Sunday, September 14, 2014

MICHIGAN FRANCHISE FORUM – Meet the Franchisors Expanding in Michigan

MICHIGAN FRANCHISE FORUM:  Meet the Franchisors Expanding in Michigan

October 16, 2014 at 3pm - Grand Rapids, MI
GVSU Bicycle Factory:  201 Front St.

The Forum was launched in early 2008 and continues to be presented at least bi-annually. It is offered at NO CHARGE to the general public, but REGISTRATION is REQUIRED.

This is your chance to learn about six premier franchise companies that are poised for continued expansion in our state, and to meet their franchise development executives! Tips on franchise due diligence will also be presented, and a franchise financing expert will discuss your funding options.

This free, "must attend" event is for anyone who wants to:
  • Leave Corporate Life Behind
  • Be Your Own Boss
  • Enjoy Career Independence
  • Build Long-Term Equity
  • Launch a Recession-Resistant Business
  • Hear About Financing Options
  • Diversify Your Investment Portfolio
  • Create Additional Income Opportunity
Opportunities exist in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, The Lakeshore, Lansing and surrounding areas with initial investments starting at $70,000.

Categories may include:
  • Light Manufacturing
  • Home and Office Decor
  • Retail/Commercial Distribution & Recycling
  • Professional Staffing
  • Residential/Commercial Building Services
  • MASTER Franchising
The Michigan Franchise Forum brings aspiring entrepreneurs together with the local franchise experts of FranNet AND franchise development executives from an array of premier concepts eager to expand their presence in Michigan.

The program includes:
  • A brief introduction to the world of franchising, and a safer approach to franchise due diligence and selection
  • Updates on the “State of Franchising” here in Michigan
  • A brief presentation by each Franchisor, including an overview of their business model and what they look for in a successful franchise owner
  • Tips on franchise funding
  • An opportunity for Q & A, and optional one-on-one time with any or all of the Franchisors 
If you’re thinking about making a change and becoming your own boss, or looking for a better investment opportunity, this event is for YOU!

For more information and to RSVP, please visit or contact me directly at 616-891-1374 or

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Let's Start At The End, You Just Retired

Its many years in the future, and you have just officially retired.  You just finished life as a franchise owner, and now you are ready to enjoy rest and relaxation.

Did you enjoy working for yourself?
Its a sense of liberation being your own boss.  Your rules.  You didn't have to worry about an immediate supervisor and if they were satisfied with your work.  You didn't have to worry about your supervisors boss who you have maybe seen five times in five years.  I won't even bring up the corporate suits you have never met that can change your life by a simple order down the corporate ladder.

Did you take on the world and succeed?
You took challenges head on.  You didn't break.  The business you built still stands.  In fact, you may have opened up new locations.  You created.  In fact, you may have created positions for your family and truly created a business legacy.

Did you retire in a much better financial position?
Investments are never guaranteed.  But, savings accounts lose money if you consider inflation.  Stocks go up and stocks go down.  You invested in something
YOU control, you invested in yourself.  You may have had to work hard.  You were successful, you made it happen!

Now lets time travel from the present to retirement as noted above?  What options can you consider to find retirement by modes noted above?
Franchise ownership isnt something that most entrepreneurs immediately think of, but truly is a viable option to consider.  Just imagine, someone elses successful idea and YOU GET TO USE IT.  You dont have to worry about creating a product, service or brand.  You are being handed the ball run with it!

Start the process of finding your vehicle to retirement today, join me for one of these two free events:
·       September 30:  Business Ownership Options
o   This free seminar introduces you to the world of franchising, including entry strategies, financing, categories, and more.  Learn if franchising could be a path for achieving your goals, and if so, how to go about finding the right fit for you!
o   9:30am in Grand Rapids, MI
·       October 16:  SIGNATURE EVENT Michigan Franchise Forum Meet the Franchisors Expanding in Michigan
o   Learn about several premier franchise companies that are poised for continued expansion in our state and meet their franchise development executives. 
o   This event includes presentations on franchise due diligence, financing, the “State of Franchising,” Q & A sessions, and more!
o   3:30pm in Grand Rapids, MI

If you have any questions about franchising or one of my upcoming events, please contact me at 616-891-1374 or

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Michigan's Success Can Be Your Success

Last week’s passage of Proposal 1 (eliminating personal property tax on small businesses) is another shining example of the bold reforms that led Michigan to be named the Most Improved State for 2014 by The American Economic Institute and Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc. in their annual Pro-Business States Report. Overall, Michigan ranked no. 3 among the nation's Top 10 most populous states and no. 2 among the eight Great Lakes states.

This report mentioned specifically the Right to Work legislation and the repeal of Michigan’s MBT tax as helping to skyrocket our state’s standing.  Add this to being ranked second of the ten largest states by The Tax Foundation as being the most business friendly, being first in the nation in high tech job growth for the past three years, and having the lowest unemployment in six years means that the time could be right to start a new business. In fact, Business Services (providing services to other businesses) is one of the top growth sectors in Michigan.

No matter the industry, starting a business in Michigan can give you a distinct advantage in comparison to other investment types.   With great work being done by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and our elected officials creating a pro-business environment, economic activity in the state is at a 10-year high.

How can someone take advantage of this positive economic climate?  Learn how at my no-cost, no-obligation franchise ownership seminar on August 20 at 1pm in Grand Rapids, MI.  Michigan's success can be your success!  Together, let's start talking about it.  To register or for more information, please visit  You can also contact me at 616-891-1374 or

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Upcoming Seminars and Webinars

Webinar - Aug 06, 2014: Franchisor Spotlight: Emerging Franchisor in a Recession-resistant Industry
Whether you are looking to make a career change, recently retired or simply interested in becoming your own boss, FranNet invites you to explore business ownership. In this Franchisor Spotlight, learn about an emerging franchisor in an industry that has seen positive growth over the last 10 years. This franchise is positioned in a category that sees improved technology and new applications being introduced daily.
Seminar - Aug 20, 2014: Franchising as a Career, an Investment, or Both
Presented in collaboration with SCORE Grand Rapids at Northwood University's Grand Rapids Campus, this exclusive event will get all your franchising questions answered!  During the program, FranNet will discuss the details on franchising such as industry categories, costs, funding, the regulations governing the industry, and how to find a great fit. 
Webinar - Aug 20, 2014: Is Buying a Franchise Right for You?
Stop climbing the corporate ladder and create one! For many people, starting a business is a once-in-a-lifetime event. But with FranNet, you can make starting a business a once-for-a-lifetime event. Join us to find out how!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

An inside look at the "Hyper-Local" Business Marketing Services Industry

With Special Guests:

Wednesday, July 23rd - 5pm

Learn the in the outs of the only national company laser-focused on local, community-based, neighborhood businesses!

Money Mailer has re-invented marketing for local business owners by leveraging the proven effectiveness of targeted direct mail with cutting edge digital components so businesses can reach existing and potential consumers at home, on the go, with or without a physical coupon or redemption.

Attend this exclusive local event to hear more from corporate Money Mailer representative, Jeff LeBlanc, on this single or multi-unit, recession resistant model with territory available in virtually all of West Michigan.  Highlights of this opportunity include:

  • B2B model with repeat customers
  • Full-time, owner operator model 
  • Home based and requires few employees
  • Offers recession-resistant services catering to small and medium sized businesses
  • Low cost investment.
  • Extremely fast start-up.
  • On-going and initial lead generation provided by corporate.

Hosted By: FranNet of Michigan
Brigitte Betser
Franchise Placement Specialist
616.891.1374 •

To Register:

Monday, July 14, 2014

Non Food Concepts DOMINATE Franchise 500

Entrepreneur Magazine just released its Franchise 500 rankings, which attempts to show you the top 500 franchises (regardless of size) based on objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation.  For more details how the ratings are determined, please visit

Let’s take a look at the Top 25 in this list, based on CATEGORY – not the franchise itself.  You’ll notice I’m not mentioning any specific company’s name, just the category.

1. Fitness
2. Hotels
3. Fast Food
4. Personal Care
5. Fast Food
6. Convenience Stores
7. Disaster Restoration
8. Casual Dining
9. Casual Dining
10.  Fast Food
11.  Fast Food
12.  Commercial Cleaning
13.  Hotels
14.  Fast Food
15.  Tax Preparation
16.  Fast Food
17.   Rent-to-Own
18.   Supplemental Education
19.   Travel Agents
20.   Fast Food
21.   Tax Preparation
22.   Postal and Business Services
23.   Commercial Cleaning
24.   Professional Tools
25.   Auto Repair

Out of the top 25 – only 7 are Fast Food franchises and 2 are casual dining franchises.  If you look at the next 25 – an additional 7 have food operations (2 of them being in the ice cream business).

So, if you are thinking of starting your own business – think franchising!  It’s more than just fast food or dinner chains.  There is a bit of everything!

And if you want to learn more about franchising, I have two FREE events coming for you ---

1)  SEMINAR:  Business Ownership Options - Tuesday, July 15Learn franchising basics, including the array of categories and investment levels available (starting at around $50K), and how to go about defining your own personal vision, matching that up with viable choices, and conducting proper due diligence to make sure your selecting the RIGHT fit for YOU!MORE INFO          RSVP

2)   WEBINAR:  Semi-Absentee Opportunity in the Health & Wellness Sector - Wednesday, July 16The featured franchise comes from one of the fastest-growing industries in the country. This is a great opportunity to join the second largest concept in its industry where you’ll find a business that has seen rapid revenue growth at more than 20% in franchises open more than a year. Repeat and referral business will drive your growth, and residual revenue will bring cash flow at the beginning of each month.

You can always contact me at 616-891-1374 or if you have any questions or would like to talk more about starting your own business.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Master Franchise Model for Empire Builders

Wednesday, JUNE 18  |   2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Online Seminar - NO CHARGE  

This Franchisor Spotlight features a start-up company
that has over 100 years of combined franchise experience
on its senior management team. 

The business is situated in a $48 billion industry and growing consistently on average at 5.5 percent year-over-year. This franchisor spotlight will focus on master franchisee opportunities. Ideal candidates can enjoy a steady, repeat and cash business while also helping members of the community.

The executive franchise structure is two-tiered, with a decentralized management model that allows for a more predictable business and flexible hours. As a recession-resistant concept, the franchisee can add additional units as the business grows. There are long-term multiple revenue streams and on-going support and training from the franchisor.

The executive business model is positioned for a mid to upper-level executive looking to maintain a family-focused lifestyle and a Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule. Ideal candidates should be comfortable with sales and marketing and have excellent leadership skills. The owner’s focus will be on hiring a small staff to assist with the building of the organization and supporting unit operators.

Features of the business:  
  • Recession-resistant industry
  • Simple organization with few employees
  • Multiple revenue streams and no receivables
  • On-going franchisor support and training 
  • Flexible schedule allowing for more work/life balance
Reservations for this No Fee Webinar can be made at,, or 616-891-1374.