Great Canadian Dollar Store

How was your franchise originally conceived and started?  In 1991, after a long and successful career as a stockbroker, trust company founder and entrepreneur, Bud Walker & his wife Vivian bought a dollar store franchise concept ...

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Industry Q&A with American Business Systems

Provide an overview/ description of your industry.  Include reasons why it's a great industry to start a business in today. The Healthcare industry is one of the few growth industries in the United States.  Healthcare spending is ...

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Q&A with Adam Phillips, President of American Business Systems

How was your franchise/opportunity originally conceived and started? This is a family owned and operated business. My parents started a medical billing company in Dallas TX in 1987, and in 1994 they formed American Business Systems and started ...

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Q&A with Wild Bird Centers

Wild Bird Centers

Over 25 Years of Success! In 1985, George Petrides, Sr. followed his passion and opened the first Wild Bird Center store in Cabin John, MD, a suburb of Washington, D.C.  George's vision was to serve wild bird hobbyists with quality products ...

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Industry Q&A with Jack Butorac of Marco's Pizza

Provide an overview/ description of your industry.  According to "Your Guide to Pizza, Pizza Market Place," Pizza is a $32 billion a year market. The national chains only make up 35% of the market. Americans eat 3 billion pizzas a ...

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Q&A with Jack Butorac of Marco's Pizza

How was your franchise/opportunity originally conceived and started?  Pat Giammarco, who spent his early childhood in Italy, wanted to see pizza made the authentic and traditional Italian way, meaning fresh dough, Italian sauce, generous ...

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Q&A with Steve Cox, Vice President of Franchise Development at i9 Sports Pt II

Provide an overview/ description of your industry.  Include reasons why it's a great industry to start a business in today. There are 42 million kids participating in youth sports in the United States today and, as parents seek more and more ...

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Q&A with Steve Cox, Vice President of Franchise Development at i9 Sports

How was your franchise/opportunity originally conceived and started? i9 Sports began in 1995 when our founder, Frank Fiumme became frustrated over the poor quality of the adult softball leagues he was playing in and decided he could do it ...

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SIGNARAMA Industry Q&A

Provide an overview/ description of your industry.  Include reasons why it's a great industry to start a business in today. SIGNARAMA is a full service sign center providing the local community with every type of signage. How has your ...

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Franchise Q&A with Joe Malmuth of SIGNARAMA

How was your franchise/opportunity originally conceived and started? The company was started in 1986 in Farmingdale, NY by father/son team Roy and Ray Titus. What was your original vision for your company? How has that changed over time? The ...

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Industry Q&A with James West of Allstate

Provide an overview/ description of your industry.  Include reasons why it's a great industry to start a business in today. It is a demand product; most states require you to have insurance on your home and car. It's recession ...

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Franchise Q&A with James West of Allstate

How was your franchise/opportunity originally conceived and started? The year 2000 was the start of our business opportunity. Prior to that year, our agents were employees of Allstate. What was your original vision for your company? To ...

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Franchise Q&A with Kylene Golubski, President of Inspect-It 1st Property Inspection

How was your franchise originally conceived and started? Inspect-It 1st started in Arizona in 1991, and began offering home inspection franchise opportunities in 1997.  At the time, the growing popularity of home inspections as a means to ...

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Q&A with Mike Handy of GoWaiter.com

How was your franchise/opportunity originally conceived and started? After working as a manager in the restaurant industry for years, and then owning and operating my own catering business, I decided to combine my food service and delivery skills ...

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Expedia CruiseShipCenters Recognized by Franchise Business Review

Expedia CruiseShipCenters, an Expedia Inc. travel business, was recently recognized by the Franchise Business Review as a top franchise system in 2013. The company was ranked as number 38 in the 2013 Top Franchise Systems list. "We are ...

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Zoom Room Dog Training Franchise Enters Chicago Area

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The Zoom Room®, a dog training franchisor, has recently announced plans to bring their eco-friendly franchise to the Chicago area and all across the United States. The company has signed a new franchise agreement to bring three new locations to ...

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Q&A with Nicole C. Tomlin, Vice President of Operations and Development at Pop Weight Loss- Part 2

1. Provide an overview/ description of your industry. More Americans are overweight today than at any other time during our history.  Today, Americans are fed up with diets and diet plans, and are looking for lasting solutions to their ...

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Q&A with David Briggs, President and Founder of Mosquito Shield

1.  How was your franchise opportunity originally conceived and started? I was sitting on my deck one night (David Briggs, President & Founder) and was  forced inside due to mosquitoes. I searched for a company that controlled ...

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Q&A with Nicole C. Tomlin, Vice President of Operations and Development at Pop Weight Loss- Part 1

1. How was your franchise/opportunity originally conceived and started?  Pop Weight Loss was created by Dr. Rebecca Cipriano, a board certified OBGYN holding a Master's Degree in Nutrition.  Following the birth of her daughter, Colette, ...

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Pump It Up Launches Motion Mania

Pump It Up, the nation's leader in child entertainment, has integrated the cutting-edge EyeClick technology into 10 locations throughout the US. Motion Mania for Pump It Up, is geared toward children ages 2 and up, and is based on the EyeClick ...

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4 Essential Traits of a Franchisee: Leader, Risk Taker, Communicator, Willing to Learn

4 Essential Traits of a Franchisee: Leadership

There are many traits that successful leaders and entrepreneurs possess, traits like being attentive and highly motivated. But what traits should every franchisee have? Should you be a hard worker or maybe a good listener? There are dozens of traits ...

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Honest-1 Auto Care Expansion Plans for 2013

In preparation of a new expansion plan for 2013, Honest-1 Auto Car has made two critical hires at their corporate office: Rick Sage as the new Director of Marketing, and Tod Swett as Director of Development.  Most recently, Sage served as the ...

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Q&A with Mosquito Joe

How has your industry changed in the last 10 years?  20 years? Outdoor pest control, specifically mosquito control, has not even been around for that long yet. It is a new, emerging industry that is set for high growth as mosquito-borne ...

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Q&A with Mosquito Joe's Director of Marketing, Angela Zerda, and CEO, Kevin Wilson

How was Mosquito Joe originally conceived and started? Four Hampton Roads friends identified a local need for mosquito control services after years of having their and their community's outside enjoyment hindered by these pesky bugs. They ...

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CEO Interview with Brian Scudamore of 1-800-GOT-JUNK

Brian Scudamore is the Founder & CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, a Vancouver-based franchisor named one of the fastest growing companies in North America. Brian started the company at the age of 18, after seeing an old junk hauling truck in a ...

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Aging Population Sets Healthcare Industry on Fire, says CEO of Silver Cross

 Provide an overview/ description of your industry. Include reasons why it's a great industry to start a business in today. As the population of people age 65 and over grows, demand for healthcare-related products and services grows as ...

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Q&A with Vera Gualtieri, Medical Operations Marketing Director for Sonus

Can you please tell us more about your industry and what makes it attractive to a potential franchisee? Nearly 35 million Americans have hearing loss. To an individual with hearing loss, hearing aids are seen as a necessity rather than an ...

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Top 8 Books to Read for Franchising

One of the most important steps before becoming a franchisee is to invest quality time into researching the industry and all the laws that effect it. You'd be surprised how many people decide to skip this step! I've put together a list of the top ...

June 26, 2012, By   |  Leave a Comment  |  Read More

Any Lab Test Now Opening New Location in South Florida

Any Lab Now, a fast-growing retail franchise offering convenient and affordable testing, has announced the opening of new locations in Aventura/North Miami Beach and the Plantation communities. The new locations, off Biscayne Blvd. and Sunrise ...

April 24, 2012, By   |  Leave a Comment  |  Read More

Q&A with Rebecca Viani, VP of Operation for Plan Ahead Events

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Franchise Gator recently sat down with Rebecca Viani, VP of Operations for Plan Ahead Events, to tell us a little more about their franchise opportunityPlease tell us a little more about Plan Ahead Events and the industry of event planning. The ...

October 20, 2011, By   |  Leave a Comment  |  Read More

Before You Buy- Questions That Should Be Asked

Before You Buy- Questions That Should Be Asked

Before you go into a legal agreement with any franchisor, there are many questions that need to be asked. Here's a short list of questions to ask and why they're important:        How much do I have to invest before I can ...

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Tint World Expanding Franchises in Southwest

For 29 years Tint World® has been the leading franchised provider of window tinting, not just for automotive, but also residential, commercial and marine. They also offer auto security, mobile electronics, car accessories and custom wheels and ...

July 22, 2011, By   |  Leave a Comment  |  Read More

Q&A with CK Franchising, Inc. VP of Franchise Development Jim Brown

How was your franchise/opportunity originally conceived and started? Comfort Keepers® was originally conceived over 10 years ago by a home care nurse who spent much of her professional life caring for the medical needs of home bound ...

August 09, 2010, By   |  Leave a Comment  |  Read More

Q&A with Murphy Business & Financial Corp. CEO Roger J. Murphy

How was your franchise/opportunity originally conceived and started? We developed our company over a period of 12 years, from 1994 2006. We had developed a branch office system of approximately 30 offices across Florida doing Business ...

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Hottest Small Business Franchises For Couples

There is a huge balancing act that comes along with life, especially once life is no longer limited to the scope of one person. For couples, life can get extremely stressful and frustrating as the balancing act of career and income compete with time ...

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Top 10 Small Business Franchise Ideas

Chances are, if you are looking for the freedom that comes from owning your own business or franchise you have spent some serious time considering a small business. Other business opportunities to free you from the corporate ladder would also ...

January 28, 2008, By   |  Leave a Comment  |  Read More

A.M. Profile: BrightStar Healthcare Franchise CEO

(Crain's) - A word of caution to prospective BrightStar Healthcare franchisees: Those who find the thought of hugging the CEO disagreeable need not apply. "Some people may be very uncomfortable having the CEO hug them," said Shelly Sun, ...

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