Veterans in Franchising June 2024

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JUNE 2024 d estination athlete® From Service to e ntrepreneurial Succe SS L at E st n EWs I n veteran franchising
68 Franchising M aga Z in E Usa Leadership. Teamwork. Executing SOPs. Connecting veterans with education, resources and opportunities at

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72 Destination Athlete: From service to Entrepreneurial success

Franchisee in Action

78 Pirtek USA: strengthens in Q1 With openings and signings and a reenergized growth strategy

80 Footprints Floors: celebrates 15 Years of success

Franchisor in Depth

76 Patrick Elgin: sola salons

74 OutFit Training: seeks Qualified partners to Expand brand Within tennessee


82 HomeFront Brands: sponsors operation homeFronts Military child of the Year

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What’s New 70 Franchising News Latest News from Veterans in Franchising Q&A

w ings e tc. presents $50,000 check to st. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Wings Etc. was pleased to present St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a check for $50,000 at the Wings Etc. Brand Summit held April 15–17 at FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Mich.

t he contribution reflects the generosity of Wings Etc. consumers and the mission of the Wings Etc. Foundation formed in s eptember 2023. administered by leaders in the Wings Etc. g rill & pub franchise organization and its affiliated companies, the foundation passionately pursues a simple, vital mission: “ improving children’s lives.”

in seeking a national charitable partner, “the clear choice of our team was st. Jude children’s r esearch h ospital in Memphis, tennessee,” Eric stuczynski, Wings Etc. cdo/cpo and president of the Wings Etc. Foundation, said at the brand summit. “ st. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”

t he Wings Etc. Foundation partnership with st. Jude is the next era in the brand’s history of raising funds for community organizations.

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“We always went above and beyond to help people in the communities that we played and worked in,” stuczynski said. “g iving back is one of our values. We have the responsibility to make a difference.

“o ver the last 20 years we’ve been involved with big brothers big sisters, the Fellowship of christian athletes, toys for tots and other established charitable organizations, including st. Jude. o ur company felt called to go even further and make a difference on more of a national scale.”

For more information on the Wings Etc. Foundation, visit

t int world® opens its first industry-leading automotive styling center in the Buckeye state with new Columbus location

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers™, a leading auto accessory and window tinting franchise, continues its rapid growth with the opening of its first location in Ohio.

t int World columbus, owned and operated by Josh Vanlandingham, offers a comprehensive selection of high-quality automotive styling and aftermarket part services, including window tinting, paint protection films, ceramic coatings, and professional detailing.

“We’re proud to introduce the world-class t int World brand to drivers and auto enthusiasts in columbus and throughout the central o hio region,” Vanlandingham said. “ t hanks to the quality and value of their services and their wide range of expertise, t int World is recognized as the go-to provider of window tinting, paint protection films, automotive audio and electronics, vinyl wraps and graphics, custom wheels and tires, and all other in-demand automotive services, as well as marine, commercial and residential solutions.

t int World columbus is located at 2002 crown plaza d rive, columbus, o hio 43235. to book an appointment, request a quote

or learn more about services provided by t int World columbus, call (614) 695-3299 or visit oh/columbus-177/.

“Josh is a great addition to the t int World family, and we’re thrilled to be working with him to connect our proven brand with drivers in columbus and throughout o hio,” said charles J. b onfiglio, president and cEo of t int World. “ t his is another important step in our growth and an opportunity to educate consumers about the convenience, value and industry-leading quality t int World offers.”

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rnr t ire e x Press surprises sarasota Woman with 2024 Buick Encore for Mother’s Day

RNR Tire Express, a national franchise leader in the tire and wheel industry, wrapped up the week in celebration after announcing the conclusion of their 8th annual Mother’s Day Giveaway. The annual initiative this year included $100,000 worth of prizes and honored one hand-picked recipient in the form of a brand-new car.

o n May 10th, the rnr team ventured to s arasota, Florida, to surprise abby Fuller, a wife and mother of two, at their s arasota location with a brand-new 2024 buick Encore. abby was nominated by her husband, isaac, who shared that his wife, who works full-time as a professor at ave Maria University, spends what little free time she has volunteering with local charities in her community, including b etter together, an organization that helps fight homelessness, addiction, and unemployment. t hrough her work with b etter together, abby has taken in children in need while their parents work to heal. she has taken in a set of 5-year-old twins, hosted a 4-year-old boy last fall, and served as a host mom this Mother’s day by giving a roof to a struggling mother going through the program at b etter together.

Fuller, who is described as caring and selfless, also established sports4 g ood, a s arasotabased organization that helps youth athletes and their families serve their community and leave a positive impact on the area.

“Each day, moms work tirelessly for their families in every aspect and deserve to be recognized,” said Larry sutton, Founder and cEo of rnr t ire Express.

“My family is one-of-a-kind, and to know they truly appreciate everything is a very special feeling,” Fuller shared.

Ford ’s garage announces two New Members of its Executive team

Ford’s Garage, the burgers-and-beer restaurant brand fueled by America’s love affair with the automobile, has announced two new additions to its executive team. David Rosenberger is Vice President of Operations and Wayne Stopford is Director of Information Services.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome dave and Wayne to our team,” said steve shlemon, president of Ford’s g arage. “With dave’s expertise in restaurant operations and Wayne’s in-depth knowledge of the tech needed to be successful in our industry, both bring the type of skill sets needed to help elevate the franchise brand as we continue to expand across the country.”

r osenberger is an award-winning industry expert with more than 27 years of operational experience in full-service dining, spending most of his career with c arrabba’s italian g rill and then Mandola’s italian Kitchen. a s Vice president of o perations, he will oversee all aspects of restaurant operations including upholding brand standards, improving work processes, and will be the main liaison with franchisees when rolling out and implementing company programs and initiatives.

stopford brings 30 years of it experience to his new role as d irector of information s ervices. prior to joining Ford’s g arage, he spent more than 18 years as a systems Engineer for b loomin’ brands and 12 years at gat X technologies. h e attended g eorge c ampbell technical institute in d urban, s outh africa and in his new role, will manage the company’s technology systems and streamline all processes to support the smooth operation of the restaurants.

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T o e n Tre PreneuriaL s uccess

Destination Athlete®, franchise leader in the team sports market, knows the importance of achieving winning outcomes.

Established in 2008, with product offerings of sports apparel and equipment as well as one-on-one services in fundraising, customer satisfaction, and holistic development, Destination Athlete® adheres to Building Better Communities Through Athletes® by providing young athletes, coaches, and families, with the confidence in knowing they have everything necessary to succeed.

This vision of success is also presented through its veteran program, Operation Athlete, designed and delivered by Doug

Dickison, Founder and President of Destination Athlete®. Doug recognizes military veterans possess unique leadership skills, discipline, and a strong work ethic, making them ideal candidates for entrepreneurial ventures with his company. Operation Athlete is a one-ofa-kind military veteran program where Destination Athlete® gives back to the service men and women by offering a free franchise annually and 15% discount fees throughout the year to qualified applicants. To date, Destination Athlete’s veteran franchise owners encompass 15% of all its owners nationwide. According to VetFran, military veterans account for only 7% of the population, but 14% of franchise owners are vets. (Franchise Business Review, October 2023)

Home-Based opportunities: low- cost, High rewards

One of the many advantages of owning a Destination Athlete® franchise is its homebased model where entrepreneurs can start their own business from home. Keeping pace with advancements in technology, servicing customers is streamlined through its e-commerce platform and CRM software. A home-based franchise modeled by Destination Athlete® not only eliminates the need for a brick-and-mortar establishment, significantly reducing overhead costs, but also offers convenience and flexibility for the veteran entrepreneur. This flexibility allows franchise owners to balance personal commitments while building a successful business.

Flexible Business Plan: tailored to individual needs

Destination Athlete® provides a flexible business plan that can be customized to suit the unique needs and goals of individual entrepreneurs. Destination Athlete® franchise owners have the freedom to choose the extent of their involvement, from being a hands-on owner-operator to managing a team of employees. This flexibility is crucial as it accommodates the different skill sets, preferences, and resources of veterans entering the business world.

Veterans can leverage their previous experiences in military operations,

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management, and leadership to create a business plan that aligns with their expertise. The ability to adapt and tailor the business plan contributes to the long-term success of the franchise, as it incorporates the strengths and passions of the veteran entrepreneur.

scalable growth: e xpanding Horizons

For veterans aspiring to build a thriving business, the scalability of the Destination Athlete® franchise model is key. This franchisor offers business owners growth opportunities through expansion into multiple territories, increased market presence, and diversified revenue streams. This scalability allows veterans to start small, refine their operations, and gradually expand their business according to market demand.

In the competitive business landscape, the scalability offered by Destination Athlete® gives veterans a competitive edge, as they can grow their businesses without risking excessive financial burden. Moreover, Destination Athlete® provides continued training, support, and resources required for expansion, making it easier for veterans to pursue ambitious growth plans.

turnkey Business model: minimizing risk

Launching a business involves various risks, including market volatility, operational challenges, and the need for extensive industry knowledge. A turnkey business model, as offered by Destination Athlete®, mitigates these risks significantly.

The turnkey model provides veterans with a ready-made, pre-established business framework that has been proven successful. Unlike a stand-alone business where it can be lonely at the top, Destination Athlete® provides being part of a team, working together for a winning outcome, comparable to a veteran’s military experience. The corporate headquarters staff impart comprehensive training and support to all franchise owners across the country, equipping them with essential skills and knowledge to run the franchise smoothly. Additionally, all Destination Athlete® entrepreneurs benefit from established nationwide branding, localized

a aron g uisinger

Chief Petty Officer, Aaron Guisinger enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 2006. He spent 12 years on active duty serving at various commands. During his time at Naval Special Warfare Special Reconnaissance Team Two (SRT-2) in Virginia he deployed multiple times to Afghanistan. Chief Guisinger transitioned to the Naval Reserves in 2018 and at that time applied for and was awarded a Destination Athlete® franchise through the Operation Athlete program.

“ becoming a Destination Athlete® franchisee was appealing to me as i always had a passion for sports, and it met my post military career desires to run my own business. i was looking for a business model that would allow me the flexibility to spend as much time as i could with my family and Destination Athlete’s low-cost at home business model was a perfect fit. “

“ the Destination Athlete® team provided me with a smooth transition from the navy to starting up my franchise through the detailed operation

marketing strategies, and established relationships, eliminating the need for extensive market research in their local communities.


A Destination Athlete® franchise with home-based opportunities, flexible business plans, scalable growth, and turnkey business model have unlocked unprecedented entrepreneurial opportunities for veterans transitioning to civilian life. The advantages of a homebased franchise, coupled with a flexible business plan that caters to individual

systems and processes that have been put in place. From the initial interview process, training plans, and launch, i always knew that i had the team behind me and their support whenever i needed it.”

Stephanie Pavlick, West Point graduate and owner of a Destination Athlete® franchise in North Carolina, served in several leadership positions with the Army Corps of Engineers. Stephanie shared, “over the last ten years, i have relied on the skills i learned as an Army officer to build a successful Destination Athlete® franchise. Running a small business is like leading a military unit. As a veteran, i am familiar with being dedicated to a mission, setting goals, delegating tasks and wearing many hats daily. My time in the military has trained me to handle challenges, remain agile and problem solve both efficiently and effectively. As a Destination Athlete® franchise owner, i enjoy serving my community, helping young athletes succeed and building positive relationships.”

needs, empowers veterans to enjoy a worklife balance while running a prosperous business.

Furthermore, the scalability and turnkey nature of the franchise minimizes risk while providing a foundation for growth and expansion. By capitalizing on their unique skills and experiences, veterans can make a triumphant transition from the military to entrepreneurship, ultimately achieving financial independence and success.

Learn more at www.destinationathlete/

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trailblazing Boutique Mobile fitness franchise sets sights on Nashville and franklin for Development

OutFit Training – the veteranfounded, mobile outdoor fitness company – has announced plans to bring its one-of-a-kind group and private fitness training vans into Tennessee through franchising.

The brand has named Nashville as its initial priority city and is seeking entrepreneurs who are passionate about building their own health & fitness business.

Named a 2023 Top Brand by Franchise Journal, OutFit Training was founded in 2021 and is now Florida’s leading outdoor fitness program. OutFit Training has

expanded to Atlanta, Georgia and has added several locations within its home market of Fort Lauderdale. The brand initially aims to bring three vans and one multi-unit opportunity to Nashville and Franklin. OutFit chose Tennessee as its springboard to national expansion because of the state’s climate, volume of parks & open spaces, large population, reasonable cost of living and outdoor culture.

“As we look to expand into new states, we see a strong demand for new, innovative fitness services within Tennessee,” said Randy Hetrick, CEO & Founder of OutFit Training. “With boutique fitness concepts rising in popularity, OutFit is a fitness industry disruptor, taking high-intensity interval training and community-based workout sessions to the great outdoors. With Tennessee’s beautiful geography and temperate climate, potential franchisees will be introducing their communities to a revolution in boutique fitness.”

OutFit seeks fitness professionals, veterans, and entrepreneurs who want to combine their passion for a healthy lifestyle with an affordable business ownership model.

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At a fraction of the cost of traditional fitness studios, OutFit Training provides franchisees with everything they need to thrive in the fitness space. Each van is equipped with a gym’s worth of TRX® training equipment, and franchisees enjoy a full range of support by OutFit’s headquarters team as well as a network of industry-leading preferred vendors. Franchisees have the opportunity to create flexible schedules, and receive extensive training in business, technology, and fitness operations – as well as one of the industry’s lowest startup investments at less than $100,000. The brand’s franchise opportunity appeals to qualified candidates seeking an affordable buy-in, low-overhead business, with an opportunity to generate cashflow and break even quickly.

Randy Hetrick, a Navy SEAL veteran who served the country for more than 14 years, founded OutFit Training in Fort Lauderdale in 2021. Throughout his military career, Hetrick was deployed on missions around the world, where access to physical training equipment was extremely limited. While deployed on a counterpiracy operation he devised an ingenious training harness, leveraging bodyweight as resistance – that would ultimately transform the fitness industry.

In 2004, he founded TRX -- the company that would commercialize his invention, TRX Suspension Trainer ®, and transform it into one of the most popular exercise systems on the planet. Hetrick noticed the surprising absence of any reliable mobile fitness providers to the great outdoors. This sparked the idea for what would become OutFit Training: a technology-enabled mobile fitness network providing outdoor

group and personal training services.

In 2021 he formed a new company and registered a trademark for the name, OutFit, and the franchise that is now changing the landscape of fitness was born.

To learn more about OutFit Training, or for interest in the opportunity to own an OutFit franchise in your community, please visit florida/.

aBout outFit training:

Founded in 2021 and franchising since May of 2023, OutFit Training is the premier, tech-enabled mobile fitness brand bringing boutique group fitness and personal training to the great outdoors.

OutFit is young but growing fast and now operates territories in 2 states with several more under development. The Veteran-owned brand offers free family memberships to municipal 1st Responders in the cities it serves and has quickly established itself as a leader in mobile fitness franchising.

OutFit offers workouts suitable for everyone, at all levels of fitness. As a proud supporter of the U.S. military & 1st Responder communities, OutFit also provides veteran and active-duty 1st Responders and military personnel & their spouses a preferred discount to its initial franchise fee.

For more information, please visit

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so L a saLons

When did you buy your franchise?

I bought my first Sola Salons franchise in 2012 while I was still deployed in the U.S. Army, and now have 14 open locations in the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. We also recently celebrated the opening of Sola’s 700th location in Coon Rapids, MN, marking a historic milestone in the company's journey and expansion efforts.

How did you find out about the franchise and why did you choose that franchise?

My family has a background in the beauty and franchise industries. When we heard about Sola Salons, what most impressed us was that many of our most respected colleagues were joining Sola as Franchisees. After doing my due diligence, I actually signed my paperwork overseas and then opened my first location within a year of returning stateside.

The biggest reason Sola made sense to me was the business model. Sola Salons empowers beauty professionals to have more control over their business compared to traditional salon settings. Beauty professionals can set their hours, choose the services they offer, and customize their space to reflect their professional brand and personal style. Operating their independent businesses also allows them to make more money than traditional employee models.

Additionally, Sola Salons has a great community. There is an active franchisee community who are interested in seeing their fellow franchisees succeed. When you attend conferences or other events, there’s a strong sense of camaraderie and a wealth of experience to tap into.

What was your working background?

I formerly served as a Captain in the Minnesota National Guard and my last assignment was as the commander of the 200 soldiers of the 34th Military Police Company based in Stillwater, Minnesota. During my deployment, I signed up to open my first Sola Salons location. I also have a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Richmond, Virginia, and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.

What was the turning point that made you realize you wanted to change your career path?

I’ve always been interested in operating my own business. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have chosen Sola Salons as my first business because it’s been operating and successful for over 10 years and going strong. While I enjoyed and sometimes miss my time in the Army, owning a business is creating greater financial security for my family while also providing a better work-life balance.

What was the process like once you signed the franchise agreement? As far as training, site selection, fit out, etc.

When I first signed up with Sola, I attended a training program in Denver where I learned the fundamentals of the business. From there, Stratton (one of the founders) flew to Minneapolis and helped pick our first site for a salon after a long day of visiting potential locations. We then worked with a white-glove style design team that laid out the salon into the space of the site that we had selected. From the design that this team provided, our architect and general contractor were able to build a salon just like the ones we visited in Denver during training. Throughout the process of getting this first salon open, I also learned a lot through numerous phone calls with many people on the Sola staff.

What type of training/support was (still is) provided to you?

Sola Salons provides touch points and conferences throughout the year such as the Sola Weekly newsletter, annual regional meetings, annual Conversation Series, bi-monthly Sola 60 calls, and the annual Sola Summit conference. These efforts are great for sharing information and receiving feedback with the system. Additionally, Sola has several Franchise Business Consultants who help franchisees with best practices and questions as they occur. Finally, Sola provides a robust

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monthly reporting package of significant KPIs and financials to help franchisees track their performance.

Has your work/life balance improved since buying the franchise?

As a Sola franchisee, I have much more control over my work/life balance than I used to. It doesn’t necessarily mean I work less, but I have more control over

when I work, and I can make the time for important events with my family since the schedule is less rigid than a typical job. I also have very little work travel which helps with having a young family.

If someone was interested in joining your franchise system, what would you say to them?

Do your research carefully. Take advantage of Sola’s Discovery Day and

the other resources available to you and ask a lot of questions. Be sure to speak to as many current franchisees as possible to make sure this is a good fit. Once you think you have as much information as you can get, compare what Sola Salons can offer to your business and life goals to make sure there is alignment there. Hopefully, it does and I’ll see you at a future event! v

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on-site and Retail Hydraulic and industrial Hose service Provider Begins the year with strong forward Momentum fueled by investment from Princeton Equity group.

PIRTEK USA, an on-site and retail hydraulic and industrial hose service provider, experienced continued growth in Q1 with eight openings and seven signed agreements.

Among the new openings were four first-time PIRTEK franchisees as well as expansions from four existing franchisees. The signings comprised six new franchisees and one existing franchisee expanding their territory through the signing of a resale agreement. This growth reflects the increasing demand for top-tier

hydraulic and industrial service providers across the country.

Since January, PIRTEK has opened a location in Memphis, TN; Lafayette, LA; Tomball, TX; Rosenberg, TX; Athens, GA; Lansing, MI; Victorville, CA; and Pembroke, MA. Additionally, PIRTEK’s signed franchise agreements will bring new locations to Oklahoma City, OK; Beaumont, TX; Savannah, GA; Idaho Falls, ID; Weatherford, TX; and Social Circle, GA.

“Our continued growth is a testament to the premium services we provide essential industries as well as the confidence our franchise partners have in the PIRTEK brand,” said Kim Gubera, CEO for PIRTEK USA. “Seeing our franchisees thriving and seizing opportunities for growth within our network underscores the strength of our franchise model. We look forward to supporting their continued success in delivering world-class hydraulic and industrial hose services to their communities.”

Experienced entrepreneur and existing PIRTEK franchisee Brian Rue – owner of PIRTEK Northwest Crossing, Baytown, Pearland, and recently opened Tomball –

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has seen so much success with the brand that he made the obvious decision to expand.

“Adding another franchise to our portfolio stems from the remarkable success we’ve experienced with PIRTEK,” said Rue. “Our existing locations have not only met but exceeded our expectations, solidifying our confidence in the brand, and we look forward to contributing to the continued growth and success of the PIRTEK brand.”

Additionally, late last year, Princeton Equity Group (“Princeton”), a private equity firm exclusively focused on the franchisor and multi-unit industry, invested in PIRTEK with the goal to bring additional resources and support to the existing franchisee and customer base, as well as expand PIRTEK’s North American footprint. With their backing, PIRTEK plans to build upon their forward momentum and double their sales and units in the next five years.

aBout Pirte K usa:

PIRTEK USA provides the fastest hydraulic and industrial hose maintenance and replacement services through on-site mobile and service centers. The brand has more than 500 franchise locations in 24 countries around the world, with more than 150 located in the U.S. PIRTEK has a 1-hour ETA for on-site hose service, is available 24/7/365, and is a simple solution that minimizes equipment downtime and eliminates the need for customers to leave their job sites or facilities to locate new hydraulic and industrial hoses as well as hydraulic fittings.


For more information, visit or follow us at @PIRTEKUSA on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram

PIRTEK prides itself on filling customers’ hose service needs quickly and efficiently, having the widest variety of superior products and parts to keep essential projects running. Their quick turnaround time is also credited to the 24/7/365 onsite emergency hose service offered to hydraulic and industrial-based businesses, enabling customers to be up and running again quickly, minimizing equipment downtime due to a hose failure.

PIRTEK onboards potential franchisees who put customer service at the forefront of their mission, and it welcomes driven individuals from all industries, regardless of technical experience. An initial investment for PIRTEK ranges from $216,400 - $619,300. Franchisees can expect extensive in-person and online training and ongoing support, and exclusive territories.

To learn more about PIRTEK franchise opportunities, visit

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founder and CEo Bryan Park reflects on the journey of the flooring franchise, from its humble beginnings in a Colorado garage to the strong national presence it now enjoys.

As we mark the 15th anniversary of Footprints Floors, I find myself reflecting on our incredible journey from humble beginnings to becoming a prominent national player in the flooring industry.

When I founded Footprints Floors in my garage in 2008, my vision was clear: to revolutionize the flooring industry by bringing more integrity, better customer service and new innovations to each

project. Now, with over 150+ territories, a thriving network of 87 franchisees and a new spot on the National Wood Flooring Association Board of Directors, I’m immensely proud of what we have accomplished together.

The start of the business was simple. When I returned to Littleton, Colorado, after my service in the U.S. Air Force, I realized that the Denver flooring industry lacked the level of service and sophistication that homeowners deserved. I wanted to change that. Fueled by a passion for doing what’s

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right, we set out to fill that gap and have since served nearly 50,000 homeowners and supported local franchisees in building their own meaningful businesses.

One of the defining characteristics of Footprints Floors is our unwavering commitment to customer service. From day one, we have prioritized transparency, integrity and communication. We treat our customers how we would like to be treated and, as a result, we have served as a beacon of quality and reliability for homeowners seeking flooring installation solutions for the past 15 years.

Through this journey, we’ve built relationships with national partners and become even more ingrained in the industry, consistently working to elevate our own skills and stay educated on best practices through system-wide training opportunities, conventions and peer-to-peer support.

This dedication has led to a recent partnership with a large, well-known national wood and tile retailer, wherein our franchise owners can refer customers to the vendor for partner pricing, and also the launch of our Revel Woods Footprints Collection, a premier product line.

Working in someone’s home comes with great responsibility, and knowing that

people trust us enough to welcome us reaffirms everything we’ve done to build our reputation to this point. In all aspects of the business, we’ve worked diligently to elevate our expertise, service, products and skills. This journey alone has been an incredible privilege.

That said, we’ve been fortunate to grow Footprints Floors into something more than just a business. Through Footprints Floors, we’ve been able to give back to aspiring entrepreneurs, through franchising, and to community members in need, through our First Fruits Fund. We allocate a portion of our profits to various community nonprofits that address the needs of people in our own communities. Both at the corporate and local levels, we feel so blessed to have the opportunities we have, and it means so much to us to pass those blessings along.

What started as a single operation in Colorado has grown into a national brand with over 150 territories. Every one of those 150+ territories represents an opportunity to serve and do impactful work afforded to someone who is truly passionate about doing so. Franchising was not the plan at the start of our journey, but I’m so grateful that it became a part of our story. Seeing the success of our franchise

owners and the impact they have in their communities fills me with pride.

Looking ahead to the next 15 years, the future is bright for Footprints Floors. We have ambitious expansion plans, both for our services offerings and geographical reach, including expansion in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware. Through every growth stage, we will continue to prioritize integrity, quality and service in everything we do, ensuring every footprint we leave is a testament to our commitment to excellence.

After adding 15 new territories with 12 new franchise agreements last year, it’s clear that our model is something people need. We remain focused on seizing new opportunities, building stronger relationships and inviting even more people into the Footprints Floors family.

As we celebrate this milestone, I express my gratitude to every single person who has played a role in our journey thus far. To my wife, who believed in this dream when I was working to support our young family out of our humble garage, and to every employee, franchise owner, customer and partner who has trusted us along the way: thank you. Here’s to the next 15 years of growth and impact — one footprint at a time. v

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the Charlotte, North Carolina-based franchising group donated $10,000 to help sponsor this year’s recipients and encourages its franchise owners to donate and support the program

HomeFront Brands, a property service franchise platform comprising five emerging brands, announced today that it has partnered with Operation Homefront to sponsor the program’s Military Child of the Year Award®, and congratulates the seven winners of this year’s awards.

HomeFront Brands donated $10,000 to the annual awards program, which recognizes outstanding young people for their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement and other criteria while facing the challenges of military life. Each recipient represents a branch of the United States armed services. The award winners receive $10,000 each, a laptop computer and other donated gifts.

“HomeFront Brands has always had a mission to support our veterans and their families,” said HomeFront Brands Chief

Marketing Officer Carie Beeman. “We are passionate about helping veterans transition to civilian life, and we have been lucky to welcome many veterans as part of our extended franchise family. When we heard about Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year, we recognized that our core values of Community, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Service (C.A.R.E.S.) aligned well with their program. And, while our similar names are just a coincidence, the partnership is a perfect match.”

Beeman and HomeFront Brands’ Chief Legal Counsel John Haraldson served as part of the judging panel to select the award winners. The 2024 winners were flown to Washington, D.C. earlier this month to attend a gala honoring their awards. Winners and their represented branches are:

• Isabella Arrieta, 17, U.S. Marine Corps

• Allison Candelario, 18, U.S. Army

• Lindsay Carstairs, 18, U.S. Navy

aBout HomeFront Brands:

HomeFront Brands empowers entrepreneurs to create thriving franchised residential and commercial property service brands. Driven by an experienced team of franchise executives and rooted in family values, HomeFront Brands helps emerging or established concepts accelerate their growth by delivering enterprise-level solutions to local business owners who aspire to build a dynasty and create generational wealth. By leveraging integrated technology, data-driven intelligence and advanced learning management systems, HomeFront Brands is building a foundation for its brands –Window Hero, The Designery, Temporary Wall Systems, Top Rail Fence and Yard Patrol Pros – to transform lives through franchise ownership.

For more information about HomeFront Brands’ current solutions, new business development, and franchising opportunities, please visit

• Caleb Hatch, 19, U.S. National Guard

• Noelani Martinez, 16, U.S. Air Force

• Charlotte Tama, 18, U.S. Coast Guard

• Taylor Walsh, 18, U.S. Space Force

HomeFront Brands offers opportunities to aspiring entrepreneurs seeking to make an impact in their communities, build dynasties and create generational wealth. HomeFront Brands has seen tremendous growth since its inception in February 2022 by leveraging data-driven insights and enterprise-level solutions with a focus on community-based franchising.

To learn more about HomeFront Brands, visit

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a roma Joe’s

Founded in 2000, aroma Joe’s is a local destination for handcrafted coffee and espresso drinks, unique flavor infusions, signature a J’s rUsh ® Energy drinks and all-day food offerings served with positivity, in a friendly and upbeat environment. headquartered in scarborough, Maine with more than 100 locations across Maine, new hampshire, Massachusetts, pennsylvania, Florida, rhode island, connecticut and new York, aroma Joe’s is actively expanding.

Beans & Brews co FFee H ouse

b eans & brews coffee h ouse has been around since 1993, when the Laramie family opened shop next to s alt Lake city’s beloved hangout, Liberty park.

t he family refined the process of high-altitude roasting™, which required special tweaks just like high-altitude baking. t hey soon got the process just right, and they built a reputation for uniquely smooth coffee in a friendly neighborhood setting. b eans & brews—or “ b eans,” as friends call us for short—is now a staple around Utah and its friends, idaho and n evada.

t he Laramie family still owns and operates our headquarters, and many baristas from our earlier days have grown into senior roles as managers, directors, and V ps. t hey carry on our best

J un Kco +

Founded on an unwavering commitment to quick and convenient solutions, JUnKco+ delivers a full range of professional junk removal, property cleanout and demolition services, including furniture and appliance removal, hoarding and estate cleanouts, shed demolition and more. JUnKco+ is offering a gateway to a fulfilling business opportunity in the junk removal and demolition service industry. both new and established JUnKco+ franchisees enjoy the advantages of a proven business model,

B ody Bar Pilates

Founded on the principles of strength, community, and balance, bodY bar pilates has been redefining fitness with its innovative approach to pilates since 2012. t he brand boasts state-of-the-art studios, equipped with the latest pilates reformers and apparatus, which provide a comprehensive fitness experience that goes beyond traditional exercise. bodY bar pilates presents a compelling opportunity for entrepreneurs passionate about fitness and community building.

Founded to redefine fitness, bodY bar pilates’ mission is to cultivate a balanced, athletic and real community. We are committed to providing a fiercely effective workout

Business Finance d e P ot

business Finance depot specializes in packaging equipment leases and sba Express Working capital loans for start-up and existing businesses.

our main clients are franchisors seeking financing for their new franchisees and manufacturers seeking financing for their equipment purchases.

aroma Joe’s is positively impacting people with passion, caring and a commitment to excellence throughout every shop and community. Multi-unit franchise opportunities are available. aroma Joe’s advantages include low franchise fee compared to other coffee business opportunities, varying build-out options, community engagement and an opportunity to positively impact people.

Learn more about aroma Joe’s franchising at

traditions and work to create new ones too. Meanwhile, around the region, locally owned franchises brew up our beloved recipes for their own neighbors. o ur guests are our reason for getting up in the morning. We love greeting regulars with their favorite drinks, made just the way they like ‘em. and we dig getting to know newcomers and welcoming them to the b eans community.

come in for a cup, alone or with a friend, and make yourself at home. and let us know how we can make your day a little brighter—whether it’s adding extra whipped cream or it’s donating a gift basket to your little-league fundraiser. cheers, and stop by soon.

contact: Kim Falk


comprehensive training, and ongoing business coaching, setting the stage for an exciting entrepreneurial journey in an industry full of profit potential.

investing in a JUnKco+ franchise provides you with the backing and support of bELFor Franchise group, a leading global residential and commercial services franchisor. With this, JUnKco+ owners gain access to a wealth of resources and a vast network of industry professionals, positioning the brand for accelerated growth and expansion.

experience, powered by pilates, that helps individuals discover their physical potential and enhance their overall well-being both on and off the reformer. o ur expert-led classes cater to all fitness levels in a welcoming environment, utilizing state-of-the-art pilates equipment.

a s a growing franchise, bodY bar presents an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurs in the fitness industry.

Joining the bodY bar family means becoming part of a movement that empowers individuals to achieve their fitness goals while building a thriving, community-centric business. t his opportunity is ideal for entrepreneurs looking to make a meaningful impact in the fitness world with a reputable, innovative brand.

our company also works with sba 7(a) lenders, alternate financing sources, crowd funding financing sources and companies that specialize in using retirement funds to capitalize a new business. please visit our website for more information.

Website: Email: phone: (800) 788-3884

contact: paul bosley

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comet c leaners

Franc H ise g rou P, llc

become a part of the largest family-owned dry cleaning chain in the Usa through our franchising opportunities. be your own boss, feed that entrepreneurial spirit, do business that not only helps individuals but your community as a whole. comet cleaners and Laundry services is here to help you help others. our 60 years of brand history speaks

d estination at H lete®

Everything team, Everything better® means we have the most comprehensive offering of equipment, apparel, fundraising solutions and performance products and services of any team dealer in the country.

We are proud to provide the best products, services and resources for youth, high school and college athletes and we are fully committed to making sure our customers are

d ry Bar sH o P s Franc H ising

drybar is an innovative concept in the multi-billion dollar beauty industry and as the world has changed so much so fast, there has never been a better time to make your entrepreneurial dreams come true! drybar has taken the country by storm with a refreshingly simple concept: provide amazing blowouts, in a fun and beautiful environment, at a great price. Life is too short not to do something you love!

drybar is more than just beautiful hair in about 45 minutes. it’s the experience, the happiness and the confidence women feel after a fresh dose of drybar!


now more than ever, businesses look to Fastsigns for innovative ways to connect with customers in a highly competitive marketplace.

o ur high standards for quality and customer service have made Fastsigns the most recognized brand in the industry, driving significantly more traffic to the web than any other sign company.

We also lead in these important areas:

• #1 Ranked Sign Franchise in Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise 500 three years in a row

Franchise Business Review FBR50 Franchisee Satisfaction award 2006-2015

for itself when it comes to customer loyalty and trust. We are an easy and straightforward business to learn, allowing you more time to spend focusing on profits than building business expertise.

For more information:

contact: Jack d g odfrey Jr. phone: 888-461-3555



100% satisfied. sports families also have the peace of mind knowing they can count on d estination athlete® for superior customer service and a convenient online experience. We have franchised our business model so that those with a passion for sports can be their own boss, get involved on a local level and make a difference in their communities.

Learn more or to apply for franchise ownership at

in addition to the strong brand and customer experience established by drybar you will benefit from the infrastructure of being part of Wellbiz brands, inc. a best-in-class franchise platform specializing in beauty and wellness concepts with nearly 1000 locations, Wellbiz brands, inc has developed resources to help you every step of the way!

For more information please contact Kelli schroeder at: ph: 303 663 0880 E:

Franchise Research Institute World Class Franchise 20112015

Franchise Research Institute #1 Rated Sign & Graphics

Franchise 2014-2015

CFA Franchisees’ Choice Designation 2004-2015

FASTSIGNS is one of only a handful of franchises approved for $21 million in sba financing for approved franchise candidates

Fastsigns has over 400 markets approved for development in the Us and canada and is also seeking Master or area developer expansion in markets worldwide.

For more information: phone: 1-214-346-5679


o r visit our Website:

Freeway i nsurance

b ecoming your own boss is a wish held by many, and franchising makes that possible. t he insurance industry is an incredible option with a unique mix of limitless potential and true security: people will always need insurance — no matter the state of the economy.

choosing your insurance franchise partner relies on forming an alliance with a company that shares your values, growth expectations and, most of all, offers you the life you envision. Freeway insurance guarantees a franchise model built with your success

as top priority. Freeway’s winning culture revolves around people first: You, your customers and your community. simply put, we deliver the best cost, choice and convenience. t hat’s our customer trifecta. With Freeway insurance’s established franchise model, focus on diversity and accessibility, and continuous support, we will turn your passion into a winning business.

For more information contact alex trachtman at: phone: 214-505-6973; Email: or visit

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g enerator s u Percenter

Generator Supercenter is the #1 seller of g enerac generators, and this allows you to enter this emerging market with instant brandname recognition that is associated with quality and reliability.

people know our brand name and trust the brand products that we offer. g enerator sales are part of a growing industry that appeals to both the public and private sectors.

Kumon n ort H a merica i nc.

high school math teacher toru Kumon developed the Kumon Method of learning more than 60 years ago in Japan, when his son was struggling with second-grade arithmetic.

realizing that a strong foundation in the basics-addition, subtraction, multiplication and division-was essential for higher-level math, Kumon created a series of math worksheets for his son to work on after school.

m ayweat H er Boxing + Fitness

after 21 years of being at the top of the boxing world, and winning multiple world titles, Floyd Mayweather has partnered with an industry-leading team to help entrepreneurs become champion business owners. Mayweather b oxing + Fitness studios have now become the gold standard in boxing group fitness.

d esigned for greatness – With over 100 locations open or in development, Mayweather b oxing + Fitness is connecting with savvy entrepreneurs who want to be a part of the most exciting brand to hit the boutique fitness category in a long, long time. $22b industry – Fitness is back, and it’s stronger than ever

by becoming a g enerator supercenter home services franchise partner, you can benefit from our impeccable reputation, established business model, customer service network, and proven experience in the power supply industry.

For more inforamtion: contact: glenn Leingang phone: 281-251-6100

Email: Website:

With daily practice, Kumon’s son gradually expanded his mastery of mathematical skills and by sixth grade was able to solve differential equations and integral calculus problems.

today, at locations throughout north america, Kumon franchisees apply this method of daily practice and self-paced advancement to children’s math and reading skills.

phone: 201-928-0444


before. While gym memberships are up all across the country, it’s group fitness that’s really exploding. While the majority of the boutique fitness industry offers a different spin on the same product, one brand stands out as a clear differentiator and an emerging leader of a booming category.

Unprecedented growth – With so much momentum behind the brand, Mayweather b oxing + Fitness is already one of the fastest growing franchise opportunities in the United states, and is continuing to take the market by storm.

contact: r yan reeves




c m illan P llc

McMillan pLLc is an innovative law firm focusing on commercial real estate law, financial services, and business law.

o ur attorneys are licensed in north carolina, south carolina, g eorgia and tennessee, and serve our clients from the firm’s charlotte and charleston offices.

We represent tenants in commercial lease negotiations and are particularly attuned to the

specific needs of franchisees. o ur founder, shawn McMillan, began his legal career over 20 years ago and has represented small businesses to national corporations in the commercial lease space.

McMillan pLLc prides itself on providing legendary service at fair rates.

For more information contact shawn McMillan at: phone: (980) 585-1260



n erds to g o

Build a future with the computer service industry pioneers and accomplish your business dreams with NerdsToGo!

computers, handheld devices, tablets, and mobile phones are all things that only continue to grow and change the landscape of the technology industry in the 21st century. t hat is why nerdsto g o is such a lucrative concept. With businesses, homeowners, and individuals continuing to rely

on technology, handling the repairs, computer service and support, and other computer services that can accompany a technologically based society seems like second nature. t his means franchise owners can tend to the high demands of a reliable customer base and reap the financial benefits by taking advantage of a constantly innovative, inventive, and lucrative industry. contact us today to learn why nerdsto g o is one of the fastest growing computer service and technology franchises in the United states!

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n ext Healt H

next health is your partner for vitality, longevity, and personalized health. We believe health is not the absence of disease.

health is the abundance of vitality.

t he next health journey is a medical, data-driven approach empowering you to live healthier, longer. conveniently offering the latest in technology and medical services in a vibrant atmosphere with white glove hospitality, next health Members and guests can enjoy: nad t herapy, iV t herapy, cryotherapy, infrared t herapy, hyperbaric o xygen

o H m Fitness

ohM Fitness is a franchise that provides a revolutionary fitness experience using wireless electrical muscle stimulation (EMs) technology integrated into a small group setting.

t he EMpower suit allows customers to complete an intense 2–3-hour workout in just 25 minutes. it is a low-impact workout that puts minimal stress on the joints, ligaments, and muscles, making it suitable for all fitness levels. ohM Fitness is the first fitness franchise to offer this wireless EMs technology in a group setting.

t herapy, hormone o ptimization, o zone t herapy, and aesthetics.

a s a one-stop shop of premium wellness services and technology, next health gives you the tools you need to live your healthiest life. o ur experienced medical team empowers you to achieve optimal vitality & longevity through our personalized, data-driven approach to health optimization. We take health to the next level.

For more information contact Vanessa Kekina at: phone: 310-295-2075



t he technology helps individuals work their muscles more effectively than with conventional workouts, producing better results in less time. ohM Fitness is ideal for health enthusiasts looking for real results without enduring the high-intensity stress of hiit training. it is also a perfect fit for those in recovery or fitness newbies, as well as busy parents and professionals. it doesn’t produce damaging cortisol spikes associated with stress, making it ideal for everyone.

contact: d oug payne

phone: (480) 582-2900



r emedy sPa & salon s uites

remedy spa & s alon suites first opened its doors in atlanta, g eorgia in 2018. a s an attempt to enter the highly profitable health and beauty industries, remedy spa & s alon suites came equipped with 22 fully leased salon suites. to date, they have opened three locations through Metro-atlanta.

amenities and perks to leasing include: 24/7 access, private upscale studios, spacious single/double suites, private parking, valet parking and premium fixtures, finishes and appliances. Franchisees will obtain access to the brand, tested and proven processes and support, purchasing power and distribution

synergy Home c are

sYnErgY home care is the fastest-growing national franchisor of home care services with over 200 franchises operating in more than 450 territories across the U. s

t he company provides a broad range of non-medical services including personal care, companion care, memory care and specialized care for individuals who are living with physical

chains, cooperative marketing, new product research, development and roll-out, experienced training staff, and continuing training and education.

Franchising opportunities are available to entrepreneurs and investors in all industries but will be particularly appealing to health and beauty enthusiasts.

remedy spa & s alon suites already has an established market presence and substantial market penetration in atlanta. From this successful platform, the company is looking to expand the brand in select key areas domestically.

or developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions or recovering from illness or surgery. no matter what each person’s circumstances are, sYnErgY home care steps in with effective, comforting, life-affirming care that moves people emotionally and physically forward.

For more information please contact Mike steed at: 888-578-5357


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tH e e ntre Preneur’s s ource

Established in 1984, t he Entrepreneur’s source® is north america’s leading career o wnership coaching™ franchise dedicated to empowering those who yearn to be self-sufficient and want to take control of their lives by finding a pathway to help them achieve their income, Lifestyle, Wealth and Equity goals.

t he Entrepreneur’s source® has grown

tH e g oddard s c H ool

g oddard systems, LLc, is the manager of t he g oddard school® franchise system. t he g oddard school is the acknowledged leader in the premium early childcare and education market segment.

t he g oddard school has been consistently named one of the top childcare franchises in the United states by Entrepreneur Magazine and one of the top 200 franchise systems (in worldwide sales) by Franchise t imes.

children learn best through experience. For 35 years, t he g oddard school has employed

u nited d e Fense tactical

Founded in 2019 and franchising since 2023, United d efense tactical is the first-of-its-kind self-defense training center actively bringing safety and protection to communities, families, businesses, and individuals. Wes Fox, Founder and chief instructor, saw the disconnect between training in a static environment and real-life scenarios, and founded United d efense tactical as a way to bridge that gap. Members at United d efense tactical receive a cumulative and educational training experience through an extensive curriculum while eliminating the risk and danger of training with live ammunition.

well B iz B rands inc.

WellBiz Brands, Inc. is a category leader in experience-based businesses that change lives.

With five separate franchise brands, amazing Lash studio®, drybar®, Elements Massage®, Fitness together®, and radiant Waxing™ and more than 900 locations, we help build profitable businesses by franchising emerging, growth-oriented consumer brands that

xP onential

Xponential is the largest global franchisor of health and wellness brands.

t hrough its mission to make health and wellness accessible to everyone, the company operates a diversified platform of eleven brands spanning across verticals including pilates, indoor cycling, barre, stretching, rowing, dancing, boxing, running, strength training, metabolic health, and yoga.

in partnership with its franchisees, Xponential offers energetic, accessible, and personalized workout experiences led by highly qualified instructors in studio locations throughout the U. s. and internationally, with

continuously since it started franchising in 1998 and continues to lead the $1.5 billion business coaching franchise market in north america.

t he Entrepreneur’s source® network of career ownership coaches offer coaching to individuals seeking alternate career possibilities outside of the traditional job market.

For more information about t he Entrepreneur’s source, please visit

academically endorsed methods to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life.

t he g oddard school serves more than 90,000 students from six weeks to six years old in more than 600 g oddard schools in 37 states and Washington, d c

to learn more about t he g oddard school, please visit g

For more information about t he g oddard school franchise system, visit g

courses range from beginner through police or military level experience. o ur reality based t hreat training concept is a cutting-edge approach to training individuals in real-world threat scenarios. Using dynamic virtual reality technology, it employs immersive simulations, self-defense, mindset, de-escalation and more, to create a highly realistic training environment.

For more information contact Ken Lynch phone: (949) 612-2711

offer exceptional, service-based experiences through recurring revenue models.

our vision is to establish a sustainable growth plan for each independent brand, and use our value-adding platform to extend to additional brands.

We do this work because we believe in making life better and building profitable experiencebased businesses in spaces that can’t be delivered online.

franchise, master franchise and international expansion agreements in 49 U. s. states and 22 additional countries. Xponential’s portfolio of brands includes club pilates, cycleb ar, stretchLab, row house, aK t Yogasix, pure b arre, stridE Fitness, rumble b oxing, bF t, and Lindora. With many of our brands ranked in industry growth awards like Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 and the inc. 5000 list each year, our brands continue to lead in the boutique fitness, health and wellness space.

For more information contact rachel Engel at: phone: 949 346 3000 Email: Website:

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to learn about the a-Z directory or any other products, please contact Vikki bradbury:

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