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Top tips for franchise success Connects Aspiring Restauranteur with Pumpernickel’s Deli

Although he had an established career working in the renewable energy division for a major corporation, Ken Preville always dreamed of owning his own business. Not wanting to do it alone, he sought to partner with a successful franchise brand. “Franchising provided an easier path to achieving my goal,” he says. He turned to the Canadian Franchise Association’s (CFA) online member directory,, to find a franchise. A self-described foodie, his interest was immediately piqued when he discovered Pumpernickel’s, a deli and catering franchise offering healthy, fresh salads, sandwiches, and grilled meats. He was also attracted to the company’s strong branding and the promise of greater work-life balance, since locations are only open until 4 p.m. Preville signed on as [read more…]

Franchisee Success Story: Ivy Siu, Ricky’s All Day Grill

  By Roma Ihnatowycz Ivy Siu is not the sort of person to do anything in half measures. So it’s not surprising that when she heard Ricky’s All Day Grill was looking for new franchisees in Red Deer, Alberta, she jumped into her car and drove to one of their existing locations to check it out. When Siu reached the restaurant, she was so taken with the Ricky’s All Day Grill concept that she leapt at the chance to join the franchise chain. “It was an immediate decision right then and there,” says Siu, now the owner and operator of two Ricky’s franchises in Red Deer, together with her husband Stephen Siu and brother Michael Tong. Fifteen years later, Siu [read more…]

Celebrate CFA’s 50th Anniversary at The Franchise Show!

When the founders of the Canadian Franchise Association came together in 1967 to create an organization committed to the growth, enhancement, promotion, and development of franchising in Canada their dreams were big and their task was large. Now in 2017, as the CFA celebrates its 50th anniversary, their hard work has paid off! With over 600 corporate members, CFA has become the recognized voice for franchising and the only national trade association representing the industry in the country. As the founding members had always intended, CFA is committed to educating Canadians about franchising and specific franchise opportunities. One of the most effective ways the CFA does this is through The Franchise Show! Beginning in 1996 and organized entirely by the [read more…]