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Welcome to Franchise Today as it celebrates its 15th year in 2024. 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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Jerry Flanagan is an Army Veteran and entrepreneur who, along with his wife Tracy, have created a national brand, dedicated to empowering Veterans through entrepreneurship. Rooted in the Military values of Respect, Integrity, and Trust,... more

Providing personal and tailored support for franchisees in a rapidly growing system, co-founder and Slim Chickens CEO, Tom Gordon, is the driving leader behind the brand's goal to have a 600-unit footprint by 2025, and unlike many... more

Leadership experience and building and guiding franchise brands, that's what Mark Mele is all about. A Certified Franchise Executive, Mark Mele is an accomplished corporate franchise sales and development strategist, whose... more

For over 30 years, Pizza Factory has stayed true to its roots. Hardworking owners and staff, family-friendly dining, and a high-quality product make them who they are. They take great pride in the smile that the first bite of their pizza brings... more

It's been just short of two years, since John Teza made a really big career move, leaving behind 20 years of restaurant franchising, to become the President and Chief Development Officer, at Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spas. Then,... more

Franchise For Good is a 501(c)(3) organization, founded to guide the growth of nonprofit organizations by leveraging proven best practices of franchising. Franchise For Good is the official nonprofit division of Franworth®. As the... more

Today's guest is Kevin Bazner, CEO of one of America's historic, if not iconic and legendary restaurant franchise brands. Are you thinking McDonalds, Burger King or perhaps KFC… Nope, all three of those upstarts go no further back... more

One can only wonder what it might be like to be surrounded in business, by leaders the likes of David Barr, current and past member or chair of dozens of boards, of franchised Brands, and those of restaurant concepts, both on the zor... more

Off for the holiday this week, but I present an encore of the most fun I have ever had producing Franchise Today. It features me on WSB Radio, talking about my favorite topic, (aside from franchising) CHICKEN WINGS! Mark Arum hosts the... more

Today I welcome John Erlandson to Franchise Today. John is the Co-Founder, President, Board Member and an Investor, in Youth Athletes United, a recently created portfolio company, building a family of brands, all centered upon child... more
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