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$347M +

Amount franchises have contributed to community efforts


Hours franchise owners and employees have volunteered – and counting


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


Denise and Jeff Garvey, CertaPro Painters – Delaware

When Jeff and Denise Garvey went looking for a second career they could go into together, they searched for a franchise that could benefit their community and be fulfilling. Denise…

Meet Denise and Jeff Garvey

Clarissa Bradstock, Any Lab Test Now – Georgia

Clarissa Bradstock joined Any Lab Test Now when the brand began franchising in 2007. Having been there since the beginning and taking over as CEO in 2014, Clarissa has seen…

Meet Clarissa Bradstock

Jim Ploughe, CertaPro Painters – North Carolina

Before becoming a franchise owner, Jim Ploughe was in restaurant management for 25 years, where he was first introduced to the opportunity of franchising. After realizing the opportunity that franchising…

Meet Jim Ploughe

Dispatches from the Road: Miami is Open for Opportunity

In early March, the International Franchise Association and Restaurant Brands International hosted Open for Opportunity Miami—an incredible road show event focused on workforce development and diversity, equity, and inclusion in…

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Tracy Panase, Just Between Friends – Pennsylvania

When looking for a new opportunity and a lifestyle that would give them flexibility to spend more time with their kids, Tracy Panase and her husband John came across Just…

Meet Tracy Panase

Arnie Seyden – Your Pie – Georgia

When Arnie Seyden and his wife wanted to do something different with their careers that tied directly back to their local community, they turned to franchising. In 2019, their family…

Meet Arnie Seyden

Open for Opportunity Takes on Atlanta

Following a successful trip to South Florida, the Open for Opportunity roadshow headed to metro Atlanta, the franchising capital of the U.S., where more brands are headquartered than any other…

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Cheston C. Syma, Sport Clips Haircuts – Texas & Illinois

Cheston C. Syma is a U.S. Marine veteran, a former security contractor for the U.S. State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency, a Cum Laude graduate of the University of…

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Chris McCuiston, Goldfish Swim School – Birmingham, MI

When Chris McCuiston does his job, he doesn’t only give a child the opportunity to enjoy backyard pool parties, sailboat cruises, and rope swings over the creek, but he gives…

Meet Chris McCuiston

Tamra Kennedy, Taco John’s – St. Paul, MN

Tamra Kennedy always wanted to own her own business. That path started in 1984 when Tamra found a job in Des Moines, Iowa as a secretary for a gentleman that…

Meet Tamra Kennedy