Author: John Francis

How an Area Representative Can Be the “Sweet Spot” in Franchising

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The Benefits of Having a Board: Real Stories of Value

John Francis on Sep 21, 2015 7:38:31 AM Advisory Boards, Franchising Help

Many entrepreneurs fear the idea of forming a board because they don’t know what to expect.  What they aren’t realizing, however, is that boards can provide value in ways you might not imagine.  In an earlier piece, I discussed eight benefits of having a board – many of which are common sense, easy to understand points.  This month, we’re delving into some potentially unexpected benefits based on my first-hand experiences as a board member.  Although the outcomes to each of the following situations were positive, the stories would have ended differently had there not been a board in place to help the business owners succeed.

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The 2015 FaegreBD Summit

Earlier this month I attended the FaegreBD Franchise Summit in Minneapolis. Hosted by the Law Firm of Faegre Baker Daniels, this annual event attracted 150 professionals from 75 different franchise brands.

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The 2015 IFA Summer Board Meeting

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Franchise Validation: Why it’s Important and How to Use it

I recently spoke to a group of top-performing franchisees at a conference held in Chicago, the focus of which was to help these top performers improve even more.  One of the topics their corporate office wanted me to discuss was the importance of validation – both for prospective and current franchisees.

Are You Ready to Take Your Franchise System to the Next Level?

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A Recap of the 2015 Multi-Unit Conference

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How Technology Can Help Take Your Franchise to the Next Level

John Francis on Apr 25, 2015 10:16:01 AM Franchisors


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Why Your Organization Needs an Advisory Board

John Francis on Mar 24, 2015 9:13:15 AM Advisory Boards, Franchising Help

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Reflecting on the 2015 IFA Convention

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The IFA Convention Is Coming: Are You Ready?

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About the Franchise Expert


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John Francis is an enthusiastic, engaging business advisor, and an entertaining public speaker for franchise brands because he speaks from experience and he speaks from the heart. Franchising is in his blood, and his parents were true pioneers in the industry, turning their family haircutting business into a 1,000-salon franchise empire. He has been a franchisee and a franchisor, and has a deep understanding of the issues both face. Engage John as an advisor or to speak at your event, and you and your franchisees will learn how to look at your business in new, positive, and profitable ways.

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