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  1. Kyler Murray to sign with Oakland, then play for OU in 2018 only
  2. Jameson,

    As you know, following his tremendous 2017 season, Beau Ridgeway was 2018 Pre-season All American selection.  He really struggled early in the season and then disappeared.  I don't remember him pitching since late March-early April....  I haven't even seen him in the bull pen or dugout.   Is he still on the team?  It appears he had a mental / confidence melt-down...  Was it discovered he had an underlying injury / physical ailment?  What happened to him?  Will he return Fall 2018 / Spring 2019?

    Thanks.

    Hook 'em.

    Larry S. Powell

  3. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. June 2018 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. What’s So Great About a Franchise? In the course of my business, I am often asked “When I buy a franchise, what do I get for my money?” The short answer is “a business model.” Abusiness model is a framework for creating economic value, in other words, it’s a system for making money. Many first time entrepreneurs confuse the investment in a franchise as a purchase of physical property, when what a franchise represents is intellectual property. The capital equipment, inventory, furnishings, fixtures or the cost of building out the location is part of any business be it franchised or not. The real value in a franchise is that you get a fully formed, proven business model. An effective business model is the difference between success and failure in a business. The old maxim that most businesses fail because they are under-capitalized needs more adequate explanation. Most of these businesses wouldn’t have been considered under-capitalized if they would have had an adequate business plan. Every year thousands of well capitalized startups with brilliant ideas for a product or service fail. This not for lack of money, it is because they eventually burn up all of their cash while trying to develop a system for delivering their product into the hands of a paying customer. All business models are initially perfected by trial and error – this is a very costly process that most small businesses cannot afford to live through. That is why so many private startups fail where franchises succeed. The franchise concept has already been refined through the process of trial and error. The costs associated with perfecting a business model will almost always eclipse the cost of paying a franchise fee. The average franchise fee is about $38,000. . Most start-ups waste more than that in advertising costs alone while they experiment with different marketing strategies. The advantages of having the learning and cost curves reduced to a fraction of the “learn as you go” method, are very significant to say the least. The other cost component of a franchise is the royalty. This is a fee paid for on-going support which of course includes continuous improvement of the business model, access to vendor discounts, product R&D, marketing and advertising programs, etc. Typical support royalties are between 6% and 8% of revenue. This fee usually pays for itself due to the savings realized when the franchisee purchases goods and services for the business at below market, national account rates. Additionally, most franchisees will experience much higher sales than they would as a private company – greatly in excess of 8% higher - because of the franchisor’s well designed marketing strategy. A franchise may not be right for everyone and they are certainly not all created equal, but a good business model can lower the risk factor and accelerate one’s potential for long term success. As always, the key is finding the right match / alignment between the attributes of the franchise model and the goals, objectives, interests, life-style needs of the owner-operator. “If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one”. -Dolly Parton Advantages of a Franchise Lower Risks. Most business experts agree that a franchise operation has a lower risk of failure than an independent business. The statistics on this vary depending on the definition of failure. Whatever statistics are used, they consistently suggest that a franchise is more likely to succeed than are independent businesses. Established product or service. A franchisor offers a product or service that has sold successfully. An independent business is based on both an untried idea and operation. Three factors will help you predict the potential success of a franchise. The first is the number of franchises that are in operation. The second predictor is how long the franchisor and its franchisees have been in operation. A third factor is the number of franchises that have failed, including those bought back by the franchisor. Experience of franchisor. The experience of the franchisor's management team increases the potential for success. This experience is often conveyed through formal instruction and on-the-job training. Group purchasing power. It is often possible to obtain lower-cost goods and supplies through the franchisor. Lower costs result from the group purchasing power of all franchises. To protect this benefit, most franchise agreements restrict the franchisee from purchasing goods and supplies through other sources. Name recognition. Established franchisors can offer national or regional name recognition. This may not be true with a new franchisor. However, a benefit of starting with a new franchisor is the potential to grow as its business and name recognition grow. Efficiency in operation. Franchisors discover operating and management efficiencies that benefit new franchisees. Operational standards set in place by the franchisor also control quality and uniformity among franchisees. Management assistance. A franchisor provides management assistance to a franchisee. This includes accounting procedures, personnel management, facility management, etc. An individual with experience in these areas may not be familiar with how to apply them in a new business. The franchisor helps a franchisee overcome this lack of experience. Business plan. Most franchisors help franchisees develop a business plan. Many elements of the plan are standard operating procedures established by the franchisor. Other parts of the plan are customized to the needs of the franchisee. Start-up assistance. The most difficult aspect of a new business is its start-up. Few experienced managers know about how to set up a new business because they only do it a few times. However, a franchisor has a great deal of experience accumulated from helping its franchisees with start-up. This experience will help reduce mistakes that are costly in both money and time. Marketing assistance. A franchisor typically offers several marketing advantages. The franchisor can prepare and pay for the development of professional advertising campaigns. Regional or national marketing done by the franchisor benefits all franchisees. In addition, the franchisor can provide advice about how to develop effective marketing programs for a local area. This benefit usually has a cost because many franchisors require franchisees to contribute a percentage of their gross income to a co-operative marketing fund. Assistance in financing. It is possible to receive assistance in financing a new franchise through the franchisor. A franchisor will often make arrangements with a lending institution to lend money to a franchisee. Lending institutions find that such arrangements can be quite profitable and relatively safe because of the high success rate of franchise operations. The franchisee must still accept personal responsibility for the loan, but the franchisor's involvement usually increases the likelihood that a loan will be approved. Proven system of operation. An attractive feature of most franchises is that they have a proven system of operation. This system has been developed and refined by the franchisor. A franchisor with many franchisees will typically have a highly refined system based on the entire experience of all these operations. ********************************************************************************************* ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Won’t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Can’t. -Unknown **************************************************************************************** Quick-serve Snack Food Concept A quick-serve snack food restaurant serving specialty, gourmet French fries with over 20 different seasonings, sauces and toppings; and fountain drinks, bottled water and home-made milkshakes for beverages. Our Menu offers three options to achieve simplicity and creativity: a Specialty Menu of ‘go-to’ topped fry baskets that promote popular national and local dishes; a Finger Food Favorites Menu comprised of classic fried appetizer-style dishes-Original Pizza Logs; Buffalo Crunch Rolls; Crispy Chicken Fingers; and our Dutch Style Menu, which allows customers to choose a fry and one of 15+ dipping sauces. In addition to these items, customers are able to customize their baskets across six styles of fries and over 20 sauces, seasonings and toppings. There is a familiar saying you hear often when referring to the Lone Star State- "Everything is Big in Texas". Well, that saying sure rings true for one of the most unique and novel franchise brands to come onto the QSR scene in years. Our presence is fixin' to get big and introduced to fellow Texans statewide in the coming months in our largest Texas markets: Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. This phenomenal growth spurt comes just over a year after opening our first Texas franchise unit in the Alamo City, Labor Day weekend of 2016. Now is the time for prospective business owners and opportunistic entrepreneurs to consider our exciting franchise model and discover for themselves an opportunity where timing really is and can be everything. Four (4) flexible Franchise Business Models are offered: · Food Truck/Trailer/Cart, · Inline (food court, no dining room) · Kiosk (free standing 12 x 20 unit) and · Brick and Mortar (free standing,drive thru, dining room). Our flexible concepts fit any real estate format including freestanding restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, airports, malls, outlet stores, entertainment and tourist districts, cinema, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments. There simply is no other competitive QSR franchise brand offered to prospective franchisees with such flexibility of choice in business model, endless store location sites to consider, and all achieved at an attractive development cost range of $105,000 - $250,000 dependent on the business model selected. We are currently looking for hard working, motivated individuals to join our growing list of franchisees. Franchise opportunities are currently available in communities and towns throughout Northern, Southern Eastern, and Western Texas, of all major metropolitan areas. We are looking for regional development groups that have a proven track record and are community leaders who may already operate other local businesses, such as other multi-brand restaurant development groups, retail outlets, convenience store chain operators, and movie theater operators who have the passion and financial qualifications to develop anywhere from five (5) to fifty (50) restaurants in these regions across the state. We are looking for qualified candidates with career work experience in any field (no restaurant experience required) and that are dedicated to their fields of expertise with proven track records to join our Texas team. Our Texas franchisees will have endless opportunities to grow quickly into successful multi-unit franchise operators supported by our Texas franchise development team based right in the heart of Texas, San Antonio. The Texas Master Franchise is owned and operated by native Texas businessmen with a vast array of industry knowledge and seasoned track records as successful business owners. One of the Texas Master Franchisors is a Texas Ex. Franchisees get unsurpassed local support and services in every stage of franchise development from start to finish. ⇒ Texas Master Tenant Broker and Site Selection Services ⇒ Local pre-opening, grand opening and ongoing training and operational support ⇒ Statewide vendor & supplier network customized for our Texas franchisees ⇒ Franchisee business planning, consulting, financial and coaching support and services. Please call if you have questions, or desire additional information. ********************************************************************************* Supply Chain Concept “Beautifully un-sexy” home-based, unique and highly scalable, B2B business model in a recession-resistant Trillion-dollar industry. This business is a one-stop solutions provider for manufacturing and distribution companies throughout the world. We specialize in transportation, packaging, waste removal, and pallet supply needs. We strive to be the go-to for supply chain America by helping our customers consolidate their vendors to one, their point of contact to one, all with the very best customer service, quality products, pricing, and communication available. No direct competition in franchising: there are other models who can do some of the things we offer, but NOT everything. We provide full-service logistics, industrial packaging services, warehousing, and have an eager willingness to evolve to ensure we find solutions for any of our customer’s supply chain needs. Investment: $80,000 to $156,500. Please call if you have questions, or desire additional information. ********************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em.
  4. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. May 2018 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. Three Key Points to Know when Working with a Franchise Consultant by Natalie Barnes, President of Business Alliance, Inc. A strong franchise consultant should align your financial and lifestyle goals and show you companies that make sense for “you”! Here are three points that help us show you the “right” companies! · We need to understand your WHY! Why are you exploring franchise ownership? Is there a specific franchise that you are interested in, and why? Are there some franchises you do not like, and why? Why now? · WHAT you like and don’t like is critical. What do you like about some companies over others? What categories are you drawn to for personal reasons? What have you liked about your previous jobs or business? What have you not liked? What are your financial goals? What are your lifestyle goals? · We need to understand HOW will you buy a franchise? Do you need funding? How do you see yourself as a franchise owner? And if applicable, how is your family, partner, or friends going to be involved? A franchise model can bring structure, support, and predictability IF you work with a strong franchise consultant. We will guide you through a methodical process of discovery. Assessing Your Options: Choosing the Right Franchise by David Banfield To quote the great Stephen Covey, author of that famed book, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’: “You can buy a person’s hand, but you can’t buy his heart. His heart is where his enthusiasm, his loyalty is.” Every Franchisor wants to buy your heart, so it is essential that before you make the decision to become a franchisee you know yours inside out. It’s a decision that will heavily influence your life and in my experience, franchisees who fully understand the risks and opportunities have the greatest success. So absorb the following advice and get to know your inner driving forces. It will help you understand exactly why you want to become a franchisee and what type of franchise is right for you. Be clear about WHY you’re doing this Why do you want to become a franchisee? And why this franchise? What’s driving you to make this decision? Success, as with all things, comes with dedication, but it’s your motivation to succeed every single day that will see you reach new heights. According to Dan Pink, author of Drive - a book that breaks down the essence of motivation – impetus is fueled by three things: authority, autonomy and problem solving. The right franchise could provide you with all three but it’s often just one of those factors that seals the deal for aspiring entrepreneurs. Which will it be for you? The authority to be your own boss? The autonomy of running your own franchise? Or the joy of solving problems with a proven solution? Crystalize your motivations in your mind and be clear of your reasons why. Do note, if problem solving is your motivation to succeed it will be especially important for you to unfailingly believe in the solution. Without this, you may struggle to achieve your goals. How much are you prepared or able to invest? Franchises require varying degrees of investment. From hundreds to thousands to millions, the level will depend on the solution, support and industry involved. Investment habits are deeply personal. We advise all aspiring franchisees to find a level of investment they’re comfortable with and ensure those affected by the decision are aware of the risks and opportunities involved. What sort of life- or workstyle do you want to achieve? Crucial to choosing the right franchise for you is being aware of the life and workstyle you’ll be committing to. For many, franchises offer a more flexible, empowering work-life balance. More time with the family, a business you can run from anywhere or an additional income stream are examples of perks of the ‘job’. What scope is there for expansion? Are you in an available territory? Are additional territories available? What are your aspirations for growth? Be sure you know what’s available to you but more so, what you want to achieve in the future before signing on the dotted line. Franchisors will provide you with this information but it’s the future-thinking and self-awareness that will allow you to think through the opportunity and assess if it’s right for you. Will you exit this franchise? This might not spring to mind at the beginning of your franchise journey, but it’s worth giving thought to this very important question. Many franchisees choose to exit a business having grown it to a certain size and value, making substantial profits from their investment. If you want to exit the franchise in 5, 10 or 20 years, what implications does that have today, tomorrow and the day after that to ensure you’re consistently moving towards your exit goals? Do you want a willable franchise? If becoming a franchisee is a family decision (and for many, this is a significant driving factor), you might like to know if your franchise is willable. Can you pass it down to your children or on to other relations? Make sure you have all the information to hand before making a choice. What level of support do you want from the Franchisor? What support do you have in your immediate network? What skills do you need to acquire to run this franchise effectively? Each franchise has its own, unique culture. Be sure the ethics, morals and values of your franchisor are aligned with your own and that you get the support you need – however much or little that may be. To reference Covey once more: know your heart before offering your hand. Ensure you chose the right franchise for you, your family and your future by carefully considering each of these factors. ********************************************************************************************* ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Won’t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Can’t. -Unknown **************************************************************************************** Senior Modifications <> Handyman Services Executive model construction business specializing in residential/commercial handyman projects and home modifications for the senior, (aging in place), and disabled market. Finish a homeowners to do list and/or help with handicap accessibility by installing a grab bar, widen a doorway, add a wheelchair ramp or remodel a bathroom. The model drives profitability by using a combination of specialized employees and contractors with a dedicated scheduling center that also eliminates the need for an office manager/dispatcher. Franchise offers a royalty back guarantee ($9,500 franchise fee), if franchisee does not reach $100,000 in gross sales by end of year one. Our Home Modification Program taps into the booming “Aging in Place” market. Program focus is on home modification and specialized equipment for seniors and disabled. Features of the Business: • Recognized in 2014, 2015 Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500. • 2015 INC Magazine recognized as top 500 Business. •Online customized proprietary business management software. Software allows entire business management from CRM to Key Performing Indicators. • Company personnel have extensive experience launching, supporting, and growing construction businesses. • Strong earnings claim – Item 19 is in the FDD. • Focus on home modifications and specialized equipment for senior and disabled market through established local and national referral sources. This is HUGE! • Executive model, no handyman experience necessary. • Pro-Crew Scheduling Center fields calls and books appointments on behalf of franchisee. This also alleviates the cost of office manager or dispatcher. • Business model utilizes combination of specialized employees and skilled contractors. Provides wider spectrum of services to clients. No job too big or small. • Proven technician recruitment and retention program. • Franchise Marketing Assistance. • Accounting support. • National initiative in place to help secure retail and property management accounts for franchisees. Already doing business with Starbucks, McDonalds and several other national retailers on the local level. Function of Owner/Daily Tasks • Oversee, manage and grow the business. • Managing employees, recruitment and retention. • Maintaining high level of client service and satisfaction. • Networking through local trade, homeowner and chamber type associations to build the brand. • Managing marketing activities, placing and evaluating local advertising opportunities. Desired Background of Prospects and Ideal Candidate • Good Networkers. Willing to get out in the community and develop referral sources. • Leaders. Good management experience desired. Out-going and personable. • Coachable, team player. • Good with employees, recruiting, retaining, motivating. • Willing to follow a proven business system. • P&L experience a plus. Computer skills a must. Investment: $70,640-$128,643 Please call if you have questions, or desire additional information. ********************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em.
  5. OrangeLarry

    ***Texas @ West Virginia Series Thread***

    The games will feature a free video stream, available on WVUsports.com
  6. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. April 2018 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. JUMP! Three Reasons the Franchise Model Works! By Natalie Barnes, President, Business Alliance, Inc. You may be a natural entrepreneur or someone who has always dreamed of owning your own business. Either way, or somewhere in between, you owe it to yourself to jump in and review the franchise model. A franchise can benefit the high-risk tolerance person to the more conservative person who needs predictability and support. But not all franchises are created equal. The “best” model is based on your goals. Let’s review three key reasons why the franchise model can benefit you. 1. The Interdependent Relationship! The relationship between the franchisor (corporate office) and the franchisee is a “win-win”. The franchisor offers a proven system and supports the franchisee to be successful. And in return, the franchisor gets a percentage of that success in royalty fees. What the franchisee wants: support, predictability, proven system, and success! And of course, the franchisor wants the same thing. 2. A Proven System with Strong Support! I must address that the proven system is for established brands only! And this is huge. Imagine starting a company with the ability to have a realistic forecast of growth, group purchasing power, marketing, and site negotiation. In addition, you have support from other franchisees and the corporate office to help you maneuver through the ups and downs of business. Why? Because they have been there and it is beneficial for a brand to have all franchisees be successful. The more successful the franchisees, the stronger their brand becomes. 3. Funding Options and Availability! Buying any business, franchise or not, is expensive. When that business is a franchise, there often are more funding opportunities available to the buyer. The franchise may be an SBA Approved Registry brand, meaning the FDD has already been approved by the SBA which may shorten the loan processing time. And an SBA loan is just one of many options. There are companies that specialize in funding franchises. Depending on the person and the franchise will depend on the options they have to get a loan to buy the franchise company. What Do Franchisors Look For in a Prospect? Most people would answer financial qualifications. While having the necessary amount of liquid capital and net worth is a consideration, financial qualifications are secondary. Yes, the prospect must be financially qualified, but money alone is not the main qualifying factor. Having sufficient financial resources just indicates that the prospect has the “price of admission”. Franchisors look for prospects who are bright, enthusiastic, have entrepreneurial spirit, are willing to work hard / smart; and someone who has a good attitude towards teamwork and is willing to work within a collaborative working environment. Franchises are collaborative working environments and are in the people business. So, franchises get awarded to people based on their human characteristics. Often a Franchise Representative will ask a candidate, “What are you looking to achieve by owning your own business?” The purpose of the question is not to see if the candidate can articulate a “right answer”, but instead, to find out if the candidate is prepared and can intelligently explain why they want to be self-employed and what they are looking to accomplish through business ownership. Also, a Franchisor is looking for candidates who are decisive and can make a reasonable decision without having 100% of the information / facts. You might be wondering why this is important. Well, when you own a business, the majority of your time is spent making decisions, and most decisions will have to be made after receiving / reviewing about 60%- 75% of the information. Franchisors understand buying a franchise is a big step in a candidate’s life and he / she will want to be deliberate. But, a serious candidate always stays on task and works through the process in a reasonable amount of time. Candidates need to be willing to move through the due diligence / validation steps carefully, but without dragging their feet. Again, Franchisors are seeking candidates who can and will follow a system, and be able to make sound decisions within a reasonable time-frame. ********************************************************************************************* ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Won’t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Can’t. -Unknown **************************************************************************************** Outdoor Lighting… design…create…outdoors As the category founder, this concept stands alone as the world’s oldest and largest outdoor lighting franchise company. Has custom-designed and installed Eco-friendly low voltage exterior and landscape lighting at more than 70,000 homes and businesses since our inception. Provides rigorous training, proven sales, support and marketing systems that enable our franchisees to sell, design and install professional outdoor lighting systems – with unparalleled service and attention to detail. With attractive gross profit margins and a sales closing ratio of over 65%, this is a strong choice for franchise candidates seeking a home-based business with few employees, low overhead, recurring revenue and great growth potential. Also works tremendously well as an add-on to an existing business. We specialize in the design, installation, and service of landscape and architectural lighting systems for both commercial and residential customers. We also sell and install lighting control automation for interior and exterior lighting applications. In 2010 added a holiday lighting program creating a "three businesses in one" approach, helping our franchise owner's extended their selling season with a unique opportunity. 3 Businesses in 1: Residential Landscape Lighting Commercial Lighting (Retrofit for huge energy (Green) savings) Holiday Lighting for Home Owners and Businesses Strong Profit Margins Excellent Annual Recurring Revenue Low Investment Superior Marketing and Lead Generation Exceptional Cross-selling opportunities Strong customer Referrals Ideal Candidate: Enjoys meeting and working with new customers, has a strong commitment to service and enjoys creative and/or visual thinking. Sales and marketing skills are a plus, but not mandatory due to our extensive training program. The typical profile of a franchisee: Man or woman, could be a husband and wife team 35-50 years of age College educated, usually with a four-year degree Background in business management, customer service, high-end premium retail, marketing or sales are preferred; Evidence of leadership success in career and/or community, ideally with hiring and firing responsibility and budget unit P&L responsibility Project management experience preferred Strong desire to build and manage a strong business versus a “boutique business” or “sole proprietorship” Above average acumen, skill and comfort with computers and technology Creative and/or interested in design and/or architecture would be a plus Often a “corporate refugee” seeking increased control and financial independence Motivated by an environment of not being trapped in an office or retail store Very motivated to be own boss and have control over schedule Understands and is comfortable with the ideal of relationship building to develop long-term trade alliance partners in the local market Flexibility to learn to sell to residential clients, including via nighttime demos, and through a long-term, technical sales cycle required for commercial accounts Investment: $143,000 Please call if you have questions, or desire additional information. ********************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em.
  7. OrangeLarry

    Baseball-UT vs Arkansas

    I believe tonight’s baseball game UT vs Arkansas is on SEC Network at 7:00 pm...
  8. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. March 2018 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. What Do I Look For In A Client? by Larry S. Powell Open-minded… Eager and prepared to learn… Willingly engage in the process… The process is not to “buy”, but to explore and learn. It is not a one-time event, but rather an opportunity for introspection, learning and exploration. I never ask my clients to “buy”, only to commit to the process and give himself / herself permission to learn… Understand the concept > when there is no risk, there is limited reward… Willing and able to move forward and out of his / her comfort zone… The majority of folks who buy a franchise or business opportunity identify a concept which aligns with his / her goals, objectives, interests, lifestyle needs and investment parameters and was not on his / her radar screen when he / she began the process. And, in many cases the concept was one in which he / she had never heard of…yet discovered it fit with his / her needs and objectives. Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive, Franchise Owner, and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seeking other employment: I call that “Changing Your Curtains”. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life: I refer to that as “Changing Your View”. In 2001, I decided to “Change My View”. If you are ready… Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View” too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story ******************************************************************************************** Is a HOME-BASED business for you? By Joseph Katz Home-based franchising has become increasingly popular over the last decade, which hardly comes as a surprise. After all, working from home gives you the convenience of an easy com­mute (maybe just walking downstairs), offers more flexibility than the corporate world (schedule calls around the kids’ car­pool), and lets you trim the overhead expenses that come with a storefront. More good news: These days, there is a home-based franchise opportunity for every budget and in every trade. Running a home-based business can require strict discipline though. You must be able to separate your home life from your work life, which can be tricky given they’re both rooted in the same space. So before you consider buying a business - any business - contemplate how it fits with your lifestyle. Below is a list of a few key tips that can help launch your home-based business on the road to success. Set up a home office that you only use for work purposes, so everyone gets the message: “I’m working”. Get Motivated Being your own boss is great, but without a manager looking over your shoulder, it’s on you to get things moving. Home-based businesses, especially early on, can have unpredictable challenges—people call in sick, shipments arrive late—so setting a realistic game plan each day and working ahead of schedule is beneficial. If you hit a hurdle, you’ll have time to deal with it. Get Organized In any business, nothing helps you stay ahead of the game like excellent organization skills. Juggling multiple roles—president, marketing manager, human resources manager, sales, office manager, and tech support—is much easier with a plan in place. While you may have a handle on the big picture, there are still those little everyday things—scheduling appointments, staffing, invoicing—that you’ll have to stay on top of to keep your business running smoothly. Come up with systems and schedules that work for you—maybe you pay your invoices every other Friday or order from vendors every Wednesday morning. Having a game plan right out of the gate is the best way to prevent endless rounds of catch-up. Set Boundaries If you’re launching a home-based business, it’s important that everyone at home understands the implications. While you may be at home physically, you’re also work­ing, so you may not be available to help with homework or pick up the dry-cleaning. Set up a home office that you only use for work purposes, so everyone gets the mes­sage: “I’m working.” Just like in a big corporation, you always want to convey profes­sionalism. When you’re on calls with clients, it’s best they don’t hear the kids arguing or the dog barking in the background. On the flip side, while it’s tempting to work late, scarf down dinner, and jump back on the computer, it’s wise to walk away from the office at the same time every day, too. This way, your clients know when you’re available to them—and so does your family. Work-life balance is important—I mean, isn’t that why you chose a home-based business to begin with? ********************************************************************************************* When I established my home-office, I attempted to have it resemble a “corporate-office” as much as possible. And, to set the tone… I’m Working… For example…my outgoing voice message on my business telephone line: Thank you for calling Franchise Quest. Normal business hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am, to 5:00 pm Central time. You have reached the office of Larry Powell. He is not able to answer your call at this time. Your call is very important to him, so after the tone, please leave your name, telephone number, and a brief message. He will return your call as soon as possible. Thank you. The message was recorded by my sister. I wanted it to sound similar to a greeting message commonly heard on corporate telephone systems. [Plus, her phone voice is better than mine and she got the recording done in one attempt…I would still be trying to get the recording right…]. Additionally, I hung company signage on the wall outside my office door. The signs are a reminder to me, as well as others that my home-office is a professional work environment and it is a legitimate “company(s)”. ********************************************************************************************* ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Won’t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Can’t. -Unknown **************************************************************************************** Winery & Wine Bar A franchise-based winery concept that allows you to own a winery without the cost, risk and uncertainty of a vineyard. Combines the authenticity of winemaking and the winery experience with the accessibility of the wine bar model. State-of-the-art technology allows us to procure quality grapes grown around the world year round. In addition to providing the finished wine for your start-up inventory, we set you on a course to soon be able to make all the wine you sell in your location. With a full-time staff ready to assist our franchisees with anything from winemaking questions, to marketing and social media, to handling paperwork, forms, applications and spread-sheets, you get to spend more time doing what our franchisees love to do: Run the winery and mingle with guests. What makes a great Franchisee: · First and foremost – Passionate about wine. We can teach all other aspects, but cannot teach the passion. · Outgoing personality. Sales and marketing experience are a real plus, but not required. · Understands our hospitality model for the guest experience. The two most important traits are a passion for wine, and a good understanding of marketing and sales. The community will not be looking for a winery, so to build the business, the ownership must promote the winery in the community. However, once the winery is a known entity, this will become less important over time. Unique concept – it marries the best of the wine bar model with the winery model. The wines are made using grape must from international locations, but the wine is made locally. We offer a comprehensive model to make consistently great wine in a small retail location (typically 2,500 SF – 4,000 SF). We offer all the advantages of a winery for a fraction of the expense or investment levels people would expect. Franchisor support: initial training, on-going support, help lines, field support, annual meetings, advertising, central purchasing etc. We provide in-depth training on all aspects of winery operations, winemaking and wine knowledge with a proven process that is repeatable and understandable. chain for raw product to maximize their time and profitability. Wine is an affordable luxury for most people. Our prices are competitive at the retail level between $17 - $39. The better the economy is, the more people consume wine. The worse the economy is, the more they consume wine – albeit perhaps at the lower price points. But it is not heavily dependent on a robust economy. This business model has unlimited channels to sell. Unlike most other opportunities that focus on one market and one product, we can tackle the following with a wide variety of wines we make: · Retail sales with high margins – sell by the glass or bottle · Wine club providing a steady recurring revenue stream · Provide custom-labeling service for retail and corporate customers · Allow guests to create their own personal vintage of wine and return to bottle it with friends and family. · Restaurant and hospitality sales · Wedding market · Event planners and private events The business is scalable to whatever the owner’s dreams are – from a small local winery, to a major provider of finished wine to various distributors. We can help create the business they want! Cash Investment: $150,000 minimum. Total Investment: $350,000 - $550,000. Please call if you have questions, or desire additional information. ********************************************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property Cabin, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 166 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. http://listings.texas-landman.com/texas-landman/pipe-creek-ranch ********************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em.
  9. OrangeLarry

    ***National Signing Day 2 Thread***

    Thanks. I assume he will graduate in May and can't sign until then....?????
  10. OrangeLarry

    ***National Signing Day 2 Thread***

    I have been locked away in my cave for the past couple weeks, so please help me. What happened to Anderson the Rice Grad Transfer OT? I don't see him on any lists... Thanks.
  11. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. February 2018 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. You desire to be self-employed… What is preventing you from moving towards that dream? Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Do you dislike your corporate job, but don’t know how to find your real niche in life? Every year, thousands of people dream of owning a business and are drawn to the independence, flexibility and freedom of being self-employed. The job market as we have known it continues to change, so people are retooling their vision of how they will make a living in the years to come. This is driving people of all ages and career types to pursue self-employment options, including small business ownership as the “new” career of choice. Today, creating your own job has become the new path to job security. Would this scenario be of interest and value to you… a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment. If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. A franchise / business opportunity may not be right for everyone and they are certainly not all created equal, but a good business model can lower the risk factor and accelerate one’s potential for long term success. The key is finding the right match between the franchise / business opportunity model and the owner-operator. A window of opportunity won’t open itself… Why Should I Utilize a Franchise Coach? There are many advantages to getting help from a professional who knows the inside workings of an industry or issue. Just having someone who can help interpret the jargon associated with a topic that is new to you can be a tremendous help. Most people wouldn’t go to court without a lawyer or purchase a home without the help of a realtor. A franchise coach can help you identify businesses that are closely aligned with your talents, interests and goals. Yes, you could spend months researching different options on your own, but you could be very diligent in your efforts and still miss the opportunity that is a fit for your objectives, lifestyle needs and investment requirements. The Internet is a valuable tool for research, but it is limited. If you do not know where to look or if you rely on search engines to produce the results, you will only find the companies that have paid to be listed high in the search rankings. High visibility on the Internet does not correspond to the relative value of a business opportunity. Due to the immense amount of data that is available on the Internet, it tends to create more questions than answers and it can be a frustrating experience. Due to the vast amount of data and information, relying solely on the Internet can be an over-whelming experience. And, when folks get over-whelmed…they usually quit. There are over 5,000 registered franchises and more than twice as many “Business Opportunities” or “Biz Ops” available today. A franchise coach can help you understand the difference between the types of opportunities so you can determine which format is right for you. Whether it is a franchise or Biz Op, there are many terrific choices and invariably there are some bad ones. A competent coach can help you focus on businesses that have met certain quality standards and help you avoid making a potentially big mistake. Coaches may not have current agreements with every franchise, but they can often obtain the listing if it meets your requirements as well as their own standards. The key advantage is that the agreements they do have are with solid, up and coming or established concepts that will meet the requirements of the new franchise buyer. One of the biggest challenges for franchise companies is finding entrepreneurs who will be a good fit for their particular business model. As you can imagine, franchisers get thousands of requests for their information packets, but most of these come from people who are not qualified or motivated to actually become a part of their organization. These companies generally cannot support the amount of staff necessary to do an effective job of bringing in new franchisees. This is why the value of a coach-referred candidate is so significant. The company is being introduced to a pre-screened individual who meets the basic requirements, is informed about the opportunity and is more than just casually interested. This saves the franchiser a great deal of time and money, so they pay a fee to the coach if the candidate buys a franchise. This creates a winning scenario for all parties involved. In the final analysis, the choice and the responsibility for researching the opportunity are yours, but as you contemplate such a huge decision, you should not leave any stones unturned. Getting help from an experienced coach is one of the best resources you can employ and since the seller pays the fee, the service is free to you. So, the question becomes: Why not use a coach? Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive, Franchise Owner, and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seeking other employment: I call that “Changing Your Curtains”. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life: I refer to that as “Changing Your View”. In 2001, I decided to “Change My View”. If you are ready… Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View” too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story ******************************************************************************************** Can I Use My 401(k) to Start a Business? By Molly Klein – Benetrends Entrepreneurs have options when it comes to financing their small business dreams. Bank loans, grants, and help from family members are all options, but may not do the full job when it comes to providing needed startup funding. As seen in the article, Top 20 Web Resources for Business Newbies, there are multiple resources that can provide guidance and recommendations, including the use of existing retirement savings as a funding source. This article explores how this option works. How Does Using 401(k) Funding for Startups Work? The Rollovers as Business Startups (ROBS) plan lets you use existing qualified retirement account funds, such as a 401(k), 403(b) or IRA, to fund your business without accruing taxes, debt, or penalties. What Steps Do I Need to Take? Using retirement funds for your startup involves four key steps. When working with an established, experienced partner, you can be sure each step is done correctly and you have your funds quickly. Step 1: Establish a C Corporation. Your new business needs to be established as a C Corporation, which has tax advantages that allow for the use of retirement funds with the right legal structure. Read "The Ups and Downs of Using a C Corporation". Step 2: Create a New Retirement Plan. You need to establish a new qualified retirement plan in the new corporation to avoid withdrawal penalties and maintain a tax-deferred status. A Benetrends retirement plan expert will work you to understand your long- and short-term goals and structure the retirement plan accordingly. Step 3: Transfer Retirement Funds. After the new plan is designed, a plan custodian is designated. The custodian creates the new retirement account and helps with the rollover of funds from your existing retirement account. Step 4: Launch the New Business. Once your retirement funds are in place in the new account, they can be invested into stock in your new company. If you designate an investment in the company from among the plan’s holdings, the plan buys stock, giving you the capital required to buy or start running your company. What Are the Major Advantages? Using retirement funds for startup costs has several major advantages, including: Tax Benefits. Under the ROBS plan, you maintain tax-deferred status and do not face any early withdrawal penalties. Flexibility. The funds can be used for many different purposes. The money can be used against cash requirements for a Small Business Administration loan, to pay franchise fees, build or renovate a site, or buy equipment. You can even use the funds to pay yourself a salary. You do not need to use all the funds you’re transferred, either. Ease and Speed. In some cases, you can get access to your funds in as little as 10 days. Accessing your funds does not depend on your credit score or having a completed business plan. Peace of Mind. Using your retirement plans means you are not incurring additional personal debt or having to negotiate with lenders for needed funding. Please call me if you have questions. I can provide assistance and additional information regarding 401ROBS plans, as well as other funding equipment leasing options. ********************************************************************************************* ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Won’t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Can’t. -Unknown **************************************************************************************** Coffee Cafe Business Opportunity Coffee Café / Coffee Concept… Not a Franchise. Coffee business specialist offering a complete, turnkey package to assist owners in opening their own Cafe. We are not a franchise, do not charge royalties and do not impose restrictions on how the business should be run. These Cafe's offer a warm and inviting atmosphere and offer specialty coffees, teas, blended drinks and light fare for breakfast and lunch. The typical Cafe size is 1200 to 1600 square feet, with seating for approximately 40 customers. Cafe's include a meeting room available for church groups, networking groups, etc. and quickly become the local gathering place in their community. Features of business: · Semi-absentee or owner-operated · No royalties · Low start-up costs · Repeat, loyal customers · Set your own hours of operation · On-going operational support from vendors · Co-branding potential · Recession resistant · Buying Co-Op Company provided support: initial training, on-going 90 day support, help lines, field support, annual meetings, advertising, central purchasing etc. We work with owners through every phase to ensure a smooth opening. Pre-opening services include: · Site selection assistance · Cafe design and layout · Third-party financing – attractive lease package in place w/national firm · Ordering and coordinating shipment of all furniture, fixtures and equipment · On-site assembly of Café · Training on espresso/coffee equipment · Training for staff scheduling and re-ordering of product · Customer loyalty program training · Introduction to payroll vendor Once opened, they have the option to participate in the Buying Co-Op, which provides on-going operational support such as: · Access to proprietary roasters for specialty coffees and teas · Access to preferred vendors · On-line sales to Hard Bean customers for coffee/collectibles · Store blog site · On-line library to access re-order forms, etc. Available for passive ownership. Cash Investment: $50,000; Total Investment: $139,500 + build-out and working capital ********************************************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property Cabin, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 166 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. http://listings.texas-landman.com/texas-landman/pipe-creek-ranch ********************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em.
  12. OrangeLarry

    Baseball-Game Times Announced

    Joey, I know you didn't write the piece. UT needs to do a better job of getting the facts correct. Keith Moreland played on UT's 1975 National Championship team. That was my final year at UT and saw many baseball games. Keith was a third baseman at UT. Hook 'em. Keep providing baseball reports. Thanks. BTW...Keith Moreland was an All American infielder at UT...he played third base. My first thought was to write WTF...Keith Moreland was an All American infielder at UT...he played third base. But, thought maybe BTW was better than WTF. BTW, I have actively followed UT baseball since the 60s. The '75 team was a great team. Best UT baseball team in my memory. Outstanding pitching, defense and that team could HIT.
  13. OrangeLarry

    Baseball-Game Times Announced

    BTW...Keith Moreland was an All American infielder at UT...he played third base.
  14. “HORN IN" On Franchise / Business Ownership a monthly post with blurbs, links, and other words-of-wisdom regarding self-employment; career transition; and franchise / business ownership; as well as information for business owners who may be interested in franchising their business. January 2018 Franchise Opportunity Knocks Self-employment Beckons Start answering the call right here. News you can use to help you find The right franchise / business opportunity for you. Dream It, or Live It…the choice is yours. By Larry S. Powell Blake Mallen, a very successful entrepreneur, once told me, “The moment you stop doing what you think you are supposed to do, and start doing what you were meant to do, is when the script ends and life begins”. Is it time for you to break from the script and go after a life that offers you greater flexibility, freedom and independence? Studies show that 82% of Americans say they would like to own their own business. But, only 5% will ever realize this dream. Perhaps that can be best explained by a quote from Brian Tracey. Mr. Tracey has said, “A thousand dreams die unborn every day because the dreamer lacks the courage to take the first step”. Please allow me to describe a common scenario…You are ready for a career change-you get the urge to tell your boss what she / he can do with the latest company policy. The reality of corporate life is becoming more painful …job security is an illusion…your work-life and income is being dictated by someone else…your employer isn’t investing in your future. Now, your brain is on a mental trampoline and you exclaim, “Well, why don’t I invest in myself?” Then, your mind begins to race back and forth between the known reality of the uncertain life in corporate America, and the unknown aspects of how you can get independence through business ownership. If you are one of the 82% don't let the "FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt) Factor" stop you. There is a book written by John Ortberg, If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat. The “boat” is what you hang on to, or whatever represents safety and security to you and that which pulls you away from the high adventure you actually seek. For many, moving towards the dream of being a business owner is simply letting go of the boat we call “corporate America”. What it really entails is going after what you were made to do, leaving the illusionary lifeboat behind and setting sail for uncharted waters. If owning your own business has been an aspiration of yours, do you want to continue to dream, or are you ready to take that first step towards turning your dream into reality? Perhaps you are like the clients I work with every day… Want to leave their corporate America job, In career transition, Desire to be self-employed, But, don’t know what type of business is right for them, where or how to start the process. My free and no-obligation consultative and coaching service will help you to crystallize your lifestyle needs, goals and objectives, as well as whether self-employment is even the right path for you to take at this time. If so, then through a search process we will identify franchise and business opportunities (“biz-op”) that are aligned with your talents, interest, goals, and financial requirements. My role is NOT to sell you a franchise “biz-op”. My objective is to help you identify and refine your goals and needs, present to you options that align with those goals, and then to help you make a sound decision that is best for you, your family and your lifestyle. Whether you are a first time buyer wanting to operate a single business unit, or an experienced operator seeking the right Master Franchise opportunity, I can help you find the option that fits your needs. There are thousands of franchise and “biz-op” concepts available today and cover just about everything from advertising to casual dining, laundry / dry cleaning, home repair, maid services, printing / copy services, real estate and weight control. And, since the franchisor knows the business, they aren’t looking for prospects with industry experience. They want franchisees who possess decision-making ability, customer service, business and management skills, and drive to succeed, not technical expertise. Thus, buying a franchise / business opportunity (“biz-op”) has proven to be a great vehicle for thousands of people to effectively transition into a new industry and self-employment. In the final analysis, the choice and responsibility for researching business / franchise opportunities are yours, but as you contemplate such a huge decision, you should not leave any stones unturned. Getting professional assistance from a Registered Franchise Consultant may be one of the best resources you can employ and since the company selling the franchise / “biz-op” pays the fee, my service is free to you. You will be able to save considerable time and effort, as well as learn about opportunities that you are unaware of…for instance the right business for you may be one that you have never heard of, and would not even guess. Why not work from home… …and enjoy the advantages of…living where you work & working where you live. Betty Bender once said, “When people go to work they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” A modern-day version of Betty’s quote would be…”When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave home—period!” Today, the home-based franchise industry is growing exponentially, enabling people who desire to be self-employed the opportunity to run legitimate and successful businesses with relatively low complexity and cost. So, why not work from home? Who wouldn’t prefer a ten (10) foot vs. a ten (10) mile (or more) commute? Home-based businesses offer optimum convenience with a relatively low cost and provide greater flexibility / independence for an enhanced lifestyle Home-Based Franchises Mean BIG BUSINESS. By The Franchise Dictionary Magazine Staff Franchise Dictionary Magazine January 2018 THE HOME-BASED BUSINESS MARKET HAS EVOLVED SIGNIFICANTLY over the past decade. What was once considered a second-tier version of employment now has professional appeal. Today, home-based companies have the same stature as businesses in office or retail locations, and the volume of people choosing to launch them is growing. “The mass exodus of employment created a push for entrepreneurship” According to IncFile.com, there are more than 38-million home-based businesses in the U.S., and an increasing number of them are home-based franchises. These franchises combine the value of a franchise system along with the convenience of a home-based business. These days, there are a variety of industries to choose from. Handyman services, painting, financial services, accounting, and sales are just a few of the franchise industries that you can manage out of your living room. Brands such as JaniKing®, which now boasts 12,282 locations worldwide, and CertaPro Painters®, with 385 locations in the U.S., are largely home-based. A key driver for the expansion is the low upfront investment. Traditional franchise models, such as restaurants or retail models, typically require significant capital just to get the doors open, way before the franchisee sees a single dollar in revenue. Many times, traditional franchises could require investments of $200,000 or more and limit the pool of potential buyers due to capital constraints. The homebased model doesn’t have construction or leasehold expenses and typically carries an investment ranging between $50,000 and $75,000, depending on the franchise brand. This lower initial investment allows for the franchisee to get into business with lower capital commitments and look forward to a potentially higher return on investment. LOW OVERHEAD Another advantage of a home-based operation is that once the business is open and running, the overhead expenses associated with managing the day-to-day are very low. You can avoid a commercial lease and the high equipment costs that come with a restaurant or retail business. Since many run without staff or employees, the cost of operation is minimal. While working from home doesn’t necessarily mean fewer hours on the job, it does offer flexibility. Home-based businesses help improve work-life balance. You can spend more time with your family and create a schedule that works with your kids’ activities and home-improvement chores. WHY NOW? Why has this market segment expanded so greatly? The recession between 2008 and 2010 certainly helped. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 8.7- million jobs were lost from 2007 to 2010. This mass exodus of employment created a push for entrepreneurship, partly out of necessity and partly because professionals were feeling that the corporate world had become just as risky as venturing out on your own. During this time, employers who were hiring were preparing for another economic turndown and thus, paying far more conservatively than they were before the recession. “Small business is a good thing for the economy, and home-based businesses are playing a huge role in that.” NEW ENTREPENEURS The U.S. saw fewer high-paying employee positions and more unemployment and underemployment. Many of these recently unemployed folks had never owned businesses or been entrepreneurs, for which the franchise value proposition is strongest. Coming from professional office settings, these new entrepreneurs could easily transition to home office locations and were more comfortable with lower capital investments. Remember at the time, capital was difficult to come by as banks had tightened their lending and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans were extremely difficult, if not impossible, to obtain. This perfect economic storm pushed people towards home-based franchises and created a market for work from-home business owners. The increased interest led to new, innovative, forward-thinking franchises that offered everything from home handyman work like The Patch Boys® to professional event planning like EventPrep.® Accounting, financial planning, import/export businesses, and others launched franchise models, and the home-based franchise industry took off. SUSTAINABLE GROWTH Since then, the home-based franchise market has continued to see sustainable growth putting more and more people on the road to business ownership. According to the SBA, from 1996 to 2014, the number of small businesses in the U.S. had declined year over year, but in 2014, that trend reversed and more small businesses opened between 2014 and 2015. Perhaps this is due to what the SBA describes as “Micro Companies,” which are firms with 10 employees or less. One thing is for sure, though: Small business is a very good thing for the economy, and home-based businesses are playing a huge role in that. **************************************************************************************** Every year, thousands of people dream of owning a business and are drawn to the independence, flexibility and freedom of being self-employed. The job market as we have known it continues to change, so people are retooling their vision of how they will make a living in the years to come. This is driving people of all ages and career types to pursue self-employment options, including small business ownership as the “new” career of choice. Today, creating your own job has become the new path to job security. A franchise / business opportunity may not be right for everyone and they are certainly not all created equal, but a good business model can lower the risk factor and accelerate one’s potential for long term success. The key is finding the right match between the franchise / business opportunity model and the owner-operator. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” Are you allowing your professional life to wander aimlessly, or stand still? Do you dislike your corporate job, but don’t know how to find your real niche in life? A window of opportunity won’t open itself… **************************************************************************************** You desire to be self-employed… What is preventing you from moving towards that dream? ENTREPRENEURSHIP Is Living A Few Years Of Your Life Like Most People Won’t, So That You Can Spend The Rest Of Your Life Like Most People Can’t. -Unknown **************************************************************************************** Textile Recycling I am always looking for new, unique, and innovative concepts. Recently, I found a concept which I believe is interesting, unique and will fill a need in the recycling (green) market… Until I learned of this business, I never knew there was an industry specializing in “textile recycling”. I had an interesting teleconference with the company’s Franchise Development Manager. He helped me to better understand this business and the market niche it serves. He also told me that recently he bought a shirt in an upscale retail outlet for $47.00. The shirt had a tag… Made from 100% rewoven / recycled textile material. The same stuff my wife and I don’t know what to do with, so we just chunk it in the trash…and it goes to the landfill / garbage dump. Passive Ownership: Yes… Retain your job or career, or continue running business during job transition… Low cost, part-time, semi-absentee, work from home ownership. Supplement / complement your present business. If you would like additional information, or to discuss in further detail, please call or send me an email with phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) for me to call you. **************************************************************************************** Would this scenario be of interest and value to you… a process where you receive assistance to help you better identify your goals, financial requirements, lifestyle needs and what you would like for your work-life to look like; then provided information on self-employment options and guidance on exploring these opportunities within the confines of a safe and no-obligation environment. Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself! If you are ready, let’s discuss a methodical approach (not a one-time event) and an informative journey through the exploration / discovery process. Are you in career transition, or contemplating making a change? Would you like a "sounding-board"? As a former Human Resources executive and now a Franchise Coach / Consultant, I have over three (3) decades of assisting folks with career transition. Plus, I have personally walked down that path a couple times myself. If you would like to visit about career transition in general, entering self-employment via a franchise or business opportunity and / or UT sports, please call me at your convenience… 210-479-2491, or if outside San Antonio, 888-479-2491. Or shoot me an email with your phone number and a good day(s) / time(s) to call you. I will gladly provide complimentary advice and counsel. And, remember, I'm a coach, not a sales person. Have a job you don’t like? Seek other employment: I call that “Changing Your Curtains”. Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life: I refer to that as “Changing Your View”. In 2001, I decided to “Change My View”. If you are ready… Let’s Talk. I can help you “Change Your View” too… Don't Just Change Your Curtains... Change Your View. I Did. My Story ********************************************************************************* Looking for Texas Hill Country Property Cabin, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 166 acres. 30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera. http://listings.texas-landman.com/texas-landman/pipe-creek-ranch ********************************************************************************* If you are seeking top-quality financial / investment advice, I highly recommend Teamwork Financial Group and Doug Moe...Texas Ex. Doug is the CEO of Teamwork Financial Group in San Antonio. He is an attorney and CPA. He has provided valuable insight to me and my wife regarding investment / financial advice, including guidance on having a Will vs. Revocable Living Trust, re-balancing our investment portfolio, as well as assisting us move a portion of our IRA investments into Fixed Asset Annuities. Over the past several months, I have had a number of very enjoyable meetings with Doug, since we have a tendency to spend time talking sports, as well as financial / investment stuff. Doug played basketball at UT in the 80s and is the son of Doug Moe, the former coach of the San Antonio Spurs. And, a great guy. ********************************************************************************* Do You Need Furniture Repaired... If so and in the San Antonio area, CALL Pat Bonney...Texas Ex... Owner of a Guardsman Furniture Pro. franchise...The Most Trusted Name in Furniture Repair. Pat was on the UT baseball team in the early 70s. I have used Pat's service multiple times for a variety of furniture repairs in my business and home. Great guy and fantastic service. 210-849-9663 Email: gfpsa@sbcglobal.net 2017 newsletters; as well as copies of 2016 and 2015 newsletters can be viewed by going to the Franchise Quest Website. Click on the Website link below, or go to: www.franchise-quest.com Resource Center > Newsletter Small / medium size business owners: Would you like to grow your business by franchising. $1,000 Referral Bonus $1,000 Additional Information Is Available at Franchise Quest If you would like to visit, please don’t be shy about reaching out: I’m a coach, not a sales person. Hook 'em.
  15. Dude, glad to know you are exploring franchise / business ownership. Also, using a "franchise" attorney is imperative. Please call me at your convenience. 888-479-2491. Thanks. Hook 'em
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