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And The Winners Are…

Ryan Smolkin and Clark Harrop bring the laughs at the CFA Awards Gala in Niagara Falls The 2017 CFA National Convention went out with a bang on Monday night with an Awards Gala recognizing the past year of franchising excellence. Co-hosted by the man, the myth, the legend… Ryan Smolkin, founder of Smoke’s Poutinerie, and Clark Harrop of McDonald’s Canada, the night was filled with slick dance moves, the reveal of Smoke’s long lost brother (hint: it’s Ronald McDonald), and a special rendition of Skid Row’s “I Remember You” for CFA’s President and CEO Lorraine McLachlan courtesy of the legend himself. Packed with a who’s who of franchising, the Gala recognized franchise systems that have demonstrated excellence in their field [read more…]

A Franchising Pioneer: Martha Matilda Harper

Known for her trademark floor-length hair, it should come as no surprise that franchise entrepreneur Martha Matilda Harper made her career in the women’s salon industry. Born in 1857 in Oakville, Ontario and set for a life in servitude, Harper’s journey to the hair and beauty business was unpredictable and unlikely for the time. However, it was during her time working as a servant in Ontario and eventually in Rochester, New York that Harper developed a product that would transform the hair industry and forever change women’s perception of beauty. Intrigued by the idea of chemical-free hair products, she used her spare time experimenting with various recipes until she created an organic shampoo. With her business intuition intact, Harper knew [read more…]

Shop till’ you drop: Discover retail franchise opportunities in the latest FranchiseCanada

The list of retail franchises available to invest in is endless, making the March/April issue of FranchiseCanada a must-read! Equipped with the best and most up-to-date information about retailers across the country, this issue provides entrepreneurs insight into the stores Canadians love to shop in from clothing to the mobile repair industry. In the special Talking Shop feature, you’ll discover beneficial information on the most rewarding retail franchise opportunities across the country, including franchise fees and investment requirements. From Canadian Tire to Hallmark Cards, these Canadian staples are looking for hard working and driven franchisees to continue expanding the products and services their customers know and love. Find out how you can get involved by picking up the latest issue [read more…]