• Youth Gyms, Run by Veterans

    In an earlier blog, we mentioned the growing number of franchises that serve children. Baby and toddler gyms are pretty popular. But what about older kids? What’s really needed are youth gyms,that offer physical fitness to school-age kids who aren’t old enough to admit to regular gyms but too old for the kiddie programs. We’ve all heard about an […]

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  • Officers & Emotional Intelligence

    You’ve probably read at least a dozen blogs that discuss skills you learned in the military will serve you well in business. What we’ve noticed is that many of these articles and blogs don’t explicitly discuss how emotional intelligence is behind many of these skills. This is a skill that’s most obvious in good officers and even […]

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  • Franchises have been unfairly tagged as expensive investments. The truth is, there are many with modest start-up costs. Well-known franchise shops that carry products to sell are also more expensive than single-product stores like coffee shops and pizza outlets. Franchise investment costs can be surprisingly low for service-oriented ones; some can even be operated from your […]

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  • As a veteran, you probably don’t have a shortage of special offers for veterans. Many of them are just enticements to get you to buy something–a gym membership, maybe a discount at a restaurant–but some of them may be worth a serious look. Business loans aren’t one of them with the singular exception of the Small Business […]

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  • 3 Basic Types of Franchises

    Most people think about fast food when they hear the word “franchise,” but that’s just one kind of franchise out there. Depending on who you talk to or read, there are two or three different kinds of franchises. Some of them may well be top franchises for 2016. We’re going with three since this approach gives […]

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  • Veterans Flourishing in Entrepreneurship after Military

    While nearly three million U.S. military veterans have served their country since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, many of them have returned to a highly successful civilian life — as business owners. According to CreditDonkey.com, more than 2.4 million U.S. businesses are owned by veterans, totaling almost a tenth of all businesses and employing just under […]

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  • 5 Common Franchise Ownership Myths to Rethink

    Owning a franchise means you don’t have the ability to add your own ideas to your business, right? Not necessarily so. This, and other franchise ownership myths, are a part of common misconceptions that sometimes arise when entrepreneurs think about getting into the franchise game. But it’s important to remember: the franchise industry in one […]

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