Franchise Interview: Jaime Carpenter, General Manager of Integra Electrical

How did you get into the industry? Jaime and I met and fell in love in high school. She was a freshman and I was a senior.  I knew when she graduated I wanted to marry her so I went into an electrical apprenticeship in Des Moines.  The apprenticeship was 5 years long, and the further along you went the better you were paid.  We were wed when I was a third-year apprentice, making just enough to get by.  10 years ...
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Franchise Interview: Carly Williams, Founder and Owner of Medspa Institute of America

Franchise Interview: Carly Williams, Founder and Owner of Medspa Institute of America

How did you get into the industry?  My journey into this amazing industry began at Empire Beauty School State College and dove right in 2011 at Aafusion Spa Salon as their lead aesthetician. I continued honing my skills and learning as much as I could about the industry throughout the years, choosing to open my Medspa Institute of America in November 2015. On another exciting note, I have my book coming out this year called Taking Beauty to the Next ...
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Franchise Interview: Daniel McKelvey, Founder and Owner of Daily Veg

Franchise Interview: Daniel McKelvey, Founder and Owner of Daily Veg

How did you get into the industry?  I first started juicing in my kitchen, selling juice cleanses for people — I saw the demand for the juice quickly! In 2012, I came up with the name for my first successful concept, Pure Raw Juice. After quitting my job I successful opened my first store front January 2015, then a second one in December 2016. I concentrated on building out the model, and eventually sold Pure Raw Juice in fall 2017 ...
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Franchise Interview: Justin Norris and Taylor Norris, Co-Founder + Co-CEO LIT Method

Franchise Interview: Justin Norris and Taylor Norris, Co-Founder + Co-CEO LIT Method

1. How did you get into the industry? JN: This was almost 15 years ago now. I had an awful injury — just an awful injury with a large mirror. It was a mess. I severed my main artery, four tendons, and I needed multiple blood transfusions. I started doing physical therapy and really enjoyed the resistance bands that had been prescribed to me. Because I knew that weight training had a much greater likelihood of causing re-injury, I was ...
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Franchise Interview: Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez, Founder and CEO of SW3AT Sauna Studio

1. How did you get into the industry? I got into the industry after researching solutions for my spouse and grandparents who had joint pains and were not fans of running. This was when I discovered the health benefits of infrared heat therapy and how it is truly the universal wellness tool for all people.  2. What’s new in the business or in the franchise model? Infrared heat therapy is a holistic health approach proven to detoxification one’s body of ...
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Franchise Interview: Bill Cook, Founder and Owner of 2 Knuckle Sports

How did you get into the industry?  I was first interested in the industry from a participation standpoint, building my way up through the years. I loved not only the physical aspect of the practice, but the mental as well. I eventually wanted to create a space where the whole family can come and hang out together and unite and learn skills together.  Tell us about your franchise model. We are a mixed martial arts facility that also houses a ...
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Candy Connections

Franchise Interview: Daneya Jacobs, Founder and Owner of Candy Connections

How did you get into the industry?  My husband and I are native New Yorkers and although our childhoods had some sour and life-changing losses, we could both find joy in visits to our local corner store. If you are not from the city, you may not know that corner stores are like the community grocery store and every single one is stocked with the best candies at the check-out counter. When Anthony and I married we quickly identified our ...
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Franchise Interview: Lauren Siclare – The founder and CEO of BuckleBath

You might be doing everything in your power to keep the children in your life healthy. But have you thought about whether or not the car seat they are riding in is bacteria-free? CEO and Founder of BuckleBath Lauren Siclare created a service to help parents, caregivers and daycare centers solve this messy problem. She sat down with Jessica Abo to share her journey and her advice for other entrepreneurs. Lauren, can you start by telling us what was going on in your own life when ...
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Franchise Interview: Steve Ganji, Director of Operations

How did you get into the industry?  I fell in love with the foodservice and hospitality industry when I first started working for Marriott at age of 16. After completing my studies in Hospitality and Hotel Management, I bought a Subway, which was my first experience in franchising. I started working in a Mexican restaurant as a manager about 25 years ago, which introduced me to Mexican cuisine. With the experiences I gained, I opened my first Mexican restaurant and ...
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Franchise Interview: Suzannah Long- Co/founder/CEO of So Sound® Wellness

How did you get into the industry?  Having been a professional dancer I have always had a deep appreciation for feeling, listening and enjoying music.  However, it was in 1996 when I was trying to reduce my stress as a top sales executive and dealing with some significant life changes that I had a vision while in meditation of creating spaces that would support people in tuning more fully into their body/mind and spirit to align with their highest potential ...
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