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  • 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.


  • 00:42

    Franchise Interview with Lil Lovell of the Coyote Ugly Saloon Franchise

    in Entrepreneur

    We are meeting with Lil Lovell of Coyote Ugly Saloon franchise.  The most famous bar on the planet is now the hottest franchise concept on the planet! With over 20 years of experience, Coyote Ugly is seeking International Franchise Partners to become a part of one of the most recognized trademarks in the world. The Coyote Ugly legend began with a girl, a dream, and a little bit of Wild Turkey. In 1992, Liliana “Lil” Lovell, a 24-year-old Wall Street apprentice-turned-bartender was living a good life. She was doing a job she loved, making money, and gaining notoriety for her antics on the bar as well as behind it.  In part 2, you will hear our interview on New York's WVOX with the legendary Dr. John Tantillo, AKA, the Marketing Doctor.  

  • 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!

  • 00:35

    Franchise Interview with E2 Young Engineers Franchise Opportunity

    in Entrepreneur

    We are meeting with Amir Asor, CEO and founder E2 Young Engineers. E2 Young Engineers enrichment programs adopt a rational edutainment (the combination of education and entertainment) approach. E2 Young Engineers have developed a variety of different programs that can be used to teach the most important subjects. Children joining their educational community can learn and enjoy the likes of arithmetic, physics, and mechanical and software engineering.  E2 Young Engineers have developed special programs and workshops suited to children at both ends of the learning spectrum, from gifted children to those with learning disabilities. Unlike traditional teaching methods, our use of stories, experiments and demonstrations ensures that all children joining our enrichment programs will learn while they have fun. In fact, they’ll have so much fun they may not even realize they’re learning.


  • 00:36

    Franchise Interview - Sean Collins, CEO of the Costa Vida Franchise

    in Entrepreneur

    Today's show begins with an interview we did on CBS Radio with Business Coach Lynn Johnoson.  In Part II, we are meeting with Sean Collins, the CEO of the Costa Vida franchise opportunity. Costa Vida is inspired by the beautiful Baja Peninsula Coast and the lifestyle that pushes you to catch the wave—rather than stand on the sideline to let life pass you by. This costal lifestyle is a vision about the satisfaction of things done the right way. Cost Vida believes that food created with passion, from scratch daily, tastes better! And their customers know the difference.



  • 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


  • 00:34

    Franchise Interview With The Blue Moon Estate Sales Franchise

    in Entrepreneur

    Over the years, we have had some interesting categories and concepts on our show.  Today, we are meeting with David and Debra Blue of Blue Moon Estate Sales.  At Blue Moon Estate Sales, their franchisee specialists are committed to consistently meeting their customer’s needs. Blue Moon Estate Sales provides residential, commercial, and moving liquidation services with their customer’s preferences and needs in mind. With their dedication to high standards and excellence of service, they ensure their clients are always satisfied.  We begin the show by discussing the difference between an estate sale, auction and garage sale.  

  • 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.

  • 01:58


    in Radio

           On May 14th of this year, the legendary B.B. King passed away.  He was born, Riley B. King.  His children's names, Patty King, Claudette King, Shirley King & Robert Edwards More.  He died in Las Vegas.  Shortly after his death, I put together a musical tribute to him with audio of B B King so you could get a concept to how he perceived himself, things he thought about and other incidents in his life.  The one thing about books, documents and music.  Long after the artist is gone, their creation or contribution lives on.  Brother B B King will always remain a LEGENDARY contribute to R&B and the Blues.

    Lynn Tolliver, jr.



  • 00:40

    Franchise Interviews Meets with Growler USA - America's Microbrew Pub Franchise

    in Entrepreneur

    Have you ever dreamed of owning your own pub?  We are meeting with Dan White, the founder and CEO of Growler USA.  Growler USA - America's Microbrew Pub, launched in 2014, is a neighborhood gathering place dedicated to offering only American-made craft beverages and a menu designed to celebrate the unique flavors of each drink. With up to 100 taps of craft beer, hard cider, draught wine, root beer, cold-pressed coffee and kombucha tea, Growler USA invites guests to enjoy craft beverages suiting their unique palate. Each Growler USA captures the personality of the community it serves through its decor elements, localized menu offerings, and unique draught options.