July 2022 Issue

July 2022 Issue2022-06-29T11:00:50-04:00

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Ace Handyman Services: Increased Growth Brings More Ways to Give Back

Looking back, Ace Handyman Services has experienced impressive growth, from 119 territories in 2019 to 311 territories today. This also has led to increased hiring at the corporate office during the pandemic. Even with its significant growth, Ace Handyman Services has not jeopardized its culture of giving. By Jennifer Callender

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N-Compass TV: In the Business of Supporting Local Business

There are plenty of reasons to patronize small businesses within your community, whether it’s to support the local economy, be more environmentally friendly, or to enjoy a more personalized experience. Unfortunately for small businesses and emerging brands, one of the greatest growth challenges can be establishing awareness among a target customer base. By Tamara Rahoumi

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Bitbox ATM: Upgrading to Meet Rising Crypto Demands

As a Bitbox ATM franchisee, buyers deposit cash into your machine then scan the code provided, and cryptocurrency (crypto) is immediately uploaded into their virtual wallet. The user now fully owns and controls the cryptocurrency. And now, all Bitbox ATM machines have been upgraded to offer two-way functionality, so buyers can also sell their cryptocurrency in exchange for cash. By Cindy Charette

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Franchisee of the Month: Greg Alan, Tint World

For as long as he can remember, Greg Alan has loved cars. “TransAm, GTO – that’s what put a twinkle in my eye,” Alan said, thinking back to his youth in the Midwest. When it came to venturing out on his own after years in marketing and development for the restaurant industry, it’s no wonder Alan gravitated toward his first love. By Tamara Rahoumi

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Mr. Transmission/Milex: A Day in the Life of a Franchisee

For years, Steve Sargent would board a plane for work on an early Monday morning, return home Friday and prepare for his next trip, losing valuable time with his family. Then, he started to notice a shift in corporate America and found himself on the outside looking in. Although he had found success in the medical and pharmaceutical sales industry, he knew something had to change. By Brianna Bohn

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Astrawatt Solar: Making it Easy to Own a Solar Franchise

When Keith Murphy, founder and CEO of Astrawatt Solar, and Tyler Tucker, co-owner and chief development officer, began working in the solar industry a decade ago, the industry was relatively unknown to the general public. Today, the proven potential of the solar power industry is widely discussed and growing at a steady rate worldwide. By Elice Morgenson

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Taking the Leap

You became a small-business owner and made a success of your independent, local brand. Now you ask, “Is franchising next?” If one of these align with your unique story, it is time to start your franchise journey. By Dawn Abbamondi

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Southpaw Gym: Shaping Champions Inside and Outside of the Ring

Growing up, Vic Lashley ate, slept and breathed boxing and mixed martial arts. He trained with renowned masters, grandmasters and senseis all over the world. The skills he had developed – including self-defense, discipline and dedication – have stayed with him, even through his service as an intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army and a correctional officer. By Brianna Bohn

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Mosquito Mary’s: A Safer Way to Enjoy the Outdoors

After years of settling for low-quality, ineffective mosquito sprays for his lawn, Nick Spencer, Mosquito Mary’s founder and CEO, decided to find a better solution. Spencer wanted to create a spray that was not only effective but also safe for families and pets to use all summer long without worrying about hazardous chemicals. By Kelsi Trinidad

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Überrito: A Rare Opportunity in a Booming Industry

Established in 1996, Überrito offers a rare opportunity to partner with a brand that is well established in fast-casual fresh-Mex dining. Supported by its parent company, Mexican Restaurants, Inc., which has five restaurant brands with 38 total units, Überrito has steadily become a front-runner in the flourishing industry. By Elice Morgenson

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Floor Coverings International: Stability Found Through Franchising

For 20-plus years, Matt Moten had a successful career working for one of the top-five commercial material sales companies in the world. However, his job responsibilities offered little to no work-life balance. While Moten was grappling with his less-than-ideal work situation, his wife, Tracy, was preparing to re-enter the workforce after taking time off from her teaching job to raise their children. By Jennifer Callender

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Features

Naturals2Go: The Dream Team

Over the last several years, Naturals2Go has assembled a group of the industry’s top innovators to guide the company’s owner-operators and offer valuable support and guidance. The addition of Paul Ihn, who was recently named vice president of product strategy and operations, proves that the company’s mission to attract the vending industry’s brightest minds and entrepreneurs is working. By  Jessica Petrucelli

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L.A. Bikini: A Unique Concept

Since founding L.A. Bikini in 2012 and franchising the concept in 2014, Clay Haley has grown the hair removal and sugaring studio exponentially. Originally established in Birmingham, Alabama, the business quickly spread to 12 franchised locations in seven states within its first few years of operation and even maintained growth during COVID – a fact in which Haley takes great pride. By  Jessica Petrucelli

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Grand Welcome: Riding the Vacation Rental Wave

There’s no denying that the short- and long-term rental industries took a hit in 2020 after the start of the pandemic. But in the years since, the numbers have shifted, as emerging trends like remote work have created an environment of increased mobility and location flexibility. By  Tamara Rahoumi

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Schooley Mitchell: Discussing Exit Strategy

Schooley Mitchell, the largest independent cost-reduction consulting firm in North America, is a well-respected and innovative franchise opportunity. The brand offers a comprehensive training program, state-of-the-art support systems, software tools and databases, a multimillion-dollar intranet environment, an innovative client protection system and something many franchisors don’t offer: a successful exit strategy. By  Cindy Charette

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FranServe’s Annual Convention and Franchise Expo 2022

One of the many benefits that FranServe, Inc. offers to franchisors, funding partners and franchise consultants is its annual convention and franchise exposition, filled with opportunities for sharing, learning fun and surprises. After hosting the last two years on a virtual platform, FranServe, Inc., the largest franchise consulting and expansion organization in the world, is excited to be returning to an in-person event. By  Cindy Charette

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strEATS: Street to Table

No matter where in the world you travel, chances are you can find a unique culinary experience on the streets of any city. From arepas in Venezuela to bánh mì in Vietnam, street food is the great unifier – even if what’s on the menu is different everywhere you go. By  Tamara Rahoumi

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Shop Talk

BELIEVE

“BELIEVE … Such a great word. It’s often used in sports for fans as their team chases a championship, but it applies to life as well. You have to believe in yourself to achieve the goals you’ve set. There will always be challenges along the way, but you have to believe in yourself.” By  Don Clayton

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Telling Your Client’s Story

I’ve spent the last month listening to a lot of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers albums. And, as the joke goes, so have my neighbors! During this binge, it hit me that Petty was one of the greatest American storytellers. The reason is that he wrote songs not about himself, but about you, the listener. By  Jack Monson

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