April 2015

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It’s April in Augusta, and there is a tangible vibration people feel from all the excitement anticipating the Masters Golf Tournament. Whether you play golf or not, you have heard of this revered tournament. Sports writers agree that it is the most prestigious sporting event in the world. 

After talking with my brother,  Bernard Doris, yesterday about the upcoming tournament, it occurred to me that ...

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March 2015

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The International Franchise Association Convention theme of Connect-Innovate-Evolve encompassed the hot topic of applying rapidly changing technology into franchised businesses. An area of focus I found particularly interesting was how potential buyers gather information about franchises. It’s no surprise that franchise buyers gather information from and do more research online and on their smartphones than ever before.

An important point ...

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February 2015

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Now that it’s February, Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us. This is a great time to consider your passion when it comes to your work. Passion is a powerful force in helping you accomplish your personal, professional and financial goals and, ultimately, is the motivating factor behind your success and happiness.

My passion is helping corporate refugees and retiring athletes find the right business for them, and ...

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January 2015


If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to be your own boss, 2015 is it! Stop waiting and start doing.2015 promises to be a great year for the franchise industry. For the  fifth year in a row, franchise businesses are expected to grow and create more jobs at a faster pace than the rest of the economy. (Read the International Franchise Association’s (IFA)  Franchise ...

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December 2014

Anna Wilds 2013 Brown resizedAre you still trying to figure out the perfect gift this holiday season?  We have an idea for you and your family.

You, the real you…. The you that at some point in your past you parked in a corner so you could take that secure corporate job that was on the ...

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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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