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  • 00:23

    Traveling with the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association

    in Travel

    A resourceful organization for travel writers, the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) is a global network of journalists who cover the hospitality and lifestyle fields, and the people who promote them. Todd Montgomery, a travel writer and photographer for Life-Uncorked.com, is an active member of IFWTWA. Listen to his conversation with Big Blend Radio hosts Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. Smith, about media trips and events presented by IFWTWA, and getting the most out of a travel experience.

    This interview originally aired on May 18, 2015, as part of Big Blend Radio's Vacation Station Travel Radio Expo, that broadcasted live from the Yerington Inn, in western Nevada.

  • 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

  • 00:39

    Revisiting Pivotal Franchise Development Seminar Questions with Rick Bisio

    in Business

    Join Franchise Focus co-hosts Rick Bisio and Graham Chapman as they recap the recent Franchise Development Seminar hosted by the IFA and tackle the most difficult quesitons/topics presented within the meeting.   Listen in as Bisio shares his unique insight on each topic as one of the nation's leading franchise coaches.


    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

  • 00:41

    Franchise Interview with the Schooley Mitchell Franchise

    in Business

    We are meeting with Dennis Schooley of the Schooley Mitchel franchise opportunity.  Schooley Mitchell has been featured by Entrepreneur and Inc. magazines, and has been honored with a Canadian Franchise Association Gold Frankie Award for their innovative marketing campaigns. Schooley Mitchell was also named to Inc.com's list of the 5000 fastest-growing companies in America for 2014.


    Schooley Mitchell is  franchised telecom and merchant services consulting firm with offices across North America. They offer a unique, contingency-based service focused on reducing our clients' telecom and merchant services spend and recovering billing errors. They are objective of all vendors and their clients incur no out-of-pocket expenses.

  • Franchise Interviews with Dickey's Barbecue Pit

    in Business

    We are meeting with Trinity Hall, Senior Vice President of Development for Dickey's Barbecue Pit.  Every Dickeys Barbecue Pit location smokes all of their meats on-site at the restaurant the same way it was done in 1941. Over the years Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has been recognized by journals and business magazines.  Some include the following:


    “Top 100 List: Private Companies”   Dallas Business Journal


    “Top Fastest Growing Companies” by Inc. Magazine


    Dickey's serves up beef brisket, pulled pork, ham, polish sausage, turkey breast and chicken, with an extensive array of home-style sides from jalapeño beans to macaroni and cheese. Buttery rolls are served with every meal along with the complimentary ice cream and dill pickles. And just like always, kids eat free on Sunday.

  • 01:33

    The ACTS Church International Worship

    in Religion

    Worship Service w The Acts Church International (8/2/15)

  • 00:35

    Slapfish Meets with Franchise Interviews

    in Business

    We are meeting with Andrew Gruel, CEO/Founder, Slapfish Restaurant Group, LLC. Slapfish has made healthy, chef-driven seafood approachable & affordable for the masses, with signature items that include the 'lobsticle', baja mahi sandwich and house-made, original dipping sauces. Slapfish is a chef-driven and sustainable American seafood concept, served up in a fresh fast casual atmosphere. Slapfish was recently named on FastCasual's list of the industry's Top 100 Movers & Shakers.

  • 00:34

    Multi-Level Marketing International Association - Current Events

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    Multi-Level Marketing International Association - Current Events!


    Peter Mingils and Doris Wood will be hosting the show today.


    The Multi-Level Marketing International Association, MLMIA, is a not for profit, professional trade association, co founded in the United States in 1985 by Doris Wood (who had been a Distributor and Corporate Executive and at the time was a supplier or Support to the industry) Michael Sheffield (who had been a Distributor, was a Corporate Executive and now a Support) and two Distributors from different companies (Marge Robinson and Rick DeNeff, no longer active in MLMIA). Their goal was to represent the interests of Network Marketing and to provide education to and about the industry.

  • 00:33

    Franchise Interview with Chris Goethe of the Primrose School franchise.

    in Business

    We are meeting with the VP of Primrose School franchise, Chris Goethe.  Primrose Schools is an accredited private preschool that provides a premier educational child care experience. As the Leader in Educational Child Care®, we partner with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life. Our goal is to help children have fun while building Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®.

  • 00:37

    Let's Talk Franchising with Hossein Kasmai, CEO of Franchise Creator

    in Business

    This morning we are going to be discussing franchising with Hossein Kasmai, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Franchise Creator.  Mr. Kasmai founded many franchise concepts of his own including Guard-A-Kid. Guard-A-Kid founded in 2005, quickly became the industry leader and a very successful franchise in the field of Children and family safety.  Mr. Kasmai gives his advice to prospective franchisors and franchisees.  Franchise Creator provides a one stop approach to franchise development.  In part 2, we will hear a clip from our Great Quotes in Franchising Podcast.  

  • 00:35

    Franchise Interviews Meets Maureen Recalde the Winner of The Voice of McDonald's

    in Business

    We are meeting with Maureen Recalde, winner of the Voice of McDonald's.  Voice of McDonald's is the largest global singing competition of its kind, open to the 1.8 million McDonald's restaurant employees around the world. More than 2,500 employees entered the inaugural competition, which kicked off in 2005. In 2007, more than 3,600 singers entered Voice of McDonald's II; in 2009, more than 10,000 employees entered Voice of McDonald's III; and in 2011 more than 20,000 employees entered Voice of McDonald's IV. 


    Maureen discusses her experience as the winner of the Voice and McDonald's and shares her story of her mom who has worked with McDonald's for over 40 years and is now an owner-operator of two McDonald's. McDonald's is the world's leading global foodservice retailer and franchise with more than 33,000 locations serving approximately 64 million customers in 119 countries each day. More than 80% of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local men and women.


    In part 2, we play a clip from our Great Quotes in Franchising Podcast.