Chad T., President, Adonde, Maryland Some people have an usual talent for helping people cut through the fog. They are able to help guide you through an incredibly dense and difficult experience - helping you to create a discerning framework that allows clear-headed decisions. Elaine is one of those people.
We met with her on a lark - after so much change in the past few years we figured why not? She walked us through the franchise process - helping us to understand if it was really something we should and could consider. As we researched opportunities with her, she was a voice of reason that helped us find what made the most sense for our situation.
She was supportive without being aggressive. She made sure we always knew what options we would have. Throughout the process, Elaine would check in to make sure that we had what we needed and that we had an objective source of truth to help with our questions. I cannot possibly say enough about how amazing working with Elaine is - she helped us craft a new path in life.
Elaine has been tremendously valuable in getting my wife and I from our initial exploration of the idea of franchising to signing a franchise agreement today! I can only say she is really, really, really good at what she does and she is totally committed to understanding YOU and helping you find what is right for you.
She is low pressure, very patient and tremendously knowledgeable about franchising.
She started with a thorough assessment of our goals, strengths and weaknesses, and types of businesses we might be well suited for. She encouraged us to look beyond businesses with which we were familiar and to explore those that would support the lifestyle we wanted for our life after the military. Her ability to consolidate all the information she gleaned from us and propose franchises that fit us was uncanny. The first list of franchisors she gave us to consider was 100% on target, and it came down to selecting the very best from among a list of businesses that all would have worked great for us.
Elaine's guidance during the discovery process was essential and she has been by our side as a coach, experienced mentor and cheerleader every step of the way. Additionally, her extensive network of contacts proved essential in helping us navigate SBA loans, legal reviews, CPAs, etc.
I give my highest recommendation for Elaine as a franchise coach...we could not have asked for a better guide in the world of franchising or better service.
In short, Elaine is very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable, and my wife and I enjoyed working with her. She quickly became familiar with us; suggesting opportunities that aligned with what we wanted to achieve. What we liked about her suggestions were they included opportunities that were not the most obvious but were still in areas that 1) would allow us to accomplish our goals; 2) in verticals we would feel comfortable with; and 3) in verticals that aligned well with our backgrounds and interests. Then once we selected one, she had the connections to allow us to pull in expertise to complete the purchase. If I ever need a person with her expertise, I will not hesitate to contact her.
Melvin W., Retired Sgt. Major, Fayetteville, NC
Elaine was incredible from the very beginning. She was diligent and highly committed to her work. Before we started the business process, she felt it would be in our best interest to take the time to get to know each other. She made me feel very comfortable while we went through the process of finding the right franchise for me. The quiality that I found most impressive and appreciative was her patience with me asking question after question and my constant calling due to nervous energy.
I had the opportunity to look at several franchises before I made my final decision. Her knowledge of the scope of work for each franchise was very helpful. As a retired Sargeant Major in the Army, I had several soldiers and civilians under my charge, I can tell you without hesitation, it would have been my honor to have her on my team. Elaine has my deepest professional and now personal respect. Her dedication to service brought a unique positive energy, optimism and passion which you as a customer, had to start believing in her vision for you.
Working with Elaine during my franchise search & discovery journey, has been nothing short of phenomenal!!! Having someone to guide you through the entire discovery and validation process; Perceptively knowing when to nudge you back in alignment with your franchise goals; Being able to brainstorm and bounce various franchise business scenarios with; Coaching to pace yourself through the marathon search, discovery and commitment to a franchise opportunity with a healthy & honest self assessment being top off mind, to delineate passion from an optimistic reality of what it takes to run a business.
All in all, working with Elaine, is like having a Mentor, Business Coach, Lawyer, Accountant, Agent.... & "YODA" - Lol :-) wrapped in to one person. TLDR - You can't go wrong with working with Elaine!
((Post Script from Elaine - I never offer legal or financial advice))
Jim S., B2B Marketing & Digital Media Executive, Fair Haven, CT
As a franchise consultant, Elaine is the real deal. A franchisee herself and experienced business person, Elaine is more of a highly knowledgeable business and life coach who helps people recognize and realize the benefits of business ownership.
As a long time media executive with no experience in franchising, Elaine was a great listener and was able to help me hone in and move forward with the right opportunity to match my financial and personal needs. Never pushy, and understanding of hesitancy, I never felt rushed, and always benefitted from her experience and advice.
Elaine is a truly knowledgeable consultant, who I now view as a business mentor and friend, and I highly recommend her for anyone looking to explore franchise ownership.
John S., Former Director of Engineering, Deep Creek, MD
When I contacted Elaine I knew I wanted to become a franchisee, but I really had no idea what I wanted to do. Undaunted, she went right to work asking me questions in order to narrow the search. In no time, she came up with several recommendations, and guided me through the entire process to where I was ultimately able to make a decision. Her knowledge, professionalism, follow-up, sense of humor and overall demeanor made her a pleasure to work with, and I would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone else looking to become a small business owner. Thank you, Elaine!
Randy D, CIO, CTO Director of IT, Austin TX
Working with Elaine on the Franchise opportunities was an awesome experience. She lead us through the entire process with details and past personal experience. The knowledge gathering, the fact finding, our interests, the revealing of the three possible opportunities were spot on for us. We did not go with any of the opportunities at this time, due to some other professional opportunities. If we change our future plans, we will reach out and use Elaine. If you ever want to learn about Franchising and opportunities, use Elaine.
Mayra V, Operations Manager & Dr. David T, New Jersey
When my business partner told me he was interested in a Franchise, he said," before I go any further, I would like for you to speak with Elaine, she is very smart, and can answer all your questions". Elaine is a world of knowledge, she truly enjoys what she does. She has helped me to understand and enjoy being part of this great franchise, my partner and I have ventured into. She is definitely my mentor, whether its financial, marketing or real estate. Elaine is there to help us, she always shares her wealth of information. My road has been smooth, only because I have Elaine just a phone call away.
In short, Elaine is very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable, and my wife and I enjoyed working with her. She quickly became familiar with us; suggesting opportunities that aligned with what we wanted to achieve. What we liked about her suggestions were they included opportunities that were not the most obvious but were still in areas that 1) would allow us to accomplish our goals; 2) in verticals we would feel comfortable with; and 3) in verticals that aligned well with our backgrounds and interests. Then once we selected one, she had the connections to allow us to pull in expertise to complete the purchase. If I ever need a person with her expertise, I will not hesitate to contact he
My approach with each candidate is unique and personalized. There is a process, but the result is individualized. As many have attested, I listen and coach; I am patient and move things along as needed. I time time. I care. If someone is considering a franchise opportunity as an additional, or primary revenue stream, we talk through the why/what and how without pressure or obligation - just good information to determine if this is the right path for you.
I own the rights to develop multiple units of my franchise, The Exercise Coach. The 1st opened in Jan 2020 in Midland Park NJ (just 10 weeks before Covid shutdown). That bounced, and in October 2022, my second location burst onto the scene in Hillsdale NJ.
I would like to formally express my sincere gratitude to all of your efforts in trying find the suitable business opportunities for me. I have been looking for the business opportunities for a few months and had been working with a couple of different franchising agents. You are the first one with a profound time and energy engagement is this case.
After a few times discussion, I can easily figure out that you are a very professional business agent with tremendous successful experience. You tried very hard to understand my demand, background, personality etc and provided very valuable suggestions possible business directions.
I can feel that you are trying to help me from the bottom of the heart instead of just trying to get business quickly done. Again, I appreciated all of your hard working and professional approach in my case very much!
Wish you good luck in finding good opportunities for me so that we can start from there and looking forward to working together with you in the future!