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Taking Franchise Risks at a Young Age with Kevin DuBois of Lapels Dry Cleaning

Franchise Euphoria

As the CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning, Dubois has more than 20 years in the franchise industry, the last near 15 years with Lapels. Under his leadership, Lapels Dry Cleaning has been ranked in Entrepreneur’s 26th Annual “Franchise 500” as well as that publication’s “Top 50 New Franchises”. Dubois was also named “Franchisor of the Year” by the New England Franchise Association (NEFA). He earned this honor based on his key role in the franchise’s growth, commitment to the environment through its greener dry cleaning processes, its outreach to recruit veterans and its efforts in the community. Kevin is also the co-author of Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business, a book he co-wrote with Roger McManus. Currently, he oversees the long-term strategic direction of the company which includes equipment advancements, technology advancements and the consolidation of a major brand in the dry cleaning industry. Key Takeaways: [0:18] Today’s episode of Franchise Euphoria is brought to you by IndyFranchiseLaw.com, a leading resource in the franchise space. Head over to IndyFranchiseLaw.com learn more! [0:59] Josh introduces today’s guest, Kevin DuBois, the CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning. [2:08] Josh welcomes Kevin to Franchise Euphoria. [2:24] Kevin shares how he first began his career in the franchising industry when he was just 18 years old. [5:42] In Kevin’s opinion, hotel franchises have some of the best models for franchisees. [8:16] After his venture in hotels, Kevin met the owner of the dry cleaning company he ended up partnering with to found Lapels. [11:53] What Kevin has found with the franchise growth Lapels has seen is that they are attracting a specific type of franchisees. [13:49] When Lapels began franchising, they started in the New England area, but now they are located across the US. [15:16] Kevin shares what led him to co-author his book Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business. [17:53] Kevin sheds light on how dry cleaning franchises have evolved over the years and how we are seeing more environmentally friendly practices. [21:39] Kevin comments on how Lapels has been affected by COVID-19 and gives insight on what he thinks the future of the industry looks like. [23:01] If you want to learn more about Lapels Dry Cleaning, visit their website listed below. [24:19] Thanks for listening, and please, reach out to Josh anytime through email at josh@franchiseeuphoria.com. If you enjoyed this interview, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Mentioned in This Episode: josh@franchiseeuphoria.com www.indyfranchiselaw.com www.mylapels.com www.LapelsFranchise.com Amazon Link for Kevin’s Book, Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business

25mins

6 Oct 2020

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Kevin Dubois, Lapels Dry Cleaning

Business Way Outside the Box

Not your typical entrepreneur, Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning with over 100 locations around the world and author of the industry standard “Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business”, talks about the bumps along the way and how you can avoid some of them.   From lemonade stand in front of the Barnstable Fairground to juggling multiple enterprises, Kevin unfolds the pathway to a predictable income and lifestyle.    This episode of “Business Way Outside the Box” also pulls back the curtain on independent startups vs. the franchise model.   For more information on Lapels Franchise opportunities, visit https://lapelsfranchise.com/.

20mins

18 Sep 2020

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94: Building Through the Uncertainty and Thriving, with Lapels Dry Cleaning President and CEO Kevin Dubois

The Franchise Story Podcast

Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this week’s episode, Brian is joined by Kevin Dubois, the President & CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning. Lapels Dry Cleaning was founded on the premise of convenience and a true 100% environmentally non-toxic way to clean clothes. With nearly 100 locations nationwide, the brand was recently named to Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 for 2020. Kevin shares his journey leading into franchising and the lessons he’s learned along the way that ultimately allowed him and his team to scale Lapels the right way. He also brings high-level insights into the dry cleaning industry, specifically how Lapels has managed to be on the cutting-edge of innovation in a largely unchanging industry.  The duo talks about how the franchise community has come together and are continuously finding new ways to survive and even thrive in uncertain times. Kevin says, “Every challenge in any economic cycle also presents some opportunities.”  Tune in and learn more about Kevin’s franchise story!  What we talk about: Kevin’s history and what got him into franchising and in the dry cleaning industry How the dry cleaning industry works Building and improving the system model The progress from 18 to 100 locations and lessons learned along the way Giving the support needed by different franchisees How COVID-19 affected the dry cleaning industry The strength in the franchise system coming and working together The future goals for Lapels Some revolutionary changes in dry cleaning What we mention: Lapels Dry Cleaning

36mins

20 Aug 2020

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Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business, with Kevin Dubois

Savvy Business, Life Unscripted

Kevin DuBois started with nothing more than a clothes hanger and built Lapels Dry Cleaning into a near 100-plus store franchise—all the while developing an environmentally friendly dry cleaning company that features the world’s only 100 percent environmentally non-toxic cleaning process. How did he do it? In addition to building Lapels Dry Cleaning into a national franchise, Kevin literally wrote the book on running a dry cleaning business-- Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business. In addition to insights about the dry cleaning business, the book offers insights on systems that can help the small business owner become an entrepreneur. Kevin also clearly distinguishes the differences. Today Kevin and I discuss ways they have thrived in spit of COVID-19, and tips to help other business owners reinvent and come out on top of this crisis. www.LapelsDryCleaning.com

13mins

21 Jul 2020

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Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business, with Kevin Dubois

Savvy Business, Life Unscripted

Kevin DuBois started with nothing more than a clothes hanger and built Lapels Dry Cleaning into a near 100-plus store franchise—all the while developing an environmentally friendly dry cleaning company that features the world’s only 100 percent environmentally non-toxic cleaning process.  How did he do it? In addition to building Lapels Dry Cleaning into a national franchise, Kevin literally wrote the book on running a dry cleaning business--Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business. In addition to insights about the dry cleaning business, the book offers insights on systems that can help the small business owner become an entrepreneur. Kevin also clearly distinguishes the differences. Today Kevin and I discuss ways they have thrived in spit of COVID-19, and tips to help other business owners reinvent and come out on top of this crisis. www.LapelsDryCleaning.com

14mins

21 Jul 2020

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040: Kevin Dubois from My Shop Assist discusses the importance of accurately tracking your builds

DO IT FOR A LIVING

Kevin Dubois is the co-founder of My Shop Assist, a project management system designed specifically for aftermarket automotive shops.  He took his experience (and mistakes) as the owner of Evolution Dynamics to create a tool to help owners run their shop more efficiently.  After a tremendous crash at Pikes Peak in 2012, he decided it was time to buckle down and get serious about turning his performance shop from a hobby to a real business.

1hr 31mins

4 Jan 2016