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7 03, 2019

March 2019: Featured Entrepreneur

2019-03-07T15:02:43-04:00March 7th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Taking the reigns of the family business

by Jill Abrahamsen

Heidi Morrissey never planned on joining the family business. In fact, she worked as an elementary school teacher and ran her own home-based business for 11 years until her dad’s years of convincing persuaded her to join his enterprise.

Her father, Dave Haglund, founded Kitchen Tune-Up® in 1986 with the mission of giving wood surfaces a fresh, updated appearance. The tune-up is an inexpensive, convenient way for customers to get a new look in their kitchens (and bathrooms) without the hassle and expense of a major overhaul.

The business was an immediate success, and in 1988, Kitchen Tune-Up sold its first franchise. Over the years, the Kitchen Tune-Up system expanded to include cabinet refacing, redooring, custom cabinets, storage solutions, and more. Morrissey joined in 2003, taking on marketing and sales as well as a major rebranding of the company.
Morrissey’s leadership impressed her dad so much that she eventually took his place at the helm of the company. Her passion for the brand—and the franchise opportunity—has led Kitchen Tune-Up to be a major player in the industry.

“People don’t even believe it when I tell them about the ease and value of this opportunity,” Morrissey says. “Franchisees can run the business out of their homes and grow it at their own pace.” The company offers extensive training, including working with the home office team for the first 12 weeks, plus ongoing webinars and support. “We are here for our franchisees every step of the way,” she adds.

With more than 30 years in business, Kitchen Tune-Up offers investors a great opportunity with a well-known name. There is no carpentry background or heavy lifting needed to own this business, but an eye for design doesn’t hurt. “We are looking for partners who are self-starters,” Morrisey says. “Women are our customers and female owners have a natural connection from the start.”

For more information, contact franchise@kitchentuneup.com, 800-333-6385, or visit www.ktufranchise.com.

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Taking the reigns of the family business

by Jill Abrahamsen

Heidi Morrissey never planned on joining the family business. In fact, she worked as an elementary school teacher and ran her own home-based business for 11 years until her dad’s years of convincing persuaded her to join his enterprise.

Her father, Dave Haglund, founded Kitchen Tune-Up® in 1986 with the mission of giving wood surfaces a fresh, updated appearance. The tune-up is an inexpensive, convenient way for customers to get a new look in their kitchens (and bathrooms) without the hassle and expense of a major overhaul.

The business was an immediate success, and in 1988, Kitchen Tune-Up sold its first franchise. Over the years, the Kitchen Tune-Up system expanded to include cabinet refacing, redooring, custom cabinets, storage solutions, and more. Morrissey joined in 2003, taking on marketing and sales as well as a major rebranding of the company.
Morrissey’s leadership impressed her dad so much that she eventually took his place at the helm of the company. Her passion for the brand—and the franchise opportunity—has led Kitchen Tune-Up to be a major player in the industry.

“People don’t even believe it when I tell them about the ease and value of this opportunity,” Morrissey says. “Franchisees can run the business out of their homes and grow it at their own pace.” The company offers extensive training, including working with the home office team for the first 12 weeks, plus ongoing webinars and support. “We are here for our franchisees every step of the way,” she adds.

With more than 30 years in business, Kitchen Tune-Up offers investors a great opportunity with a well-known name. There is no carpentry background or heavy lifting needed to own this business, but an eye for design doesn’t hurt. “We are looking for partners who are self-starters,” Morrisey says. “Women are our customers and female owners have a natural connection from the start.”

For more information, contact franchise@kitchentuneup.com, 800-333-6385, or visit www.ktufranchise.com.

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7 03, 2019

March 2019: Franchisees of the Month

2019-03-07T14:52:42-04:00March 7th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

When passion drives you, success follows.

by Jill Abrahamsen

A combination of fate, life experience, and passion brought Susan Amos and J’annine Sullivan together as business partners. As the owners of Senior Helpers in Lafayette, LA, the women are passionate about what they do. “We love the elderly,” Sullivan says. They believe in their business and feel strongly about the service they provide. “At the end of the day, it’s a great feeling to know that you’ve made a difference in someone’s life,” Sullivan adds.

The partners’ journey into business ownership started with a common passion. Sullivan and Amos were volunteers at the Alzheimer’s Association in their hometown of Lafayette. Because each had a parent who suffered with the disease, the women had firsthand knowledge of the strain and struggles that families experience when caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s.

Seeing the passion that Sullivan had for her volunteer work, Amos approached her to go into partnership when she had the opportunity to purchase an existing Senior Helpers franchise. “I was already retired. It was never my plan to open a business, but I felt like God was telling me, ‘I have a purpose for you,’ ” Sullivan says. As partners, divvying up responsibilities wasn’t an issue. With a strong marketing and sales background, Amos was well-suited to promote the business and develop relationships. Drawing on her management experience, Sullivan runs the daily operations and goes into the field to make sure quality care is being delivered. “At the core, we have the same morals, mission, and values. That’s why we make a great team,” Sullivan says.

When you love what you do, success comes easily. The pair took over the existing location in November of 2017, and it has since more than tripled in size. “Our office was ranked No. 4 in total company increase this period—2017 vs. 2018—out of 283 franchises,” Amos says. Senior Helpers recognized their efforts with its President’s Award, which included a trip to Ireland that they plan to take in May.

But it’s not the bottom line that drives Sullivan and Amos. They are passionate about serving their clients and the community. “I’ve been in this business for a long time. J’annine and I purchased Senior Helpers because we want to provide a different experience in home care. We’ve done that for our clients,” says Amos.

For more information, call 877.406.8749 or visit www.seniorhelpersfranchise.com.

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When passion drives you, success follows.

by Jill Abrahamsen

A combination of fate, life experience, and passion brought Susan Amos and J’annine Sullivan together as business partners. As the owners of Senior Helpers in Lafayette, LA, the women are passionate about what they do. “We love the elderly,” Sullivan says. They believe in their business and feel strongly about the service they provide. “At the end of the day, it’s a great feeling to know that you’ve made a difference in someone’s life,” Sullivan adds.

The partners’ journey into business ownership started with a common passion. Sullivan and Amos were volunteers at the Alzheimer’s Association in their hometown of Lafayette. Because each had a parent who suffered with the disease, the women had firsthand knowledge of the strain and struggles that families experience when caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s.

Seeing the passion that Sullivan had for her volunteer work, Amos approached her to go into partnership when she had the opportunity to purchase an existing Senior Helpers franchise. “I was already retired. It was never my plan to open a business, but I felt like God was telling me, ‘I have a purpose for you,’ ” Sullivan says. As partners, divvying up responsibilities wasn’t an issue. With a strong marketing and sales background, Amos was well-suited to promote the business and develop relationships. Drawing on her management experience, Sullivan runs the daily operations and goes into the field to make sure quality care is being delivered. “At the core, we have the same morals, mission, and values. That’s why we make a great team,” Sullivan says.

When you love what you do, success comes easily. The pair took over the existing location in November of 2017, and it has since more than tripled in size. “Our office was ranked No. 4 in total company increase this period—2017 vs. 2018—out of 283 franchises,” Amos says. Senior Helpers recognized their efforts with its President’s Award, which included a trip to Ireland that they plan to take in May.

But it’s not the bottom line that drives Sullivan and Amos. They are passionate about serving their clients and the community. “I’ve been in this business for a long time. J’annine and I purchased Senior Helpers because we want to provide a different experience in home care. We’ve done that for our clients,” says Amos.

For more information, call 877.406.8749 or visit www.seniorhelpersfranchise.com.

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