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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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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

This week I chat with Jane Grote Abell, a second generation franchise leader. Herstory is not about how franchising found her, it's how she was born into it the restaurant and franchise business along the way, had the golden opportunity to... more

Some dozen years ago, I remember having a conversation with Amit Pamecha, the founder of FranConnect, who back then, just happened to be my boss. It was a conversation over dinner, about how back then, we didn't seem to run into... more

Restaurant Operations, Marketing and Franchising veteran Paul Macaluso joined Another Broken Egg Cafes as President and CEO in 2019. Paul is an enthusiastic, hands-on leader with experience in a variety of executive and... more

I'm off to Buffalo this week for my annual pilgrimmage to the National Buffalo Wing Festival, but in my place, I present a very special reprise of my two-part interview with Michael E. Gerber. PLUS, the Man, the Myth,The Legend has a... more

Brandon Ezra started Grand Welcome with a handful of condominiums in Mammoth Lakes and grew his property management company to be one of the largest in that destination. That was the start of a larger vision and the umbrella... more

This week's interview is with an amazing, rising star of franchising, Tony Zaccario, who at the age of 28, is President and CEO of Stretch Zone. For the past five years, Zaccario has led the charge at Stretch Zone, bringing the brand to 200... more

Today, as CEO of Mongolian Concepts Restaurant Group, Gregg Majewski sits at the helm of 3 brands: Ghengiss Grill, Flat Top Grills and BD's Mongolian. But this restaurant and franchise executive checks the box for growing more than just... more

Chuck Bongiovanni is an accomplished, serial entrepreneur, with a knack for identifying challenges, facing them head on and creating win/win solutions for all stakeholders As co-founder and CEO of Care Patrol, he and his wife Becky grew... more
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