The Success of Acai Express – Now a Franchise in the USA.

“We provide a system that is simple to operate with no experience needed.” Our Acai Berries are harvested from the Amazon Rainforest. This discourages deforestation while at the same time creating financial opportunities for local farmers. We are committed to a culture of appreciation to our guests, franchisees, and team members.’
– Hector Westerband, Founder, and CEO – Acai Express

Watch The Founder of Acai Express explain the reasons why Acai Express is a hit.
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The Success of Acai Express – Now a Franchise in the USA.

Our story starts with crashing waves and bustling street corners. In July 2013, Hector Westerband, an avid surfer, founded Acai Express in his homeland of Puerto Rico. Beginning with a single food truck in Guaynabo, Hector wanted to promote a healthy lifestyle centered on the nutrient-rich acai berry. The rapid popularity of his food truck meant he quickly expanded the brand to open franchises elsewhere on the island (13 locations in Puerto Rico as of 2018…)

At Acai Express our mission is to provide our customers the best experience with the highest quality products. We strive to promote a healthy existence by offering customers a lifestyle brand with products that benefit our minds, our bodies, and our souls. Our products are created with the active and health-conscious consumer in mind creating a socially responsible business model.

Our Acai Berries are harvested from the Amazon Rainforest. This discourages deforestation while at the same time creating financial opportunities for local farmers. We are committed to a culture of appreciation to our guests, franchisees, and team members.

As an Acai Express franchisee you will benefit from distinct competitive advantages. We provide an innovative marketing program with a unique and lively shop design. Our menu offers 100% organic “Grade A” acai with other high-quality products and has all day sales potential. With three flexible business models, we provide a system that is simple to operate with no experience needed. Our franchise model offers a low-cost entry, with protected territories, comprehensive training, and an experienced management team.

For franchise information please contact:[email protected]
Notice Regarding Franchise Offers and Sales

This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise. It is for information purposes only. There are approximately 14 countries and 15 US states that regulate the offer and sale of franchises. The countries are Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Canada (provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario and Prince Edward Island), China, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Spain, and the United States of America. The US states are California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you are a resident of one of these states or countries, are receiving this message in one of these states or countries, or intend to operate a franchise in any of these states or countries, we will not offer you a franchise unless and until we have complied with any applicable pre-sale registration and/or disclosure requirements in the applicable jurisdiction.
This offering is not an offering of a franchise. In New York (USA), an offering of a franchise can only be made by a prospectus that has been previously filed and registered with the Department of Law of the State of New York. The application for registration of an offering prospectus or the acceptance and filing thereof by the Department of Law as required by the New York law does not constitute approval of the offering or the sale of such franchise by the Department of Law or the attorney general of New York.
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2nd edition in our “Coach, Mentor & Grow®” video series for Franchisors

Here’s the 2nd edition in our “Coach, Mentor & Grow®” video series for Franchisors. The panel at the NY FBN/IFA meeting covered the topic of “Franchising and Private Equity- How to Position your Company” Panelist Oz Bengur, Lisa Oak, Grant Marcks and Roger Lipton. Hosted by David Azrin Esq.

If you’d like to receive the entire 1-hour session please contact us at [email protected]

Watch the video: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-occhiogrosso/detail/recent-activity/shares/

“Franchises in Urban Markets across the USA”

Given the numerous types of goods and services offered by franchised operations and the resurgence of Urban markets, there is a growing trend by franchisors to focus their growth plans on the urban renaissance.

“Franchises in Urban Market across the USA”
By FMM Staff Writer

Competition in a rising Urban Economy
The US economy is one of the most innovative, dynamic and competitive in the world. Known to be the largest consumer market, there are many brands both domestic and international that focus on entering key Urban markets. The past two decades have witnessed more and more families entering and living in the urban core of the US. However, opening in a downtown location pose some challenges for the franchisee. Urban areas often have rigid regulations and extra taxes, especially for the restaurants. Rent, the most important element can be significantly higher than the franchise model calls and may drive the franchises out of the market. Organizations and individuals that realize these uniques Urban opportunities sometimes need to make adjustments to their existing models or create a new one to match the needs of the resurging Urban market. Those that can afford the rent are often forced to move into a storefront half which may require redesigning the concept of franchising from a well-established architectural footprint.

Success Keys
Regardless of the market size; according to the Gary Occhiogrosso, Founder of Franchise Growth Solutions, LLC., a franchise needs the following attributes to be successful:

• It must be credible and needs a proven track record of success
• It must be substantially different and better from its competitors
• The systems must be in place and the knowledge transferable.
• Most importantly, the franchise must provide a return on the investment for the franchisee.

Varied Products and Services
Surprisingly, according to the IFA’s Economic Impact Study, there are over 900,000 franchise business locations and more than 3,200 different franchise creating more than $2.3 trillion in sales every year. One out of every seven jobs in the US is directly created through franchising. In addition, about 54 percent of every retail dollar is spent at a US franchisee.
Of the 3200 franchised brands, 55 percent are retail franchises of which 45 percent of the market is controlled by food. The balance of the brands in the franchise industry are service-related brands IE: lawn care, painting, real estate, senior assistance, plumbing, electrical and other mobile “man with van” type businesses.

Focus on Growth
Given the numerous types of goods and services offered by franchised operations and the resurgence of Urban markets, there is a growing trend by franchisors to focus their growth plans on the urban renaissance. The idea that “the higher the population, the greater the potential customer base” is luring franchise companies that otherwise up to this point never considered some of the larger US Urban markets. The question is; will this trend be maintained and eventually lower the financial risk associated in higher rent areas with growing competition. Be that as it may, many of franchise systems remain focused on maintaining their presence in the top 50 markets in America.

References
Franchisedirect.com, IFA, Franchise Growth Solutions,LLC.
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“Franchising and Succession Planning”

The key is to create the best succession plan for your current circumstances. Revisiting, re-evaluating and if necessary, updating your plan should be done annually or whenever a major event takes place in your personal or the life of the business. Succession planning requires that you seek financial and legal advice from a trusted, professional and experienced planner. Your advisor can you help you assess the best route to take, create a plan and eventually assist in carrying it out. Your succession plan should also address a number of strategic business moves.

“Franchising and Succession Planning”
By Gary Occhiogrosso
Founder – Franchise Growth Solutions, LLC.

Succession planning is not a topic that many small business and franchise operators what to think about. In addition to it’s often times negative connotation, its priority can sometimes be lost in the everyday whirlwind or running a business. Nonetheless, the topic is critical not only to address the question of succession should you suddenly pass away, but what role it plays in your overall business exit strategy.

When you are creating a succession plan for a franchise business, you must make important decisions and answer a number of questions. For example; these decisions may involve selling your business, transferring it to a family member or shutting it down completely? Other considerations may include whether you want to a structure your plan so that it can be executed during your lifetime, or at your death? Keep in mind, as a franchisee your options may be limited to any guidelines or rules set forth in your franchise agreement.

The key is to create the best succession plan for your current circumstances. Revisiting, re-evaluating and if necessary, updating your plan should be done annually or whenever a major event takes place in your personal or the life of the business. Succession planning requires that you seek financial and legal advice from a trusted, professional and experienced planner. Your advisor can you help you assess the best route to take, create a plan and eventually assist in carrying it out. Your succession plan should also address a number of strategic business moves. In fact, it should layout guidelines for the possibility of a sale, merger or a capital raise. It is important to state that a franchise succession planning is more than just anticipating the owner’s desire to sell the business, death or retirement. You must also consider the fact that an owner can become disabled, have conflicts with other business partners or simply approach the end of the term of a franchise agreement.
For a franchised business a plan may include the current franchisee identifying a successor, where the franchisor must then approve the successor franchisee. You may be limited to who may purchase the business or if you are allowed to transfer the franchise to a family member that would otherwise not meet the franchisor’s criteria for acceptance as a franchisee.
As you can imagine there are numerous exceptions and issues that come into play. Hence, it is important to build a successful succession plan as part of your overall Business Strategy. Many franchisees and small business owners prefer to ignore succession planning but the consequences of no succession plan can destroy years of hard work and built up equity in your business. As I have often been quoted as saying, “in business, everything touches everything else”.
Tips for a Successful Succession Planning

Consider the family dynamics
Even though the succession planning may include the family members, the existing franchise owners may also need to objectify the future leadership. Start by finding out which family member possesses the right skills, experience, and knowledge.

Selecting the right advisors
Franchise owners should seek legal guidance from the team of legal advisers. This may include attorneys, accountants, business consultants and other trusted advisors.

Realistic decisions
Be realistic about the business value. It is important to have a third party place a value on the franchise to help understand the framework and parameters of the franchise transfer.
Major Issues to Consider When Succession Planning
Are there any restrictions (external or internal ) imposed by the franchisor.
A detailed and a comprehensive buy-sell agreement funded with adequate insurance to buy out the interest of the deceased partner
A well-defined management strategy that determines who is immediately available to undertake the management functions when uncertainty prevails

Reference
Griga, M. (2018). Succession planning Archives – Commercial Associates. [online] Commercial Associates. Available at: https://www.caaa.biz/tag/succession-planning/ [Accessed 1 Apr. 2018].

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About the Author:
Gary Occhiogrosso is the Managing Partner of Franchise Growth Solutions, which is a co-operative based franchise development and sales firm.
Their “Coach, Mentor & Grow Program” focuses on helping Franchisors with their franchise development, strategic planning, advertising, selling franchises and guiding franchisors in raising growth capital.

Gary started his career in franchising as a franchisee of Dunkin Donuts before launching the Ranch *1 Franchise program with its founders. He is the former President of TRUFOODS, LLC a 100+ unit, multi-brand franchisor and former COO of Desert Moon Fresh Mexican Grille. He advises several emerging and growing brands in the franchise industry

Gary was selected as “Top 25 Fast Casual Restaurant Executive in the USA” by Fast Casual Magazine and named “Top 50 CXO’s” by SmartCEO Magazine. In addition, Gary is an adjunct professor at New York University on the topics of Restaurant Concept & Business Development as well Franchising & Entrepreneurship. He has published numerous articles on the topics of Franchising, Entrepreneurship, Sales, and Marketing. He is also the host of the “Small Business & Franchise Show” broadcast over AM970 in New York City and the founder of FranchiseMoneyMaker.com To learn more visit: www.frangrow.com

SKINNYPIZZA OPENS IN GREENWICH CONNECTICUT – PIZZA THAT IS “BUILT WITH NO GUILT”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SKINNYPIZZA® OPENS IN GREENWICH CT
Healthier Take on NY Style Pizza Adds 5th Fast Casual Restaurant
Now, diners pay one price and build their own custom SkinnyPizza® from a large selection of fresh toppings -Built With No Guilt®.” — Joe Vetrano, FOUNDER AND CEO

NEW YORK – APRIL 11, 2018
www.skinnypizza.com
SkinnyPizza®, the New York City-based chain that offers a healthier take on traditional New York-style pizza, will open its first Connecticut location on April 11, 2018 at 30 Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, Connecticut.SkinnyPizza®’s new location, the only pizza eatery on Greenwich Avenue, is making its home in a building first constructed in 1875 and is part of the Greenwich Avenue Historic District listed on the National Historic Register.

Skinny Pizza Franchisees and Greenwich residents, Dr. Denis and Eleni Bouboulis said, “We are really excited to be opening a SkinnyPizza in the Greenwich community. We fell in love with the SkinnyPizza® concept and believe it’s a great addition to Greenwich Avenue.”

Bouboulis adds, “SkinnyPizza® flavor-packed, thin crust pies are lower in calories and made using all natural, potassium bromate free flour.” SkinnyPizza® also offers a menu of pastas, salads and soups, all with a healthier take on traditional Italian favorites.

SkinnyPizza® was founded in 2009 by Long Island veteran restaurateur and CEO, Joseph Vetrano. He describes SkinnyPizza® as “real pizza, real thin.” From his experience working in his family’s pizza and pasta restaurant, Vetrano saw the trend to cut carbohydrates and calories in classic food stuffs – and offer a level of interactivity to the process. Now, diners pay one price and build their own custom SkinnyPizza® from a large selection of fresh toppings. Vetrano calls his custom SkinnyPizza® pies, “Built With No Guilt®.” Vetrano continued by announcing that SkinnyPizza® plans to roll out a new Cauliflower Pizza Crust”

SkinnyPizza® will cater to Connecticut consumers who, like ninety-three percent (93%) of Americans, enjoy pizza monthly, and the two-thirds who opt for a thin crust pizza variety, according to Statistic Brain in 2018. The SkinnyPizza® menu was designed for those that are health- and environmentally conscious, with pizza sauce made from organic tomatoes and pasta dishes made from organic, GMO-free, egg-free, cholesterol-free, low-sodium, high-fiber pasta. The location also offers a line of soups that include vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free options.

The Greenwich Avenue SkinnyPizza® location will open in Connecticut on April 11, 2018 with a ribbon cutting at 10amET. Local politicians and members of the Chamber of Commerce will be on hand to conduct the ceremony. To celebrate the Grand Opening, SkinnyPizza® will offer one dollar ($1.00) priced pizzas from 11:30am to 2:30pm to 500 customers who present a redeemable ticket on-site. Street teams locally will distribute the tickets to Greenwich Avenue shoppers and merchants in the days leading up to the Grand Opening. SkinnyPizza® will also provide the Greenwich Chamber with pizza samples at their Business Showcase on April 26, 2018.Mr. Occhiogrosso has over 30 years’ experience in franchise development and was integral to the success of nationally recognized brands including Ranch *1, Desert Moon Fresh Mexican Grille, and brands found under the multi-brand franchisor, TRUFOODS, LLC.

SkinnyPizza®’s Greenwich location joins other franchises & company owned restaurants in New York City, Long Island, Dallas, Pennsylvania and Saudi Arabia. Vetrano has teamed with franchiseindustry expert, Gary Occhiogrosso, founder of Franchise Growth Solutions, LLC, to expand the turnkey SkinnyPizza® fast casual QSR (quick service restaurant) business model from five (5) locations in 2018 to fifteen (15) locations by 2020. SkinnyPizza® franchises are currently available in NY, CT, PA, NJ and along the eastern seaboard.

SkinnyPizza shoot @ 225 Liberty Street Locacion, NYC

ABOUT SKINNY PIZZA®
SKINNYPIZZA® is the first fast casual pizza concept emerging from the New York market; the home of some of the greatest tasting pizza in the country. SKINNYPIZZA® has transformed pizza, one of America’s most popular food options, into a healthy food choice that raises the consciousness of nutrition and health. SKINNYPIZZA® is categorized as fast casual dining that offers custom made pizza, organic salads, soups and pastas. SKINNYPIZZA®’s diverse menu prides itself on using fine ingredients with no preservatives or additives. The ingredients used are delivered fresh daily from local markets. The tomatoes are 100% organic and the meats are hormone and nitrate free. The pizza crust is made using all natural flour, potassium bromate free. The guests choose from original white crust, wheat or gluten-free and can build their own custom pizza according to their dietary preference. All-natural Stubborn sodas are among the beverage selections available.

ABOUT FRANCHISE GROWTH SOLUTIONS, LLC
Franchise Growth Solutions, LLC is a strategic planning, franchise development and sales organization offering franchise sales, brand development, strategic planning, real estate and architectural development, vendor management, lead generation, and advertising, marketing and PR including social media. Franchise Growth Solutions’ proven “Coach, Mentor & Grow®” system puts both franchisors and potential franchisees on the fast track to growth. Membership in Franchise Growth Solutions’ client portfolio is by recommendation only.

For more information on SKINNYPIZZA® fast casual restaurant concept, please visit skinnypizza.com. For information on owning your own SKINNYPIZZA® franchise, please contact Gary Occhiogrosso at 917.991.2465 or via email at gary(at)skinnypizza(dot)com

CONTACT: Gary Occhiogrosso
Franchise Growth Solutions
917.991.2465
gary.skinnypizza.com
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