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Help for Entrepreneurs Wanting to Franchise Business

Susan Wells, a partner with the law firm of Jaburg Wilk is hosting FranFocus–a no-cost presentation by experienced professionals for successful entrepreneurs considering expanding their businesses through franchising, followed by cocktails, on Wednesday, March 12th from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Jaburg Wilk, 3200 N. Central Ave., Suite 2000 Phoenix, AZ 85012.

Attendees will learn what franchising is, what makes their business franchisable, how to add value through branding, how to prepare their operations for franchising, site build out and commercial leasing issues for franchise systems and how to position their business to attract great franchisees.

Presenters include:

Susan Wells, who has been advising franchisors and franchisees since 1993, when she began representing Cold Stone Creamery®. Susan will discuss what “franchising” is, as well as what makes a business “franchisable.”

Randi Miller, a principal with BrandSculpt, has helped her clients design, develop and monitor performance of new concepts and refine and reposition brands and products to enhance customer experience and increase profitability for over 30 years. Randi will discuss key principles in developing strong brands for fledgling and potential franchise systems.

Dana Robling has been responsible for franchise development for Moe’s Southwest Grill® and Kahala Franchising’s 15 brands. Dana will share her experience in refining and institutionalizing operational practices of a successful business to facilitate franchisees’ successful replication and operation of that business.

Melinda Hinkson has been a co-owner of Sigma Contracting, a general contractor with significant experience in retail build outs, since 1983. Melinda will provide practical advice about what franchisors should consider in developing prototypes for their franchise systems.

Renee Gerstman, a partner with Jaburg & Wilk, advises landlords and tenants in connection with their commercial leases, often in the franchise context. Renee will discuss lease provisions that are necessary for the protection of the franchise system.

Harriet Moser, a Franchise Consultant with FranNet of Arizona and New Mexico, assists her clients select business opportunities that match their skill sets, financial resources and goals. Harriet will share what prospective franchisees are looking for in a franchise system.

To attend the no-cost presentation, please email Lindsay Preach your name, company name and phone number at info@jaburgwilk.com or call 602.248.1044. Seating is limited.

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HomeSmart International Expands Network into Texas

Real estate firm HomeSmart International continues its nationwide growth with the opening of its newest franchise in Cedar Hill, Texas. Based in Phoenix, HomeSmart began franchising two years ago, offering one of the most attractive business models in the real estate industry.

HomeSmart CEO and President Chuck Lemire believes this new partnership will continue the international growth of HomeSmart and provide great brokerage services through the franchise owners leadership and experience in the Dallas Forth Worth region. Dallas Fort Worth is one of the top five economic markets in the United States and HomeSmart is the number one independent brokerage firm in the Southwest.

Since opening in January 2000, HomeSmart has had tremendous success by growing to over 7,500 agents nationwide. HomeSmart provides their Franchise Partners with specific systems and technology that create efficiency in operations and keep costs down while allowing exponential growth.

Cedar Hill franchise owners Jonathan Cochran and John Gerhardt bring a unique mix of experience to HomeSmart. Cochran served in the US Navy as a Naval Flight Officer before entering the civilian work force as a real estate agent, while Gerhardt worked as a real estate agent for seven years before partnering with Cochran.

“After learning about HomeSmart and gathering an understanding of what the franchise offers for our clients and for our agents, my business partner [Gerhardt] and I chose to purchase a HomeSmart franchise and begin our new direction in real estate as HomeSmart franchise owners. It was an excellent choice,” said Cochran.

Gerhardt adds, “I have always had a passion to help others and real estate offers that opportunity in unique ways. My family and I are very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead as we embark on this new endeavor with HomeSmart.”

HomeSmart emphasizes the importance of being aware of client needs and exceeding their expectations, which in turn builds strong relationships with the buyers and sellers in every market. HomeSmart’s proprietary software also positions its franchise partners ahead of the curve. Created by Founder and Chairman Matt Widdows and his development team, the reputable systems are proven to save business owners huge costs attributed to web hosting, lead generation and back office systems. This allows the franchise owners to provide the technology to their agents for free while allowing the agents to keep 100 percent of their commissions. Other advantages to HomeSmart’s franchise program include a virtual receptionist, generous fee structure, and a full suite of branding and marketing products.

HomeSmart continues to open new offices and add jobs across the United States, with offices throughout ten states and international operations in Shanghai, China. They added approximately 3,500 new jobs in 2012, and their goal is to continue to grow nationally and internationally in 2013.

For more information on HomeSmart and its franchise opportunities, visit www.homesmartinternational.com. Follow HomeSmart on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homesmart.

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HomeSmart International Continues Market Share Growth

Real estate firm HomeSmart International recently opened its newest franchise in Seattle, Washington. The nationwide company based in Phoenix, Arizona began franchising in 2011, offering one of the most attractive business models in the real estate industry. HomeSmart provides their Franchise Partners with specific systems and technology that create efficiency in operations and keep costs down while allowing exponential growth.

Since opening in January 2000, HomeSmart has had tremendous success by growing to over 7,500 agents nationwide. Recently ranked as the number one real estate company in the Southwest, HomeSmart continues to open new offices and add jobs across the United States.

Seattle franchise owner Teri Jones has more than 22 years of experience in the real estate business. Jones felt that affiliating with HomeSmart International was the best way to take her business to the next level. The franchise operates as HomeSmart Real Estate Associates.

“I am excited to be a part of HomeSmart and very encouraged with the company’s tools and commitment to their agents and clients,” said Jones. “I feel confident with the company’s reputation for advanced technologies and that we will continue to grow and assist brokers with the tools needed to grow the business in a more efficient and professional way.”

HomeSmart emphasizes the importance of being aware of client needs and exceeding their expectations, which in turn builds strong relationships with the buyers and sellers in every market. HomeSmart’s proprietary software also puts its franchise partners ahead of the curve. Created by Founder and Chairman Matt Widdows and his development team, the reputable systems are proven to save business owners huge costs attributed to web hosting, lead generation and back office systems. This allows the franchise owners to provide the technology to their agents for free while allowing them to keep 100 percent of their commissions. Other advantages to HomeSmart’s franchise program include a virtual receptionist, generous fee structure, and a full suite of branding and marketing products.

“Some of the world’s best companies are based in Seattle; Amazon.com, Nordstrom’s and Starbucks to name three. Each is known for their innovation, operational excellence and customer service,” said HomeSmart International CEO and President Chuck Lemire. “We are proud to now be among those successful businesses. Teri brings decades of experience along with a youthful, innovative team. Armed with the technology and systems HomeSmart provides, she will bring a tremendous environment to all agents in Seattle and the surrounding communities.”

HomeSmart currently has offices throughout eight states and international operations in Shanghai, China. They added approximately 3,500 new jobs in 2012, and their goal is to continue to grow nationally and internationally in 2013.

For more information on HomeSmart and its franchise opportunities, visit www.homesmartinternational.com. Follow HomeSmart on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homesmart.

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America’s Taco Shop eyes rapid growth, franchising

America’s Taco Shop is growing into the American dream. Started in 2008 by local entrepreneurial couple America Corrales-Bortin and Terry Bortin, this fast-casual concept specializes in authentic carne asada and al pastor, which is used in their tacos, burritos, tortas and more.  The newest location features a 1,200 square foot dining room which seats 42 people in multiple rooms. The large outdoor patio seats 80 people in a quaint backyard setting complete with hanging lights for an inviting atmosphere. Their new Old Town restaurant is located at 7001 East First Avenue (First Avenue and North Goldwater Boulevard).

Dubbed “the home of the greatest carne asada,” America’s Taco Shop is slated for growth across the country through a partnership with Kahala. “We are excited to collaborate with Kahala and benefit from their expertise with franchising,” says Terry Bortin, co-owner and founder of America’s Taco Shop and husband of America Corrales-Bortin. “Bringing great Mexican food to neighborhoods all across the country and being able to bring our American dream to reality is very humbling and exciting.”

Co-founder America Corrales-Bortin grew up in the city of Culiacán in Sinaloa, Mexico. As a young child she would watch her mother prepare the dishes that became the recipes at America’s Taco Shop. After years of cooking authentic meals for her family and friends, America and her husband decided to open their first location in Phoenix 2008.

America’s Taco Shop has become an award-winning favorite for local foodies. The taco shop has received many accolades including 20 Favorite Places for Tacos, 2011 Five Favorite Mexican Restaurants, Best Phoenix Mexican Food, Top 10 Mexican Restaurants, Best Sandwiches, Best New Restaurants, 2009 Best BBQ, Best Carne Asada, and more.

Visit www.americastacoshop.com for more information and follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/americastacoshop. For franchising opportunities call 855-55-CARNE (855-552-2763).