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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.

Eric Holm may own 31 successful Golden Corral restaurants in Florida and Georgia and run a $150 million business, but his thoughts never stray far from the poverty in which he grew up.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 5,601 Reads 1 Shares
Largest Hispanic franchisee Guillermo Perales earns IFA's Entrepreneur of the Year award through hard work, success, and community involvement.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 7,316 Reads 2 Shares
On May 20, 2013, when strong tornadoes tore through Moore, Okla., Brandon Boozer and his family were lucky. Their home wasn't damaged, though some of their closest neighbors lost everything.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 4,470 Reads 2 Shares
During this season of thanksgiving Golden Corral franchisee Eric Holm will be giving back to the community and remembering where he came from.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 5,545 Reads
Some people are born with a deep desire to win. They are passionate, determined, aggressive, and persistent. We've come to label these multi-unit franchisees "Dominators."
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 5,095 Reads
When Aslam Khan was a youngster growing up in a poor mountain village in Pakistan, his world didn't include knowledge of luxury cars, homes, designer apparel, or the other trappings of money.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 12,929 Reads 35 Shares
Jamba Juice Nears Completion of Refranchising Efforts with 16-Store California Bay Area Deal
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 6,367 Reads 7 Shares
You can say this about William Bruce: he's not afraid of change or embracing new challenges.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 6,516 Reads 75 Shares
Amin Dhanani didn't have to look far for a business role model: his father came from Pakistan 37 years ago with 11 children and $50 in his pocket.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 19,931 Reads 19 Shares
Mother of three with no previous business experience goes from homemaker to successful multi-unit franchisee with passion and hard work.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 9,381 Reads 6 Shares
The way Steven Taylor and Chris Smith see it, operating multiple brands just makes their business better.
  • Helen Bond
  • 7,132 Reads
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Jackson Hewitt Honors Jann Birt as its Franchise of the Year at Annual Convention.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 5,815 Reads 1 Shares
After working her way through college waiting tables, Tracy Balen told her mother at her graduation from Ohio State University, "I'll never work in another restaurant!"
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 5,799 Reads 1,023 Shares
Sonic's 2015 Troy Smith Hall of Fame Award goes to long-time Louisiana franchisee Ted Kergen.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 6,047 Reads
Dickey's Barbecue Pit Inks 5-store deal with veteran Carl's Jr. operators in Washington state. The barbecue chain currently has 20 locations in the state with plans to open five more.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 3,967 Reads
Harsh Ghai's northern California-based multi-brand business may be rooted in food and family, but aggressive growth and smart development are the cornerstones of the company's success.
  • Helen Bond
  • 6,988 Reads
Every spring, Multi-Unit Franchisee magazine recognizes the winners of its prestigious Most Valuable Performer (MVP) Awards, which honor franchisee excellence and highlight outstanding performance in growing both their organization and their brand(s).
  • Kerry Pipes & Eddy Goldberg
  • 5,174 Reads
Tulsa franchise owner recognized for outstanding contributions to franchising and named Franchisee of the Year by IFA.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 4,796 Reads
When Domino's veteran Michael "Mike" Orcutt made the switch from corporate executive to franchisee he was, he admits, a "little nervous" about how the managers of the nine Atlanta pizza stores he purchased in 1990 would welcome their new boss.
  • Helen Bond
  • 5,839 Reads
West Coast convenience store and petroleum franchisee builds portfolio by signing development agreement for 20 Del Taco locations.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 3,998 Reads
Texas-based franchisee brings additional Pizza Patron location to Dallas-Fort Worth market as the brand continues to expand.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 4,050 Reads 20 Shares
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The past five years have been tough for those in the tax business, but things are looking up and Ken Leese's positive attitude has never waned.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,122 Reads
California area developer brings Canada's unique Smoke's Poutinerie brand to Hollywood and beyond.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 5,716 Reads
teve Sager knows a good idea when he sees one. The franchise veteran championed Subway's innovative $5 footlong sandwich as a nationwide promotion and pioneered the brand's use of speedy ovens to offer customers toasted subs in a flash.
  • Helen Bond
  • 4,480 Reads
When it comes to creating a successful corporate culture, veteran Jiffy Lube franchisee Richard Paek has found that seeing does lead to believing.
  • Helen Bond
  • 8,544 Reads 8 Shares
Franchising is easy: all it takes is a lot of blood, sweat, and overcoming fears to open and successfully operate a franchise unit--not to mention multiple units of a single brand.
  • Kerry Pipes and Eddy Goldberg
  • 7,188 Reads 1 Shares
Randy Merrill feels good about the health, wellness, and fitness space he operates in. He says the business models work for him, the client base works for him, and the ROI works for him.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 10,269 Reads 1,023 Shares
Jersey Mike's founder Peter Cancro whips up $100,000 sandwich for No Kid Hungry, an organization committed to ending childhood hunger. The donation will provide 1 million healthy meals for kids in the U.S.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 6,718 Reads
Ken Leese is seeing an upswing in the economy and his Jackson Hewitt franchise operation has expanded by five units in less than two years.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 11,488 Reads 3 Shares
Baskin-Robbins is looking for entrepreneurs to operate traditional locations in the Los Angeles market and both traditional and non-traditional locations in the San Diego area.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 11,484 Reads 18 Shares

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