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31 07, 2019

August 2019: Jabz Boxing

2019-08-01T11:16:18-04:00July 31st, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Making the Right Moves

by Rose Mango

As I mentioned in my letter to our readers, Sports & Fitness is booming in 2019 and is just going to continue to grow explosively.

That said, I had the pleasure of interviewing Christina Peregrym, owner of Jabz Boxing located in North Phoenix, AZ, and the newest location now being built in Peoria, AZ. Her excitement was infectious, and her love for this “Boutique” style franchise was palatable. Her journey to ownership was not your typical one, but through determination and perseverance, she achieved her goal of owning a franchise. Proving once again, you can achieve whatever you put your mind to. Christina mentioned that being a wife and a mother is her top priority, but reaching her dream stayed well in focus.

Christina had an exciting entrance to boxing fitness. It all started with a Groupon. Yes, that’s correct, a Groupon! Christina was at a place in her life where personal fitness development took priority. Wanting to be strong and healthy was important to her. With a husband and two little ones, 11 months apart in age, she began seeking out something “different.” That something different turned out to be Jabz Boxing Fitness For Women. With her Groupon purchase in hand, she entered the Jabz Boxing of Scottsdale, AZ and was smitten.

Fast forward to today, Christina not only owns one Jabz Boxing franchise, but she has also now begun breaking ground on her second. She said what made everything work was to make sure she had a plan and followed it. Staying focused on every task at hand was the path to success for Christina. She attributes the majority of her success to the Jabz Boxing Franchise team.

They give you the game plan and an incredibly strong foundation to stand on at the start and see you all the way through. She said, “they give you the tools to succeed, but at the end of the day, it is up to the owner to choose whether or not to use them and become successful.” Christina went on to say that there are so many franchise owners out there that don’t want to put in the work and they soon find out that when you don’t, it cannot succeed.

jabz quote

Christina said that one of the crucial steps into success is time management. Managing the staff, phone calls, emails, marketing, and social media is paramount. Included in that is balancing family as well and making sure they know they are a priority at the end of the day. It’s a challenge, but it can be victorious!

The most rewarding part of owning a franchise is the ability to make a positive impact on the lives of the women that walk in the door. There are so many stories to be told about the women that attend our Jabz Boxing location in North Phoenix. Many women have gone through a divorce; some have battled with illnesses; some are merely trying to get strong. They all come from so many different walks of life. We have a young woman that is 16 and wants to be surrounded by women who make her feel good about herself. We have a client who is 72 who works out six days a week. No matter what their age, they come together for the same goal. It’s not just to get in shape; it’s about empowering and encouraging one another and build a community which is Christina’s favorite part.

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Making the Right Moves

by Rose Mango

As I mentioned in my letter to our readers, Sports & Fitness is booming in 2019 and is just going to continue to grow explosively.

That said, I had the pleasure of interviewing Christina Peregrym, owner of Jabz Boxing located in North Phoenix, AZ, and the newest location now being built in Peoria, AZ. Her excitement was infectious, and her love for this “Boutique” style franchise was palatable. Her journey to ownership was not your typical one, but through determination and perseverance, she achieved her goal of owning a franchise. Proving once again, you can achieve whatever you put your mind to. Christina mentioned that being a wife and a mother is her top priority, but reaching her dream stayed well in focus.

Christina had an exciting entrance to boxing fitness. It all started with a Groupon. Yes, that’s correct, a Groupon! Christina was at a place in her life where personal fitness development took priority. Wanting to be strong and healthy was important to her. With a husband and two little ones, 11 months apart in age, she began seeking out something “different.” That something different turned out to be Jabz Boxing Fitness For Women. With her Groupon purchase in hand, she entered the Jabz Boxing of Scottsdale, AZ and was smitten.

Fast forward to today, Christina not only owns one Jabz Boxing franchise, but she has also now begun breaking ground on her second. She said what made everything work was to make sure she had a plan and followed it. Staying focused on every task at hand was the path to success for Christina. She attributes the majority of her success to the Jabz Boxing Franchise team.

They give you the game plan and an incredibly strong foundation to stand on at the start and see you all the way through. She said, “they give you the tools to succeed, but at the end of the day, it is up to the owner to choose whether or not to use them and become successful.” Christina went on to say that there are so many franchise owners out there that don’t want to put in the work and they soon find out that when you don’t, it cannot succeed.

jabz quote

Christina said that one of the crucial steps into success is time management. Managing the staff, phone calls, emails, marketing, and social media is paramount. Included in that is balancing family as well and making sure they know they are a priority at the end of the day. It’s a challenge, but it can be victorious!

The most rewarding part of owning a franchise is the ability to make a positive impact on the lives of the women that walk in the door. There are so many stories to be told about the women that attend our Jabz Boxing location in North Phoenix. Many women have gone through a divorce; some have battled with illnesses; some are merely trying to get strong. They all come from so many different walks of life. We have a young woman that is 16 and wants to be surrounded by women who make her feel good about herself. We have a client who is 72 who works out six days a week. No matter what their age, they come together for the same goal. It’s not just to get in shape; it’s about empowering and encouraging one another and build a community which is Christina’s favorite part.

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31 07, 2019

August 2019: Kids First Swim Schools

2019-08-01T11:59:52-04:00July 31st, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Making Waves

Kids First Swim Schools’ Success

The earlier that children begin swimming, the faster they learn and the less likely they are to become afraid of the water. With that in mind, Kids First Swim Schools starts lessons for children as young as 3 months old.

Kids First founder Gary Roth, who designed the program in 2001, believes that every child should know how to swim. With a trademarked curriculum, he took a methodical approach to lessons, having children master the basics before moving to the next level. “The program not only teaches children lifesaving skills, but the proper mechanics of swimming,” says Sandy MacIver, director of franchise development. “Unlike recreational pools, our training pools are designed specifically to teach children how to swim. As a franchise company we offer our franchisees more than 18 years of intellectual capital. We offer a big, upfront savings to investors because Kids First Construction Company oversees the retail space construction, as well as the build out of the pools,” she says.

As they say, location is everything. With that in mind, the swim schools are built in children-centric retail centers giving the schools a tremendous amount of marketing exposure. With a structured teaching environment, parents can enjoy watching their children through one-way class, and the 90-degree pool temperatures allows students to stay focused on their lessons without the distractions of being too cold.

The company is intentionally growing at a moderate pace to ensure franchisee satisfaction. “We want to make sure our franchise partners are successful. We help them find the perfect location,” with sites averaging 6,500 to 9,000 square feet, MacIver says. “We guide them every step of the way.”

For more information, visit www.kidsfirstfranchisecompany.com.

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Making Waves

Kids First Swim Schools’ Success

The earlier that children begin swimming, the faster they learn and the less likely they are to become afraid of the water. With that in mind, Kids First Swim Schools starts lessons for children as young as 3 months old.

Kids First founder Gary Roth, who designed the program in 2001, believes that every child should know how to swim. With a trademarked curriculum, he took a methodical approach to lessons, having children master the basics before moving to the next level. “The program not only teaches children lifesaving skills, but the proper mechanics of swimming,” says Sandy MacIver, director of franchise development. “Unlike recreational pools, our training pools are designed specifically to teach children how to swim. As a franchise company we offer our franchisees more than 18 years of intellectual capital. We offer a big, upfront savings to investors because Kids First Construction Company oversees the retail space construction, as well as the build out of the pools,” she says.

As they say, location is everything. With that in mind, the swim schools are built in children-centric retail centers giving the schools a tremendous amount of marketing exposure. With a structured teaching environment, parents can enjoy watching their children through one-way class, and the 90-degree pool temperatures allows students to stay focused on their lessons without the distractions of being too cold.

The company is intentionally growing at a moderate pace to ensure franchisee satisfaction. “We want to make sure our franchise partners are successful. We help them find the perfect location,” with sites averaging 6,500 to 9,000 square feet, MacIver says. “We guide them every step of the way.”

For more information, visit www.kidsfirstfranchisecompany.com.

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31 07, 2019

August 2019: Dream Vacations

2019-08-01T12:04:38-04:00July 31st, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Jumping in Feet First

by Rose Mango

Tiel McKee

Tiel worked for a Dream Vacations franchise as a way to earn extra income. She began to build her business on a part-time basis for two years. Her company began to take off, and she was at the infamous crossroads of change. Faced with making a pivotal decision, she mulled over remaining as a teacher or building her part-time business into a full-time career. She leaped and retired from teaching to develop her own franchise alongside her husband Jeff. That has proved to be an intelligent decision as her sales have tripled to over $1 million annually.

Tiel has spent her life traveling. In college, she was asked by a friend to take her to Costa Rica. Tiel and her family lived in Puerto Rico until she was the age of seven. Her family then moved to Costa Rica and spent five years there. When they discussed a trip together to Costa Rica, something clicked in Tiel. She began to think of ways she could do what she loved, which is to travel the world and make a living doing it.

With a Masters in Education and being bi-lingual, Tiel knew that she could do more than teaching. She knew she could build a business for those who want to see the world and assist both English and Spanish speaking travelers.

In February 2016 Tiel and her husband Jeff jumped in feet first, and with unshakable confidence, they purchased their own Dream Vacations franchise. Tiel already knew the franchise well and had no doubt the Dream Vacations franchise would support her and steer her to a successful business. She mentioned the support is incomparable. It is 24/7 and they answer any and all questions immediately. Tiel applies the same principle for her own franchise offering 24/7 support for her own clients. She wants to make sure they are supported during their travels and makes sure she answers the call. That is one of the benefits of partnering with her travel agency, Dream Vacations. If you come into a problem, she is there to guide you through it. Tiel hopes to help those who have booked their own vacations and have had less than a beautiful experience. She also wants people to know that “If you can dream it, we can make it happen.” With her life long traveling experience, Tiel and her husband know first hand what you need and equip you with it assuring that your vacation will be a Dream Vacation. Owning a Dream Vacations franchise has allowed them to raise their children and show them the world all the while spending as much time with them as possible. Dream Vacations has turned out to be their dream job.

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Jumping in Feet First

by Rose Mango

Tiel McKee

Tiel McKee, Co-Owner of Dream Vacations, was a former elementary school bilingual teacher for ten years.

Tiel worked for a Dream Vacations franchise as a way to earn extra income. She began to build her business on a part-time basis for two years. Her company began to take off, and she was at the infamous crossroads of change. Faced with making a pivotal decision, she mulled over remaining as a teacher or building her part-time business into a full-time career. She leaped and retired from teaching to develop her own franchise alongside her husband Jeff. That has proved to be an intelligent decision as her sales have tripled to over $1 million annually.

Tiel has spent her life traveling. In college, she was asked by a friend to take her to Costa Rica. Tiel and her family lived in Puerto Rico until she was the age of seven. Her family then moved to Costa Rica and spent five years there. When they discussed a trip together to Costa Rica, something clicked in Tiel. She began to think of ways she could do what she loved, which is to travel the world and make a living doing it.

With a Masters in Education and being bi-lingual, Tiel knew that she could do more than teaching. She knew she could build a business for those who want to see the world and assist both English and Spanish speaking travelers.

In February 2016 Tiel and her husband Jeff jumped in feet first, and with unshakable confidence, they purchased their own Dream Vacations franchise. Tiel already knew the franchise well and had no doubt the Dream Vacations franchise would support her and steer her to a successful business. She mentioned the support is incomparable. It is 24/7 and they answer any and all questions immediately. Tiel applies the same principle for her own franchise offering 24/7 support for her own clients. She wants to make sure they are supported during their travels and makes sure she answers the call. That is one of the benefits of partnering with her travel agency, Dream Vacations. If you come into a problem, she is there to guide you through it. Tiel hopes to help those who have booked their own vacations and have had less than a beautiful experience. She also wants people to know that “If you can dream it, we can make it happen.” With her life long traveling experience, Tiel and her husband know first hand what you need and equip you with it assuring that your vacation will be a Dream Vacation. Owning a Dream Vacations franchise has allowed them to raise their children and show them the world all the while spending as much time with them as possible. Dream Vacations has turned out to be their dream job.

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30 06, 2019

July 2019: Home-Based Franchising

2019-07-02T12:21:03-04:00June 30th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

ON THE COVER

When Less is More

Phillip Howe finds the sweet spot for his Renew Crew franchise

by Jill Abrahamsen

As a Renew Crew fanchisee, Philip Howe enjoys more time with his wife, Kelli, and their sons, 10-year-old Cannon and 8-year-old Hunter.

Renew Crew™ franchisee Phillip Howe knows that bigger doesn’t always mean better. At one time, he owned a booming portrait studio. He loved the work but put in more hours than he wanted, especially on the weekends. Howe’s wife, Kelli, also had a demanding job, and the combination just wasn’t family-friendly. “Something had to give. One of us needed a more flexible schedule,” Howe says.

Between the changes in the photography industry and his lack of work-life balance, Howe looked at franchising as a next career step. “I knew I could run a business, and I liked the support system that comes with franchises. So all I needed to do was find a good fit,” he says.

Howe wanted a flexible schedule but not a huge staff. “There’s a ton of headaches that come with managing a lot of employees,” he says. So in 2002, Howe invested in Renew Crew and became the second franchisee in the system. The outdoor surface cleaning company rejuvenates decks, fences, patios, siding, and walkways at homes and businesses.

Renew Crew Truck

Phillip poses with his father and partner, Wayne Howe.

Originally branded under a different name, the franchise was renamed Renew Crew in 2012 when Outdoor Living Brands purchased it. “With the acquisition came more streamlined procedures, an investment in technology, and better marketing and support,” Howe says. “I couldn’t have been happier.”

Howe grew his Olathe, Kansas, business to four vans and eight to 10 employees, which he considers the perfect size. He could have easily continued scaling up, but explains that “it’s a lot easier to find 10 great guys than 40 great guys. You could actually make more money with a smaller crew. There are fewer problems and it’s easier to manage. Sometimes less is actually more.”

He has no regrets. “I haven’t worked for anyone since 1996 and never will again. With Renew Crew, I have the perfect work-life balance. Now I can spend more time with my family. Isn’t that what it’s all about?”

For more information, visit www.renewcrewfranchise.com.

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ON THE COVER

When Less is More

Phillip Howe finds the sweet spot for his Renew Crew franchise

by Jill Abrahamsen

As a Renew Crew fanchisee, Philip Howe enjoys more time with his wife, Kelli, and their sons, 10-year-old Cannon and 8-year-old Hunter.

Renew Crew™ franchisee Phillip Howe knows that bigger doesn’t always mean better. At one time, he owned a booming portrait studio. He loved the work but put in more hours than he wanted, especially on the weekends. Howe’s wife, Kelli, also had a demanding job, and the combination just wasn’t family-friendly. “Something had to give. One of us needed a more flexible schedule,” Howe says.

Between the changes in the photography industry and his lack of work-life balance, Howe looked at franchising as a next career step. “I knew I could run a business, and I liked the support system that comes with franchises. So all I needed to do was find a good fit,” he says.

Howe wanted a flexible schedule but not a huge staff. “There’s a ton of headaches that come with managing a lot of employees,” he says. So in 2002, Howe invested in Renew Crew and became the second franchisee in the system. The outdoor surface cleaning company rejuvenates decks, fences, patios, siding, and walkways at homes and businesses.

Originally branded under a different name, the franchise was renamed Renew Crew in 2012 when Outdoor Living Brands purchased it. “With the acquisition came more streamlined procedures, an investment in technology, and better marketing and support,” Howe says. “I couldn’t have been happier.”

Renew Crew Truck

Phillip poses with his father and partner, Wayne Howe.

Howe grew his Olathe, Kansas, business to four vans and eight to 10 employees, which he considers the perfect size. He could have easily continued scaling up, but explains that “it’s a lot easier to find 10 great guys than 40 great guys. You could actually make more money with a smaller crew. There are fewer problems and it’s easier to manage. Sometimes less is actually more.”

He has no regrets. “I haven’t worked for anyone since 1996 and never will again. With Renew Crew, I have the perfect work-life balance. Now I can spend more time with my family. Isn’t that what it’s all about?”

For more information, visit www.renewcrewfranchise.com.

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30 06, 2019

July 2019: Featured Entrepreneur

2019-07-02T12:21:54-04:00June 30th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Featured Entrepreneur

by Rochelle Miller

Tim Smeltz
NextGen Great Sealcoating

Grueling. That’s how Tim Smeltz characterizes the 29 years he spent trekking into Manhattan from his New Jersey home to work as a chef. “The restaurant business is really tough. You have many bosses, the markup is small, and the failure rate is extraordinarily high,” he says.

Smeltz escaped the pressures of the food industry and his killer commute by creating a successful business from the comforts of his suburban house—his driveway, to be exact.

Recognizing a need
As a homeowner, Smeltz noticed that his driveway lacked curb appeal because the dark asphalt was cracking and faded, even turning white in spots. He wanted to fix it but was surprised to learn that only one business in his area offered seal-coating, a relatively inexpensive solution that prevents water from seeping through the asphalt. “They didn’t even return my calls,” he says.

That’s when he began researching how to do the job himself.

Smeltz established NextGen Great Sealcoating in 2005 and has been growing the business ever since. Five years after launching, he partnered to develop an environmentally-friendly formula that contains no cancer-causing ingredients, an advantage his product has over most on the market.

In 2018, NextGen Great Sealcoating began franchising across five states spanning the Mid-Atlantic region. Recurring revenue is a huge attraction for investors. “We recommend having [sealcoating] done every two to four years,” Smeltz says. “And we continue to expand our customer base through referrals,” he adds.

Other advantages for franchisees include a central call center that routes customers to the franchisee in their area by ZIP Code and gives price quotes. “We offer huge territories compared to most franchises. We start at two counties and go from there,” Smeltz says.

Finding solutions
As an outdoor business, winter months could mean downtime for NextGen franchisees. But Smeltz has found an innovative solution: He offers his own customers a seasonal service to design and install Christmas decorations to keep revenue flowing, and franchisees can do something on the side if they wish.

“In owning my own business, I have the freedom to make all of the decisions, knowing that I really only have one boss— my customer. For the right people, it’s the best way, which is why we’re looking for like-minded individuals to join us in our franchise.”

For more information, call NextGen Great Sealcoating at 888-201-6109, or visit the company website at www.greatsealcoating.com.

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Featured Entrepreneur

by Rochelle Miller

Tim Smeltz
NextGen Great Sealcoating

Grueling. That’s how Tim Smeltz characterizes the 29 years he spent trekking into Manhattan from his New Jersey home to work as a chef. “The restaurant business is really tough. You have many bosses, the markup is small, and the failure rate is extraordinarily high,” he says.

Smeltz escaped the pressures of the food industry and his killer commute by creating a successful business from the comforts of his suburban house—his driveway, to be exact.

Recognizing a need
As a homeowner, Smeltz noticed that his driveway lacked curb appeal because the dark asphalt was cracking and faded, even turning white in spots. He wanted to fix it but was surprised to learn that only one business in his area offered seal-coating, a relatively inexpensive solution that prevents water from seeping through the asphalt. “They didn’t even return my calls,” he says.

That’s when he began researching how to do the job himself.

Smeltz established NextGen Great Sealcoating in 2005 and has been growing the business ever since. Five years after launching, he partnered to develop an environmentally-friendly formula that contains no cancer-causing ingredients, an advantage his product has over most on the market.

In 2018, NextGen Great Sealcoating began franchising across five states spanning the Mid-Atlantic region. Recurring revenue is a huge attraction for investors. “We recommend having [sealcoating] done every two to four years,” Smeltz says. “And we continue to expand our customer base through referrals,” he adds.

Other advantages for franchisees include a central call center that routes customers to the franchisee in their area by ZIP Code and gives price quotes. “We offer huge territories compared to most franchises. We start at two counties and go from there,” Smeltz says.

Finding solutions
As an outdoor business, winter months could mean downtime for NextGen franchisees. But Smeltz has found an innovative solution: He offers his own customers a seasonal service to design and install Christmas decorations to keep revenue flowing, and franchisees can do something on the side if they wish.

“In owning my own business, I have the freedom to make all of the decisions, knowing that I really only have one boss— my customer. For the right people, it’s the best way, which is why we’re looking for like-minded individuals to join us in our franchise.”

For more information, call NextGen Great Sealcoating at 888-201-6109, or visit the company website at www.greatsealcoating.com.

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30 06, 2019

July 2019: Franchisee of the Month

2019-07-02T12:23:12-04:00June 30th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

Franchisee of The Month

by Jill Abrahamsen

Toni Wren, Challenge Island
Central Long Island, New York

As a child, Toni Wren didn’t know what she wanted to do when she grew up. “I never had a real passion for anything. I just wasn’t one of those kids,” she says. She stumbled onto her first career, in finance, by accident and later discovered her ultimate passion, working with children.

Wren chose political science as a college major even though she wasn’t sure where it might lead. But her side job as a bank teller was what shaped her path. “By the time I graduated, I was a branch manager,” she says. This experience eventually led to a lucrative career in finance at top corporations, including a project manager role at Goldman Sachs.

The recession of 2008 came at a great time for Wren. Her company downsized and offered severance packages, and she jumped at one. “It was a no-brainer. Commuting every day was taking a toll. I needed a more flexible schedule to raise my family,” she says.

KID STUFF
After looking at different kinds of businesses, Wren decided that she wanted to work with children. “At one of my son’s baseball games, a parent asked me if I was available to run her kid’s party. It seemed like an odd request at first, but then she explained. She always saw me playing with kids at events. I was good at it. That’s when I realized my passion,” she says.

Raising her children on Long Island, New York, Wren knew that any type of kids-based business would do well in her area. “The parents here like to keep their children engaged in enriching activities.”

LOOK NO FURTHER
Wren investigated many children’s franchise brands, but when she came across Challenge Island®, she knew it was the right fit. “It was exactly what I wanted to do. I could own and grow a business, be hands-on, creative, and make a difference.” Wren was attracted to the flexible, home-based model and the fact that she could put her personal touch on the business. “You don’t get that with most franchises,” she says.

After her initial call with founder Sharon Estroff, Wren didn’t look further. “I could hear the passion in Estroff’s voice. She had me at hello,” Wren jokes. She opened for business in 2017.

The after-school enrichment program, which teaches science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), is designed to help kids develop skills such as collaboration, compromise, resilience, and critical thinking. The hundreds of themed lessons target specific age groups. “Kids have so much fun with us, they don’t even realize they are learning,” Wren says.

Wren has customized the business to suit her lifestyle. “At first, I wanted to do everything myself: teach the classes, shop for supplies, and so on. But as we grew, I added staff.” She also added offerings for more revenue streams including camps, field trips, and adult classes. Because of the low overhead, it’s easy for Wren to use the business to raise money for charities. “The possibilities are endless with Challenge Island. I can make a living, do what I love, and make a difference, all on my own terms.”

For more information, visit www.challenge-island.com.

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Franchisee of The Month

by Jill Abrahamsen

Toni Wren, Challenge Island
Central Long Island, New York

As a child, Toni Wren didn’t know what she wanted to do when she grew up. “I never had a real passion for anything. I just wasn’t one of those kids,” she says. She stumbled onto her first career, in finance, by accident and later discovered her ultimate passion, working with children.

Wren chose political science as a college major even though she wasn’t sure where it might lead. But her side job as a bank teller was what shaped her path. “By the time I graduated, I was a branch manager,” she says. This experience eventually led to a lucrative career in finance at top corporations, including a project manager role at Goldman Sachs.

The recession of 2008 came at a great time for Wren. Her company downsized and offered severance packages, and she jumped at one. “It was a no-brainer. Commuting every day was taking a toll. I needed a more flexible schedule to raise my family,” she says.

KID STUFF
After looking at different kinds of businesses, Wren decided that she wanted to work with children. “At one of my son’s baseball games, a parent asked me if I was available to run her kid’s party. It seemed like an odd request at first, but then she explained. She always saw me playing with kids at events. I was good at it. That’s when I realized my passion,” she says.

Raising her children on Long Island, New York, Wren knew that any type of kids-based business would do well in her area. “The parents here like to keep their children engaged in enriching activities.”

LOOK NO FURTHER
Wren investigated many children’s franchise brands, but when she came across Challenge Island®, she knew it was the right fit. “It was exactly what I wanted to do. I could own and grow a business, be hands-on, creative, and make a difference.” Wren was attracted to the flexible, home-based model and the fact that she could put her personal touch on the business. “You don’t get that with most franchises,” she says.

After her initial call with founder Sharon Estroff, Wren didn’t look further. “I could hear the passion in Estroff’s voice. She had me at hello,” Wren jokes. She opened for business in 2017.

The after-school enrichment program, which teaches science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), is designed to help kids develop skills such as collaboration, compromise, resilience, and critical thinking. The hundreds of themed lessons target specific age groups. “Kids have so much fun with us, they don’t even realize they are learning,” Wren says.

Wren has customized the business to suit her lifestyle. “At first, I wanted to do everything myself: teach the classes, shop for supplies, and so on. But as we grew, I added staff.” She also added offerings for more revenue streams including camps, field trips, and adult classes. Because of the low overhead, it’s easy for Wren to use the business to raise money for charities. “The possibilities are endless with Challenge Island. I can make a living, do what I love, and make a difference, all on my own terms.”

For more information, visit www.challenge-island.com.

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31 05, 2019

June 2019: Franchisees of the Month

2019-06-04T11:07:11-04:00May 31st, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Franchisees of The Month

by Jill Abrahamsen

Joel and Jessica Winters
Kitchen Tune-Up, Castle Rock, CO

Joel Winters knew he made the right choice in becoming a Kitchen Tune-Up® franchisee early on. He couldn’t believe the warm welcome from the Home Office team that he and his wife Jessica received when arriving for training. “It really spoke volumes about the company and the culture. This is a family-run business, not a cold, corporate machine,” he says.

Before deciding to invest in Kitchen Tune-Up in 2018, Joel and Jessica did their due diligence and explored options in different business sectors. “Nothing really excited us. But when we looked at Kitchen Tune-Up, Jessica loved it right away. I wasn’t so hot on the concept initially, but then I examined the details,” Joel says. “The more I looked, the more I liked. I love the fact that it’s a turnkey business, it provides a niche service, and the brand has a great reputation.”

A Family Affair
Dave Haglund launched Kitchen Tune-Up in 1986. His daughter Heidi Morrissey joined the company in 2003 and took the top spot as President when her father retired. Haglund developed the original concept, a “Tune-Up” that’s an inexpensive way for customers to get a new look in their kitchens (and bathrooms) without the hassle of a major overhaul. The company continues to offer the 1 Day Tune-Up in addition to refacing, redooring, new cabinets, Granite Tune-Up, organizers, and more.

Ramping Up
The Winters were busy within weeks of opening in Castle Rock, Colorado. “The company has a formula for success that works. If you follow it, you will make money. It’s as simple as that,” Joel says. “As soon as we activated our website, the leads started to pour in. The company has a well-executed marking plan. We met our initial 12-month goals in the first six months.”

The couple divvies up responsibilities by pulling from their strengths. “I’m an ops guy, so I take care of running the day-to-day business, which includes managing two teams of subcontractors who do the hands-on work. I tried doing some of the work myself and almost cut my finger off,” he jokes. “Jessica is a natural people person and works on sales and service. She really enjoys consulting with our clients and working on the design process. The best part for both of us is the ‘reveal’ at the end of a job. More often than not, our customers are overjoyed, and that’s a great feeling.”

A Welcome Change
As Joel and Jessica get ready to open a second location, they’re excited for continued growth. Kitchen Tune-Up has been a refreshing change for Joel, who logged more than 20 years in corporate America and had to wear a suit and tie every day. “I spent years building companies for other people, and now I’m investing in myself,” he says.

For more information, visit KTUfranchise.com.

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Franchisees of The Month

by Jill Abrahamsen

Joel and Jessica Winters
Kitchen Tune-Up, Castle Rock, CO

Joel Winters knew he made the right choice in becoming a Kitchen Tune-Up® franchisee early on. He couldn’t believe the warm welcome from the Home Office team that he and his wife Jessica received when arriving for training. “It really spoke volumes about the company and the culture. This is a family-run business, not a cold, corporate machine,” he says.

Before deciding to invest in Kitchen Tune-Up in 2018, Joel and Jessica did their due diligence and explored options in different business sectors. “Nothing really excited us. But when we looked at Kitchen Tune-Up, Jessica loved it right away. I wasn’t so hot on the concept initially, but then I examined the details,” Joel says. “The more I looked, the more I liked. I love the fact that it’s a turnkey business, it provides a niche service, and the brand has a great reputation.”

A Family Affair
Dave Haglund launched Kitchen Tune-Up in 1986. His daughter Heidi Morrissey joined the company in 2003 and took the top spot as President when her father retired. Haglund developed the original concept, a “Tune-Up” that’s an inexpensive way for customers to get a new look in their kitchens (and bathrooms) without the hassle of a major overhaul. The company continues to offer the 1 Day Tune-Up in addition to refacing, redooring, new cabinets, Granite Tune-Up, organizers, and more.

Ramping Up
The Winters were busy within weeks of opening in Castle Rock, Colorado. “The company has a formula for success that works. If you follow it, you will make money. It’s as simple as that,” Joel says. “As soon as we activated our website, the leads started to pour in. The company has a well-executed marking plan. We met our initial 12-month goals in the first six months.”

The couple divvies up responsibilities by pulling from their strengths. “I’m an ops guy, so I take care of running the day-to-day business, which includes managing two teams of subcontractors who do the hands-on work. I tried doing some of the work myself and almost cut my finger off,” he jokes. “Jessica is a natural people person and works on sales and service. She really enjoys consulting with our clients and working on the design process. The best part for both of us is the ‘reveal’ at the end of a job. More often than not, our customers are overjoyed, and that’s a great feeling.”

A Welcome Change
As Joel and Jessica get ready to open a second location, they’re excited for continued growth. Kitchen Tune-Up has been a refreshing change for Joel, who logged more than 20 years in corporate America and had to wear a suit and tie every day. “I spent years building companies for other people, and now I’m investing in myself,” he says.

For more information, visit KTUfranchise.com.

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31 05, 2019

June 2019: Featured Entrepreneur

2019-06-04T11:13:27-04:00May 31st, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

An entrepreneurial journey with purpose

by Jill Abrahamsen

Featured Entrepreneur
Peter Ross, CEO, Senior Helpers

Peter Ross spent some 20 years in corporate America before realizing he was an entrepreneur at heart. Ross had a little push from longtime friend Tony Bonacuse, whom he describes as an “entrepreneur from birth.”

Bonacuse convinced Ross to partner with him on a business, although he wasn’t quite clear on what exactly that business would be. The pair brainstormed and took some time to develop a concept. They wanted to provide a service that was in demand, had recurring revenue streams, and had a growing demographic. They also wanted the business to make a difference and provide an important service.

Looking at many industries, one kept coming up that satisfied all of their criteria: senior care. “It became clear to us that there were huge opportunities,” Ross says. The pair launched Senior Helpers in 2002 and grew the business to more than 300 locations today. The company offers in-home companion care and personal care as well as Alzheimer’s and dementia care. “Our growth and success is due to our passionate franchisees. This is a mission-driven business, so we are very selective about who joins our family,” Ross says.

The Next Step
With this huge success, you might think that Ross’s entrepreneurial aspirations were fulfilled, but he was actually just getting started. Ross was presented with a unique opportunity in January, 2018. The Glenner Foundation (www.glenner.org) introduced Ross to its innovative adult day care, which is set up to look like a town square. Using reminiscence therapy as its foundation, the goal is to trigger memories for people with dementia. The centers contain a number of vignettes that offer interactive activities for seniors, including a full-service ’50s diner and a movie theater that plays classic films. These prompts help elicit long-term memories, reduce anxiety, and improve mood and sleep quality in those with dementia.

Ross fell in love with the concept and realized that it could be a perfect complement to Senior Helpers. So he put his entrepreneurial cap back on and created Senior Helpers Town Square. “The businesses are perfect complements to each other,” Ross says. “A Senior Helpers location can fully staff the town square. The referrals are right there. It’s a perfect synergy.” But the best part for Ross is the reward of helping others. “We are not just caring for seniors – we are engaging them,” he says. “We have amazing programming that gives seniors a sense of purpose. It’s like a Disney World for seniors. They are gardening, woodworking, and socializing in a really, really cool, stimulating environment,” he says. “And at $11 an hour, it’s affordable. It’s a great way to give the family caregiver a break.”

Ross is certain that Senior Helpers Town Square will be a huge success. “We’re going to disrupt this whole industry. I pity the adult day care in the next town from us.”

Learn more at www.shtownsquarefranchise.com.

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An entrepreneurial journey with purpose

by Jill Abrahamsen

Featured Entrepreneur
Peter Ross, CEO, Senior Helpers

Peter Ross spent some 20 years in corporate America before realizing he was an entrepreneur at heart. Ross had a little push from longtime friend Tony Bonacuse, whom he describes as an “entrepreneur from birth.”

Bonacuse convinced Ross to partner with him on a business, although he wasn’t quite clear on what exactly that business would be. The pair brainstormed and took some time to develop a concept. They wanted to provide a service that was in demand, had recurring revenue streams, and had a growing demographic. They also wanted the business to make a difference and provide an important service.

Looking at many industries, one kept coming up that satisfied all of their criteria: senior care. “It became clear to us that there were huge opportunities,” Ross says. The pair launched Senior Helpers in 2002 and grew the business to more than 300 locations today. The company offers in-home companion care and personal care as well as Alzheimer’s and dementia care. “Our growth and success is due to our passionate franchisees. This is a mission-driven business, so we are very selective about who joins our family,” Ross says.

The Next Step
With this huge success, you might think that Ross’s entrepreneurial aspirations were fulfilled, but he was actually just getting started. Ross was presented with a unique opportunity in January, 2018. The Glenner Foundation (www.glenner.org) introduced Ross to its innovative adult day care, which is set up to look like a town square. Using reminiscence therapy as its foundation, the goal is to trigger memories for people with dementia. The centers contain a number of vignettes that offer interactive activities for seniors, including a full-service ’50s diner and a movie theater that plays classic films. These prompts help elicit long-term memories, reduce anxiety, and improve mood and sleep quality in those with dementia.

Ross fell in love with the concept and realized that it could be a perfect complement to Senior Helpers. So he put his entrepreneurial cap back on and created Senior Helpers Town Square. “The businesses are perfect complements to each other,” Ross says. “A Senior Helpers location can fully staff the town square. The referrals are right there. It’s a perfect synergy.” But the best part for Ross is the reward of helping others. “We are not just caring for seniors – we are engaging them,” he says. “We have amazing programming that gives seniors a sense of purpose. It’s like a Disney World for seniors. They are gardening, woodworking, and socializing in a really, really cool, stimulating environment,” he says. “And at $11 an hour, it’s affordable. It’s a great way to give the family caregiver a break.”

Ross is certain that Senior Helpers Town Square will be a huge success. “We’re going to disrupt this whole industry. I pity the adult day care in the next town from us.”

Learn more at www.shtownsquarefranchise.com.

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31 05, 2019

June 2019: Mobile Franchising

2019-06-04T11:19:04-04:00May 31st, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

ON THE COVER

It’s All About Service

A focus on the customer is the secret to this mobile brand’s success.

by Jill Abrahamsen

President & CEO Don Powers
Fitness Machine Technicians (FMT)

Don Powers knows a thing or two about the fitness industry. He spent more than 30 years managing health clubs and exercise equipment stores, and he holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology.

Powers’ biggest takeaway from his work experience is that the customer is king. “Fitness is all about helping people achieve their goals, so when a piece of equipment is out of service, it needs prompt attention.” He was always amazed and appalled at the poor service he received when equipment needed repair. Technicians either didn’t return calls, showed up late, or left the job without any explanation of the work that had been performed.

Knowing the industry and having a desire to work for himself, Powers experienced an “aha” moment. He thought of a way he could bring a much-needed service to the market and build a business at the same time. His solution was Fitness Machine Technicians (FMT), which he launched in 2002 and began franchising in 2012.

As the name suggests, this mobile franchise repairs and services fitness machines. The concept may seem simple, but Powers knows what it takes to do it well—and why so many have failed at similar efforts. “It’s all about communication and follow-up,” he says. “We’ve put together a system that works, with exceptional service as the main goal. The bottom line is that folks want reliable service, and that’s what we provide.”

Powers is looking to partner with investors who are excited about the business and have a commitment to excellence. “We will train franchisees on everything, but a mechanical inclination doesn’t hurt. The ability to network is also key.”

FMT franchisees have a huge customer base that goes far beyond the local gym. “We work with individuals who have home gyms,
apartment complexes, hotels, universities, you name it,” he says. “This is a $10 billion industry growing at about 4 percent each year. There’s a lot of business to be had.”

For more information, visit www.fmtfranchise.com.

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ON THE COVER

It’s All About Service

A focus on the customer is the secret to this mobile brand’s success.

by Jill Abrahamsen

President & CEO Don Powers
Fitness Machine Technicians (FMT)

Don Powers knows a thing or two about the fitness industry. He spent more than 30 years managing health clubs and exercise equipment stores, and he holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology.

Powers’ biggest takeaway from his work experience is that the customer is king. “Fitness is all about helping people achieve their goals, so when a piece of equipment is out of service, it needs prompt attention.” He was always amazed and appalled at the poor service he received when equipment needed repair. Technicians either didn’t return calls, showed up late, or left the job without any explanation of the work that had been performed.

Knowing the industry and having a desire to work for himself, Powers experienced an “aha” moment. He thought of a way he could bring a much-needed service to the market and build a business at the same time. His solution was Fitness Machine Technicians (FMT), which he launched in 2002 and began franchising in 2012.

As the name suggests, this mobile franchise repairs and services fitness machines. The concept may seem simple, but Powers knows what it takes to do it well—and why so many have failed at similar efforts. “It’s all about communication and follow-up,” he says. “We’ve put together a system that works, with exceptional service as the main goal. The bottom line is that folks want reliable service, and that’s what we provide.”

Powers is looking to partner with investors who are excited about the business and have a commitment to excellence. “We will train franchisees on everything, but a mechanical inclination doesn’t hurt. The ability to network is also key.”

FMT franchisees have a huge customer base that goes far beyond the local gym. “We work with individuals who have home gyms,
apartment complexes, hotels, universities, you name it,” he says. “This is a $10 billion industry growing at about 4 percent each year. There’s a lot of business to be had.”

For more information, visit www.fmtfranchise.com.

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1 05, 2019

May 2019: Franchisee of the Month

2019-05-02T16:50:21-04:00May 1st, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Helping yourself by helping others

by Jill Abrahamsen

After 18 years on the road in sales and business development, George Sanchez was ready to spend more time with his family and enjoy a more meaningful career. So Sanchez sold his business and invested in an existing BrightStar Care® franchise, which provides in-home health care in Austin, Texas. “I looked at hundreds of options in all different areas, but BrightStar Care made the most sense,” he says. “There is a never-ending demand for this service, and you can truly make a difference.”

After caring for elderly parents, Sanchez had firsthand knowledge of what quality care looks like. “I understand the value of the service we provide. I know what it means when a caregiver doesn’t show up or isn’t a good fit. We strive to give our customers the very best service. I’ll only hire people whom I would send to care for my own family.”

With more than 200 employees, Sanchez has tripled the business since he bought it in 2013. “The first few years weren’t easy. I had to invest to grow, but it was well worth it. We have a great team and a thriving business now.”

The best part for Sanchez is giving back, both directly and indirectly. Besides the gratification of helping clients every day, he and his staff are very involved in the community and raise money for charitable organizations.

Sanchez loves getting to know his patients and their families. He recently paid tribute to client Dr. John McKetta, a chemical engineering legend and professor at the University of Texas. Drawing on his artistic talents, Sanchez sculpted and presented a bronze bust to McKetta on his 103rd birthday, just a few months before his death. “It was a great way to pay tribute to a man who has given so much to the world,” he says.

BrightStar Care Austin received the Best of the Best Home Healthcare Award from Austin’s American-Statesman e-paper.
The Austin BrightStar Care gang has fun raising money for local charities.

Sanchez’s passion has been a driving force in the success of his business. In 2018 his location was honored with the Best of the Best Home Healthcare Award by Austin’s American-Statesman electronic newspaper. “Owning this business has been great on so many levels,” he says.

For more information, call (877) 689-6898 or visit www.franchise.brightstarcare.com.

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Helping yourself by helping others

by Jill Abrahamsen

After 18 years on the road in sales and business development, George Sanchez was ready to spend more time with his family and enjoy a more meaningful career. So Sanchez sold his business and invested in an existing BrightStar Care® franchise, which provides in-home health care in Austin, Texas. “I looked at hundreds of options in all different areas, but BrightStar Care made the most sense,” he says. “There is a never-ending demand for this service, and you can truly make a difference.”

After caring for elderly parents, Sanchez had firsthand knowledge of what quality care looks like. “I understand the value of the service we provide. I know what it means when a caregiver doesn’t show up or isn’t a good fit. We strive to give our customers the very best service. I’ll only hire people whom I would send to care for my own family.”

With more than 200 employees, Sanchez has tripled the business since he bought it in 2013. “The first few years weren’t easy. I had to invest to grow, but it was well worth it. We have a great team and a thriving business now.”

The best part for Sanchez is giving back, both directly and indirectly. Besides the gratification of helping clients every day, he and his staff are very involved in the community and raise money for charitable organizations.

Sanchez loves getting to know his patients and their families. He recently paid tribute to client Dr. John McKetta, a chemical engineering legend and professor at the University of Texas. Drawing on his artistic talents, Sanchez sculpted and presented a bronze bust to McKetta on his 103rd birthday, just a few months before his death. “It was a great way to pay tribute to a man who has given so much to the world,” he says.

BrightStar Care Austin received the Best of the Best Home Healthcare Award from Austin’s American-Statesman e-paper.
The Austin BrightStar Care gang has fun raising money for local charities.

Sanchez’s passion has been a driving force in the success of his business. In 2018 his location was honored with the Best of the Best Home Healthcare Award by Austin’s American-Statesman electronic newspaper. “Owning this business has been great on so many levels,” he says.

For more information, call (877) 689-6898 or visit www.franchise.brightstarcare.com.

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