November 2014

November is a special month to me for two important reasons. First, we celebrate Veterans Day every November 11, and second, this is the season of Thanksgiving.

As many of you know, I served in the United States Air Force during the Persian Gulf War and am thankful for all who served throughout our 238 year history so that we can enjoy the freedoms that other countries only dream about. The American Dream is to own one’s home and to ...

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October 2014

As a franchise consultant, I talk with a lot of people each week who are interested in entrepreneurship. People dream about having their own business, being their own boss, making money for themselves, and not working for “the Man.” What I find very interesting, and also puzzling, is that they rarely take the next step to investigate businesses, and see what is actually out there that can take them from where they are (frustrated, dissatisfied) to where they want ...

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September 2014

The fall season reminds me of change. Kids are back to school, vacations are over, and it’s back to the daily grind. For many business owners, it means getting ready for the Holiday season and ordering stock and hiring temporary staff for the expected rush. It’s a very exciting time in the business world. For us at Franchise Locators, it means getting ready for the flood of folks wanting to change their career paths or adjust their investment strategies before ...

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July 2014


As Gershwin said in Porgy and Bess, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” Between the heat, barbeques, and beach activities, it sure seems that way. But before you know it, the summer ends and fall begins. The kids go back to school, you re-double your work efforts, and a new year looms ahead. When you’re an employee working for someone else, it’s easy to remain in that summertime haze. The supposed “security” of a steady paycheck ...

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June 2014

Many of you may be wondering if franchising is the right career choice for you. And many of you may have considered franchising in the past but weren’t quite ready. With the recent improvements in the national economy, this is an opportune time to take the first step toward your career as a business entrepreneur. Even if you have survived the layoffs and shut-downs plaguing the country, that comfortable feeling of job security seems to have disappeared, just another ...

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May 2014

I was watching TV recently when the commercial said that Disney started in a garage, that Amazon started in a garage, Mattel started in a garage and that the Wright Brothers started in their garage. OK, I am not talking about a franchise that you can start in your garage but it did occur to me that there are many franchised businesses that start small and can get really big if you work them the right way. The problem ...

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April 2014

One of my very favorite quotations is “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” (Adelaide Anne Proctor) This sentence swirls in my mind when people share their long-held dream of owning a business. Most people bandage the regret and pacify the longing by kidding themselves into believing the time wasn’t or isn’t right. The truth is there is no perfect time. The truth is there are just choices.

“There are no sacrifices, just decisions. You ...

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March 2014

I recently celebrated my eleventh year as a franchise consultant. I am so grateful for all of the people I have met, and with whom I have had the privilege to work.

I’ve had the opportunity of working with so many, and I enjoy each and every day. Looking back over the years, one thing has remained constant: when I first talk with people who are considering franchise opportunities, they want to hear stories of success, stories of working through ...

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February 2014

If you are receiving this newsletter, there is no doubt that you have been thinking about business ownership and franchising in general. It is even likely that we have had discussions about your dream of owning your own business. The fundamental question is why. Are you unhappy working for someone? Do you have entrepreneurs in your family that are living the dream? Does a friend of yours own a business and constantly asks you to go to lunch because ...

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Special Edition January 2014

2014 IS YOUR YEAR TO LAUNCH! Whether it’s a business you’ve been dreaming of for years or a new career, now is the time to make it happen. This special edition newsletter is dedicated to helping you make the change you long to make.

You receive this newsletter because of your interest in owning a business or staying abreast of the latest franchise news. For some, you may still be employed and want to make a change to another position ...

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