November 2020 Issue

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November 2020 Articles


Success Has No Boundaries

As owners of a pet store in Caracas, Venezuela, Alex Sanchez and Joanne Arvelaez not only knew how to run a successful business, but they also had a broad knowledge base about the pet industry. Despite their expertise, however, they found they were not immune to the economic downturn that rippled throughout their home country.  By Rochelle Miller


A Highly Profitable and Fulfilling Opportunity

Dog Training Elite’s founder, John Mestas, knew from an early age he wanted to pursue a career that allowed him to interact with dogs. He spent many years honing his training skills by entering dogs in obedience trials. In 1976, Mestas opened Arrow Kennels, named after his first obedience trial dog, Arrow. He began training dogs who boarded at the kennels, and before long, the training services offered by Mestas became the most lucrative aspect of the business.


Introducing Veterans to a Fresh Start

The process of transitioning out of the military is full of unknowns. After dedicated service to our country, service members find themselves looking to do something new. Some, like my grandfather, turn a lifelong hobby into a profession. Others find employment in a new field or further their education. For many, however, leaving the military provides the means for entrepreneurial opportunity. By Matt Wiggins


Through Good Times & Bad Times

Daily Jam is best described as a beloved neighborhood destination for breakfast, brunch and lunch favorites, as well as an integral part of its community. In fact, one of the six equally important core values embedded into the franchise culture is serving and contributing to the community, said Daily Jam president Berekk Blackwell. And that has never seemed more relevant than during the pandemic. By Cindy Charette


Former Navy CTO Provides Compassion & Professionalism

Inspired by his grandfather, who received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in the South Pacific during WWII, Michael Perez enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1972. Working as a cryptologic technician, operating and managing various computerized information processing systems, Perez served until 1976 before returning stateside and launching a career in sales management that lasted for 30 years. By Jessica Jones


A Shared Experience and Vision

During his seven-year military service, Marine Corps Sgt. Edison Recinos completed several tours in Iraq and took part in the Battle of Fallujah. He also worked with the Navy’s medical expeditionary unit to provide humanitarian aid. Upon his return to civilian life in 2007 in his California hometown, Recinos relied heavily on the skills he learned in the military to forge a new career path. By Jessica Jones


A Demonstrated Commitment to Veterans and the Elderly

Mary Ann Stallings, founder and CEO of Bridge to Better Living (BBL), and her entire leadership team are committed to improving the lives of seniors and veterans, not only through their work helping seniors transition into retirement communities, but also through their community activities. By Cindy Charette


A New Life

When Joe retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2000, he brought home a sense of pride in the 20-plus years of military service he’d put in worldwide. But like so many other members of our Armed Forces, he also brought home invisible disabilities that haunted him: post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury. By Lisa Davenport


Shining Through the Pandemic

With conclusion of a virtual 2020 Kitchen Tune-Up National Reunion, hundreds of participants, including franchisees and home office team members, returned to work. They were even more energized with ideas for providing a superior customer experience to meet a growing demand for affordable residential and commercial kitchen updates. By Nancy E. Williams


It Was Meant to Be

After dating his future wife Jennifer for only five months, Scott Martin knew she was his perfect match. So the Indiana-based Meineke owner did what any good franchisee would do: He invited her to attend the car-care company’s national corporate convention in Boca Raton, Florida, and dropped to one knee on the expo floor. By Jessica Jones


Private, Personalized Training for Businesses and Individuals

Robert Webre places great importance on self-defense training. After being bullied as a child, he was driven to martial arts to learn how to defend himself. A sixth-degree black belt in Taekwondo and a certified Krav Maga and a licensed firearms instructor, Webre has spent over 20 years sharing his knowledge of self-defense with scores of clients in his home-base of Houston. By Jessica Jones



Shop Talk

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

When I was a young girl, my father taught me a valuable life lesson about competition. He said: “When you compete with others, you become bitter. But when you compete with yourself, you become better.” The lesson has served me well, especially in a world where social media can play havoc and magnify the “keeping up with the Joneses” syndrome for both businesses and individuals alike. By Alesia Visconti


Support for Veterans

Veterans often make smart business owners due to their superior leadership skills. Veterans are trained to handle many diverse challenges in changing conditions. They are adept with team dynamics, and they understand better than anyone that professional development is a continuous process. By Sherri Seiber


Military Funding Option: M5 Loan for Active Duty, Veterans, and Spouses

We hear it all the time: “Veterans are the best candidates for becoming a franchise owner because of the leadership, team work, understanding chain of command, motivation, ability to overcome adversity, and many other skills learned in the military.” By Jon P. Skroder


Listen & Observe

As Certified Franchise Consultants we listen and observe first, then plan. We work with individuals all over this great planet to become entrepreneurs through franchise ownership. Every Individual with whom we consult has different environments, backgrounds, lifestyle preferences, and investment levels. Therefore, it’s critical to listen more, speak less and plan accordingly. By Don Clayton


A Must-Read for Your Business Growth and Success

We want to introduce you to a new book, The Wealthy Franchisee, written by Scott Greenberg. Greenberg, a renowned business and franchise speaker, provides innovative strategies for business growth and leadership that can elevate the performance of franchisees and their teams. By Rose Mango


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