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The Entrepreneur Authority and Veteran Franchise Centers Form Alliance with the International Franchise Professionals Group

Parlin NJ, February 1, 2016 — The Entrepreneur Authority (TEA) and Veteran Franchise Centers (VFC) announced its strategic alliance with the International Franchise Professional Group (IFPG), making the organization now 800+ strong.

IFPG is a leading professional association that brings together members of the franchise industry — franchisors, franchise consultants, coaches, lenders and attorneys. The Entrepreneur Authority and Veteran Franchise Centers have a team of well-seasoned and experienced franchise consultants which will be a great addition to IFPG’s already existing group of consultants.

The Entrepreneur Authority was founded by former Accenture executive, David Omholt, in 2002. Omholt has consulted and/or brokered for major franchise brands such as AAMCO, Charles Schwab, Denny’s, Great Clips, Potbelly’s, and Radio Shack, as well as hundreds of others in every industry segment in the US, Canada and Mexico.

Omholt and many of the TEA Consultants are Certified Franchise Executives (CFEs), the highest accreditation in the franchise industry. TEA is the only franchise brokerage network to ever win the Chairman’s Award from the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), the largest trade association advocating for franchisees.

Additionally, Omholt serves as President and Managing Consultant of Veteran Franchise Centers (VFC). VFC is a service for veterans looking to learn more about the franchise buying process and military-friendly options in the market. All VFC consultants have many years of experience placing candidates into the right franchise concepts and are known and the franchise industry’s “dream team.”

The IFPG, founded in 2012 by entrepreneur Don Daszkowski, was formed to help franchise professionals communicate more effectively, network and collaborate with one another. All members of the group support the same goal —to create successful new franchisees.

IFPG members receive immediate access to industry experts, unprecedented networking opportunities and best-in-class professional education that includes virtual round tables and webinars on critical topics such as sales and development or marketing and PR.

“We are very excited to be working with David and his team at the Entrepreneur Authority and Veteran Franchise Centers. Their industry reputation is stellar and they were exactly what we are looking for,” said IFPG founder Don Daszkowski. Omholt agrees that the strategic alliance will provide a win-win arrangement for the organizations and positions both IFPG and TEA/VFC as the preeminent leaders in the franchise brokerage space. “The alliance makes sense from all angles and allows us to better serve our clients with an enhanced infrastructure and best-of-breed resources,” said Omholt.

About International Franchise Performance Group (IFPG)

The International Franchise Performance Group (IFPG) connects franchisors and franchise brokers and consultants to help facilitate the sale of franchises to deserving entrepreneurs. It also helps with the details involved with the sale of a franchise to a client —lending, accounting, attorney services, lead providers or anything else that may be required to sell a franchise to a franchisee.

About theEntrepreneur Authority (TEA)

Founded in 2002, The Entrepreneur Authority is a national network of franchise advisors that provide business “Talent Scouting” services to clients aspiring to own their own business or become investors in viable, proven and profitable concepts.

About Veteran Franchise Centers (VFC)

Founded in 2010, Veteran Franchise Centers is a service for veterans looking to learn more about the franchise buying process and options in the market.

Family Franchise Business Brings Three Dickey's Barbecue Pit Locations to Eastern Michigan

(Macomb Township, MI) Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is expanding in Michigan with a franchise development agreement for three stores. Owner/Operators Ed and Carrie Wenzel have recently become the new owners of the Macomb Township location, and will open two new locations in Sterling Heights and Auburn Hills. The Sterling Heights location is slated to open by summer 2016, and the Auburn Hills will follow by the end of the year. As a family business, they plan to give their twins their professional start in the restaurants, eventually turning over ownership. For now, however, Ed and Carrie will co- manage the new stores.

From Boots to Barbecue: Man Opens Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Las Vegas

“I fell in love with the Dickey’s Barbecue concept and I can’t wait to meet our guests and serve them great barbecue,” said first time franchise owner, John Schouten. “I’m also looking forward to moving to Las Vegas where I have my parents and older brother nearby.”

Finance to Franchise: Woodhouse Day Spa Franchisee Alla Shapiro

AS: The finance background is helpful but absolutely not necessary in opening the franchise. It was helpful that I knew how to read the financial statements, but it is not a skill that cannot be learned quickly. In retrospect, any experience that one has is helpful in opening and running your own business. You are faced with so many different challenges on daily basis, therefore the more experience you have with Marketing, Operations and Finance, the more tools you have to solve these problems the best possible way.