By Jeremy LeFort After an early start in the mitigation, restoration and reconstruction industry as a teenager and a successful run later on helping grow a franchise within the industry, I found I wanted to own and run a business myself. Today, as a Paul Davis Systems Canada franchisee in Saint John, N.B., I’ve quickly found success following this dream. I was born in Saint John in 1981 and grew up here with one brother…
By Peter Saunders After a 25-year career with the Royal Canadian Navy, Chris Audet became a franchisee for Wild Bird Centers, a U.S.-based retail system specializing in birdseed blends, feeders, nest boxes, bird baths, field guides, binoculars and other products for the backyard birding enthusiast. His territory is Langford, B.C., where he was already living with his wife and children when his military service ended.
By Jeff Lorenz Q I am setting up a new home-based franchise business. What are my options for a phone system? Jeff says: As a new home-based franchisee, the ability to communicate effectively with clients and partners whenever and wherever business takes you is critical to your success.
By Lloyd Shears This is truly a time of some mixed emotions for me, as I write my last article for Canadian Business Franchise magazine. This is a relationship that began 18 years ago, when both the magazine and I looked very different than we do today.
Russell Arthurs admits he is an unlikely candidate to operate retail stores that specialize in beauty products and salon services. Raised on a farm near Ottawa and schooled in agriculture, his original career focused on health and nutrition products for animals.
By David Gray and Howard Manis Discussing bankruptcy in relation to franchising almost seems counterintuitive. After all, franchising is an excellent way for a prospective entrepreneur to prevent those unfortunate circumstances because its business starts with an established brand, trademark and product from day one.
By Peter Saunders Based in Richmond Hill, Ont., Paul Eden has been a franchisee since July 2009 for The Gardener, a year-round landscape maintenance business whose services include weekly lawn cutting, shrub and hedge trimming, organic fertilizing and weed control, spring and fall yard cleanup, planting, soil and mulch installations, sodding and other landscape improvements, as well as snowplowing and ice control in the winter.
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