Franchise Business Radio Episode 011

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Drew Paras
Director of franchise development for Franchise Group, LLC

Franchise Group LLC is a national consulting firm specializing in franchise brand development and sales strategies.

Current clients include Marilyn Monroe Spas & Tapout Fitness. Both iconic international brands names now emerging into franchising locations worldwide.

How is Tapout Fitness different or unique?
How is Marilyn Monroe Spas different or unique?

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Thomas Rockwood, Vice President & Business Development Officer
The Brand Bank

Guest BIO:
Thomas Rockwood is an SBA lender at The Brand Bank based here in Georgia. His focus is on helping businesses throughout the Southeastern US obtain US Small Business Administration (SBA) financing for projects such as business acquisitions, business expansion, partner buy-outs, business start-ups, real estate and equipment purchases or refinances and many other types of projects. Mr. Rockwood brings a wealth of program expertise and experience to his clients and is always willing to talk to and advise business owners on how to best structure their loans requests to ensure a smooth process. Thomas helps his clients throughout the entire process from structuring a loan request, obtaining credit approval through funding and post-closing follow-ups. If your business needs access to capital, Thomas Rockwood can help!


– What are some of the advantages of an SBA loan and why do businesses look to the banks for SBA loans?

– What are typical interest rate structures and repayment terms on SBA loans?

– What are the typical loan structures you’re seeing today? Amount of cash borrowers are putting in vs the bank is financing?

– What kind of experience, industry specific or otherwise, do you want to see from the owners of businesses seeking financing?

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Michelle Bolden, Owner/CEO
Home Helpers and Direct Link of Atlanta – Home Health, In Home Personal Care

Guest BIO:
Michelle Bolden, who is an RN with an MBA, has worked in a variety of healthcare positions, including adult and pediatric clinical work, discharge planning/case management and administration. Her dynamic career in healthcare has been a foundation for introduction to entrepreneurship as owner/CEO of Home Helpers and Direct Link of Atlanta.


*Whats the history of Home Helpers? Is this a new company to Atlanta?
*How did you select this Franchise?
*What type of services are provided by Home Helpers and Direct Link?
*Whats your screening process for caregivers?
*Are you licensed by the State?
*How does Home Helpers set its self apart from other Personal Care Providers?
*How can clients pay for your services?
*What’s next for Home Helpers of Atlanta?

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The Franchise Business Radio show is a platform to bring together franchise professionals and resources to connect, educate, and collaborate to serve the franchise community and the franchise consumer. Spotlighting Leaders in the Franchise Industry Experts in funding, legal, marketing and consulting.

Franchise Business Radio hosted by:
Pam Currie, Founder

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