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  • 01:01

    Franchise Times Talks Franchising!

    in Business

    This week on Franchise Today, Franchise Times Executive Editor, Nancy Weingartner joins Host, Paul Segreto and Co-producer, Joe Caruso, to discuss the recently completed IFA Convention, and Nancy's involvement in internatonal franchise trade missions.
    Joe and Paul begin this week's segment with a recap of last week's show with IFA President & CEO, Steve Caldeira, and glimpse into future segments of Franchise Today including the 3rd Annual Franchise Legal Series scheduled to start April 12th.
    The team at Franchise Today is dedicated to franchise success at all levels. So, whether you’re a franchise professional looking to grow a franchise concept, needing some assistance in facing today’s challenges or would just like to better understand franchise best practices, then Franchise Today is for you!

  • 00:49

    New format. New co-host. Franchise Today returns!

    in Business

    This week on Franchise Today, show founder, Paul Segreto welcomes as his co-host, long-time and well-established franchising professional, Stan Friedman. For the past few months, Paul and Stan have been reformatting the show to build upon the success that Franchise Today has already established for the better part of the past six years.


    With that as a platform, Paul and Stan will use this week's show to discuss their mutual philosophies and how together, they will continue building on this legacy and taking Franchise Today to new levels and heights. As well-networked franchising professionals these guys have their ears to the ground and have a good sense of what you may want and need to hear more about. The co-hosts will discuss their thoughts on sustainable and sensible franchising, and how Franchise Today will focus on the same. To that end, they will talk more about the program’s new format.


  • 01:00

    Franchise Times - The Here and Now of Franchise News

    in Business

    This week on Franchise Today, Paul Segreto is joined by Nancy Weingartner, Executive Editor at Franchise Times. Paul and Nancy discuss the interviews they both had, separately, with IFA President & CEO, Steve Caldeira. In addition, Nancy shares her thoughts and insight on the current issue of Franchise Times with primary focus on the Top 20 to watch in franchising in 2011. The discussion continues as Paul and Nancy look ahead to Franchise Times' Legal Eagle Announcements, the upcoming Franchise Finance Conference and a peek at future issues of franchising's top publication, Franchise Times.

  • 01:00

    'Franchise Times' - Perspective and Insight

    in Business

    This week on Franchise Today, host, Paul Segreto welcomes as his guest, Nancy Weingartner, editor at Franchise Times. In addition to discussing Franchise Times and its evolution as an industry-leading publication, Paul and Nancy discuss the past and future of franchising, from an industry observer's point of view.

  • 00:44

    Franchise Interview with The Pie Hole Franchise

    in Business

    The Pie Hole, the celebrated Los Angeles based pie and coffee concept, recently  announced the launch of its worldwide franchise program. Named to Conde Nast Traveler’s Best Pies in America list, The Pie Hole features sweet and savory, made-from-scratch pies and locally roasted premium coffee in a fast casual, local gathering space format.  We are meeting with Sean Brennan Founder/CEO The Pie Hole.

    We asked Sean what he looks for in his franchisees.  He suggested  if you have a passion to be part of the great American traditions of pie and coffee, you may be a perfect partner for The Pie Hole.  If you care about your community and want to provide made from scratch sweet and savory pies – you may be a perfect partner for The Pie Hole. If you want to own a business that does good in your community and makes the world a little happier one slice at a time- you may be a perfect partner for The Pie Hole.  The Pie Hole has franchise opportunities in many regions of the US and overseas. 

    In part 2, you will hear a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast with Steve Caldeira, the President of the International Franchise Association. 

  • Zaniac Franchise Opportunity Meets with Franchise Interviews

    in Entrepreneur

    We are meeting with Sidharth Oberoi, President and Chief Academic Officer, Zaniac.  Zaniac is a fun, colorful campus where kids are doing stuff like Robotics with Legos, 3D Printing, learning about physics by playing Minecraft on the iPad, building, designing and selling their own Apps in the Google Play store, Coding for Girls and more. Some of the topics we will discuss on the show are the history of the organization, a typical day as a franchisee, and the training provided to franchisees.  We will also dive into the role technology plays in the organization and what types of individuals make good franchisees for the business.  Lastly, we address plans for the future as well as advice to aspiring entrepreneurs looking to buy a franchise.  Learn more by listening to this fantastic segment!

  • 00:45

    Franchise Interview with Franchise Expert and Consultant Dante Vespignani

    in Entrepreneur

    We are meeting with Dante Vespignani of Turma Inc. dba, The Entrepreneuers Source. Dante Vespignani has spent his entire career in the food and restaurant industry. Prior to starting Turma, Inc., he entered the business in 1973 with an Arby’s franchisee, growing the franchise to 21 restaurants with two full service concepts

    Tequila Junction and the Samari Steakhouse, Switching from franchise to company operations Vespignani held various senior management positions before leaving in 1993 as Director Operations NE United States, encompassing over 800 restaurants with 227 franchise groups. Prior to starting his own restaurant consulting firm he was the Director of Franchise Operations/Sales for a start up, full serve restaurant chain, growing that concept to over 100 restaurants.

    Turma, Inc., DBA The Entrepreneurs Source, evolved as a need based organization, bridging the gap for many franchise operators with different concepts, whose expertise was lacking in the areas of marketing, operations, P&L and cost analysis. Additionally, there was a need for his considerable consulting/coaching skills in mentoring would be business owners, thru the often muddy waters of business ownership.

    A native of Pittsburgh, PA, he attended The Pennsylvania State University, Blanchard Training and Development, Management 2000 and various American Management Association courses. Married and now living outside Portland Maine, his business acumen and experience gives him a unique perspective of the models necessary to succeed in the New England market


  • 00:41

    Franchise Interviews Meets with the KLA Schools Franchise Concept

    in Entrepreneur

    KLA Schools is an upscale preschool catering to children three months of age up to age six. KLA schools offers innovative early child care facilities along with a unique approach to early childhood education. The KLA Schools concept is inspired by cutting-edge educational philosophies including the Reggio Emilia Approach.

    KLA is building a world-class franchise organization that sets new standards for excellence within the children's educational services industry.

    Heavy reliance upon the Reggio Emilia Approach provides KLA with a different method than what has become the standard in American daycare and preschool franchises. Many parents who are seeking the best for their children are drawn to KLA's new system and the inspirational design of the schools. While childcare and preschool centers often lay claim to having a superior education program or curriculum, few back up this claim with a concrete, verifiable explanation.  We are meeting with Roberto Ortega, CEO and co-founder of KLA Schools.

  • 00:36

    Franchise Interviews Meets with the Central Bark Doggy Day Care Franchise

    in Entrepreneur

    We are meeting with Jackie Jordan and Chris Gaba of the Central Bark Doggy Day Care franchise. Since 1997 and with over a million total dog visits to their system, Central Bark Doggy Day Care have learned more about dogs, dog socialization and dog behavior than any other company in the industry. It is that experience and expertise that sets Central Bark Doggy Day Care apart as the leader of the pack and the first and largest UnKennel franchise concept..  In part 2, we hear a clip of our interview with Chris Simnick, the founder of FranchiseTeacher.com from our Great Quotes In Franchising Podcast.

  • Curious Times - Nick Fox, Spiritual Guide

    in Spirituality

    Nick Fox incarnated onto this planet 23 years ago, with the main purpose of helping people, no matter who they are, or where they come from. Growing up in Sydney Australia, his research and discovery into all things spiritual, has lead him down a path of knowledge and understanding, giving him a remarkable awareness and trust in his play as a guide and teacher. Let’s just say he’s dived down the rabbit hole many times, giving him a wide-ranging and in depth understanding of this world and the many others out there.

    Nick does not consider himself a master or someone to look up too, just another human being, playing, exploring and discovering on this planet. He sees all life as perfect and equal, and he always reminds everyone he connects with that life is about having fun!

    Through his writing, readings, crystal products, videos and his soon to be airing radio show, he spreads love, joy, and bliss with all, reminding everyone of the importance of being playful. 

    Contact him through facebook at facebook.com/nickfoxmedium

  • 00:40

    Franchise Development Seminar Review Take Two with Rocco Fiorentino

    in Business

    Benetrends President and CEO Rocco Fiorentino joins co-hosts Rick Bisio and Graham Chapman to take a deeper dive into the recent Franchise Development Seminar discussed on last week's episode.   Listen in as the industry veteran shares his unique perspective on some of the most difficult questions/topics in franchising!

    About Rick Bisio's Franchise Focus

    Rick Bisio's Franchise Focus is a weekly podcast devoted to exploring key issues in franchising.   Co-hosts Rick Bisio and Graham Chapman interview industry leaders (franchisees, franchisors, service providers, media members, etc.) who share powerful advice related to successful franchise ownership.

    Bisio, the Amazon-best selling author of the Educated Franchisee and a leading consultant for FranChoice, is dedicated to helping Franchise Focus listeners realize their dreams of business ownership.  Listeners are encouraged to take advantage of the following resources as part of their due diligence process:

    Franchise Focus Top Ten Hits
    Rick's Entrepreneur.com Articles
    Rick's A Franchise Coach Website
    The Educated Franchisee Book
    The Educated Franchisee Website
    The FDD Exchange
    The Glossary of Franchise Terms