The Entrepreneur’s Corner
Is franchise ownership for you?
While the summer has brought mixed signals regarding the struggling economy, there are signs that consumers are beginning to spend again and it appears that a few companies are beginning to re-hire workers they had to lay off months ago.
As a new business owner who looks forward to marking the first anniversary of operating my own retail franchise, I certainly hope a consistent economic recovery comes sooner rather than later. As I establish myself as a franchise owner and discover the benefits of being my own boss I wonder if other hard-working individuals have considered franchise ownership as a career.
For my family and me, it’s been a rewarding move.
Nearly two years ago, while living in Egypt, my wife and I decided to move to the United States. Earlier in my career, I held management positions with fast food and coffee service companies, but had always wanted to run my own business. As my wife and I considered making a career and location switch, I found myself becoming interested in the franchising program that 7-Eleven offered -- one that provided a proven successful franchising system along with the support of the world’s largest convenience retailer.
Whether you’re looking to be your own boss, or considering a second career, I would recommend considering the franchising model of business. For someone looking for an opportunity in an established business with an established name, you can pretty much learn the system and go. Plus, in my case, I have the backing of a corporate powerhouse that knows how to run a smart business.
Franchising is a good investment for people who:
• are business savvy and know what it takes to succeed;
• are hardworking and willing to put in long hours to have the store reflect the way you want it to be;
• enjoy working with and managing people;
• have some savings and a good credit rating (if you can buy a house, you can buy a franchise);
• understand the bigger corporate picture (I bought into the 7-Eleven logo, so I need to protect and support the brand).
If you have an interest in franchising, the first step is to attend an educational seminar. Most companies offer free seminars that provide detailed information and guidelines that help you determine if franchising makes sense for you.
Although I’m working a full-time shift at the Glenside location, I am considering becoming a franchise owner of a second 7-Eleven in the future. The opportunity to expand and grow is exciting and in spite of the economic uncertainty I am an optimist when I think of the future.
When people say, “Don’t you get tired of that door bell ringing when people come into your store?” I say – no way! I can hear that all day and all night. It means business is good and I’m doing something right.
Abdel-Masseh Hanna is the franchise owner of the 7-Eleven at 4001 Glenside Drive in Henrico County. He took ownership of the store on April and came to 7-Eleven with experience as a mid-level manager, with a background in food service and retail management.
With a nod to Arbor Day, Citizen seeks photos, descriptions of significant Henrico trees
Citizen Staff Reports 04/28/2015
Do you have a favorite tree in Henrico?
Do you know of a tree with an interesting story?
Do you live near an especially large, old, or otherwise unusual tree – or do you pass by one that has always intrigued you?
Arbor Day 2015 (April 24) was last week, and though the Citizen has published stories about a few special trees over the years (see sidebar) we know that our readers can lead us to more. > Read more.
Henrico's most famous tree, known as the Surrender Tree, still stood for more than a century near the intersection of Osborne Turnpike and New Market Road -- until June 2012.
It was in the shade of that tree on April 3, 1865, that Richmond mayor Joseph Mayo met Major Atherton Stevens and troops from the 4th Massachusetts Cavalry and handed over a note surrendering the city to Federal troops. Evacuation had already begun. > Read more.
The Greater Richmond ARC's annual Ladybug Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on April 11 netted $75,165 to benefit its Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS) program.
About 350 guests sampled fine West Coast wines and craft beer from Midnight Brewery at Richmond Raceway Complex's Torque Club, along with food from local eateries. Carytown Cupcakes provided dessert. > Read more.
A Henrico High School student was one of eight students from Virginia selected as a 2015 student playwright as part of the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community's 26th annual New Voices for the Theater Festival of New Works, which will be held July 10-11 at VCU.
Elaina Riddell of the Center for the Arts at Henrico HS will join the other students and bring her original one-act play to life on stage at the event. In total, 150 plays were submitted to SPARC. Riddell and the other winners will work closely with New York City-based professional playwright Bruce Ward for the event. > Read more.
In the mood for some spring shopping? Eastern Henrico FISH will hold their semi-annual yard sale this weekend – funds raised assist at-risk families in Eastern Henrico County. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will hold a spring plant sale which is among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. Put on your detective hat and find out “whodunnit” at the movie “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” and “The Case of the Dead Flamingo Dancer,” presented by the Henrico Theatre Company May 1-17. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
It’s that time of year – charity races are popping up everywhere! On Saturday, St. Joseph’s Villa will be the site of the sixth annual CASA Superhero Run and the fifth annual Richmond Free to Breathe Run/Walk will be held in Innsbrook. Also in Innsbrook, the 2015 Richmond Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis will take place on Sunday. If you’re more into relaxation than exercise, check out Wine for Cure’s Dogwood Wine Festival or the Troubadours Community Theatre Group’s production of “West Side Story” at the Henrico Theatre. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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