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“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.



August 2017


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.




Survey Reveals Increasing Optimism among Business Owners and Potential Investors about the Economy


WASHINGTON, June 15—Franchise business owners and prospective investors strongly believe the economy is improving and are more likely by a 2-1 margin to invest in a new business today than before the election. This according to a new survey released today by Morning Consult on behalf of the International Franchise Association (IFA). The survey signals that small business owners and investors are more optimistic, however, policymakers should enact regulatory relief and tax reform, to continue to improve the economy for franchise owners and prospective investors. 


“What we need in this country right now are additional jobs, and the majority of that growth can come from the franchising community, if we avoid impeding owners with burdensome regulations. When local franchise businesses thrive, owners hire and train employees from nearby neighborhoods for positions that range from entry-level to senior management,†said IFA President & CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE. “The results also send a clear message to Congress that the interests of franchise business owners should be front and center for policy makers on both sides of the aisle.†


Franchise owners and potential investors are aligned on steps policymakers can take to improve the economy and help achieve their business prospects. According to the survey, a large majority (78 percent) believe reducing red tape on small businesses is the only way to improve the economy. “The survey reaffirms there is a new breed of entrepreneur out there looking for a business they can invest in. The Administration and other key elected officials have suggested a return to three percent growth, and franchising can play critical role in achieving that goal but the industry needs tax reform and more regulatory relief to drive the economy forward,†said Cresanti. 




Pet Care is Named One of the Best Industries

to Start a Business in 2017


Why it's hot: Forty percent of customers in the pet care industry are ages 30-49. Millennials are aging into this group and getting more pets than previous generations. According to research firm Mintel, three-fourths of American 30-somethings have dogs, compared with half of the overall population. Meanwhile, more than half of Americans in their 30s have cats, compared with 35 percent of the overall population. Millennials with pets also expect to use technology to buy services, providing opportunity for new ventures in e-commerce, subscription packages, and connected devices like pet wearables.


Growth: Pet grooming and boarding revenue was nearly $8 billion in the U.S. in 2016, and IBISWorld projects 7 percent annual growth through 2021. According to CB Insights, between 2012 and 2016, $486 million was invested in the global pet tech sector across 172 venture capital deals. The worldwide pet wearables market alone will be a $2.6 billion market by 2019, market research firm IDTechEx predicts.


There are several interesting dog / cat / pet services concepts available.


The 60 billion dollar pet industry is about to get a makeover in 2017 due to technological advances in the field. In 2016 alone, pet grooming and boarding was worth $8 million with a projected increase of 7 percent annual growth through 2021.

With millennials owning more pets than any other generation, low entry barriers, and not a lot of small business competition 2017 is going to be a big year for pet care business owners!




New and Quality Used Sporting Goods and

Fitness Equipment Retail Business


Are you outgoing and willing to manage and operate a fast paced, fun retail business? Interaction with customers and involvement in the community are key ingredients to success in this business. Franchisees are always involved with schools, youth sports, teams, leagues and sports associations as well.


Business offers value-conscious buyers a wide selection of name-brand new and quality used sports and fitness equipment in sizes to fit everyone from Little Leaguers to Major Leaguers. Our merchandise and environment are designed to encourage and reassure enthusiastic parents and youngsters by presenting a comfortable mainstream retail image.

Our franchisees are our customers – parents and grandparents of children who love sports and fitness. This gives them a winning edge at understanding the needs of their market. They buy only the best gear in good condition and offer fair trade-ins and payment on the spot, building customer loyalty with every transaction.


Our unique business model allows our customers to create their own discount by trading in product they no longer use. We have a strong value proposition: great new and quality used sports and fitness gear at affordable prices.


You may never outgrow your favorite sports — but you may outgrow your equipment. Our franchise partners have been providing athletes of every age the new and quality used sports and fitness equipment they need to be their best out on the field, on the court, at the rink and in the gym. Since 1983, we have expanded to nearly 300 locations throughout North America and become a major player in the sports retail industry. If you’re passionate about sports and are looking for a franchise opportunity that allows you to stay engaged with athletes in your community and build a business doing something you love, then this opportunity is ready to put the ball in your court.




Children’s Sports Program


This franchise offers a specialized sports program for children ages 12 months to 12 years old. Teaches the fundamentals of Baseball, Basketball, Football, Floor Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer and Volleyball. In addition to offering a wide variety of Sports classes, franchisees run several camps and host birthday parties.

Started in 1999 in New York City.  The two founders saw a need for a more comprehensive instructional Sports program for Younger Children that really focused on fundamentals of team sports, but most importantly a method to teach this in a fun way.

Most importantly the combination of making a difference in Children’s lives as we do and the opportunity to be a business owner that comes along with independence and flexibility is exciting.




If you would like additional information about any of the above opportunities, 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.



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 between the franchise 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?  Perhaps you are in career transition and have always dreamed about being self-employed?  


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




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.





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 Curtainsâ€.  Perhaps, you prefer a bolder approach which may provide a new and invigorating work-life…I refer to that as “Changing Your Viewâ€.  In 2001, I decided to “Change My Viewâ€.  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 DidMy Story 





Looking for Texas Hill Country Property…

House, storage building, workshop, ponds, water well, and septic on 165 acres.

30 miles northwest of San Antonio / 9 miles southeast of Bandera.


Call Larry Powell 210-479-2491.  Outside San Antonio  888-479-2491




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 â€Will†vs. “Revocable Living Trustâ€, 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:




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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. 


Larry S. Powell
Franchise Quest
Outside San Antonio: 888-479-2491 
Skype: franchisequest

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