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Welcome to Franchise Today as it celebrates its 15th year in 2024. 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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Today we are going to hear the story of a magical brand that began franchising the ?first time? in 2009, with lots of sizzle and appeal. But along with all that, came mis-queued marketing messages and less than stellar unit... more

My guest today is Steve Jackson, President and CEO of Hungry Howie's. Steve, as some of you may remember, was my very first guest interview, following the COVID lock downs last spring. We were actually just entering week 3 when he... more

Scott Greenberg knows franchises. For more than ten years he ran a thriving multiunit Edible Arrangements enterprise that won the ?Best Customer Service? and ?Manager of the Year? awards out of more than 1000 locations worldwide.... more

Art Coley has been passionate about small business ownership since he opened his first burger stand at age 15. It was that early-stage business that sparked his interest in franchising. Art's various career endeavors have all centered upon... more

Paul Wolbert is a straightforward, out of the box thinker who believes in himself and others. With four decades of experience in franchise operations and administration, he has a balanced perspective, with vision from both the... more

HomeTeam has over a quarter century of experience successfully training new owners how to develop their powerful team approach to home inspections and how to dominate their territories. HomeTeam's industry-leading... more

Mike Bidwell is President and CEO of Neighborly, formerly known as the Dwyer Group. Last year during the height of Coronavirus, Neighborly ended the year with 382 new franchises awarded across their 2 dozen plus brands. They also... more

Jimmy Weeks is a Google Analytics and Adwords-certifed professional who has spoken across the nation on topics related to Internet marketing, social media strategy and advanced analytics. He is the Founder and CEO of Internet... more

Peter Daly-Dickson is the co-founder and CEO of Macanta, a software company serving start-up and emerging franchise brands, in the UK. One of his partners, a best-selling author, prior to the start of their joint venture, knew the value that... 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
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