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Welcome to Franchise Today as it celebrates its 13th year in 2022! 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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This week we talk about non-traditional development, more specifically, on-campus opportunities for franchise development. If you've ever considered moving your restaurant, beverage, retail, or financial service into the higher... more

Jerrod Sessler is a retired NASCAR driver, a Stage 4 Cancer survivor, a franchisor a franchisee, and best-selling author. He tends to dream big and then fulfill those dreams. If he continues that trend, in 2022, he will become the... more

Mark Arum hosts the wildly popular, Afternoon Drive on Atlanta's News & Talk. Last week, I became his BFF. All it took, was for me to to catch him talking about one of my favorite topics on hi show… Chicken Wings. Yes, as you may... more

Tom Wells has only been in the franchise/private equity space for about eight or nine years, but a finer collection of mentors, guides and partners would have been difficult for him to assemble. I'm talking the likes of: Mike Rotundo, Scott Pressly... more

In 1968, a group of Big Boy restaurant franchisees opened up RoBee's House of Beef in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Marriott acquired the restaurant with plans to expand it nationwide, however Arby's sued the chain for trademark... more

Leo Resig is the CO-Founder and CEO of Atmosphere TV, the world's largest provider of audio-optional, streaming TV services for businesses. With more than 50 channels to choose from, there is a channel for every business and mood... more

This week we are rejoined by one of my favorite Washington insiders, Bruce Mehlman. Bruce heads Mehlman, Castignetti, Rosen and Thomas, a premier inside the Beltway lobbying firm, that helps Fortune 500 companies... more

Clarissa Windham Bradstock had a wealth of prior experience prior to joining Any Lab Test Now. But, it was also her very first job in franchising. Now, she's the CEO, has reimagined the brand significantly, greatly enhanced unit level... more

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
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