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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 650 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 interest on our website at http://www.franchiseinterviews.comWe have met with some exciting new franchise concepts as well as some of the biggest names in franchising. As a visitor to our website, all you have to do is click and listen. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy. Live shows can be heard on Blog Talk Radio every Thursday at 10AM EST, 7AM PST. It's no problem if you can't listen to the live show. Each show is recorded and immediately placed in our library of audio archives. To date, we have had over a quarter of a million listeners! Franchise Interviews is hosted by Dr. Martin J. McDermott.

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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 650 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 interest on our website at http://www.franchiseinterviews.comWe have met with some exciting new franchise concepts as well as some of the biggest names in franchising. As a visitor to our website, all you have to do is click and listen. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy. Live shows can be heard on Blog Talk Radio every Thursday at 10AM EST, 7AM PST. It's no problem if you can't listen to the live show. Each show is recorded and immediately placed in our library of audio archives. To date, we have had over a quarter of a million listeners! Franchise Interviews is hosted by Dr. Martin J. McDermott.

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Franchise Interviews

Latest release on Jul 30, 2020

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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 650 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 interest on our website at http://www.franchiseinterviews.comWe have met with some exciting new franchise concepts as well as some of the biggest names in franchising. As a visitor to our website, all you have to do is click and listen. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy. Live shows can be heard on Blog Talk Radio every Thursday at 10AM EST, 7AM PST. It's no problem if you can't listen to the live show. Each show is recorded and immediately placed in our library of audio archives. To date, we have had over a quarter of a million listeners! Franchise Interviews is hosted by Dr. Martin J. McDermott.

Rank #1: Women and Franchising

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Several years ago, I was inspired to conduct a study on women in franchising based on my interview with Gigi Butler.  The study was titled, “Women Entrepreneurs and the Influence of Gender on Successful Franchising".  The study was published in the Global Journal of Entrepreneurship.  This study explores the influence of gender on franchise business ownership.  Here is a link to the study. 

https://www.igbr.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/GJE_Vol_2_No_1_2018.pdf
Today you will hear our interview with Gigi Butler.  Gigi Butler, is 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 across the country...making Gigi's the largest cupcake franchise in the country!

Apr 09 2020

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Rank #2: Mike and Shannon Kemp and What It Takes To Be A Multi-Unit Franchisee.

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We have a great show today.  We are meeting with multi-unit franchisees and husband and wife team Mike and Shannon Kemp. Mike and Shannon speak about what it takes to be multi-unit franchisees, how/when they knew they were ready to expand beyond one brand/unit and their entrepreneurial advice on growing and investing in a franchise system for more than 20 years. Here's quick background on them:
In 1994, Mike was working part-time as an employee for Play It Again Sports the store buys and sells quality, gently-used sports equipment and gear (the franchise currently has more than 300 franchised stores in the U.S. and Canada). After Mike was brought on as regional general manager for the owner and helped him open six additional Play It Again Sports across North Carolina, he decided to go into business for himself. In 2003, Mike opened his own Play It Again Sports in Winston-Salem, and later went on to open up a second location in Greensboro.

That's when Shannon Kemp's wheels started turning. She saw her husband's success and saw the other sister brand stores, Plato's Closet and Once Upon A Child, expanding in the community as well. Plato's Closet is the same frugal recycling concept as Play It Again Sports but centers around clothing, shoes and accessories and is catered toward teens while Once Upon A Child caters to the kid demographic. Shannon wanted to bring something for women in the community and decided to bring the missing sister brand Style Encore to Winston-Salem in 2014. Most recently, she will be celebrating the grand opening of a second Style Encore in Greensboro.

In part 2, we meet with a legend in franchising, Lawrence Doc Cohen.  Doc Cohen discusses why he choose franchising as opposed to starting his own concept.

Jul 28 2016

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Rank #3: Franchise Interviews Meets with Gigi Butler of Gigi's Cupcakes

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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 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!

Oct 05 2017

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Rank #4: The Fastest Growing Franchise In The Craft Beer Industry - The Casual Pint

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We are meeting with The Casual Pint – a Tennessee-based craft beer market which started franchising its “coffee shop of beers” concept in January 2014.  The story of The Casual Pint begins with Jon Robinette in 1976. That was the year Jon took up the grocery business, landing a job with Harris Teeter Neighborhood Food & Pharmacy in Mountain City, Tennessee.  The first store located at Interstate 40 and Papermill Drive opened in 2011. In 2013, The Casual Pint began franchising with the first six franchise locations opening in 2014. Dedicated to sharing the craft beer experience in neighborhoods one pint, one growler and one person at a time, The Casual Pint offers a wide selection of brews from around the globe. Now the fastest-growing franchise in the craft beer industry, the Casual Pint’s business model is available for entrepreneurs nationwide.  We are meeting with Nathan Robinette.  In part 2, we are meeting with franchise expert Karol Mercurio and her advice to aspiring franchisees.

Jan 28 2016

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Rank #5: Franchise Interviews Meets with the Tough Mudder Bootcamp Franchise

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Marathons are boring. So are gyms. Tough Mudder Bootcamp reinvented endurance events, now they are reinventing your workout. Plus, big box gyms don't even work. That's why they spent the past year incognito, prototyping and developing a unique program designed to challenge and train all levels, combining high intensity interval training with team workouts. This is not an indoor jungle gym - there aren't any obstacles. It's functional fitness for life, not just a Tough Mudder event. Each day’s 45 minute class delivers a full-body workout that is fun, unique and challenging. Their 6 classes are built against four fitness pillars - Power, Strength, Endurance and Agility - and each class is supported by our custom tech platform that delivers movements at each class station, allowing coaches to actually coach. Plus, there are new workouts daily, keeping classes diverse and exciting.
We have a great show today.  We are meeting with  Will Dean, founder and CEO of Tough Mudder Bootcamp.  At Tough Mudder Bootcamp, You're never alone. Your fellow Mudders will always be there to lift you up - literally.  
In Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.

Oct 11 2018

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Rank #6: Asking The Right Questions:Franchise Interviews Meets Meg Schmitz of FranChoice

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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 investigation to match them with the best business opportunity.

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In Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.

Apr 19 2018

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Rank #7: Franchise Interviews Meets with the StretchLab Franchise Opportunity

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We are meeting with  Lou DeFrancisco, the President of StretchLab.  With people all over the country flocking to boutique fitness concepts of all kinds that demand rigorous workouts to help transform the body, the importance of active recovery and overall wellness is beginning to take a front seat. After only announcing its franchise opportunity five months ago, StretchLab has signed its initial agreements to debut 31 new studios nationwide. Carving out an inclusive niche in the fitness industry for all ages, fitness levels, genders and sizes, StretchLab is the first boutique wellness franchise that offers one-on-one assisted stretching services in a fun, energetic, communal environment. These agreements will propel the concept into all four regions of the U.S.   
The assisted stretching market is larger than any boutique fitness studio’s clientele, as it’s not siloed for specific types of fitness levels or abilities and is inclusive to all ages, sizes and capabilities.
Even though stretching is time-tested, assisted stretching as a method of active recovery is in its infancy and StretchLab has a first-to-market opportunity to capitalize on the industry.  In part two, we will play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.

Jul 26 2018

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Rank #8: Franchise Interviews Meets with the Row House Franchise Opportunity

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We are meeting with Ramon Castillon, President of Row House.  Row House, is a boutique fitness concept was created with a specific objective: To give people of all different shapes, sizes, and abilities an efficient, effective high cardio, full body workout in an inclusive group environment — and one that builds bodies up instead of breaking them down.  In Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.

Jul 12 2018

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Rank #9: Franchising the Orthopedic Industy - Franchise Interviews Meets with OrthoNOW

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We are meeting with Dr. Alejandro Badia, Co-founder and CEO or OrthoNow and Christine Dura, Chief Development Officer of OrthoNOW.  OrthoNOW® is a network of specialized urgent care Centers focused on treating the full range of orthopedic and sports medicine injuries on a walk-in basis. These injuries include anything related to the foot, ankle, knee, hip, wrist, hand, elbow, shoulder and spine, in addition to pre-concussion testing. We treat aches, breaks, pains, and strains.
OrthoNOW® was founded by accomplished and world-renowned orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Alejandro Badia, in 2010. Prior to Dr. Badia opening the first OrthoNOW Urgent Care Center in Doral, Florida, he had taken advantage of one of the most common medical business opportunities: a general practice urgent care. His urgent care franchise focused on general internal medicine, but he wanted to specialize in orthopedic care. He continually saw a need for an orthopedic urgent care center when his patients with orthopedic needs would come see him long after they sustained their initial injury. Dr. Badia knew he had to do something to cut down on the time it takes for orthopedic injuries to be addressed, so he closed down his general urgent care franchise and opened the first OrthoNOW Center in 2010.

Oct 06 2016

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Rank #10: Franchise Interviews Meets with the Snapology Franchise Opportunity

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We are meeting with Laura Coe, co-founder of Snapology.  Snapology offers a wide array of interactive, play-based activities for children ages 1-14 – including enrichment classes, birthday parties, workshops, camps, scouting events and field trips – mainly using building materials such as LEGO® bricks and other similar building tools and technology. The programs can be customized based on the number of children, age of children and time allotment, and can be broken down into individual classes, such as superhero or Minecraft themed events, competition robotics teams, science classes, team building events and motor skill development courses that are perfect for pre-school children.

Additionally, the curriculum is designed to benefit gifted and traditional students, as well as children with special needs, including those with sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders. Founded in 2010 and franchising since 2015, Snapology's mission is to provide children with an opportunity to engage in playful learning activities that stimulate creativity and an interest in learning.

Apr 14 2016

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Rank #11: Franchise Interviews Roundtable Session on Entrepreneneurship

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In part 1, we are meeting with entrepreneur and the founder of the BBQ Cleaner Jeffrey Krentzman. Jeff discusses the following:

What are some of the pros and cons you encounter as your own boss?

What's the hardest part of starting your own business?

In your own business, what are some of things you feel you have done right that can be applied to someone else looking to start a business?

What advice would you give to someone whose looking at being their own boss? Where should they even start?

In part 2 you will hear our interview with entrepreneurial expert Dr. Scott Shane on his book, The Illusions of Entrepreneurship that challenges the myths we hold about entrepreneurs in America - who they are, what they do, and how they succeed. The book shows that the reality of entrepreneurship is decidedly different from the myths that have come to surround it.

In part 3, you will hear a clip from out Great Quotes in Franchising podcast with the great Warren Greshes.

Oct 13 2016

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Rank #12: Franchise Interviews - Hiring A Business Coach: Success Handler

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Special New Year's Day Show

We thought we would start 2020 with a vintage show on motivation.  David Handler is a professional business coach who specializes in helping leaders find clarity and take action to achieve their goals. Much like sports coaches, he shows clients how to compete at the highest levels in their industries. David served as a senior executive and founder of several organizations, championing talent development as an essential key to producing extraordinary business results.

Jan 01 2020

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Rank #13: Snip- its Salon and Autism Speaks on Franchise Interviews

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We have a great show today.  April is Autism Awareness Month and Snip-its salon, a child-focused hair salon and franchise has partnered with Autism Speaks to develop a special haircutting training guide for stylists and parents to better the experience for the child.  We are meeting with Snip-its Director of Artistic Education, Marsha Cole.  In part 2, we hear out interview with Kim Ellis, the VP of Franchise Development for Snip-its and part 3 includes a clip from our Great Quotes in Franchising Podcast.

Apr 07 2016

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Rank #14: Franchise Interviews Meets with Tikiz Shaved Ice and Ice Cream Franchise

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Just about every man, women and child in America can recall the sight and sounds of an ice cream truck at a park or event on a warm sunny day. The familiar jingle sent children grabbing for spare change and running outside to acquire their favorite frozen treat. On a warm summer day, nothing back then was better than the ice cream truck and the trusted man who drove it. Parents could trust the integrity of this mobile business and the ice cream man was a welcomed member of the community.

Now picture the last few ice cream trucks you’ve seen. How likely would you be to let your kids run out to them? Or feel safe with them around the driver?

A return to our cherished memories was the inspiration for Tikiz Shaved Ice and Ice Cream. The “Tikiz” product line combines two of the most popular mainstream frozen treat products that everyone loves – Ice Cream and refreshing Hawaiian Shaved Ice. Delivered by a trustworthy operator who arrives in “Coolest Truck On Earth”.

We are meeting with Brian Tollefson, CEO and founder of Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream.  Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream is a fast-growing mobile franchise—specializing in Hawaiian shaved ice and ice cream.

In part 2 of today's show we talk about the three legged stool of franchising.

Mar 03 2016

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Rank #15: Franchise Interviews Spends An Evening with The Franchise King Joel Libava

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We have a great show this evening.  We are meeting with the Franchise King Joel Libava.  Joel Libava has been tagged "The Franchise King" for a good reason. Joel is an author and a brutally honest entrepreneur focused on making sure that prospective franchise owners don't lose their money.
In Part One, we discuss "The Essential Steps to Researching a Franchise Opportunity". Joel asks and answers the following questions to our listeners:

Do you know how to conduct your introductory phone call with the franchise companies?
Do you know what questions to ask the franchise company?
Do you know what the franchise companies can and cannot tell you?
Do you know how to get invited to a Discovery Day?
Do you know the Number #1 question that you must ask the franchisor?

In Part Two, Joel discusses his book Become a Franchise Owner! The book is full of great information.  For example, Joel describes how to choose the right franchise for your specific situation.  He also lists the 40 crucial questions to ask current franchise owners. 
In Part Three we play a clip of our popular podcast, Great Quotes in Franchising and discuss the different types of entrepreneurs.

Nov 09 2018

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Rank #16: Franchise Interviews Meets with the Planet Smoothie Franchise Opportunity

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The Planet Smoothie franchise began in Atlanta during the mid-1990s, when smoothies were first beginning to be seen as a food offering on their own rather than part of an extended menu. Up until then smoothies were almost completely associated with hardcore health fanatics — people who spent a lot of time at the gym and were fanatical about counting calories  More Americans were looking to slim down and become healthier, a trend which continues through today, and smoothies became seen as a way to enhance a healthy lifestyle without sacrificing taste or convenience.As more people discovered smoothies, the market exploded, and Planet Smoothie quickly spread throughout the Southeast, becoming a dominant brand across the Southeastern and Northeastern United States. The opportunity to rapidly expand Planet Smoothie excited a team of veteran franchise executives at Kahala Brands, which acquired Planet Smoothie in 2015. Under their leadership, Planet Smoothie has developed the capabilities and resources, such as improved supply chains, more purchasing power and a single operating system, to accelerate growth and drive stronger results for franchisees.Planet Smoothie is on the move. The hunger for convenient, healthy and great-tasting food, with a transparent list of recognizable ingredients, continues to grow. A customer survey by public relations giant Edelman found that 83% of customers want that combo of good nutrition and great taste, for example, and only 50% of them think the food-and-beverage industry is doing a good job. We are meeting with Stacey Wopnford, Brand President at Planet Smoothie. Planet Smoothie is a fun and exciting smoothie franchise that knows the importance in differentiating itself from the competition. With a unique menu and bright color scheme, Planet Smoothie stands out from the rest.  In part 2 we play a clip from our poplar Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.

Sep 19 2019

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Rank #17: Special Edition - Franchise Interviews Honors Our Military Veterans Show

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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.

Nov 10 2017

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Rank #18: Franchise Interviews Welcomes Back the Screenmobile Franchise Opportunity

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We are welcoming back Scott Walker, CEO of Screenmobile.  Screenmobile is the nation’s largest mobile window screen repair business, with over 100 franchise owners, and growing. Screenmobile specializes in window, door and patio porch screen and solar shading products. For over 35 years, with no national competitors, our franchise owners have enjoyed years of growth and success, as we continue to pioneer this industry. Learn more about the opportunities with our unique home services and home improvement franchise concept!  In part two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.

Jan 24 2019

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Rank #19: Franchise Interviews Meets with the Black Tie Moving Franchise

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We are meeting with Dustin Black, Founder and CEO of Black Tie Moving.  Dustin is no stranger to the moving industry. From the time he was a child, Black worked for his father’s moving company, learning the ins and outs of the industry while also getting a behind the curtain view of exactly who homeowners were trusting their belongings.  With eight locations open and 24 new franchise territories under development, Black Tie Moving is rapidly expanding across the nation.  Black was not impressed with caliber of movers available to consumers at that time, so rather than following in his dad’s footsteps, he turned his sights on baseball – even gaining a college scholarship before a knee injury sidelined him and removed him from school.
After a terrible experience using a moving company that damaged $34,000 of his furniture, Black knew there was a hole to fill in the moving industry. In 2013, he founded Black Tie Moving, a luxury moving and relocation concept, with the goal to create the first professional moving service customers could trust and rely on. Black holds his movers to a higher standard of presentation and professionalism, while offering affordable comprehensive moving services. His company is so successful, it has garnered the interest of several big name celebrities, including Carrie Underwood as a client and Rascal Flatts lead singer, Gary LeVox as a business partner.
In Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.

Mar 21 2019

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Rank #20: Self Awareness, Self-Improvement and Education - Four Must Read Books For 2016

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Our first show of the year focuses on self-awareness, self-improvement, and education.  Today’s show we recommend four great books to read for 2016.  They include the following:
Lonnie Helgerson on his book "Five Pennies: Ten Rules to Successfully Build a Franchise Mega-Brand and Maximize System Profits."Also, Julie Bennett - Franchise Author and writer for Franchise Times - "The Franchise Times Guide to Selecting, Buying and Owning a Franchise" is hitting bookstores this week. It's also available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble online. This is a must read for anyone looking to buy a franchise.Joel Libava discusses his book Become a Franchise Owner! The book if full of great information.  For example, Joel describes how to choose the right franchise for your specific situation.  He also lists the 40 crucial questions to ask current franchise owners.Warren Greshes - If you want your employees to perform at their best, then you need to become the best damn manager ever, someone who can inspire and motivate your staff. The Best Damn Management Book Ever teaches frantrepreneurs, managers, executives, and business owners how to do just that. From the highly praised author of The Best Damn Sales Book Ever, this concise trove of management wisdom outlines the nine keys to creating self-motivated high-achievers.

Jan 07 2016

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Franchising the Education Industry

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One of the hot topics in many towns across America is education.  Some states have gone to all online learning while others are using a hybrid approach.   This trend has resulted in a need for supplemental education services.  Education franchises typically have high margins and are in high demand.  Today you are going to hear two interviews from franchises in the education industry.  First, we will play our interview with the Code Ninjas franchise opportunity.  Code Ninjas® is the world’s largest and fastest-growing kids coding franchise, with hundreds of locations in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  From the mind of educator Dori Roberts, Engineering For Kids is an engineering enrichment program for Pre-K through 8th grade youth. Engineering for Kids have developed unique, exciting programs that invite children to have fun while using their knowledge of engineering and science to design, create, and improve solutions to engineering problems.  We end the show with a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.

Jul 30 2020

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Stop The Saboteurs: Conquer Negative Thoughts that Hurt Your Revenue & Your Brand

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We are meeting with Paula Hope, the President of Booked Solid.  Paula helps business professionals, and their teams, create the revenue they deserve.  Through the strategic development of a referral/personal marketing plan which includes online activities, Booked Solid business professionals learn to create, manage and leverage their social capital (their personal good will) into a system that will grow their revenue for themselves and their firms.Paula consults and develops referral partner programs within progressive corporations who really want to get serious about creating high quality referrals for their organization. Paula is the author of Stop The Saboteurs: Conquer Negative Thoughts that Hurt Your Revenue and Your Brand.  In Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast

Jul 23 2020

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Franchise Interviews Meets with the My EyeLab Franchise Opportunity

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We are meeting with Mike Wootton, the VP of Franchise Development for My EyeLab. My EyeLab is a state-of-the-art optical lab franchise best known for their high-tech approach to keep costs low for customers and franchisees alike.  My EyeLab is the fastest growing optical retailer in the country and they have performed over 800,000 telehealth exams using their revolutionary telehealth technology.

Jul 16 2020

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Franchising the Cleaning Industry

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Some recent studies show cleaning service franchises see COVID-19 spike in business.  Several franchises such as 360Clean have created a specialized program to help their customers return to work with a Peace of Mind as it relates to COVID-19 and the safety of their employees and customers.  360 Clean will thoroughly disinfect your office and the Touch Surfaces. These surfaces are the key pathway for the spread of germs in any facility and include, but are not limited to: Door Handles, desks, switches, telephones, dispensers, handles and toilets. 
Our podcast today will feature interviews with two cleaning franchises.  First, we will play our interview with Barry Bodiford, CEO of 360clean, a specialized janitorial franchise. Next, we will play our interview 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.  We end the show with a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast. 
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Jul 09 2020

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Franchise Interviews Meets with the Bonchon Franchise Opportunity

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Bonchon created their signature sauce in Korea back in 2002, and have kept their original recipe ever since.  Every piece of Bonchon chicken is double-fried, then hand brushed with their signature sauce.
Bonchon was created to satisfy a craving. A craving for nostalgia and familiarity. A craving for the indulgent taste of authentic, flavorful, crunchy, Korean fried chicken accompanied with a variety of unique pan Asian comfort foods. In the beginning, there were few places to satisfy this craving in the United States. Their founder, Mr. Seo, introduced premium, flavorful sauces and cooking techniques served in a globally inspired, modern and sleek environment. And for the next generation of diners, a new way to experience fried chicken was born.
Bonchon was recognized by Business Insider in 2019 as “the gold standard for fried chicken” beating out five major restaurant chains as “best chicken wings”. We are meeting with Flynn Dekker, CEO of Bonchon.
In Part Two we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising.

Jul 02 2020

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Staycation and Pools - Our Interview with CEO of Poolwerx, John O' Brien

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We start today's show with a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast. In Part Two, we will play our interview with the Poolwerx franchise opportunity.  I was recently asked by one of my business students what industries have seen an increase in demand in 2020.  One of those industries are pools with more people staying home and less people heading to the beach.  Founded in 1992, Poolwerx is one of the world’s largest pool and hot tub / spa maintenance providers. You will hear our interview with the CEO and founder of Poolwerx, John O' Brien.

Jun 25 2020

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Franchise Interviews Meets with the Fruitive Franchise Opportunity

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We are meeting with Gregg Rozeboom, the CEO and founder of Fruitive.  Fruitive is a whole food, plant-based restaurant franchise that’s actually in the middle of some pretty exciting expansions.  Your health and happiness are what matters to Fruitive. At Fruitive, they strive to be better for you. No matter where you are on your health journey, their wholesome ingredients support taking you to the next level. "My goal with Fruitive was to create something good for my family, for our community and for the world,” said Gregg Rozeboom, In part two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.

Jun 18 2020

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Franchise Interviews Welcomes Back The Joint Chiropractic Franchise Opportunity

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We are welcoming back Peter Holt of The Joint Chiropractic franchise. The Joint Chiropractic revolutionized the $15 billion chiropractic industry by making chiropractic care more accessible, convenient and affordable than ever before. Founded in 1999, The Joint has grown to more than 460 locations throughout the country, helping millions of people in the process find relief from neck and back pain. The rapid success of The Joint, now the fastest growing chiropractic franchise in the nation, is due to the straightforward business model that is easy to understand, quick to scale and meets a real need in the communities we serve. As a result, entrepreneurs with zero experience in the chiropractic industry, as well as chiropractors with significant experience, are choosing to franchise with The Joint. In Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.

Jun 11 2020

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Franchise Interviews Meets with the Silverback Self Defense Franchise

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Silverback Self Defense is a professional self defense company that specializes in group, corporate, and individual

training classes. Founded and owned by Robert Webre, Silverback Self Defense is passionate

about helping people learn how to protect themselves and save lives. With solid leadership at our

back and proven operational practices propelling us forward, Silverback Self Defense is eager to

introduce the rest of the States to our customizable training programs through franchisement.  In part two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.

Jun 04 2020

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Franchise Interviews Meets with the Pearle Vision Franchise Opportunity

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If you want to be part of a healthcare brand that has built its success by putting patients first, explore the Pearle Vision franchise opportunity.Pearle Vision is one of the largest optical retailers in North America, with more than 500 EyeCare Centers across the United States and Canada, many owned and operated locally by franchise owners.
The brand has more than 30 years’ experience in franchising, and although Pearle Vision is a healthcare franchise, you do not need a medical background to own a franchise.
We are meeting with Alex Wilkes of Pearle Vision.  In 1981, Pearle Vision began offering franchises to optometrists, opticians and investors who were interested in using Pearle’s business model, brand and marketing muscle to build their own businesses. Today, the Pearle Vision franchise continues to grow by helping professionals profitably deliver quality eye care.

May 28 2020

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Memorial Day Show - Let's Talk Entrepreneurship

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In part 1, we are meeting with entrepreneur and the founder of the BBQ Cleaner Jeffrey Krentzman. Jeff discusses the following:

What are some of the pros and cons you encounter as your own boss?

What is the hardest part of starting your own business?

In your own business, what are some of things you feel you have done right that can be applied to someone else looking to start a business?

What advice would you give to someone whose looking at being their own boss? Where should they even start?

In part 2, you will hear a clip from out Great Quotes in Franchising podcast with the great Warren Greshes.

May 21 2020

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Branding - Franchise Interviews Meets With The Marketing Doctor, John Tantillo

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There are two key elements you receive when buying a franchise: They include a system and a brand.  Today we have the honor of speaking with award winning marketing professional, lecturer and teacher, Dr. John Tantillo.  Dr. Tantillo (aka The Marketing Doctor) is a trained applied research psychologist who is internationally known for his expertise at diagnosing the factors that impact target markets. The Marketing Dr. wants to share his knowledge with individuals and businesses so they will benefit from his modern marketing principles.
Dr. Tantillo is also the author of the popular book, “People Buy Brands Not Companies,” and Udemy on-line Course: “Go Brand Yourself with Dr. John Tantillo: The secrets of branding for personal and professional success!” 
Dr. John Tantillo created the brand name, “O’Reilly Factor” and is currently a contributor for Newsmax TV (link to JT’s Newsmax Clips needs to be created) where he is seen each week on the popular Newsmax Now segment, Brand Power, https://www.newsmaxtv.com/Shows/Newsmax-Now  where his “take” on the issues of the day provide a lively discussion with Newsmax Now host John Bachman and his on-air interview partner, Alison Maloni.

May 14 2020

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Two Must Read Books Before Memorial or Labor Day

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This week we are discussing two must read books before Memorial  or Labor Day.  We begin the show with Danny Lyon, author of  The Colour of My Underwear is Blue.  With over 60 marathons and 20 years of business experience,Danny Lyon shares why people create such varying levels of business and personal success. Lyon reveals the secrets of the success "high-flyers", the "turnaround artists", the "comfort zone dwellers", and the "give-ups". No matter where you are in your life right now, Lyon sheds light on how you may be holding yourself back and what it takes to get out of your own way. 
Next, we meet with Steve Barnett, author of Gumption - Taking Bubba Gump from Movie to Restaurant.  Written in a cinematic style, this book is about the creation, growth, and sale of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. The concept began when Paramount Pictures reached out to see if there was interest in creating a restaurant based on the movie Forrest Gump. It is also the personal story of the author’s growth as a CEO and creator of restaurant concepts. A host of situations are described such as restaurant concept creation, high stakes boardroom confrontations, and escaping corrupt officials in foreign lands. The narrative is partly an unvarnished peak behind the everyday scenes of restaurants, movie studios, and Wall Street. There is also an almost step-by-step recounting of how the Bubba Gump concept and others were created and operated. Lessons can be learned on unorthodox methods used in moving from traditional approaches to untried ways of doing business.

May 07 2020

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Franchise Interviews Roundtable Session

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Today’s podcast features a roundtable session with three franchise experts.  You will hear from franchise expert Jim Coen. Jim suggested most people know what they like but they don’t necessarily know what would be a good franchise opportunity for themselves. He explains why.  In addition, we have franchise expert and veteran Craig Slavin. Craig has 5 decades of experience in all aspects of the franchising. Craig suggests, “Just because you can afford the airplane doesn't mean you should be the pilot." He eloquently explains how this pertains to buying a franchise.  We also have Gary Ochiogrosso who answers a common question that we have been asked hundreds of times and that is, “What is the best franchise?” Gary also talks about the three-legged stool of a successful franchise.

Apr 30 2020

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Swimming with the Sharks

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Swimming with the Sharks

Today we are going to play clips from two franchises that appeared on one of our favorite shows…Shark Tank.  When Michael and Babz Barnett saw a tweet from ABC scouting contestants for new TV show, Shark Tank, six years ago, they had no idea what they’d be walking into. In fact, they saw the premier episode in their hotel room the night before their own taping. But despite the lack of familiarity with the sharks entrepreneurs have today, they presented their concept, Romp n’ Roll – a modernized kids gym perfecting the intersection of entertainment and education for kids ages 3 months to 5 years, and were offered a deal. Which they declined.

Next, we meet with Jerry Hancock, the founder of Sub Zero Ice Cream and former guest on Shark Tank.  Sub Zero Ice Cream uses negative 321-degree liquid nitrogen to freeze and hand mix each customized order with a unique patented process. Besides its unique and highly visual freezing method, Sub Zero Ice Cream caters to a variety of dietary needs. The brand offers six bases including a classic premium custard, low-fat custard and yogurt, as well as lactose free, vegan and sugar free options. After selecting a base, guests can customize with their own mix-ins, creating limitless options when building custom ice cream creations.

Apr 23 2020

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The American Dream

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One of the most frequent questions I get is what is our most popular podcast to date. Interestingly, it came from our Great Quotes in Franchising podcast with Tony Lutfi…over 44,000 views to date. His advice to our listeners was priceless.  We are going to play our whole interview with Tony Lutfi who achieved the American dream through franchising.

Apr 16 2020

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Women and Franchising

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Several years ago, I was inspired to conduct a study on women in franchising based on my interview with Gigi Butler.  The study was titled, “Women Entrepreneurs and the Influence of Gender on Successful Franchising".  The study was published in the Global Journal of Entrepreneurship.  This study explores the influence of gender on franchise business ownership.  Here is a link to the study. 

https://www.igbr.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/GJE_Vol_2_No_1_2018.pdf
Today you will hear our interview with Gigi Butler.  Gigi Butler, is 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 across the country...making Gigi's the largest cupcake franchise in the country!

Apr 09 2020

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Martin J. McDermott on Military Veterans & Franchising

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It recently occurred to me I haven’t shared with our listeners what else I do in addition to Franchise Interviews.  I am a full-time professor and course leader for several marketing courses at Purdue University Global.  I am excited to share some exciting news.  For the last several years, I have been working on a paper that was published in The Qualitative Report Journal.  The Qualitative Report is a Q1 ranked journal on Scimago Journal & Country Rank (SJR). Q1 to Q4 refer to journal ranking quartiles within a subdiscipline using the SJR citation index. Thus, a first quartile journal (i.e., Q1) has an SJR in the top 25% of journals for at least one of its classified subdisciplines.  The name of the study is called A Qualitative Study: Military Veterans and Franchise Ownership.  This study focuses on the military experience and motivation to become a franchise business owner. You can download a copy of the study on the following link:

https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol25/iss3/14/
I would love to hear your thoughts on the study. 
I thought a great interview to play for today’s show is with JDog Junk Removal franchise.  JDog Junk Removal, a full-service junk removal franchise, which is taking veteran employment assistance to new heights with the creation of a franchise opportunity, offered exclusively to veterans and active-duty members of the United States Military. The concept was created by an Army veteran in response to the excessively high unemployment rate for returning service members.

Apr 02 2020

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Overcoming Fear with Steve Pavlina

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Several years ago, one of my peers Elzie Flenard introduced me to motivational speaker Steve Pavlina.  Steve produced a number of great podcasts available to the public (uncopyright) on motivation, entrepreneurship and life balance.  This podcast discusses how to overcome fear.  We will start the show with a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast, featuring hall of fame speaker Warren Greshes.

Mar 26 2020

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Tax Tips for Entrepreneurs with Craig Cody

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We start today with our most recent Great Quotes in Franchising podcast and discuss why franchising is like taking an open book test.  Next we discuss tax tips with Craig Cody.  
As a Certified Tax CoachTM, Craig Cody 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 with his/her CPA and why is it so important?
In Part Three, we conclude with another clip from our Great Quotes in Franchising podcast with Melanie Bergeron.

Mar 19 2020

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