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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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Walter Bond is different than most pro athletes, because he played pro ball as an interim career, on the way to the rest of his life. He did NOT treat his NBA career, as his life's main event. As Walter will tell you in his own words today,... more

Coming from a family who has been in the industry since 1929, Gina Rivera, was destined to pursue a career in the world of beauty. From her early roots of sweeping hair from the floors of her parent's salon, Gina attended beauty school... more

My interview with Erik Nan Horn is one you will certainly not want to miss, but techncal difficulties delayed post-production. So, please forgive the delay and return next week... I promise it will be worth the wait. Until then, my... more

Charles Watson is CEO at Tropical Smoothie Café, a franchise concept that began on the beach at Destin, FL, and has morphed into a 900 plus, location wave. Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a lifestyle brand for people looking... more

Greg Nathan is Founder of the respected Franchise Relationships Institute (FRI) and recognized as the global thought leader on the psychology of franchising. He is has been a registered psychologist for 35 years and is regularly invited to... more

The Faegre Drinker year-end Franchisor Best Practices and Leadership Summit will feature a collection of franchisors, franchisees and industry thought leaders. These include: Steve Hockett, CEO, Great Clips, Steve Romaniello, Senior... more

Franchising since 1996 Christian Bros. has 230 or more franchised auto repair locations nationwide and get this, they have never closed a single location. No, conversely, they continue to build upon one of the best reputations in the auto... more

The purpose of this podcast is sustainable growth and sensible franchising, Sometimes it is just impossible for our discussion to avoid the clutches of politics. This is one such moment in time, as explained further below. Labor Union... more

Happy Thanksgiving one and all. My interview with Ron Feldman and David Barr, regarding the potential impact that the outcome of two upcoming United States Senate races in Georgia could have on franchising, remains center stage this... more

On January 5, 2021, two US Senate seats are up for grabs in State of Georgia run-offs. FACT: The outcomes of these elections could lead to devastating, if not existential threats to franchising, nationwide. On Wednesday at Noon ET, David... more
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