Farrah Kennedy

Franchise Gator

Farrah Kennedy knows franchise prospecting and knows it well. Having served as the General Manager at Franchise Gator, the leading on-line directory for franchise and business opportunity information, until December 2013, she managed all aspects of the business, including franchisor relationships, franchise leads, P&L and strategic objectives and growth, as well as taking care of Gator Crew who affectionally referred to her as 'GatorMom'.

Farrah began with Gator since almost the beginning - she was the first employee in October 2003. Before Franchise Gator, Farrah started her career in lead generation in 1997 with NewHomesDirect.com, a research site for potential new home owners where she served as the Director of Operations for 5 years.

Farrah now serves as Senior Manager at Mail Chimp.

Articles by Farrah Kennedy:


Work at Work, Says HP’s Meg Whitman

The debate rages on. Imagine two employee scenarios. In the first, a guy gets up at 6:30. Showered and shaved, he gets all up in his professional outfit and faces rush hour. Forty-five minutes later, our man pulls into a spot and rushes to get to his desk. Scenario number two: Joe Q. Public...

By | Posted October 10, 2013

The New Lost (Money) Generation

That whole 18 to 65 thing? Forget about it. It’s pretty clear, just anecdotally, that the culture of work has changed dramatically in the past generation. A report out of Georgetown University confirms what we are seeing in the workplace and the larger culture in general. The lifespan of the...

By | Posted October 08, 2013

Workin' It: The Reason for the Season

Get up on this situation, and fast. If you are any kind of retailer, and that means new style, as in ecommerce or old style, as in brick and mortar, you should be doing your seasonal hiring today, right now, this minute. Amazon just announced it is bringing on 70,000 full time workers across the...

By | Posted October 04, 2013

You're the Boss: Here's What You Shouldn't Be Doing

As the head of a small to medium sized business, you wear a dozen hats and some, well, they just don’t fit. It may seem like a brilliant idea to control all aspects of your enterprise, but it’s simply not possible for you to handle all the tasks of running your company. You need to move...

By | Posted September 21, 2013

5 Questions Business Owners Should Be Asking About Healthcare Reform (Plus Some Answers)

Confused about healthcare reform? We thought so. Here are five questions you are probably asking, along with some answers that should help you sleep better a night. Are the healthcare reform police about to bust through my front door?No employer must offer coverage. Depending on the size of...

By | Posted September 19, 2013

Why It's a Great Time to Start a Business

The recession is so ten minutes ago. It’s time to ride the uptick. Across the board, spending is up, hiring is up, and the Consumer Price Index is on the rise. For the first time since May, the CBIZ Small Business Employment Index is in positive territory, reporting a hiring increase for the...

By | Posted September 18, 2013

Hope is Not a Strategy: Realistic Goal Setting

To succeed in business, you've got to be an optimist. But if that’s all you've got, frankly, you’re screwed; having a positive mental attitude gets you only so far. So while you may be dreaming of making it big, your dreams better be accompanied by some good old down to earth planning. While...

By | Posted September 13, 2013

Franchise Employment Models...A Deciding Factor?

Are you a people person?  What about managing people?  Prefer to work alone?  All of these are things you should consider when looking at which franchise is right for you.  In this 4 part series we will examine the different employment models to help you understand this...

By | Posted September 14, 2011

Industry Expert Weighs in on Franchise Consultants

Franchise Gator sits down with Dan Martin, Franchise Strategy Coach & IFX CEO to get his take on using a Franchise Consultant/Broker as well as some good advice for someone looking to venture into franchising. Dan Martin's franchise experience goes back to 1983 when he started with a...

By | Posted September 13, 2011

Finding the Right Location for Your Franchise

One of the hardest things to decide on when starting yourbusiness is location. Your contract with the franchisor may include a certain geographic location but within that territory, there could be thousands of potential sites. How does one go about choosing the right location? The best way to go...

By | Posted July 28, 2011

Seven Steps to Choosing the Right Franchise

There are several things to think about when looking to purchase a franchise, and with so many opportunities to choose from, how do you go about selecting the right one for you? The following considerations can help narrow down your list of potential businesses and guide you in selecting a...

By | Posted May 19, 2011

Legal Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Franchise

When considering the purchase of a franchise, it is important for prospective franchisees to understand the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) provided by the franchisor. The disclosure document provides all relevant information about the company including a history and overview of employees, as...

By | Posted January 04, 2010

IFA RECOMMENDATION TO INCREASE SBA LOAN LIMITS GAINS SUPPORT FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA

IFA Urges Passage of Legislation to Enhance SBA Loan Programs WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2009 - The International Franchise Association today welcomed President Obama's support to increase Small Business Administration loan limits from $2 million to $5 million, which if passed would pave the way for...

By | Posted October 28, 2009

Credit a Problem? A Franchise Could Still Be For You!

In our ever-increasingly cashless society, a good credit score has become as much of a status symbol as the new Mercedes that you lease with it.  Like it or not, your credit impacts your ability to buy a house, a car or even get a loan to start a new business, but what creditors aren't always...

By | Posted May 19, 2008

Top 10 High Income Business Opportunities

If you are searching the Internet in search of high income business opportunities then you have probably encountered a lot and are unsure of which ones are best and which ones are scams. The truth of the matter is that there are a lot of opportunities advertised on the web that aren't worth taking...

By | Posted March 19, 2007

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