Yearly Archives: 2012

  • From the Blog:

    From Accounting to Child Care: Bringing Professional Expertise to Business Ownership in a New Industry

    If you had told Steve Ahrens 20 years ago that his future was in child care, he probably wouldn’t have believed you. After having spent ten years as a CPA, Steve was right in the middle of a successful career as a corporate chief financial officer. But somewhere along the way, something changed; or rather, […]

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    Why Starting My Own Business Was a Brilliant Idea

    Q&A with Kiddie Academy franchisee, Carol Haynes Is it smart, brave or just plain crazy? Is it risky or worth the reward? Today, people everywhere are enthusiastically embracing new business ventures and everyone has a different reason for going into business for themself. For those of you thinking about becoming your own boss, Carol Haynes […]

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    New Academies and Multi-Unit Childcare Franchises

    Q&A with Greg Helwig, President Averaging more than one new academy opening each month in 2012, Kiddie Academy® is on a steady path of expansion. We sat down with Greg Helwig, President of Kiddie Academy, to discuss what’s new and what’s coming up for Kiddie Academy and for its franchisees. Q:  This has been a great […]

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    3 Amazing Customer Service Stories – and How You Can Learn From Them

    The most story-worthy steak of all time?  The award might go to Morton’s Steakhouse, who used Twitter intelligence to deliver a remarkable customer service moment to one very surprised customer.  Like Morton’s Steakhouse, the best customer service organizations are delivering story-worthy experiences by establishing operational customer service initiatives.  In this series, we’ll look at great […]

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    4 Ways you’re Hurting your Shot at becoming a Franchise Owner

    Mistakes that hurt your credit score: Lending has made its (almost full) return. Loans are becoming more available, and all in time for you to start your own franchise business. Hold on, there’s more. Before the bank gives you a stamp of approval for a small business loan, they’re going to be examining your credit […]

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    2012 Annual Kiddie Academy Conference Recap – Families, SeaWorld and Snow

    Q&A with Greg Helwig, President This year’s annual Kiddie Academy Conference was nothing short of memorable. We sat down with Kiddie Academy President, Greg Helwig, who spoke to us about the conference’s highlights. Q: What makes this event so important to the Kiddie Academy System? Greg Helwig: The real benefit and the feedback that we […]

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    Guest Blog with Kathy and Pam

    This week’s guest bloggers, Pam and Kathy, are friends who started their own Kiddie Academy just over four years ago. The economy they faced was challenging, but Kathy and Pam share great business instincts and infectious positive energy.  Today they run a thriving center and they’re loving every minute of it.   Running our own business:  […]

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    Buying vs. Leasing: The Case for Owning the Property for Your Franchise Business

    Whether your still vetting franchise business opportunities or you’ve already chosen one, at some point you are going to have to decide whether to buy or lease the property it will live on.  Thinking about this aspect of the franchise process sooner, rather than later, will help you more thoroughly evaluate franchise concepts and begin […]

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    Getting More by Giving Back

    Corporate professionals and business world academics have long debated the bottom-line merits of corporate social responsibility.  In the realm of large corporations trying to tackle issues on a scale with their company’s breadth, this debate can and will go on ad infinitum.  On the scale of a franchise business investing in a local issue in […]

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    3 Reasons to Be an Active Franchise Association Member

    Organizations such as the International Franchise Association (IFA) help protect and support franchise owners and their businesses.  Whether you’re just starting out or already own multiple locations, staying an active member of franchise associations is valuable. Here’s how they benefit business owners: 1. Helping you get started: The IFA will help you ask all the […]

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