Regis Corp. makes sure that its franchisees get the support they need

to start their business.

By Alan Dorich, Knighthouse Media

With nearly 100 years of experience, Regis Corp. stands as a leader in beauty salons and cosmetology education. The Minneapolis, Minn.-based company has done this by paying attention to the ever-changing marketplace and continuing to evolve. 

“We’ve embraced change,” Franchise President Eric Bakken says, adding that these steps have included moving Regis Corp. to a greater than 50 percent franchise model. “Who better to compete on our behalf than our outstanding franchisees?”

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Grade Power

GradePower Learning wants to activate the minds of children to help them succeed.

By Alan Dorich, Knighthouse Media

When a tutor visits a child at their home, they may learn new skills, but they do not do it in a setting similar to a classroom. “When children are in their own environment, that is an advantage to the child, but not necessarily an advantage to their learning,” Lenka Whitehead says.

Whitehead, who is the president of GradePower Learning, says in home sessions do not always transfer well to the classroom, which is a busy, noisy environment with a lot of distractions. “Our goal is to teach skills to our students that will allow them to learn, concentrate and pay attention in the classroom.”


Franchising allows Lee’s Hoagie House to bring its brand of stacked, made-to-order sandwiches

to admirers in its home city and beyond. 

By Jim Harris

For decades, people have flocked to Lee’s Hoagie House for a quick, satisfying bite to eat before or after a Philadelphia Eagles game or any other occasion. “We are a local chain and we are your local sandwich shop,” Owner and CEO Allan Lewin says. “When you come in, we get to know you and your order.”


Mossy Oak Properties uses a brand familiar to 40 million outdoors enthusiasts

to sell land in rural areas.

By Mark Lawton, Knighthouse Media

Chris Hawley and Toxey Haas had known each other for about 15 years when they decided to go into business together. “I was in the real estate business and had my own small land brokerage company,” CEO Hawley says. “Toxey had started in the [camouflage] apparel business and had a pretty unique brand that had the loyalty of conservationists and outdoorsmen. There was a need for an real estate brokerage for folks who wanted land as an investment or for recreational purposes.”


Fast-growing Dryer Vent Wizard offers a unique franchising opportunity to entrepreneurs.

By Kat Zeman, Knighthouse Media

Dave Lavalle is very passionate about his business. As the founder of the Dryer Vent Wizard franchise, Lavalle has found a lucrative investment opportunity for a business that serves a need in the market and has minimal competition.

Lavalle, who also founded the Mr. Handyman franchise, frequently encountered homeowners with dryer vent problems that required an urgent response. Common issues were the result of dryer vent lint accumulation, blockages and disrepair or improper venting configurations.

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