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On today’s show Jim Squire and Stan Friedman (pictured) co-hosted a special Franchising Show.
Stan Friedman, CFE, is co-founder and Chairman of Atlanta Franchise Alliance (and has been involved with in the International Franchise Association as well) and is currently President of RetroTax. He can be found online at www.retrotax.com. More information on the ATLFA can be found at www.atlantafranchisealliance.com
Jim Squire is the Chairman of the Southeast Franchise Forum (SEFF) www.sefforum.com and the Director of Franchise Development at Honey Baked Ham www.honeybakedham.com and has been active in franchising for most of his career.
The show kicked off with David French VP of Government Relations at the International Franchise Association. David spoke about the broader issue of government affair what Congress is and isn’t doing to assist franchising these days. You can learn more at www.franchise.org
Next Geoff Seiber CEO of Fran Fund came on and talked about one of the only programs in the country that is capitalizing restaurants right now. You can learn more at www.franfund.com
Then Ron Feldman CEO of Siegel Financial Group and a RetroTax franchisee came on to discuss the credit freeze and some out of the box ways to get capital. You can learn more at www.siegelcapital.com
We closed the show with Michelle Belinfante with the Leasing and Management Group who talked about the real estate market and lease negotiation issues. As a tenant representative, she even shared some tips to help you negotiate a new lease or re-negotiate your current lease. To learn more please go to www.tlmgusa.com
As Stan says there is not all doom and gloom out there. While the world has changed and things might never be the same the world has not ended. Business will continue and we just need to make adjustments in how we do business. Franchising still remains one of the best business models for growing your own wealth.
Also if you know of a business in Atlanta that we should know about please email Amy Otto at Amy @ atlantabusinessradio.com and we will try and get them on the show