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The Big Shift

The Big Shift

Did you catch the recent employment article in the New York Times? The link is in the first comment below. It’s telling. . And it starts with the headline, “How Do They Say Economic Recovery? ‘I Quit.’” Many people think things will return to normal once the virus is...

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Spousal Ambush (Part 2)

Spousal Ambush (Part 2)

The spousal ambush... Remember my last post on a holiday ambush? I covered what to expect when you share the news with friends and family that you are buying a franchise. An ambush can come from a well-meaning person who hasn’t done the research. But what happens when...

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Will One of These People Ambush Your Dreams? (Part 1)

Will One of These People Ambush Your Dreams? (Part 1)

Psst! Don't be ambushed! You’ve made up your mind. You are taking the leap. After a lot of research, talking to franchisors and franchisees, you know the franchise you want to invest in. BBQ Ambush Be prepared for an onslaught of questions from friends and neighbors...

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Congratulations, Boris Okong!

Congratulations, Boris Okong!

I was delighted to read about my candidate and new franchisee, Boris Okong, in Arkansas Business, a weekly business journal. (Link to article is in first comment below.) 📰 Boris attended a presentation I did with SCORE East Bay. He’d recently left a company...

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Are You Ready to Jump Ship?

Are You Ready to Jump Ship?

You’ve probably seen the headlines. “More U.S. workers are quitting their jobs than at any time in at least two decades.” That declaration recently leapt out from the pages of newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal. For some, this signals a degree of optimism...

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Franchise Advice Corner

Embrace the Unexpected

Embrace the Unexpected

“Embrace the Unexpected,” is the title of the speech Terri Kallsen gave as she accepted the Financial Woman of the Year award from Financial Women of San Francisco. What does Terri know about that subject? Plenty! She recounted that day, last July, when the unexpected...

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Graduation Reflections and Memories

Graduation Reflections and Memories

Watching graduation videos from my alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, brought back memories. The more recent experience was three years ago, when I felt honored to be a keynote speaker at a special dinner recognizing the James H. Albertson award...

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Franchising Does the “Pandemic Pivot”​

Franchising Does the “Pandemic Pivot”​

Pivot: an action that occurs when a company makes a fundamental change to its operations and/or direction. That’s exactly what we in the franchise industry are seeing in the business current economic environment. It’s even being called the “Pandemic Pivot!” There...

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Crazy With A Dose Of Sage Advice

Crazy With A Dose Of Sage Advice

Crazy. It’s a crazy world we’re living in right now. I had my newsletter set to go out earlier this month but was dragging my feet because of the coronavirus and the impact on us all, including businesses. I wanted it to be relevant and timely and also wanted it to be...

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My Two Loves

My Two Loves

Could you fall in love with a business and a mate at the same time? These three people did! Here are their stories. “It’s not unusual for an entrepreneur to have a partner when starting a new business,” said Diane Pleuss, franchise consultant with FranChoice. “After...

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Two Words: Thank you

Two Words: Thank you

It’s the season of gratitude. A time to reflect and say, thank you. While I still have a few thank-you’s to write, I want to acknowledge how a simple thank-you note can change your attitude, open doors and leave a lasting impact. At FranChoice, whenever we help place...

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“​Witch-ful”​ Thinking

“​Witch-ful”​ Thinking

It’s almost Halloween, that time of year when little ghosts and goblins roam the neighborhood seeking sweet treats. When a child in a light-up sparkle witch costume or a Buzz Lightyear suit knocks at our door, we’re probably not going to be too scared. However, when...

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What’s so Special About Franchising?

What’s so Special About Franchising?

Hello Readers! I know this sounds a bit repetitive, but every time I attend a FranChoice event I come back so energized by what I learn and the state of the franchise industry that I simply have to share the excitement. FranChoice brings truly special opportunities to...

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The False Assumption of the Life-long Career

The False Assumption of the Life-long Career

Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal ran a story about General Electric’s plans to auction off its once highly-touted software unit: GE Digital. You may recall GE laid off 12,000 from its power business in December. Between December 2016 and March 2018, GE’s...

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