AdvantaClean offers franchisees a streamlined business model that cuts time and cost

so they can focus on building up their business.

By Angela Forsyth

AdvantaClean CEO Jeff Dudan understands a fundamental truth about franchising: People looking to own their own businesses are people who want to be in charge of their own destiny. “On the heels of the last recession, people sought opportunities with more control over what happened to them.” Dudan says. “They wanted to be compensated for their efforts, and at the same time build something for the future.”

WASTE CONNECTIONS 02 stockThere’s no getting around it -- Waste Connections Inc. is a large operation and there are a lot of pieces to manage to keep it running smoothly. The company provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services to more than 1 million customers in 30 states. It mainly targets residential and commercial customers in secondary and suburban markets, but through its R360 Environmental Solutions subsidiary, it also is a leading provider of non-hazardous oilfield waste treatment, recovery and disposal services in several of the most active natural resource-producing areas in the United States. Additionally, Waste Connections offers intermodal services for the movement of solid waste and cargo containers in the Pacific Northwest.

TULLY EDPIC1Although many coffee shops aim for a friendly vibe, Tully’s Coffee takes that comfort to the next step, President and CEO Carl Pennington says. “Some of our main competition might have a living room atmosphere where you feel like you can’t touch anything,” he remarks. “Our stores are modeled after the family room, which has the ottoman and the comfy chairs and there’s a lot of conversation.”

Seattle-based Tully’s Coffee was founded in 1992 by Tom “Tully” O’Keefe, who Pennington says is an “extremely passionate guy who has an amazing passion for coffee.” As O’Keefe watched Starbucks locations sprout all over Seattle and elsewhere, he started researching coffee to develop a smooth and balanced flavor profile. “We really strive to be that friendly neighborhood coffee expert,” Pennington states.

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