Since 1987, FranNet and the SBDC have celebrated success story after success story through a committed, national partnership. Even with the exceptional service both companies have provided for local businesses and entrepreneurs, FranNet has found a way to strengthen and deepen our relationship for the betterment of all clients. The goal of FranFit is to offer a deeper understanding of an ever-widening audience, provide tools and resources, and assist in educational opportunities at both a local and national level.
The IFA’s Educational Foundation’s research shows that over 800,000 franchised businesses provide 9 million jobs and contribute $900 billion to the GDP. FranNet’s experts work with select franchisors and evaluate various types of business opportunities in the marketplace today. Their proprietary assessment tool focuses on the client’s behavior profile, risk tolerance, communication style, financial background and other crucial factors. SBDC advisors will be part of FranNet’s counseling process that uses expert advice to guide people to their personal and professional goals.
After the program is in place, the SBDC advisors will be fully equipped to provide guidance to individuals in the franchising sector with the knowledge, assistance, and expertise of FranNet consultants. This service will, in turn, contribute to the SBDC’s necessary consulting hours and implement a more stable form of income for centers across the U.S. This new program will also allow ASBDC counselors to validate the client’s eventual local economic impact.
Open your eyes to what opportunities exist for your clients, FranFit is always available for on-going education.
The Faces of FranFit
Christian Conroy is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and the America’s SBDC Leadership Institute. He has over twenty-five years of experience in SBDC leadership and management. From 1994-2018 he served in various capacities in the Pennsylvania SBDC network hosted by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, including eleven years as State Director. He has also served as Strategic Advisor to the Kentucky SBDC, hosted by the University of Kentucky. At America’s SBDCs he has served on the Board of Directors and on the Accreditation, legislative, marketing and other America’s SBDC committees. He has testified before both houses of Congress in support of bills to expand the SBDC program.
Megan Hundley graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2014. She has been with FranNet for over six years, beginning as the Social Media and Content Coordinator which quickly progressed to the Training & Support Manager.
Jania Bailey is the CEO of FranNet. Bailey has more than 30 years of experience in the banking and franchise industries. She worked for more than eight years, and in several different managerial capacities, with Fantastic Sams International, a hair care franchise. In her last position, she served as the regional manager for Fantastic Sams in Texas. Before that, she oversaw operational support and development for franchisees in a five-state region.
MIchael is the National Account & Relationship Manager at FranNet and is responsible for nurturing FranNet's national partnerships like the ASBDC and cultivating new strategic relationships. Prior to his time with FranNet Michael has been in new business development in both small business funding as well as business to business sales for a variety of Fortune 500 companies that support small to medium businesses as well as enterprise accounts.