June 2020 Issue

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June 2020 Articles


Franchisee of the Month: Jim & Marilyn Way

Prior to opening their dream restaurant, the Ways each came from very different backgrounds. Marilyn enjoyed a 25-year career as a bus driver for the local school district, and plans on returning once schools are back in session. Jim worked for 26 years in various finance and operational roles for a major office-supply company. By Cindy Charette


Celebrating Pride Month

In September 2019, the International Franchise Association (IFA) launched the Pride Council, a network for LGBTQ small-business owners and employees from across the country. It provides opportunities for mentorships, fosters discussions concerning best practices, and creates a forum for sharing experiences and to benefit others. By Rose Mango


Mobile Businesses are a Bright Idea for 2020

When someone is thinking of a lower overall investment, mobile businesses often come to mind. The mobile franchise industry is always a bright idea, maybe even more so in 2020. Brands in the “man in a van” home and personal services categories are seeing more interest than ever by franchise owner candidates. By Dawn Abbamondi


Enjoying the Flexibility of a Mobile Business

Vending is the true definition of a mobile business, and that is one of the things Naturals2Go owners love about the product. This owner-operated business opportunity enables investors to run the business out of their home offices. Outside of being in the community to identify new opportunities or to tend to a unit, everything else can be done from the comfort of your home. By Nancy E. Williams


Digital mobile billboard brand grows through franchising

While many businesses have struggled in the midst of COVID-19, Runningboards Marketing has been expanding. The digital mobile billboard franchise has accomplished a feat not many emerging brands have been able to do in the middle of a pandemic – secure its first two franchise deals.


Success on the road to business ownership is paws-able

Pet lovers want the best for their pets, but let’s face it, taking a dog or cat to the groomer can be a time-consuming inconvenience. Dropping off Fido, waiting around for a call announcing the pup is ready, and then rushing to pick him up before the shop closes, can tie you up for an entire day. By Rochelle Miller


A Day in the Life of a FASTSIGNS Franchise Owner

For more than a decade, Brent Walker worked as a contract ICU nurse, traveling from Michigan to Southern California, offering his services in 14 different hospitals. He was burned out and looking for a career transition when a friend started talking about an entrepreneurial opportunity. By Jessica Jones


Achieving Financial and Personal Rewards

Before launching their 360˚ Painting franchise last summer, Mack and Sharon Strange were unsure if their post-retirement collaboration was a good idea. Mack, a former minister, and Sharon, a former teacher, had differing managerial styles. But after almost one full year in business, their Nashville-based company is booming. By Jessica Jones


Providing the Highest Quality Service to Those with Mobility Challenges

Mobility City is a one-of-a-kind business, providing repair and cleaning of mobility equipment, which includes wheelchairs, power chairs, scooters and more. This pioneering business serves groups, facilities, hospitals, organizations and individuals with restricted mobility because of their age, injuries caused by accidents, illness and other conditions. By Rose Mango



Virtual-Tour Technology

Mary Ann Stallings, owner/founder of Bridge to Better Living, is grateful she had the foresight to include virtual-tour technology in her business model early on. With the onset of COVID-19, this decision would serve franchises greatly by providing the tools needed to continue to serve clients. By Cindy Charette


The Travel Industry Remains Resilient

While much of the world has been put on pause during the challenging period we are currently living through with COVID-19, the thought of traveling again to beautiful, relaxing, adventurous, historic, and fun destinations gives us hope and reminds us of the good times that will be returning soon. By Mike Grecky


Mobility Means Freedom

If manning a brick-and-mortar operation for long hours does not fit your dream of business ownership, don’t be discouraged. As many franchise owners can attest, you don’t have to be tied to a storefront or an office to generate revenue, and customers don’t always have to come to you. By Rochelle Miller


Demonstrating Servant Leadership through Covid-19

While working in their former corporate careers, John and Rochelle Marsh became disenchanted with the leadership within their organizations. Their decision to leave their jobs and invest in a franchise led the Marshes on a long and thorough search for the right brand. By Cindy Charette


Innovations Keep Kitchen Tune-Up Projects Moving

For more than 32 years, Kitchen Tune-Up has been transforming customers’ kitchens and baths in one to five days. And while some franchisees have opened retail spaces for their businesses, 70% of Kitchen Tune-Up owners prefer to remain mobile, working out of their home offices. This allows them to ramp up quickly and keep over-head low while still providing exemplary customer service. By Nancy E. Williams


Shop Talk

The Multiple Benefits of Mobile Franchises

Franchising continues to evolve from its original model of fast-casual dining restaurants, with cutting-edge technology opportunities such as cloud-computing businesses now available for willing entrepreneurs. However, one recent shift in the franchising industry has been from the high expense of brick-and-mortar locations to flexible, and lower-cost mobile operations. By Sue Bennett


Safe Driving Protects Your Brand

As a business owner with branded vehicles on the road, you have a lot to think about. Are you properly protected against the potential risk? What do consumers think when they see your vehicle on the road? Your vehicles are an extension of your brand, and the safety of your drivers is part of managing your brand’s image. By Susan Kothe & Ashley Thomas


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