35 episodes

“How do I find and choose the right franchise opportunity?” “How do I overcome the obstacles and bounce back from the setbacks?” “How do I achieve the scale I’m after?”   Join hosts Ab Igram and Vini Onyemah to learn from the global pioneers, innovators, and visionaries who are realizing their entrepreneurial dreams through the franchise business model.New episodes every week. 

Stars of Franchising Tariq Farid Franchise Institute at Babson College

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    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

“How do I find and choose the right franchise opportunity?” “How do I overcome the obstacles and bounce back from the setbacks?” “How do I achieve the scale I’m after?”   Join hosts Ab Igram and Vini Onyemah to learn from the global pioneers, innovators, and visionaries who are realizing their entrepreneurial dreams through the franchise business model.New episodes every week. 

    Debra Strougo, Row House Founder, Fitizens Partner

    Debra Strougo, Row House Founder, Fitizens Partner

    “It’s a beautiful form of entrepreneurship to be a franchisee, because you have so much stability and support but you still are the maven of your own market.”Debra Strougo worked for the New York City mayor’s office in brand development for “the greatest brand in the world.” But over time her unquenchable passion for fitness beckoned and in 2017 with her husband she launched Row House — now with more than 300 North American locations. Today she’s an investor and advisor — a “founder co-pilot”...

    • 44 min
    Vanessa Yakobson, Blo Blow Dry Bar CEO & Partner

    Vanessa Yakobson, Blo Blow Dry Bar CEO & Partner

    “If a franchisee invents a practice that is serving them really well, we want them to let us know so we can package it up and share it in the system.”The beauty market is one of the hottest in franchising, and with more than 100 locations in the US and Canada, Blo Blow Dry Bar is one of the hottest beauty franchises. CEO and partner Vanessa Yakobson joins Ab & Vini to share her journey, her leadership lessons, and her insights on how ‘zees and ‘zors alike can achieve more.Listen in as Van...

    • 35 min
    Shane Franson-Evans, Massage Heights Co-Founder & CEO

    Shane Franson-Evans, Massage Heights Co-Founder & CEO

    “When you’re protecting an emerging brand, you’re protecting the stakes of all the people who’d invested in the brand.”From taking care of her own back pain to taking care of the owners of more than 100 Massage Heights locations, Shane (a member of the IFA board of directors) has priceless insights on building an emerging brand BIG while still keeping it all about the people -- ‘zees and customers alike.During her conversation with Ab and Vini, Shane discusses:Why franchisee/franchisor commun...

    • 31 min
    Justin Willingham & Monica Fonseca: An International Perspective on Franchising

    Justin Willingham & Monica Fonseca: An International Perspective on Franchising

    “Let’s not be copycats. Create a new demand for new products. Don’t be afraid. Go for it. And if you fail, just get up and do it again.”Our most in-depth look at international franchising yet! Based in Honduras, Justin and Monica have made their mark not only by importing multiple North American and European franchise brands to Central America, but also by expanding their footprints to Eastern Europe and North Africa. Most recently, Gong cha Bubble Tea awarded them the master franchise rights...

    • 38 min
    Mark Kushinsky, MaidPro & Threshold Brands Founder/CEO

    Mark Kushinsky, MaidPro & Threshold Brands Founder/CEO

    “There are a lot of things people misunderstand about franchising. People tend to think that if they buy a franchise, their success is going to be guaranteed.” It took Mark Kushinsky a year and a half as a department store manager to realize he didn’t want to be an employee. He started his own residential cleaning business, then "ran into” franchising and founded MaidPro, which he grew to more than 400 units. Today he’s on the board of Threshold Brands, a 7-brand platform of vastly diverse se...

    • 36 min
    Scott Wendrych, FYZICAL Chief Development Officer

    Scott Wendrych, FYZICAL Chief Development Officer

    “The better and more diverse backgrounds of the people in your system, the better your brand’s going to be.”A must-listen for current ‘zees, ‘zees of tomorrow, and anyone else contemplating a startup business venture. As the guy with the final say on who gets a FYZICAL Therapy & Balance franchise, Scott Wendrych is an undisputed authority on what makes a successful franchisee. (Spoiler: It’s not necessarily the same for established and emerging brands.)Scott joins Ab and Vini to share why...

    • 40 min

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