Reimagining the Canadian Cafe

February 19, 2019 admin

Ask most so-called coffee experts about the origins of the premium coffee franchise, and they’ll probably go on about Starbucks and Seattle. The little kiosk that opened in the Scarborough Town Centre in 1975 in Toronto rarely gets mentioned. That’s too bad, because that first Second Cup was Canada’s own [read more…]

2019 Franchising Trends Report

January 7, 2019 admin

Bringing with it a series of sweeping changes that set the industry on a new course, 2018 was nothing short of a whirlwind year for Canadian franchising. From the legalization of cannabis on Oct. 17, to drastic changes in consumer behavior, the 2017/2018 calendar year was one of transition and [read more…]

The Drive for Excellence

October 22, 2018 admin

The road less travelled isn’t always smooth or easy, but big rewards are in sight for those that stay the course. For Mr. Lube multi-location co-owners Rick Spindor and Keith Wickens, it was taking the unbeaten path that shifted their success into high gear. In 2007, Spindor had just ended [read more…]

Woman Power

June 25, 2018 admin

With a sharp business sense, great communication skills, and a collaborative spirit, more women are taking the helm of the franchising sector than ever before. Check out how three self-made mavens founded kid-focused franchises that are changing the way women do business. CEFA Early Learning After working in various school [read more…]

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The Orange Effect

April 25, 2018 admin

In the spring of 2010, founders Ellen Latham, Dave Long, and Jerome Kern opened the first Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) studio in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A year and a half later, Canadian David Hardy became a partner in the company and, in the fall of 2012, Orangetheory was already opening the [read more…]

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Mary Brown’s: New and Improved

February 21, 2018 admin

What came first – the chicken or the franchise? Newfoundland’s own Mary Brown’s Chicken & Taters is truly a Canadian success story. Originating in St. John’s in 1969, Greg Roberts, a Newfoundland entrepreneur, bought the company from the previous owners in 2007. With vision and savvy, he quickly grew the [read more…]

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2018 Franchising Trend Report

December 20, 2017 admin

Small business is big in Canada, with 1.14 million small businesses in the country in 2015, up from 1.08 million in 2012. In fact, the majority of Canadian businesses are small businesses, with 97.9 per cent of all Canadian employer businesses classified as small businesses (with one to 99 paid [read more…]

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All Hands on Deck

October 26, 2017 admin

After 10 years of working in the banking world, Amber Dinda was ready for a career change. An entrepreneur at heart, Dinda had spent the better part of a decade commuting to her corporate job in downtown Toronto, working long hours, and never shaking the feeling that she was missing [read more…]

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Symposium Cafe’s Excellent Adventure

August 11, 2017 admin

Symposium Cafe set a big goal for itself this year: win the Grand Prize at the CFA’s Awards of Excellence within three years. It was a big one, because winning one of the two prizes means your company’s franchisee relations are the strongest of any participating CFA franchise in the [read more…]

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Sportball is Fostering Future Success

June 7, 2017 admin

When Carmella and Mark Gelgor started Sportball in 1995, they wanted to use play as a vehicle to teach skills that would be useful, not just on the playing field, but in all areas of life. As the name implies, the multi-sport program engages children in active play through ball [read more…]