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We have a great show today. We are meeting with Leeward J. Bean, President and CEO of Big Frog, Ronald E. DeFrece, Vice President and COO of Big Frog, and Dr. Christina (Tina) Bacon-DeFrece, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Big Frog. Big Frog's digital print on apparel capabilities make them a unique franchise opportunity - find out why by listening to the show.
In part 2, we hear a clip from our Great Clip in Franchising Podcast and learn why you have to almost work harder to fail than succeed in franchising.
We are meeting with Jeff Schwietert of the Schwietert’s Cone and Candy franchise opportunity. Schwietert’s is a family run, candy and ice cream franchise. With three locations along the Oregon coast they are eager to begin branching out. Jeff Schwietert, son of the founders took it upon himself to drop out of college in order to grow the family business and bring the delectable treats of Schwieter’s cones and candies to the Portland area.
We have a great show today - We are meeting with John Twist, VP of Franchise & Business Development at Batteries Plus Bulbs. In business since 1988, Batteries Plus Bulbs have evolved with the expanding electronics and light bulb industries to become the nation’s largest and fastest-growing franchise in this specialized market. Entrepreneur magazine has ranked Batteries Plus Bulbs as one of the top 500 franchises in America for the past 20 consecutive years and #1 in the battery category. They have also been recognized by Forbes as the #4 franchise in their mid-range investment category.
We have a great show today. We are meeting with Chris Larocca, the founder of Crushed Red. Based in St. Louis, Crushed Red is carving out a distinct niche in the fast-casual restaurant segment dubbed "Artisan Fast." Founded in 2012 by award-winning restauranteur Chris LaRocca, Crushed Red began franchising in 2014 and serves up chopped-to-order salads, artisan-crafted whole-grain pizzas, all-natural soups and savory appetizers in an elevated fast-casual atmospher. Find out more by listening to the show.
Franchise Interviews meets with the Toast franchise opportunity. In their time as actors and musicians in New York City, Robert and his friend Brian Burchill made a ritual of home-cooked omelets made from scratch in the company of good friends. Their passion for fresh-made food and an appreciation for the warmth of home inspired the duo in 2005 to open Toast Café (Toast) - a gourmet better-breakfast concept. Toast has since expanded to three locations in North Carolina, including restaurants in Davidson, Dilworth and Ballantyne.
With their focus on creating a better breakfast dining experience, the now-former entertainers have a hit on their hands and well on their way. In response to growing customer support and demand for more, Burchill and Maynard have decided to add franchising to the menu and look to dominate the 7am-2pm brunch daypart and expand throughout the country.
Toast Café's story began in 2005 in Huntersville, N.C. in a small house-turned-restaurant where best friends Brian Burchill and Robert Maynard opened their first breakfast spot. News of their fresh-made breakfasts and fun atmosphere spread. The concept quickly grew to three locations, serving new and loyal clients dishes such as made-from-scratch portabella mushroom benedict and avocado omelets. Never compromising fresh ingredients or friendly service, the demand for Toast kept growing. To satisfy its family of patrons' pleas for more locations, Toast evolved into a franchise system in 2013. Dining customers always can expect impeccable service because at Toast, "every server is your server." Breaking through the boring casual breakfast segment, Toast will continue spreading its success to new communities across the United States. Listen to the interview to learn more about Toast.
Over the last month, Franchise Interviews has focused on the pet industry. Here’s why:
According to the June 3, 2011 issue of USA TODAY, “There are now more households with dogs (43 million) than children.”
The American Pet Products Association’s 2013-2014 National Pet Owners Survey reveals:
68% of U.S. households own a pet, equaling to 82.5 million households.
56.7 million households own a dog. Largest number of households, in the pet category, with the next closest being over 11 million less.
83.5 million is the total number of dogs owned in the U.S.
Total U.S. pet industry expenditures have continued to grow since 1994 and are expected to reach $55.53 billion in 2013.
47% of owners consider their pets full-fledged family members.
Basic dog boarding/kenneling annual expenses are $327, on average
$4.54 billion is expected to be spent on pet grooming/boarding this year, up $380 million from last year
The pet care industry continues to grow due to Americans love for their dogs, and always demanding top care for their loved one. Pet franchising, specifically, is strengthening and developing as more consumers are choosing to have a pet in their household. Consumers choose to spend more on their furry best friends and the trend is only continuing to mature.
We are meeting with Taffy Miltz, Co-Founder and President of the FlipFlop Dogs franchise opportunity.
Mosquitoes are big news these days, and so is the solution. Mosquito control is a hot topic.
Mosquito Joe, a leading mosquito control treatment company serving residential and commercial customers nationwide, has closed out 2013 with outstanding success. The brand has even found a way to expand by reaching franchise owners from another seasonal business – Liberty Tax.
Among the numerous highlights of the year, the brand celebrated the launch of its new logo, was ranked in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500, opened 15 of the 39 territories sold in the year, and expanded into 10 new states. Of those new franchisees joining the MoJo family, there were multiple Liberty Tax franchisees who were looking to add another brand to keep their staff employed and generate revenue in their off-season. Their answer – join Mosquito Joe.
Find out what makes Mosquito Joe such a hot franchise opportunity and why now is the time to get involved. Kevin Wilson, CEO of Mosquito Joe.
We are meeting with Valerie White..Chief Merchandising Officer of Flips. And Flips is America’s only Fashion flip flop store. Here is some more information about Flips:
Located at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN, Flips takes fashion & comfort flip flop footwear to a whole new level!
With over 200 styles of brand name flip flops for women, men, & kids, we go from beach to bling, pool to pedicure, week-end to wedding! Flips also offers a great selection of orthotic-quality flip flops.
Flips has “the” perfect flip flop for every occasion 365 days a year! That’s “heaven on earth” for flip flop lovers!
It’s staffed with friendly flip flop “experts”, passionate about the product & our customers & who provide memorable customer service.
It’s a fun cool place to shop where it’s summertime all year long!
Chris Newcomb of the Newk's Franchise Opportunity. Chris is Newk's Founder, President & CEO. The team behind Newk's Franchise Company, LLC has a special talent for developing innovative restaurant concepts that not only meet consumer's current needs, but anticipate their future needs as well. As the founders of McAlister's Deli, Don Newcomb, Debra Bryson and Chris Newcomb pioneered the fast casual restaurant concept, defining and energizing the fastest-growing segment in the restaurant industry.
After providing a solid foundation and establishing strong upward growth for McAlister's Deli, they sold the successful chain to focus on creating the future of fast casual dining: The Newk's Express Café concept has been developed and refined to meet the needs of consumers and franchise operators alike. For consumers, Newk's Express Café units provide a tantalizing variety of made-to-order menu choices, available for comfortable in-café dining or for convenient pick-up. For franchise owners, it's a streamlined, low labor operation that's designed for efficiency, site adaptability and multiple revenue opportunities.
We are meeting with Chris Rimlinger, VP of Marketing for the Money Mailer franchise. For over 34 years, Money Mailer franchisees and their staffs have helped local business owners increase market share. Their targeted, hyper-local approach allows business to reach prospects with offers in the mail, online, on mobile devices and through social media. Coupon usage continues to soar with 86% of households now using coupons and more strong growth ahead. Learn more about this exciting opportunity by listening to the show.
Franchise Interviews meets with the Gravity Vault franchise. Lucas and Tim will go over their backgrounds and the inception story behind starting Gravity Vault, as well as go over the industry and growth of the concept. Rock climbing duo turned business partners, Lucas and Time were named New Jersey State Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration this year. They currently have 2 locations in New Jersey and are just about to open their 3rd. Lucas and Tim have also trained mechanics and engineers in rappelling to then perform maintenance on a 300 foot-long, $500-million dollar Army spy blimp. After working "real jobs" through their 20s, the friend decided to pursue their passion for rock climbing as a business venture in their 30s.
ABOUT GRAVITY VAULT
Lucas Kovalcik and Tim Walsh - avid climbers and entrepreneurial minded - decided to open their first indoor rock gym, called The Gravity Vault, in 2004. Natives of Bergen County, NJ, they knew there was a need for a state-of-the-art climbing gym in the county and wanted to share their passion for the sport. Opening the first Gravity Vault was only the first step in creating a franchise. They knew how fast the sport was growing and wanted to have a solid foundation with at least two operating gyms before they franchised. Their gyms have been featured in Fitness Magazine, the New York Times, The Bergen Record, 201 Magazine, Rockland Today Magazine and Urban Climber Magazine to name just a few publications. Gravity Vault also has been featured on Fox News and two local cable news programs. In addition to many rock-climbing awards, Kovalcik and Walsh were named co-2013 New Jersey State Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Listen to the show to learn more.
In Part 2, we get tips from franchise legend John Hewitt and one of Liberty Taxes' top franchisees.
This show will focus on how Junkluggers, a junk-removal franchise, was started by CEO Josh Cohen right after college with the use of his mother's SUV. The brand achieved its goal of adding franchisees to the system in 2013 and enjoyed nearly 25 percent system-wide growth last year. Cohen and the rest of Junkluggers team plan to double in size entering the second year in franchising, aiming to end 2014 with additional units along the East Coast.
• Cohen, who is in his early thirties, could provide tips, insight, best practices, and what mistakes to avoid for other young business owners looking to take their business to the next level in 2014.
• Junkluggers got started in 2004, after Cohen returned to the U.S from studying abroad, he immediately hit the streets handing out homemade flyers all around town to promote his new business idea. After the phone began to ring, Cohen quickly realized there was a demand for a reliable, professional and eco-focused removal service.
In 2004 after founder Josh Cohen returned to the U.S from studying abroad, he immediately hit the streets handing out homemade flyers all around town to promote his new business idea. After the phone began to ring, Cohen quickly realized there was a demand for a reliable, professional and eco-focused removal service. Armed with only his mom's SUV and a love for the environment, Cohen launched Junkluggers and has revolutionized the hauling and removal industry by focusing on environmentally-friendly and community-oriented furniture and junk removal practices.
In Part 2, we get tips from the author of one of the most popular books on franchising.
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