By Angela Marseglia I was five years out of teachers’ college when my friend, Patricia Ewing, suggested we buy an Oxford Learning franchise together in Toronto’s east end. Now, 20 years later, I own multiple franchises and I can’t imagine any other career.
By Karen Mitchell
As a mother and now a grandmother, I’ve found Wee Watch’s child-care business is the perfect fit for me and my family. I’ve owned my franchise in Hamilton for 17 years, during which there have been many challenges impacting the day-care industry, but I’ve been able to grow the business with the support of my franchisor, my employees and my family.
By Alison Smith I have always loved performing, which grew into a profession where I could teach children how to sing, play the piano and dance. After I had my daughter, I became a Gymboree Play and Music mom at one of the three Calgary franchises and I loved it. I was able to participate with my daughter in all of her classes. Then, when the opportunity came up to take over and run the business myself, I jumped at the chance to be able to teach cognitive, physical and social skills to children as they played.
By Peter Saunders As the Toronto-based president of Tutor Doctor, Frank Milner has taken a Canadian business and expanded it both at home and abroad. He first learned about the in-home, private tutoring concept in 2007 from its founder, John Hooi, and was attracted to its one-on-one teaching model, which is designed to address each student’s specific educational issues and needs.
By Desiree Latimer I was born the same year Toru Kumon launched his franchise business, which was known back then as the Kumon Institute of Education. I grew up in Northern Manitoba and would never have predicted my career in the field of education (nor would my teachers!), but here I am running a thriving Kumon franchise in Winnipeg, 22 years after I first saw an ad looking for prospective franchisees in the city.
By Steve Franklin With an entrepreneurial spirit and a career that focused primarily on sales, I was ready for a major professional change when I discovered TutorBright, a new supplementary education concept that was just beginning to transition into the franchising business model. Over time, I was able to develop a good working relationship with the franchisor before taking the risky but exciting step of becoming the first franchisee.