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Welcome to Franchise Today as it celebrates its 14th year in 2023 Join host Stan Friedman, President of FRM Solutions every Wednesday at 12 PM ET / 11 AM CT as he provides full disclosure on what’s going on inside franchising today and serves up discussions with weekly guests, who will talk about best practices for scaling their businesses for sustainable growth, through sensible franchising. Franchising remains an unintentional profession. Most people don't go to school to study about how to become involved in franchising. Rather, some life event causes it to find us. Each episode of the podcast begins with a look back at how franchising found my guest of the week. This is followed by a walk through their career up to and including the present day. It could be either a franchisor, franchisee or a supplier, that provides insights into high-level support services or top-quality products to better enable the franchise community. Each podcast will wrap with a look ahead to upcoming industry events, upcoming guests or important dates on the horizon.

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Rafik Farouk began his illustrious career in hospitality in Egypt, right out of culinary school. Some 30 years later, he's done it all. From tending bar to International Operations and Franchise Development. Rafik's depth of... more

This week we close out Season 13 of Franchise Today with a quick review of 2022 and a look ahead to 2023. Violating every rule of PC (Political Correctness) I will wish you all the very best for a safe and Happy Holiday Season, calling... more

I hope you all had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. I certainly have enjoyed my break on the beaches of Amelia Island, FL. This week I reprise my interview with Franchise Business Review's Emily George. Anyone who knows her, gives... more

This week I present my interview with Jeremy Morgan, CEO of WellBiz Brands, the pre-eminent beauty and wellness franchise portfolio including Drybar®, Amazing Lash Studio®, Radiant Waxing™, Elements Massage®,... more

This week I feature my former Wing Zone partner, Matt Friedman. For years when we would bring prospects and guests into town for Discovery Day, they would inevitably make the leap that by virtue of our last names being the same and me... more

The Band of Hands HR platform is transformational in the management of recruitment, administration and retention of front-line employee relationships. Band of Hands is not a staffing company, a PEO, a payroll company or a... more

This week I present another in my series, "The RIsing Stars of Franchising," as I speak with Ben Utecht, who enjoyed an exemplary career on the gridiron, as a starting tight end for the Bengals, and Colts. This culminated with a Super Bowl... more

This week, I'll be talking with John Ramsay, Vice President of Franchising for the iconic Noodles and Company. John's background spans over 28 years of experience in restaurant franchise development, with such icons as TGI Friday,... more

Goldfish Swim School offers swimming lessons to kids from the age of 4 months to 12 years. Founded by Jenny and Chris McCuiston in 2006, the swimming business started franchising in 2008, following a rise in demand for swimming... more

This week I present another inspiring tale of two young kids that went to high school together, remained friends through college and then began a junk business that took off, right from the start. The story: College Hunks Hauling Junk and... more
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