Franchise Capital Exchange 2015 Bronze Sponsor

Stan Friedman, President FRM Solutions, a twenty seven year franchising veteran. Stan has been recognized as “outside the box” thinker with a passion for franchising and building the business case for diversity through franchising. In fact, in recognition of his work in diversity, Friedman proudly accepted the International Franchise Association’s Ronald E. Harrison Diversity Award […]

Franchise Capital Exchange 2015 Closes with a Bang

Franchise Capital Exchange 2015 closes with a record number of one-on-one meetings! Now it is time to think about 2016. What are the plans for growth? Are new initiatives part of the strategy? Are you looking for a financial partner?

Christmas In July – The Art of Giving to Your Franchisees

There is nothing like exchanging presents.  Here are a few ideas on giving knowledge and tools to your franchisees to boost brand value.  

Setting Franchise Fees – Without a Dart Board

What was in the air yesterday?  Two people called to discuss converting their business to the franchise model (which, considering my business, is not unusual) and both wanted to offer very low franchise fees.  That’s discouraging because I don’t think they are doing the research necessary to be a really good, sustainable franchisor. Let’s look […]

Dealmakers’ Summit & Sound Franchising Combine For Success

Last week was historic for franchising: Dealmakers’ Summit was launched.  I was privileged to be a part of it and to learn. Dealmakers’ Summit is the brainchild of Susan Black-Beth, COO of Super Wash Car Washes, and it was designed to match equity funds with franchise systems looking to expand, improve or sell.  As an […]

Women, Leadership and Franchising

Women in business – that used to be a radical phrase and when I say “used to be” I am referring to my teens.  Now, women are ubiquitous in Western businesses.  Some, like Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, have gone on to great notoriety and made the leap from business to politics and back again.  […]

A Shoe-shopping Love/Hate Story

Men will never understand our love affair with shoes, so most women have given up explaining it – including me.  But this is a story about shoe-shopping love. I ordered shoes from Zappos for the first time on Tuesday.  I hate to shop (there is a gene broken somewhere in my DNA string), but shopping […]

Manuals: From Door Stops to Action Tools

Let’s face it: no one reads Manuals except the writing staff.  And why would your franchisees do that when you are there to answer the questions and explain the long, boring written parts?  That is – until now.  Besides, they had two weeks of training – they know what they are doing.  Right. Before we […]

Boo! Are there spooky ghosts in your FDD?

Boo! It’s almost time for Halloween and here in California, it’s more of a holiday for adults than children.  For one night we don costumes and masks and show … the “real” us?  Or is it the darker shadow of our selves, as posited by Carl Jung?  Who cares!  We are we have fun, create […]

Valid Translations Equal Global Growth in Franchising

Traditionally, when companies expanded into other nations, they would hand over all the manuals and documentation in English text and pretty much say “good luck.” Locals would be left to their own means, frequently translating the highly specialized materials themselves. This was dangerous to franchises because there was no verification in place. Was the translation […]

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