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Franchising is a business model that has led millions to financial success. Every franchisee has a singular story - of where they've been, how they chose franchising, and of the challenges they've overcome on their pathway to personal and business success. Franchising.com brings these real-life stories to you online. Someday your story may appear here as well.

Al Bhakta, founding principal of CMG Companies, earns 2024 Mega-Growth Leadership MVP honors
  • Ginny Gaylor
  • 1,845 Reads 18 Shares
School of Rock's Ali Kendall shares marketing strategies for building the franchise's brand to connect with new audiences  
  • Franchise Update Media
  • 1,020 Reads 2 Shares
Jim Balis, the 2024 Multi-Brand Leadership MVP, puts team members and guests first at Sizzling Platter
  • Ginny Gaylor
  • 1,572 Reads 45 Shares
Multi-unit operator switched from Burger King to Salata Salad Kitchen because healthy eating is here to stay
  • Helen Bond
  • 4,027 Reads 268 Shares
As a Spherion Staffing Services franchisee, Tom Pentenburg's passion is helping people grow in their careers.
  • Helen Bond
  • 2,915 Reads 89 Shares
With a healthy respect for top-line revenue, Pathik Patel encourages team members to say, "Yes," to guests.
  • Helen Bond
  • 1,727 Reads 11 Shares
Karl Malchow worked his way up the Toppers Pizza chain and now owns five restaurants.
  • Helen Bond
  • 3,058 Reads 145 Shares
After retiring from medicine, Steve Leibsohn devoted '110%' to Wetzel's Pretzels.
  • Helen Bond
  • 3,685 Reads 11 Shares
Bryant Greene is Always Best Care Senior Services' largest and top revenue-producing franchisee.
  • Helen Bond
  • 2,384 Reads 25 Shares
Entrepreneur Ryan Debin builds his business with enterprises that focus on family, fitness, and fun.
  • Helen Bond
  • 2,312 Reads 2 Shares
Sam Askar and his brother Casey built a $200 million multi-brand portfolio and plan to keep growing
  • Helen Bond
  • 3,182 Reads 1 Shares
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Multi-brand franchisee with nearly 250 units takes pride in the number of people who have been a part of his business journey
  • Sara Wykes
  • 3,915 Reads 29 Shares
After escaping from behind a desk job, Jeremy Music chased down his dream of being an entrepreneur
  • Sara Wykes
  • 2,612 Reads 1 Shares
USMC veteran Talisin Burton applies his drive and belief in teamwork to growing his multi-brand franchise operation
  • Sara Wykes
  • 4,430 Reads 2 Shares
Inspired by his family, Sedrick Turner has devoted himself to becoming a successful entrepreneur
  • Sara Wykes
  • 6,126 Reads 22 Shares
Roger Wagner focuses on the core pillars of his business: hospitality, quality, service, and cleanliness.
  • Sara Wykes
  • 4,091 Reads 1 Shares
Michael Fay saw the value of franchising at a college job. Now he has 40 units spread across four brands.
  • Sara Wykes
  • 3,245 Reads 22 Shares
Gary Avants left his corporate job to become a Zaxby’s franchisee. Today he has 35.
  • Sara Wykes
  • 3,442 Reads 16 Shares
Three Sports Clips stylists tell how they became franchisees with the brand
  • Franchise Update Media
  • 7,870 Reads 1,055 Shares
Rachel Wallace took over the family business in 2012 and has grown it to 25 Subways, 3 Scooter’s Coffee locations, and 1 Best Western Plus
  • Sara Wykes
  • 3,671 Reads
2023 Noble Cause MVP Alex Tyler found deeper meaning his work on his first trip to Belize—and has been teaching swimming there ever since.
  • Sara Wykes
  • 4,615 Reads 14 Shares
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Fitness franchise partners keep it growing with 2 Club Pilates, 2 YogaSix, and 1 CycleBar.
  • Sara Wykes
  • 3,895 Reads
Multi-unit franchisee has grown his business to 27 Sport Clips and 4 Rita’s Italian Ice locations.
  • Sara Wykes
  • 3,808 Reads 3 Shares
Focus on marketing helps former pro footballer T. J. Moe succeed on the franchising field
  • Sara Wykes
  • 6,191 Reads 89 Shares
Stephanie Coffey saw an opportunity in the nail care business, so she and her husband founded Frenchies Modern Nail Care.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,988 Reads 13 Shares
Redemption after a bad youthful decision reaps long-term success for multi-brand franchisee Jeff Burroughs
  • Sara Wykes
  • 4,702 Reads 4 Shares
Longtime partners branch into franchising with three fitness concepts: Club Pilates, YogaSix, and CycleBar
  • Sara Wykes
  • 6,120 Reads 6 Shares
Andy Gundlach’s passion has led him from pizza to fitness brands
  • Sara Wykes
  • 5,994 Reads 46 Shares
For Tracy Bouwens, Scooter’s largest franchisee, it’s all about people
  • Sara Wykes
  • 7,960 Reads 7 Shares
Dale Mulvey is a big Focus Brands fan: He operates 74 McAlister’s and 8 Moe’s, and spent time working at corporate
  • Sara Wykes
  • 5,234 Reads 14 Shares

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