Franchise Voice

Franchise Voice

Franchise Voice: The International Franchise Association Podcast delivers top trends and news from the world of franchising to franchise leaders and opportunity seekers. Hear about the success stories and proven business strategies that illustrate why franchising represents one of the most dynamic and widely used growth strategies in the modern era.

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September 8, 2022 20 min

It’s not often that we get a Congressional Candidate that understands the ins and outs of franchising. Chuck Edwards joins Franchise Voice to share the nuances in policy that impact both the franchise business model and small business ownership at large and how having a background in franchising informs public service.

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The major disruptions in the workplace are revolving around HR and workforce development. Sam Caucci, CEO and Founder of 1Huddle, shares ideas with podcast host Jack Monson on:

How can franchise systems create a more engaging environment and culture?
What are successful brands doing to combat changing expectations and needs?
And how can franchisees and other small business owners most effectively train and retain great teams?

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August 25, 2022 33 min

August is National Black Business Month and we’ve invited leaders from The Diversity Institute and The Black Franchise Leadership Council Chair to discuss how we can advance the goals of improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in franchising.

Rikki Amos, Executive Director of The IFA Foundation leads a conversation with Earsa Jackson, Richard Snow, and David Smith.

Special Guest: Rikki Amos.

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Today’s guest on Franchise Voice is Franchise Payments Network CEO Tom Epstein, discussing trends in payment processing in the current inflationary environment.

Tom shares new research about what franchise systems are thinking regarding passing processing fees and other fees onto the consumer as well as cryptocurrency, buy-now-pay-later, and other structures that are disrupting traditional payment processing.

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“Franchising is for everybody.”

Mark Jameson of Propelled Brands and Paul Pickett of Wild Birds Unlimited share the mission of IFA’s Pride Council, how franchise systems can be more inclusive of the LGBTQ community, and their own personal stories of rising to leadership positions in franchising while being authentic. And moderator Rikki Amos gives an overview of The IFA Foundation and The Diversity Institute.

Special Guest: Rikki...

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Live from IFE 2022 in New York!

IFA’s CEO Matt Haller sits down with podcast host Jack Monson to discuss challenges he’s hearing from small business owners and an update on IFA’s Open for Opportunity program. Plus, we’ll chat about next week’s Franchise Customer Experience Conference in Atlanta.

Next, Charlie Chase, CEO of FirstService Brands shares his thoughts on the empowering nature of the franchise business model as well as...

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Access to capital is one of the biggest challenges to growing diverse and representative franchise ownership. In fact, it is one of the most common issues or barriers to entry raised among potential franchisees from communities of color. But accessing capital doesn't have to be that hard if you know where to look.

Join IFA Foundation Executive Director Rikki Amos, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at the Opportunity F...

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Robin Gagnon is the Co-Founder of We Sell Restaurants and the Chair of the IFA Women's Franchise Committee. She joins Franchise Voice hosts Bill Meierling and Jack Monson to discuss the success of the franchise model during and post-pandemic as well trends she's spotting for the restaurant industry for the rest of this year and next.

Special Guest: Robin Gagnon.

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The California FAST Recovery Act is a continued attempt to end the franchise model as we know it and harm thousands of local restaurant business owners in California and the jobs they support. The legislation will establish an unaccountable, unelected council of political appointees to oversee workplace policy, independent of the legislature and outside of existing labor law. In addition, by statue, it will eliminate the franchise ...

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Today's Franchise Voice features Constance Hill-Johnson, owner of Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services of Cleveland with your hosts Bill Meierling and Jack Monson. Today, Hill-Johnson was announced as the Chairman of the Board for the Cleveland Foundation, the world’s very first community foundation that today is also one of the largest with assets exceeding $2.5 billion and annual grant making of more than $100 million. ...

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In this episode, we are discussing the impact of the war in Ukraine on franchised businesses and the decision of many to cease operations in Russia, as highly reported in the media. We will dive in to how all of this works, answer frequent questions, and address common misperceptions about the franchise business model. We have two international franchise experts who will help set the record straight about how franchising works and ...

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February 24, 2022 23 min

On today’s podcast, Bill Meierling and Jack Monson sit down with IFA’s Jennifer Brandeen and Sandie Curtis. Then, we have a conversation with Wanda Williams, Head of Global Franchising at Yum! Brands.

For more information on The Yum! Center for Global Franchise Excellence, please visit
https://business.louisville.edu/about/learning-at-cob/yumcgfe/

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February 9, 2022 31 min

The International Franchise Association welcomes you to Franchise Voice Episode 1!

Join hosts Bill Meierling and Jack Monson for a conversation with IFA CEO Matt Haller. Matt shares his vision on how this podcast will integrate with other communications channels for the franchise community. We'll also preview the upcoming IFA Annual Convention and other events that will help small business owners grow in 2022!

Special Guest: M...

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