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$347M +

Amount franchises have contributed to community efforts

2,605,186

Hours franchise owners and employees have volunteered – and counting

65%

65 percent of independent franchises donate to charity and industry-wide contributions total approx. $1.5 billion and 18 million hours of volunteer activity

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Franchise Wire: IFA Members Receive First-Ever Open for Opportunity Awards at Event

By Mary Vinnedge This article originally appeared in FranchiseWire on October 3, 2022. Read the full piece. More than 300 franchise industry officials pressed their concerns with officials representing some…

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Roadshow Talks Capital and Diversity in Maryland

In August, the Open for Opportunity Roadshow headed to Maryland to visit local business owners and have in-depth conversations on access to capital and today’s workfoce. Starting in Capitol Heights,…

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Sharon Estroff, Challenge Island – Georgia

  When Sharon Estroff first started Challenge Island, it was just an education experiment she was conducting in her own classroom. As a 2nd grade teacher, Sharon thought of Challenge…

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Dennis Hodge, CertaPro – Oregon

  Dennis Hodge had decided it was time to move on from corporate America. He turned to franchising because he wanted the ability to control his own destiny and provide…

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Shannon Servor, GymGuyz – California

Shannon Sevor is a franchise owner of GYMGUYZ in Silicon Valley. The brand provides convenient, customized personal training, and brings the gym to the client’s home. Shannon felt like the…

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Joe Mabutas, AdvantaClean – California

Joe Mabutas is a franchise owner of Advanta Clean located in Central Valley California. He started as the company’s general operations manager gaining great experience with hands on cleaning and…

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Gloria Roach, Hammer and Nails – California

Gloria Roach started her career at Hammer and Nails in their corporate office in 2018. Headquartered in Folsom, California, Hammer and Nails is a unique approach to the evergreen self-care…

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Debbie and Deon Boles, Office Evolution – California

  Debbie and Deon Boles went searching for a franchise business that would lead them into retirement. Deon, a former tech worker in Silicon Valley, and Debbie, a former elementary…

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Mike Levitsky, FastSigns – Delaware

Mike Levitsky has been a franchise owner for over 30 years. He opened up his FastSigns location in Wilmington, Delaware in 1989. The work environment Mike has cultivated is one…

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Richard Carrico, The UPS Store – Georgia

Richard Carrico started his career working as an associate at his local The UPS Store after attending business school.  He found his passion in interacting with customers, so when his…

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