By Sebastian Fuschini Q: What types of initial and ongoing support from a franchisor are the most important to a first-time franchisee? A: Starting up a business can be daunting. For a first-time franchisee, especially, support from the franchisor is key. A good franchisor will offer support in many areas, including site selection, lease negotiation, design, construction, financing, marketing and training.
By Peter Saunders Carmelo Marsala struggled with authority since his adolescence, knowing he wanted to start his own business one day. An early experience as a franchisee motivated him to become a franchisor, as he founded Spray-Net to fill an unmet need in the residential exterior painting industry.
By Peter Saunders In the summer of 2017, when it became clear the families being evacuated during British Columbia’s wildfires would be unable to return home for weeks, Canadian retail franchisor Pet Valu donated $100,000 worth of products to Four Paws Food Bank and the Prince George Humane Society.
By Peter Saunders When David Minnett became president and CEO of Edo Japan in 2016, he was quite familiar with the Teppanyaki-style food-service brand’s success in Western Canada, but saw a further opportunity to lead it through another phase of growth.
By Peter Saunders In 2013, after a long career in finance, Jacques Kavafian decided to start his own business. He opened Fresh Burger in Richmond Hill, Ont., to focus only on serving classic hamburgers and French fries, without any gimmicks.