There is a lot to learn about Cooperstown Connection and we were very excited to speak with them here at Franchise Gator. Read more about this amazing opportunity as told to us by Vincent Carfagno, founder of Cooperstown Connection.
How was Cooperstown Connection originally conceived and started?
The concept began when I was 18 years old and attended a baseball card show while I was away at college. When I saw the demand for baseball cards and memorabilia I began to exhibit and card shows. As my following grew I decided to open my own shop in Cooperstown, NY near the Baseball Hall of Fame.
What was your original vision for Cooperstown Connection and how has that changed?
My original vision focused on vintage baseball cards and over time has evolved to center around clothing, accessories, memorabilia and anything for the sports fan.
What do you believe is the single most important factor when choosing a franchise?
Make sure it is something you love to do and you can look forward to getting up and getting to work everyday.
Why should someone choose Cooperstown Connection over other similar franchises?
My franchise is fun, profitable and innovative. If you are a sports fan it doesn't feel like work.
What makes your industry attractive?
Sports apparel and collectibles is a multi-billion that many people have a passion for.
What types of qualities do you look for in potential franchisees?
Highly motivated, sports minded individuals
What do your franchise fees and royalties cover?
Initial training, use of name and operating system, protected territory, ongoing support, access to our network of vendors including exclusive product offerings
How do territories work for your franchisees?
Each franchisee receives a protected territory based on population
What is your favorite advice for new franchisees to help them succeed?
There is never a dull moment in this business, things are always changing and you must be able to adapt to change.
What would you tell potential franchisees that may be nervous about the financial burdens of starting a franchise?
Owning your own business can be hard work and it takes time to build your customer base but it can be very rewarding.
Can you explain your financial assistance?
Third party financing is available.
On average, how long does it take to start a new Cooperstown Connection from the franchisees point of view?
From the time you sign a lease for your space you should be open in 60 to 120 days.
What was your background and experience before founding this franchise?
My background was in sales and retail. I have always owned my own business.
Do you have any franchisee testimonials or success stories that you would like to share?
I feel like my life has been a success story, going from a teen selling baseball cards at trade shows to owning 3 successful locations to now franchising Cooperstown Connection and beginning our national expansion.