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In This Issue
Educational Links
Fun Facts
Use Your IRA/401K to Fund Your Business
The Fear Factor of Buying a Franchise
Buyer Checklist
Did you know...
Pro Energy Consultants
All American Decorative Concrete
Sport Clips Haircuts
Paciugo Gelato & Caffe'
What is a Master Franchise?
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Educational Links
Fun Facts

Truett Cathy opened the first Chick-fil-A restaurant in 1946 in Hapeville, GA.

Chick-fil-A's "Closed on Sunday" policy has been in place since Opening Day.

Chick-fil-A is one of the nation's largest privately held restaurant chains.
Use Your IRA/401K
to Fund Your Business
If you have retirement funds that you have not yet paid taxes on, you can access those funds to capitalize a business. You can then use those funds to buy a business, for any business expense, and to pay salary!


You are in control, you decide how much of your retirement funds you wish to use for the business. When working with a company that specializes in this funding option, and follows all of the IRS guidelines, you are able to buy a business Debt Free and Equity Rich (from the rollover of your IRA/401K funds). Additionally, you'll have a new 401K/Profit Sharing Plan that you can begin to contribute Tax Deferred.
Click here to learn more about using your retirement account and other funding options that are available.
The Fear Factor of Buying a Franchise




Buying a franchise is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make, so feeling fear is not only normal, it is entirely appropriate to the situation.

Who has fear? Everyone! Fear prevents us (most of us, anyway) from jumping out of a moving car or going over a waterfall in a barrel. Fear helps us make choices that are less likely to endanger our lives. Fear also prevents us from gambling our life's savings on a horse race or marrying someone we've known only a few days.
However, when we feel we have enough information about a subject, we can often get over fear and do things that were beyond our comfort zone.
If you are one of those people who has done your homework and found the franchise opportunity you've always dreamed of but can't seem to commit to a decision, then the final doubts you have are probably about your own abilities rather than the franchise itself.
This is where a qualified franchise consultant can help you. By assessing your interests, skills and experience, a consultant can guide you to a decision where risks are at an acceptable level and the benefits, while not certain, are well worth the effort.
The only problem with fear is when you allow it to stop you from doing something you know will make a positive difference in your life. Don't let fear stop you from reaching your goals! 
Buyer Checklist 
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1. Work with a consultant, he/she already knows the answers to most of your questions.

2. Take your time.

3. Identify your financial goals.

4. Understand your marketplace. 

5. Compare several franchise options.

6. Attend the Discovery Day.

7.Validate information with current franchisees.

8. Consult with a franchise attorney prior to signing any documents.

9. Begin your journey as a successful business owner.

Did you know... 

One out of every 12 businesses operating today is a franchise.


What are some of the benefits to owning a franchise?

1. It's an established, successful brand.  
2. There are proven operating systems in place.  
3. Volume purchasing power. 
4. Shared experience with other franchisees. 
5. Formalized training and marketing programs to help ensure your success.

Our newsletter is designed to help educate and inform individuals considering business ownership.  Each month, we select five opportunities from our database of hundreds of businesses to feature in detail.  The goal is to highlight businesses that will fit a variety of budgets and skill sets.  If you have that entrepreneurial spirit and would like to explore your options, give us a call.  There is never a cost or obligation to you for our franchise consulting services.

Our Business is Finding You the Right Business
Pro Energy Consultants
Cash Needed: $30K
Total Investment: $35K-$46K
Franchise Locations: 30           

Pro Energy Consultants has been a leader in energy efficiency auditing, energy conservation services and home performance since 1995.  Today, they are the nation's largest energy conservation auditing company, with franchise locations from coast to coast.

Pro Energy Consultants franchisees service home and business owners who want to lower their energy bills, identify and solve indoor comfort issues, fulfill a set of "green" values, and/or improve indoor health and safety.  Economical, governmental and societal trends are increasing demands, with exceptionally strong growth forecasted well into the next decade.  This fragmented and emerging industry presents huge opportunity for both owner-operator and multi-consultant models, with all the benefits of a home based business.

As a Pro Energy Consultants franchisee, you will receive:
  • A comprehensive, 3 phase, new franchisee training program.
  • Energy improvements "how-to" training.
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst certification training.
  • Building Performance Insitute (BPI) Building Envelope certification training
  • Complete energy assessment equipment package, including a blower door and infrared camera.
  • Complete indoor air quality testing equipment package and training.
  • Their proprietary, energy assessment reporting templates.
  • Your own website and an initial supply of marketing collateral.
  • A starting database of prospects and an initial marketing launch campaign.
  • Access to their franchisee TeamRoom, loaded with templates, scripts, presentations, technical documentation and more.

Plus, you will be helping your customers save both energy and money! 


For more information, Click here 
Or call 800-401-9154
All American Decorative Concrete
Cash Needed: $75K  
Total Investment: $98K-$189K
Franchise Locations: 8           
All American Decorative Concrete is a nationally recognized brand that is in a growing niche of the concrete and coatings industry that turns ordinary concrete into something extraordinary.  Homeowners are not moving "up" in this economic climate; as a result consumers are spending their money to beautify existing homes.  On the outside or on the inside, this business addresses the needs of homeowners who want something unique and offers lasting value.  Their punctuality, quality of service, and affordable pricing have allowed for the company and its concrete franchisees to survive and thrive over the years.

All American Decorative Concrete specializes in residential and commercial interior and exterior decorative overlays and stamped concrete for patios, pools, driveways, basements, fireplaces, foyers to name a few.  Decorative concrete, coatings, and overlays; exploits the wave towards the "green" building movement.  With services like Decorative Concrete Overlay, Garage Floor Epoxy Systems, Stamped Concrete, and Stained Concrete, the versatility of an All American Decorative Concrete Franchise is virtually endless.

As an All American Decorative Concrete franchisee, you will receive:   
  • Three weeks of training at their headquarters in Atlanta, GA
  • Their customized management software
  • Access to their corporate call center
  • Personalized, ongoing support
For more information, Click here
Or call 800-401-9154
Sport Clips Haircuts
Cash Needed: $100K
Total Investment: $155K-$295K
Franchise Locations: 1110       
At Sport Clips, their mission is to "create a championship haircut experience for men and boys in an exciting sports themed environment."  They offer quality male hair care services, and are known for their "MVP Experience" that includes a precision haircut, invigorating scalp massage with Tea Tree shampoo, a classic barbershop-style hot steamed towel treatment, and a relaxing neck and shoulder massage.

Sport Clips is the "Official Haircutter" of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises, and was named as one of the "Top Franchises for Veterans" by Franchise Business Review.  Their "Help a Hero" program has raised almost $2 million to help deployed and hospitalized U.S. service members call home through the VFW's Operation Uplink.

The sports-themed haircutting franchise is ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 20 "Fastest-Growing Franchises," and in the top 10 percent of the "Franchise 500."

Sport Clips offers comprehensive classroom and in-store training that covers all aspects of what you need to know as a Sport Clips hair salon franchise owner.

As a Sport Clips franchisee, you will receive assistance with:
  • Sport Clips business fundamentals, culture and team development
  • Compensation, scheduling and recruiting
  • Marketing and Grand Opening 
  • Hiring, developing and coaching
  • Site selection, store construction, and set-up

Best of all, no hair care experience is necessary. 

For more information, Click here
Or call 800-401-9154
Paciugo Gelato & Caffe'
Cash Needed: $100K
Total Investment: $231K-$435K
Company Locations: 44            


Paciugo (means "messy concoction" in Italian) Gelato & Caffe' was founded by Cristina and Ugo Ginatta in 2000.  Cristina first fell in love with gelato after tasting her grandfather's homemade gelato back in Italy when she was a child.  As a young woman, she attended culinary school, focusing on the art of traditional gelato-making and perfected her skills in one of the finest family-run gelaterias in Turin, Italy.  Since 2000, Paciugo Gelato & Caffe' has been proudly serving gelatos that are made from real milk and the finest fruits, chocolates, and nuts, along with delicious smoothies and distinctive caffe' from all around the world.


As a Paciugo Gelato & Caffe' franchisee, you will receive:
  • Two week training program-classroom and in-store training
  • Access to the "Paciugo Turnkey" online tool
  • Assistance with site selection
  • Assistance with Marketing and Grand Opening


For more information, Click here 

Or call 800-401-9154
Cash Needed: $150K
Total Investment: $296K-$1M
Franchise Locations: 2           
What is the significance of the 810 in spa810?  One of their most popular services at spa810 is Pain-Free Laser Hair Removal. To kill a hair follicle you need to use a very specific wavelength of energy, that wavelength happens to be 810 nanometers. Hence the name, spa810.

Affordable luxury awaits you at spa810. They offer customized facials, massages, pain-free laser hair removal, and anti-aging laser treatments at an affordable price, all in a convenient location.  At spa810, they are committed to helping you achieve your personal best. Their results-oriented treatments and pampering services have been created so that you can look and feel your best.

spa810 offers monthly membership service packages that provide their franchisees with three solid revenue streams: Laser Hair Removal Club, $99 Membership Club, and $59 Membership Club.  Each membership includes special monthly perks and gifts for their clients.

As a spa810 franchisee, you will receive
two weeks of training at their headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ, and assistance with:
  • Site selection and lease negotiations
  • Marketing, unit and area build out
  • Technology, sales, and business operations
  • Grand Opening 
spa810 has been recognized by Entrepreneur Inc. as one of the fastest growing spa franchises in 2013!

For more information, Click here

Or call 800-401-9154
MasterWhat is a Master Franchise?

Some franchises have opportunities known as Master or Regional Developers.  This involves the development of a geographic region that can be as small as a portion of a state or as large as an entire state or country.  You purchase the right to develop a designated area and share in the franchise fees and royalties with the franchisor.  You work closely with commercial real estate agents, business brokers and consultants in the development of your area.  The investment needed to secure a Master or Regional Developer opportunity can start as low as $150K depending on the franchise and geographic area.

For more information, Click here 
Or call 800-401-9154
If you would like to learn more about this month's Featured Business Opportunities or have questions about business ownership, you may contact me directly by calling 800-401-9154.  There is never an obligation or cost to you for our franchise consulting services.

Dave Struck 

Dave Struck


Quest Franchise Advisory Group
Direct: 800-401-9154 


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