Qualities That Make The Perfect Franchisee

Franchisors are always looking for the ultimate franchisee. However, it often occurs that every other franchisor is also looking for the same individual. When looking through franchise web sites, it becomes apparent that franchisors are mainly looking for similar, or the same characteristics in their potential perfect franchisee. If you are an entrepreneur looking to […]


Best In Class Director of Franchise Sales Discusses Expansion Plans, Core Values of the Franchise Model

Seattle, Washington-based Best in Class Education Center has made a name for itself by providing supplemental education services using a proven franchise model. This has led the company to experience continued growth since its inception in 1995. We recently interviewed Sharon Peterson, Director of Franchise Sales, to discuss the franchise opportunity.   FOJ:  Sharon, you […]


Staffing Franchise Offers New Owners Free Lease For a Year

One of the nation’s fastest growing staffing companies, Express Employment Professionals, is now offering new owners a free lease for their first year. Express will pay up to $2,500 for the lease of an office space for any new owner awarded an Express franchise until the end of 2014. “Express is booming,” said David Lewis, […]


Baby Boomers and Millennials Both Finding Franchise Success During Down Economy

Normally, you wouldn’t compare launching a career with retirement. However, when it comes to entrepreneurial tendencies of two contrasting generations – Baby Boomers and their Millennial children. The career and franchise business coaching network, The Entrepreneur’s Source says that you can draw those types of parallels. While the elder generation is retiring, their children are […]


1-800-GOT-JUNK? Founder Plots Takeover of Painting Industry

Founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, Brian Scudmore, was so impressed with the company he hired to paint his home in the summer of 2010 that he decided to buy the company. This company is called WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, and their concept is simple – your home painted in just one day. “Painting homes in […]


IFA Receives Award For Veteran Franchise Support

ASAE has awarded their Power of A Gold Award to the International Franchise Association (IFA) for its Veterans Transition Franchise Program (VetFran) and Operation Enduring Opportunity (OEO) initiative. Operation Enduring Opportunity is a franchise industry-wide effort to recruit and hire 80,000 veterans, military spouses and wounded warriors through the end of this year. Since Veteran’s […]

New Franchise Alert! WaterWalk Apartments

WaterWalk Apartments is unique in that it straddles the various apartment and hotel business models. It offers various amenities and prices depending on customer preference and stay times. The owner of a WaterWalk Apartments location will operate an extended-stay apartment complex that offers all-inclusive amenities for those wishing to stay a week or a year. […]

New Franchise Alert! – EnVie Fitness

The owner of an EnVie Fitness franchise will operate a fitness studio for women. The studio will offer personal training as well as convenient and effective fitness programs, all in a supportive environment. Fitness franchises have become very popular, as gym memberships have increased to over 43.6 million in the last decade. The initial investment […]


The Concept of Using Other People’s Money to Grow Small Business

The world of franchising has been introduced to a unique concept by The Interface Financial Group – The provision of capital source to enable franchisees to access a substantial capital opportunity. David Banfield, President says, “Looking at the success of entrepreneurs over the last hundred years invariably always shows one thing – their success was […]


Yum! Brands Launches New World Hunger Relief Campaign

Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut, has announced the launch of its annual World Hunger Relief effort. The “Pass The Red Cup” challenge will feature multi-Grammy Award winner and international superstar Christina Aguilera. According to the United Nation, there are currently 850 million people around the world who suffer […]


Small Business Administration Holds Competition to Boost Entrepreneurship

The United States Small Business Administration recently announced its first Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. When the deadline was reached on August 2nd, there were over 800 applicants comprised of accelerators and incubators hoping to win one of 50 cash prizes of $50,000. The applicant pool was made up of accelerators and entrepreneurial ecosystem models that […]


History, Success, and Future Plans for the Home Helpers Franchise

Home Helpers, a franchise specializing in continued senior care, has been serving seniors for over 17 years. Founder Gary Green started the company as a means to fill a need for quality senior care. Now the company serves over 600 communities across the United States, and has been repeatedly recognized as one of the nation’s […]


Interface Financial Expanding, Opens Master Franchise in South Africa

Already operating in 8 countries, The Interface Financial Group has announced the opening of their South Africa Master Licensee office in Pretoria. This represents another significant stage in the expansion plans for Interface. This new addition in South Africa adds new market opportunities for Interface, for both existing and new licensees. The licensees at Interface work […]


Minuteman Press Franchise Owner Leaves Corporate World to Serve Hometown Community

Most people think about retirement when they reach their 50′s. This is not the case for Jon Wittenberg. In 2012, the Alpharetta, Georgia, resident made the decision to leave a corporate career in financial analysis and start running his own business. This is when he took over Minuteman Press of Sandy Springs. The printing shop […]

New Franchise Alert! – Sears Handyman Solutions

Sears Handyman Solutions franchise owners will operate a service business that provides customers with quality small residential and small commercial repairs, installations, drywall repairs, minor floor repairs, small plumbing repairs, carpentry, painting, and minor electrical and home maintenance services. Sears is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 13 million service installation […]

New Franchise Alert! – Device Pitstop

Device Pitstop franchisees will operate a business that buys, sells, trades, services and upgrades personal electronic devices. With more and more devices being used every day, there is high demand for quality places to have them serviced and upgraded if need be. The owner of a Device Pitstop will provide these services for laptops, tablets, […]

New Franchise Alert! – ECOMAIDS

Owners of an ECOMAIDS franchise will establish, develop, and operate a cleaning business from a commercial location. The company provides environmentally friendly and responsible residential and commercial team cleaning services. In addition, franchisees can sell household and lifestyle products for sale under the ECOMAIDS trademark and brand. There are currently 7 ECOMAIDS locations throughout the […]


Five Star Franchising’s New Brand Begins U.S. Expansion

The newest brand from Five Star Franchising, Five Star Bath Solutions is opening the first of their franchise locations in the United States. This marks the beginning of future franchise expansion within the U.S. The company operates as Bath Solutions in more than 20 locations throughout Canada and two locations in the United Kingdom. Five […]


Best In Class Founder Shares Story of Living the American Dream to Create Rapidly Growing Educational Franchise System

What began as a dream over two decades ago, has grown into an expanding education franchise system, with goals to surpass triple digit locations within the next two years. Hao Lam, CEO and Chairman of Best in Class started tutoring as a student attending high school classes, and soon found his sessions were packed with […]


Fresh Coat Painters Franchise Gives Back to Community, Paints Veteran’s House for Free

When Veteran Rich Whitaker started his Fresh Coat Painters franchise, one of his goals was to give back to the community. When the Clarksville Home Builders Association approached him and asked for him to paint a house for a fellow veteran, he jumped at the chance. Whitaker and his team at Fresh Coat Painters of […]

New Franchise Alert! – Preferred HealthStaff

Preferred HealthStaff franchisees will own and operate an in home care service that provides general assistance, companionship, housekeeping, personal care, transportation and more for their clients (many of whom are unable to care for themselves). They also provide medical staffing for hospitals. The initial investment for beginning a Preferred HealthStaff branch ranges from $62,120 – […]

New Franchise Alert! – Plan Ahead Events

Owners of Plan Ahead Events will operate an event planning and management services company. This involves planning an event and carrying out everything involved from budgeting, establishing dates, selecting sites, acquiring permits, coordinating transportation, developing a theme, and coordinating location support and emergency plans to cleanup. The initial investment for starting a Plan Ahead Events […]

New Franchise Alert! – Persona Pizzeria

The owner of a Persona Pizzeria will operate a quick-serve dine-in pizza restaurant that serves customers with Neapolitan artisan crafted pizzas baked in a wood fired oven at 800 degrees for 90 seconds. Other menu items will include salads, hand-made gelato, and various beverages, including beer and wine. There are two franchise programs offered by […]


7-Eleven Increases Veteran Incentives for Franchise Recruiting

Multiple veterans’ organizations and publications have recognized 7-Eleven, Inc. as “military friendly.” The company is serious about growing its franchisee ranks with qualified military veterans. The convenience retailer has increased its franchising fee discount to 20 percent as an incentive for qualified veterans who have left the service within the last five years. The company […]


Fitness Franchise Continues Growth For Seven Consecutive Years

For the seventh consecutive year, Anytime Fitness is the world’s fastest-growing fitness club, this according to The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). Each year, the association lists its “Global 25” rankings as a barometer of the fitness industry. In 2013, Anytime Fitness added 338 new gyms, which was a 17 percent increase over […]


Franchise System Uses Alternative Capital Source to Fuel Small Business Growth

During these times of tight credit, entrepreneurs are finding banks unwilling to accommodate their potential business opportunities. This roadblock has some would-be business owners confused as to how to access capital. When a small business gets into a growth period, they will invariably need additional capital to fuel the growth. However, because today’s banking environment […]


Home Inspection Franchise Continues Growth

North America’s largest home inspection franchise, Pillar To Post Home Inspectors, has added over 40 new franchise locations this year. This brings the total number of locations to 450. Additionally, they have been named in the list of Top 100 Low Cost Franchises by the Franchise Business Review, in their Best of the Best edition. […]


Veteran Reveals How Service Prepared Him For Owning 5 Day Kitchens Franchise

5 Day Kitchens™, which started in 2008, has built its brand around being the franchise company that can remodel a kitchen in as little as five days. Together with its sister company, Re-Bath®, the company provides a one-stop place for customers to upgrade their kitchen and bath without the use of sub-contractors. Navy veteran and […]


Bin There Dump That Finds Veterans Make Good Franchisees

Some of the qualities that describe top performing franchise operators are adaptability, leadership, discipline, logistics, standard operating procedure and execution of a clear mission. These qualities not only refer to a good franchisee, but also those with a military background. Bin There Dump That knows that veterans make great franchise operators. Because of the structure, […]


Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Launches Veteran Awareness Campaign

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, part of the Outdoor Living Brands family, has a mission to help their valued clients celebrate and enjoy outdoor living by enhancing the enjoyment of outdoor spaces. They do this by extending their clients’ leisure time outdoors from improving the looks, safety, and security of client homes. Recently, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, along […]


Dry Cleaning Franchise Partners With Fisher House to Assist Veteran’s Families

In honor of active and veteran service men and women who have served bravely in our armed forces, the dry cleaning franchise company CD One Price Cleaners, is partnering with the Fisher House foundation. The Fisher House program provides a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving care at military and VA medical […]


Jani-King Exploring New Markets and Finding New Franchise Partners at IFE

As a featured sponsor of the International Franchise Expo, Jani-King will be on hand at the Javits Center in New York City to speak with potential franchise partners and franchising peers. Currently, the company has more than 11,000 units and over 120 regional support offices in 19 countries, and is continuing to expand on their […]


bluefrog Plumbing + Drain Exhibits at IFE, Continues Rapid Expansion Goals

In the six months since its inception, bluefrog Plumbing + Drain™ (BFPAD) has opened 18 franchise locations. Currently, bluefrog Plumbing + Drain™ and Re-Bath® are attending the International Franchise Expo. The Javits Center in New York is set to host the event this year, where thousands of prospective franchisees and hundreds of franchise companies will gather to […]


Finance Services Company Unveils Cost-Sharing Program For Franchisees

If anything is known about Other People’s Money (OPM), it’s that credit cards, banks, lease agreements and many others use it to make money. What if anybody could use OPM to gain capital and make it grow exponentially? According to The Interface Financial Group, there is now such an opportunity, and it’s available inside their […]


Pest Control Franchise Offering New Territories at IFE

Mosquito Shield will be introducing its mosquito and tick control franchise opportunity to potential franchisees at the International Franchise Expo. This year’s event is being held at the Javits Center in New York City, and is set to host franchising’s top brands and thousands of entrepreneurs. Mosquito Shield will be attending the Expo to present […]


Education Franchise Eyes Western U.S. Expansion

Best in Class Education Center has started its 20th year with a path to achieving its 2014 goal of opening 20 new centers in the western United States. The supplemental education franchise, based in Seattle, has shown strong growth in the first quarter of this year. “We are pleased with the way this year has […]


Lessons Learned From a Patriarch Spans Three Generations at Minuteman Press

Father’s Day celebrates the many roles fathers serve—parent, provider, advisor and role model. For many, it’s a day to be with family and to give thanks for the sacrifices and support fathers and grandfathers have offered over the years. For the Titus family, it’s a day to reflect on the dynamics of being in the […]


Maui Wowi Offering Teachers Franchise Discount During Summer

While the school year is ending and the weather starts to heat up, Maui Wowi Hawaiian, the franchise specializing in Hawaiian coffees and fresh fruit smoothies has announced a new discount. While veteran discounts are somewhat common within the franchising community, offering teachers a discount for opening a business during the summer is innovative. The […]


Plumbing Franchise Sees Swift Growth in Under 6 Months

What began as a start-up brand of a larger company has become one of the fastest growing franchises in the nation.  bluefrog Plumbing + Drain™ (BFPAD) started franchising in early 2014, and in less than four months, had grown to over 20 locations, with 50 additional territories planned for the next year alone. The company attributes […]


Fresh Coat Franchisee Opens Location after Finding Market Opportunity

Fresh Coat Painters is looking forward to working with their new franchisee, Veteran Duane Peterson and his wife Stormie. Duane and Stormie are bringing Fresh Coat Painters residential and commercial painting services to Baytown, Texas. The Peterson’s idea to open their own Fresh Coat Painters franchise began with their own bad experiences. Fresh Coat Painters […]

New Franchise Alert! – Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse

Entrepreneurs who purchase a Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse franchise location will own and operate a restaurant that offers barbecued smoked meats, ribs and sandwiches. In addition to the classic barbeque fare, the restaurant will also serve salads, potatoes, various side dishes, rolls, desserts, and beverages, including beer. All of this food will be offered in a […]


Miracle Method Expanding Into New Markets Amid Record Sales

Miracle Method, a refinishing franchise system, announced the opening of five new franchise locations during the first 3 months of 2014.  Miracle Method Refinishing restores bathtubs, tile, vanities, and kitchen countertops in homes, hotels, hospitals and other commercial properties. According to the company, the franchise system’s finishing process saves up to 75% over the cost […]


Under New Leadership, Handyman Franchise Gains Momentum

House Doctors, the professional handyman and remodeling franchise, has been re-built from the ground up. Initiated by CEO Jim Hunter, the turn-around focuses on a new breed of owner, improved support, the launch of a new website and the introduction of a number of strategic partners. Making these changes is expected to allow the company […]


New Position at IFA Filled by Franchise Industry Executive

Franchise industry executive, Mark McSteen has been named Vice President of Franchisee Engagement & Industry Relations at the International Franchise Association. He brings over 30 years of experience in franchise relations and operational management to the organization. “Mark McSteen is a proven leader who brings to the IFA extensive experience in building solid relationships among […]

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Home Improvement Magazine Franchise Brings Local Services Into Homes

High-end homeowners have access to quality home improvement services via a high-quality, high-gloss magazine and web service franchise called TheHomeMag. This national brand magazine has added Colorado Springs and El Paso County homes to the 34 other United States markets receiving the magazine for information and visual inspiration of home improvement projects. “We bought our […]


Five Star Painting Franchise System Leverages Advanced Technology, Expanding Beyond 100 Franchise Locations

Five Star Painting is taking a traditional service and bringing it to another level by rooting their practice in modern technology, professionalism and strong customer service. “In 2005, we researched the painting industry and recognized some major flaws – only 20 percent of painters answered their phone, estimates lacked clarity and painters were generally covered […]


Franchise Company Dedicates $1 Million To Veteran Franchise Owners

Home Franchise Concepts has dedicated $1 million in discounts to help U.S. Veterans become entrepreneurs and achieve their own American Dream of independent business ownership. As a result of this program, the company is thrilled to add seven new Veteran franchisees to their team. Each new member is translating the discipline, determination, and teamwork qualities […]

New Franchise Alert! – Paulie Gee’s

Paulie Gee’s is an artisanal, brick-oven style pizzeria. Their menu includes an expansive list of specialty pizzas, soups, salads, and desserts, as well as a beer and wine offering. The restaurant began in Brooklyn, New York and is opening a new location shortly in Baltimore, Maryland. Estimated investment cost to open a Paulie Gee’s is between […]

New Franchise Alert! – Wag N’ Wash

Wag N’ Wash is a franchise opportunity wherein an entrepreneur can open a self-serving pet bathing, professional grooming, and pet supply retail location. The owner of a Wag N’ Wash location will provide pet owners with a place to groom their pet, as well as purchase pet supplies, accessories, and baked pet items. The initial investment […]


Franchise Ownership Prospects Growing for Returning Veterans

After every war, returning veterans find themselves in a precarious spot. They often chose to leave the military and enter the job market without knowing what direction to take for their career path. However, while the economy improves, transitioning veterans are finding more options in owning their own business. This is especially true within the […]