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I Am Franchising - Real Life Success Stories From Franchisees

Franchising is a business model that has led millions to financial success. Every franchisee has a singular story - of where they've been, how they chose franchising, and of the challenges they've overcome on their pathway to personal and business success. I Am Franchising brings these real-life stories to you online. Someday your story may appear here as well.

Family Success Story: David And Joye Griffin And Their 3 Sons Prosper In Hard Times »

By Kerry Pipes

When we profiled David Griffin in 2010, he had just purchased 25 Jiffy Lube stores in Colorado. The stores were underperforming, some were dilapidated, and the U.S. economy still at one of its all-time lows.

Enjoying Success: Working Hard - And Enjoying It - Spells Success For Mike Treadwell »

By Debbie Selinsky

Growing up on a farm in the Texas panhandle, Mike Treadwell was looking for a way to stretch his entrepreneurial wings. He thought of opening a restaurant.

All-Around High Achiever »

By Debbie Selinsky

In a time when many business executives are looking at what to cut because of rising payroll and healthcare costs, Michael Kulp, president and CEO of KBP Foods, a $250 million restaurant company with units in nine states, is taking an "inverse" approach.

The Fundamental Approach: Charles Smithgall Grows His Aaron's Empire By Keeping It Simple »

By Kerry Pipes

Charles Smithgall has a system. He operates with a simple business plan and model that focuses on executing fundamentals and getting results.

Franchising All-Pro: Former NFL Tackle Parlays His Winning Ways In Franchising »

By Debbie Selinsky

If you ask retired NFL defensive tackle Don Davey to list the qualities needed to succeed in the NFL or in franchising, his list is the same: competitiveness, tenacity, discipline, coachability, and focus

True Perspective: Adversity Brought Focus And Balance To Charles Loflin »

By Kerry Pipes

Cancer was a wakeup call for Charles Loflin. He was a successful businessman in 2009 going from one accomplishment to the next.

Keeping It Simple--Big Time! »

By Kerry Pipes

Keeping the business model simple has paid off handsomely for Charles Smithgall over the past 18 years he has been an Aaron's franchisee

All About Systems: Checks, Balances, Success For Charles Haney »

By Debbie Selinsky

There's a sign on the wall in Charles Haney's Burger 21 restaurant in Voorhees, N.J., that he believes lists all the best ways to succeed. One, he says, defines who he is: "B-different."

B-Different!: Building Success By Trusting His Gut »

By Debbie Selinsky

One of Charles Haney's favorite things about his new Burger 21 restaurant in Voorhees, N.J., is a wall sign that he believes lists all the best ways to succeed.

Tough Times: Dunkin' Franchisee Survives Business Startup During Economic Low »

By Debbie Selinsky

Talk about starting a business during the worst of times. Jason Duffy knows just what that's like.

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