Taking the Jump into Entrepreneurship

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with a former Army Ranger who had served time in Afghanistan and certainly had put in his time serving our country.  He had been planning his new business to provide professional body-guard/security services for the past year and a half.  It was hard not to feel for […]

How to Grow Your Small Business

I am a small business owner, Conner and Associates, LLC, DBA Franchise Marketing Systems, based in Atlanta, GA.   I fight the same fight you do every day of every week of every month.  Sometimes it seems like all odds are against you being successful and you just can’t do anything right.  Government regulations don’t seem to […]

Leveraging Technology to Franchise Your Business

Businesses that turn to franchising as a way to expand their brand into new markets generally have a significant learning curve they must overcome as they learn how to manage the responsibilities of franchising and franchise expansion.  A new franchisor is like a new business owner who is learning the ways, processes and steps they […]

Motivating Franchisees to Succeed without Driving them into Failure.

If you have started a business before that has failed, you certainly know what the feeling is like. Your rent payment seems like it comes every week and your customer’s payments get smaller in amounts and longer to collect every month. When a business is at that teetering point and will either fall into oblivion […]

Why do some franchise brands take off?

It is always incredible to see a new brand hit the market and in a short time period take over an area or industry segment.  It almost seems effortless for some franchise systems that get a foot hold in a market and establish themselves over night.  Why is it that some franchises catch hold so […]

Chris Conner: Franchise Development

The art of franchise development is one that takes time and effort to define.  Good franchises are composed of strong systems, dedicated marketing models, great training platforms and good brands.  Most importantly they always include solid leadership who understand the value of scaling a business. Christopher Conner has spent almost over 12 years in the […]

Franchise Marketing Systems is Growing

With the Addition of James Conner to the FMS team, the consulting operation has added an experienced business person with over 30 years of experience in International business work. James Conner is based out of Chicago, IL and brings an MBA from Thunderbird School of Business in Arizona.