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If I Could Do It Over, Would I Choose to Own a Franchise?

by: Jordan Gandy


Well, maybe….I think so…

Okay yes!

That would be my train of thought and answer to that question on most days. Franchising has been really fun at times; it also has been really frustrating at times. I have loved our franchisor at times; other times I have wanted to strangle someone at the home office.   I can only imagine this wave of ups and downs, celebrations and frustrations, is common in any other franchise as well, and in any other business for that matter.

To say I have a love/hate relationship with my franchisor would be fairly accurate. I will share

Why Building Your Personal Brand Is Critical

A Note from Joe Pulizzi

Why Building Your Personal Brand Is Critical

The question: What are the three most critical strategies a marketer can use to build a thriving personal brand?

From my own experience, the most impactful techniques are building a blog, writing books, and spreading your message through public speaking. These three, working in tandem, have led to unbelievable business opportunities. And it’s not just me.

Jay Baer, Ann Handley, Marcus Sheridan, Michelle Phan, Ann Reardon, and other successful thought leaders from around the world like Michael Hyatt and Tony Robbins have all used

The Franchise Tool Kit: Build Your Ideal Future

by: Merri Cronk

President of FranNet of Central and West Texas and the Rio Grande Valley

If you’re stuck between wanting to be your own boss, yet not wanting to start a business from scratch, then franchise business ownership could be the perfect hybrid opportunity. Franchising may seem intimidating, especially if you’re questioning if it’s right for you. Business owners face several challenges; however, one of franchising’s greatest strengths is its ability to position a person for greater success through its proven systems.

Potential franchisees should conduct a lot of research when looking

Toybrary – A SCORE Austin Success Story

SCORE HELPED ME WITH EVERYTHING! From marketing to pricing, my lease, networking, my business plan, and on and on and on. There wasn’t anything that my awesome mentor CELIA BELL couldn’t figure out! I am so, so grateful to her and others who helped me with space planning and financials.


Giving back at SCORE

By: Tom Barton

I have been blessed in my business career so I think it is only fair that I give back. I have thought that I should be doing something like working in a soup kitchen but decided that I can be more valuable to others if I volunteer in a capacity which utilizes my talents and experiences to help others.

There is an old saying that some attribute to the bible, but I have never been able to find it there: “If you give a man a fish, he can feed himself for a day. When you teach a man to fish, he can feed himself for a lifetime.”

Somebody suggested to me that helping somebody obtain a

8 Musts to Start Your Business With Little to No Capital

by: Jonathan Long


Founder and CEO, Market Domination Media

September 02, 2014


Entrepreneurs will often have amazing business ideas, but they put them on hold due to a lack of capital. They assume that their idea will never get far off the ground unless they have major funding behind them.

It seems that every day there is a new startup receiving millions of dollars from venture capital firms, but what you don’t hear about is the several startup failures that burn through millions of dollars only to fizzle out and shut their doors forever.


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