Our Clients Share Their Franchising Experiences
As franchise developers, we are constantly raising the industry standard for those who say to themselves, "I want to franchise my business." We crave franchise success for our clients and we want nothing less than raving fans. These are just a few of the many comments we've received from our clients.
"I was really nervous about starting
the process of franchising my boxing and kickboxing business. I researched other franchise
competitors for over a year and even flew half way across the country to visit one. One day
I put my info in at The Franchise Maker's website and immediately got a call. After one talk
on the phone I knew this would be the company for me. We clicked immediately. After talking
with my wife we decided to get started. We worked fast and got it done on a faster schedule
than we planned for. The great thing about this company is they don't take on too many
clients at one time, so they can focus 100% on me and my business. I can call or email them
anytime and they get the job done. Now they have opened up their contacts to me and I have
everything I need including, web developers, attorneys, marketing developers, etc. You name
it and they have it. I will always keep The Franchise Maker in my speed dial. I look forward
to a long relationship with them."
Shannon "THE CANNON" Hudson, CEO - 9Round
"I just wanted to send you a big Thank You!! Just a note to let you know how amazingly
satisfied I as well as my company have been with the services of The Franchise Maker and
especially with your personal dedication and hard work. I have to admit I was a little
apprehensive to send payment up front with the anticipation that The Franchise Maker might
take our money and not really provide the services we were expecting but we were definitely
proven wrong. I was completely impressed with your timely responses, the effort you put into
everything we discussed, and following through with every single item we worked together on.
I would recommend The Franchise Maker services to anyone interested in pursuing franchising
their business. And surprisingly you still continue to call and check on us as well as
return phone calls or emails every single time we have questions or issues that arise.
Thanks again for everything you have done for us, the amount of time you spent on our
company and thanks for the 100% optimism during every conversation that we had. On a
personal level, Dave is a wonderful person and I have enjoyed getting to know him."
Heath Legg, CEO - Superior Mosquito Defense
"Dave (or Uncle Dave as he affectionately came to be known) made it a great team effort all
around. For us, the best part is telling people that our system was not some cookie-cutter
method that we grabbed off the internet. This system was tailor made for us and reflects our
specific needs and that raises not only our confidence in promoting it, but also the
confidence of prospective franchisees. Like any investment, it can be concerning paying for
something like this not knowing how things will turn out; but once we saw those finished
books on our desk, we knew that we were offering people the best system possible and that
makes the months and money worth it."
John Masek & Dave Ortiz, Owners - Bricks & Minifigs
"Dave Waldman, or better known to us as Uncle Dave, is a man of his word and delivered
exactly what he promised. He made the process painless, put our mind at ease and held our
hand as he walked us through the steps of becoming a franchise. We just received word this
week that Deli Delicious is officially a franchise and we could not have done this without
The Franchise Maker. The staff has a great attitude and their expertise gave us the
capability to comprehend what goals we needed to reach, the steps to get there, and what to
expect during the process. Thanks to The Franchise Maker we are officially a franchise and
are more than grateful for their great service and help. The Deli Delicious family really
feels as if Uncle Dave is a part of our family. Thanks again for everything."
Hesam Hobab, CEO – Deli Delicious
"We have been working closely with The Franchise Maker for several months as we put together
our franchise concept and the experience has been wonderful. I had given up on the idea of
becoming a franchise after talking to other companies who were over aggressive and made it
sound unaffordable. However Dave has taken us under his wing and simplified the steps making
it affordable and easy. He is thorough in his research, gives excellent advice and walks
through each point step by step. He is open to change and has amazing ideas. Our approval
process in California (a very tough registration state) was not difficult because The
Franchise Maker prepared our documents extremely well. We are so excited to launch our
franchise concept quicker than we thought. I would recommend The Franchise Maker to anyone
who wants to make their dreams of growing BIG into a reality!"
Rennu Dhillon and Baldish Gill, Founders - The Lil Genius Kid
"I spent over a year deciding whether I was going to take the plunge and franchise my
company. Throughout the process, I spoke with a slew of franchising companies (both
consultants and attorneys) and was pitched packages well over 100K. The Franchise Maker
(Dave Waldman) showed me how I could franchise my company and receive expert-level services
at a much lower cost. Needless to say, I was skeptical. Would the services be high-quality?
Would the project stay on budget, and on schedule? Dave gave me a long list of references,
and I called all of them. Through the process of checking references, I spoke with
franchisors from different industries and with companies both small and large; and they all
confirmed that The Franchise Maker over-delivered and came in on (or below) budget, and on
time! Now that I have completed my franchising process, I am thrilled to join the long list
of happy clients. The Franchise Maker provides an incredible service, and Dave has spent
countless hours consulting with me and my company over the last 4 months. Dave has been with
me and my team every step of the way. His energy and enthusiasm makes what could be a
grueling paperwork process enjoyable. The amount of work The Franchise Maker did for my
company is staggering. Best of all, Dave's knowledge of franchising is amazing--he is an
encyclopedia of helpful information and possesses the insights and experience that are only
acquired after decades working in the field. I would hire The Franchise Maker again in a
Anthony Centore PhD, President - Thriveworks
"My bookstore chain was growing and growing. After much research, we knew that franchising
was our best option for future expansion. I searched and searched online for venture
capitalists and private firms who would assist in this process. Then I realized, "I don't
want to give up a stake in my company!" I had no idea where to turn... and that's when I
found The Franchise Maker. I was very skeptical at first since Dave was thousands of miles
away and since I found him via a Google search. This wasn't my typical way of finding
business contacts. Now, in hindsight, I know that working with The Franchise Maker is the
best move we've ever made for our business. We have full control and full ownership of our
franchise system, and now we are full-steam ahead!"
Shane Gottwals, CEO - Walls of Books
"Dave and his team are what you need and
want, when you are going to franchise. You couldn't ask for a more thorough and
knowledgeable staff to be on your side. The service goes beyond all expectations, they
return your calls and emails immediately, answer all your questions with defined answers and
this all done with hospitality and respect. The process Dave designed to get all the
paperwork prepared is easy to understand, as he explains every section in complete detail.
And on top of all this, the fee was very affordable and they let you make payments as you
move along. This has been a greater experience than anticipated, I am blessed to know The
Franchise Maker (Dave and his team) and will always keep them on my side."
Glenn Taylor, Founder – Phountain
"Before selecting Dave, at The Franchise Maker, I met with several other well-known franchise
groups. Their services were extremely expensive and they didn't really seem to care about my
business model. I wanted someone to walk me through everything step-by-step, but in an
efficient timely manner. Dave's program did just that. He laid it all out and explained
where every single dollar would go. There were no hidden surprises at all.
He built the structure for my franchise into something that I could never have done. It's almost as though he was reading my mind. Other companies wanted me to fill out page upon page of questionnaires. I didn't have to do that with Dave. He handled it all. This was extremely important to me because I was on a tight budget and had to continually run my business. Dave made the entire process effortless and I would HIGHLY recommend him and his team!"
Julie Rizzo, Founder - Recycled Granite
"Our foray into franchising our Hammer & Nails salon concept was a hundred percent dependent
on developing a comprehensive franchise structure and a complete Franchise Disclosure
Document (FDD) that would pass the critical eyes of the examiners in arguably one of the
toughest states to franchise in, California. We also needed the approval process to be swift
and that meant having a solid yet fair franchise structure and well-written FDD documents
that wouldn't require time-consuming revisions. With the critical nature of the FDD, we
chose The Franchise Maker. Dave's expertise and extensive knowledge of the FDD and the laws
that govern them enabled us to meet our ambitious timelines, and have a franchise structure
and set of documents that required very minimal tweaks by our Franchise Attorney which
minimized our legal fees. Most importantly, Dave delivered on his promise to get us approved
and registered to offer Hammer & Nails franchises. I have become one of The Franchise
Maker's biggest fans, and come to know why the franchisors he has guided through the
franchise process affectionately refer to him as Uncle Dave. He is, quite literally, The
Franchise Maker, and I highly recommend him to any business owner interested in
Michael Elliot, CEO – Hammer & Nails
"When we first opened The Rustic Brush we never dreamed we would eventually be on the path of
considering franchising our business. Soon after opening we began researching numerous
franchise sources from attorneys to franchise consultants. Franchising is a huge decision
and a risk as well so we wanted to make sure we used the right company. We researched a few
more sources and decided to go with The Franchise Maker. So we reached out to Kristin and
requested a meeting with Dave Waldman. The day we spoke with Dave (as we call him now
"Uncle Dave") we knew why we were led to The Franchise Maker. Dave has over 30 years of
experience in the franchising industry which includes working many years for corporate in
several very large nationally well-known franchise systems. After our first conversation
with Dave, we scheduled an in-person meeting and flew from Houston to San Diego. I've got to
say that Dave and Kristin's hospitality was far above our expectations! Dave took us out to
dinner and even went shopping and took us to see some of the sights! Who does that!?! Uncle
Dave does! One of our concerns with franchising was the need to convert our three current
license agreement locations to franchisees. His experience in that area was key to us in
rolling out our franchise and being protected legally all around as a business. The whole
experience of working through getting our Franchise Disclosure Document completed was smooth
and easy. He guides you every step of the way so there is no sense of being overwhelmed and
believe me that document can be overwhelming if you're not with the right person! We really
wanted to franchise as soon as possible and with Uncle Dave's knowledge and expertise we
completed our Franchise Disclosure Document in record time - ahead of the scheduled date
when we had expected. Uncle Dave is family to us now and we would highly recommend him if
you are planning to franchise, believe me you won't regret it!"
Sandi Flores, CEO – The Rustic Brush
"WOW!!! We really cannot express in words how our Franchise process went!! We initially
reached out from an internet search for a franchise attorney. We were trying to find an
attorney who specializes in franchising after trying to use our current attorney (who does
general law and a franchise a few years back). We meet with our past attorney for over one
and half years always just talking about what we needed to do as a company for him to do the
franchise! We continued to be charged for meetings, we would join our current CPA in the
meetings and again felt we not only got anywhere that we would be going backwards! Then in
frustration when searching the internet, THE FRANCHISE MAKER appeared in our search we
started reading his material! It was truly like he interviewed us on the current problems,
misconceptions and misunderstandings we had about franchising our company! After speaking
with “Uncle Dave” The Franchise Maker about our past problems and issues we have been
through (with the attorney we abandoned) he understood us completely. Uncle Dave explained
in detail, how, what and why on his entire franchise process! We signed up right away. We
wanted this to be a quick but smooth process, and we were eager to put in the work! Turns
out that the franchise attorney that Uncle Dave gave us was great and not too long after we
had our Franchise Disclosure Document in hand! When we received the phone call we were
officially a franchise, it was amazing as the whole process was really unbelievable! Uncle
Dave was patient with us, and explained every detail, and had connections with CPA’s and
Attorneys that fit our personality, and objective! If you are looking to franchise and you
are intimidated by the process or do not have the right connections we would highly highly
recommend you speak with Uncle Dave. If we had not had the previous struggles with talking
to our personal attorney and our current business CPA we would not be able to appreciate
Uncle Dave so much! If we would have found Uncle Dave two years ago when we started this
process, it really would have saved us a lot of time, headaches, and money! The Franchise
Maker makes franchising possible and in a timely manner! Firehouse Movers is proof of that!"
Brian Purcell, President – Firehouse Movers
"The Franchise Maker has been instrumental in our success in getting us built and approved to
franchise so quickly. Dave has been an integral partner in the development of our FDD, and
guided us through the franchising process with diligence, skill and a true passion for the
long-term success of our brand. He has operated not like an external consultant, but more
like a member of our team and clearly takes personal pride in setting his clients up for a
successful franchise operation. He is highly experienced throughout the entire value chain
of franchising, and we have retained him to continue to support us through our ongoing
growth. Dave goes the extra mile to make sure we get all of the information we need, and
utilizes his extensive network of franchise lawyers, examiners and experts to ensure we are
operating at the forefront of franchise opportunities. Unquestionably we recommend The
Franchise Maker to anyone looking for the absolute best in franchise guidance and support."
James Williams, CEO – Mayweather Boxing + Fitness
"I am happy to write about our experience
with the Franchise Maker which has been has been nothing short of outstanding. Dave
Waldman's knowledge of the franchising business and the network of professionals he
assembled under the Franchise Maker provided us with a complete solution to all of our
franchise development needs. Dave's dedication and commitment to his clients sets the
Franchise Maker apart from the others. And I mean every word!"
Mike Abed, CEO – Cleaner4Less
"Overwhelmed. That is the only word I can use to describe the thought of franchising our fitness business. After seeking guidance from mentors, lawyers, and the internet it always led me back to the same place, unfranchised and confused about the process. When I spoke with attorneys it seemed like becoming a franchise was the most expensive endeavor on the planet. I knew there had to be a better way.
That is when I came across The Franchise Maker. From the moment I spoke with Dave Waldman I
knew he was a straight shooter and had the best interest of his clients in mind. Money was
the last thing we talked about, and I was pleasantly surprised at how inexpensive his
services were given everything that you get. Dave really took the time to learn about our
business and I appreciate how he constantly has our best interest in mind. When Dave told me
that if I put my time and trust into him we could have my business franchised in only five
months! Well, five months later I am poised to start selling franchises and Dave has coached
me every step of the way. He even took the time to fly to North Carolina to meet with us in
person! The Franchise Maker has been a blessing to our efforts to spread our mission and we
will continue to work with The Franchise Maker as we grow into a nationwide brand. Thank you
Dave and The Franchise Maker team for making this such an easy, step-by-step process, we
can't thank you enough!"
Devan Kline, President – Burn Boot Camp
"When we started of the process to franchise, I was very concerned that The Franchise Maker
was not local to our business. Dave immediately calmed my fears and made my husband and I
comfortable from the start. Throughout the process, Dave was absolutely incredible to work
with. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable in his field, but he continues to be a student
of his industry as well. He made the process smooth, seamless and very efficient in a tight
schedule. I highly recommend Dave and The Franchise Maker if this is your path. He has been
accessible for any and all questions from everything to trademarking, connections to expert
attorneys, and signing our first franchisee. I couldn't be more pleased with the entire
Kelly Waugh, Owner - Lucky Dog Bark and Brew
"My nightmare experience...
When we first decided to move forward and franchise our company we did what sounded logical and contacted a local attorney who could help us with franchising and even found it to be more affordable than we anticipated. We figured "well we can't go wrong with an attorney right"...? WRONG...Not only did that mistake end up costing us more but even worse it put our company and everything we worked so hard for at RISK! Truly a nightmare...
Turns out franchising is not a common business and it takes someone who really has a PROVEN track record and true EXPERIENCE to do things the right way and get the job done. I see franchising as a professional Fortune 500 business move and should be thoroughly researched and invested in. This is the reason why we chose to research and move forward with and The Franchise Maker team...Dave is the President and helped take our company from a game of checkers to a powerful game of CHESS. Dave jumped in and took over and still allowed me to be right next to him through the ride. His team is truly a depiction of all components absolutely needed for even the most intrinsic and complicated franchising ideas.
Thank you so much to Dave for helping us and for sharing your God given gift with us. I'd
choose The Franchise Maker again and again... "
Cinthia Esquivel, CEO – Body Works Ultra Lipo Clinic
"I want to start out by sending a Big Thank You to Dave. You are Amazing. Franchising my business
was something that I had been thinking about for quite some time. In fact I contacted The Franchise Maker
more than a few years ago. Over the years Dave's staff continued to follow-up with me from time to time. Finally
despite covid-19 I made the decision to move forward and this was going to be the year. I had my
initial conversation with Dave. He explained the entire process. How long that would take would depend on me.
We worked on my time table. We began the process with weekly calls which soon became twice weekly at my request.
He explained in detail every aspect of my FDD, Franchise Agreement and all documents. His process is flawless and perfect for
the small businesses. Here we are a few months later and we are now legal to sell franchises in the united states. Thank you Dave and
The Franchise Maker for making my dreams of franchising come through. I would highly recommend The Franchise Maker to everyone.
They can and will make your dreams come through as well."
Theron McCarthy III, CEO - Maryland Blue Crab
"We began looking into franchising our family owned business two years ago. After a year of frustration and wasted time and money dealing with an incompetent franchise assistance company, I made a great decision and called The Franchise Maker. From day one Dave made me feel comfortable that this process was going to be much different than what I had recently been through. I even called a few references and all gave stellar reviews. Together, we banged out the entire franchise structure and franchise documents in record time. Once the franchise disclosure documents was completed, we awarded our first franchise one month later.
Throughout the process, Dave and The Franchise Maker team were professional and always available to me. The best was when 'Uncle Dave' came to meet me and my team. We worked for two days, finishing the details. Let me say that Dave is someone you want on your team.
I would highly recommend The Franchise Maker to anyone thinking of franchising their business
Bryan Vaigneur, Vice President of Operations - Copper Penny
"About five years ago I started contemplating franchising my Just 4 Paws Pet Spa. I had no idea back then what to do or where to begin. What a daunting, overwhelming and perhaps even unattainable dream! Well, fast forward five years and I never could shake that dream. In fact it kept burning in my gut, with new ideas formulating every day. Finally I knew it was time to do something about it, but what?! How? What did I know about franchising?! I ran a small, but successful pet spa out of Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
That's when I found The Franchise Maker. Dave Waldman, Founder and CEO of TFM was literally the answer to all of my fears, concerns, and prayers.
I knew nothing about how a franchise structure was to be built. The whole process seemed so complicated and overwhelming to me. And I still had a thriving business to tend to. I was worried about how building a franchise from the ground up would adversely affect my current business.
Well, from the first moment I spoke with Kristin, Dave's assistant I knew I was in good hands. But then once I started working with Dave he set my mind further at ease. I began to realize just how turnkey The Franchise Maker has made building a franchise. Dave worked with me weekly to fully and completely submerse himself in understanding the ins and outs of my business! All while putting together the franchise documents, Dave has an uncanny ability to ask questions and absorb all that you're saying, and turn it out into a masterpiece of work. I have never been so impressed by a business person that I've worked with before. And the most impressive part is that I am in New Jersey and Dave is in California. This entire project was done via conference calls. And there was never ever a blip. Not one.
I'm so thankful to have had the great fortune of working with The Franchise Maker on my franchising project. I can now look forward to making Just 4 Paws Pet Spa franchise a huge success!
Thank you Dave and the entire team at The Franchise Maker! I could never have done any of this without them!
In sincere gratitude, Namaste!"
Erica Salvemini, CEO – Just 4 Paws Pet Spa
"For the last 12 years, I have been looking to franchise my business. Every time I talked with a franchise attorney or someone who claimed to be a franchise consultant, I became scared. Their fees were huge and the length of time to make a franchise was over a year. To my luck, I found The Franchise Maker and called just to make an inquiry. To my surprise, Dave Waldman, the President called me back, put me at ease and explained to me the process along with costs involved if I chose to go with them. The cost involved to franchise my business with The Franchise Maker was less than what I imagined and the time frame was super quick. I called three referrals and they too had wonderful things to say about The Franchise Maker. I decided to go with The Franchise Maker and that is the best thing that has happened to Granite America.
The moment we signed with the Franchise Maker, Uncle Dave (that is what everyone calls him) was amazing. He is exceptionally professional and a perfectionist. His disciplined work is commendable and from day one to the completion of the franchise, the process was quick and easy.
We are fortunate to get such a disciplined professional team on our side. I trust Uncle Dave
100%. He really has our best interest at heart. He is my mentor and we value his opinions,
and thought in the growth of our company. Hiring The Franchise Maker and meeting Uncle Dave
is the best thing that has happened to us."
Deepa Kamat, CPA, MBA, CEO - Granite America International
"Everything about The Franchise Maker exceeded our expectations and as this writing, we have
not even met them in person. The Franchise Maker's team attention to detail is one of a kind
providing comfort, guidance and flexibility throughout the entire franchise development
process. This eye opening experience is something we consider to be one of the best business
investments and informal educations one could ever be a part of. If you are looking to
franchise your business I am confident in saying that at the end of the process working with
The Franchise Maker, you will be fulfilled knowing that you had an actual voice in the
design of your entire franchise system."
Brandon Cullen, CEO/Founder – MADabolic
"We were a hit from day one and in a few months we believed we had something special. We decided to grow it to something larger than our original dream and it’s no small task to believe in your vision enough to take the next step but to also find that appropriate kind of help to do so.
So I searched the net and tried to sort through the various companies offering this service and found The Franchiser Maker. There were some initial videos of Dave Waldman explaining how he could help and I found them compelling enough to send an email. Dave was very inquisitive and enthusiastic about working with me which was a surprise to me given the newness of our company. So after a thorough walkthrough of what I could expect from his company we signed on and began the process.
Now I am not a detail kind of person. I'm more of a dreamer and take action kind of person and Dave was the perfect person to help guide me through this project. He was painstakingly thorough and more than that patient with me. Our timeline for going live ended up being extended a few months only because of my availability to work through the various pieces of becoming a Franchisor. He held my hand so to speak every step of the way. Dave never wavered in his professional dedication to me and my company and no matter how many delays I caused he cheerfully saw it through to the end. I cannot say enough about his knowledge of what it takes to create franchise system and how thorough he was on every detail.
In closing I'd say this about my experience. It was worth every penny and I know that somehow
I managed to choose the EXACT right company from the internet universe to help me realize my
dream. Thank you Dave for everything you did and will do for my company and my family. I
will always remember this time of my life."
Merle McKenzie, CEO – Montana Nights Axe Throwing
"Our experience with The Franchise Maker was and
continues to be great. After our first meeting with David Waldman we knew he was the man to
take our business to the next level with his positive energy, enthusiasm and no pressure
sales tactics. He does what he says, follows up on calls and is on time. The Franchise Maker
prepared our franchise documents and we got approved quickly. The Franchise Maker took us
every step of the way making each step fun, understandable and inspirational. We have
already recommended Dave the Franchise Maker and know he will be an important part of our
success for a long time."
Dennis Quaglia, Severn Crow and Mikel Ross, Owners – Camp Run A Mutt
"I have worked 23 years in the industry working for multiple franchise companies in a
management capacity. When my business partner and I started our franchising endeavor I
thought we had a good understanding of the process and thought it would be fairly easy to do
ourselves, were we ever wrong! After realizing how difficult the task would be we
investigated multiple companies to help guide us through the process. The cost of most of
these companies was astronomical and they were using boiler plate templates to compile most
of our information. We wanted someone that could mold our idea into a working concept. We
had concerns about finding the right fit and finding someone that could understand our
vision. After comparing multiple companies we shortened our list to a few top candidates. We
made the decision to fly out to San Diego to meet with The Franchise Maker. After meeting
The Franchise Maker team and spending some time with them, Dave eased our concerns and we
knew we had the right man for the job. Although there are a lot of franchise companies in
our industry, we felt what we were doing was completely unique. Dave helped us design a
unique plan that I believe make us formidable opponents in the restoration industry. Dave is
focused, on task, and dedicated to making you a success; I can't imagine using anyone else!"
Scott Tetley, Founding Partner – Masters of Disasters
"We determined that franchising our business model was the best move for the company and would start us on the path of continued and sustained success within the "clean meal" market. The daunting chore of qualifying the right firm to help with such a seemingly tremendous process of franchising our business model was enough to push patience and finances to the limits. Like most entrepreneurs, much time was spent scouring the internet and reading reviews for franchise development firms, none of which gave off the necessary "warm and fuzzy" feeling nor the perception of trust that is absolutely paramount to our team. It was only after the recommendation of a trusted friend that set our sights on the company that would ultimately prove itself as the "best in the business."
Enter Dave Waldman and The Franchise Maker®. Uncle Dave, as he would come to be known to our executive team, took our concept for a plausible franchise business and turned it into a national streamlined, turn-key franchise package for our future franchisees. The Franchise Maker's formula for producing successful franchising programs is second to none. Dave spent countless hours immersing himself into our concept as he began putting everything down on paper for us. He has also mastered the art of crafting franchise disclosure documents that are simple yet thorough while explaining every step of the process to us, making our final franchise program easy to understand and effortless to execute later with applicants.
The Franchise Maker's pricing structure for their services is beyond competitive with others
in the franchise development market. Our team couldn't honestly imagine attempting this
process with anyone other than The Franchise Maker and Uncle Dave. His work on our franchise
program and franchise documents far exceeded our expectations and Dave went above and beyond
to make us feel comfortable with our investment. He is 100% trustworthy, sincere and
professional and we owe him tremendously for what we anticipate to be a highly successful
Eric Larosa & Luke Barnett, Owners - LeanFeast
"I started the franchising process unsure about many of the details and unsure if I even wanted to go through with it. I spoke to a couple different franchise consultants and franchise development companies and they didn't qualify my query like Dave with The Franchise Maker did. Dave really made me think about the full scope of franchising and gave me honest answers. I had an initial conversation with him, then took some time to digest our conversation and think about if franchising was really in my future. Later I came back to Dave with updated plans and a few tweaks hoping that he felt I was in the right place to franchise. Dave really listened to what I had to say and after a few more conversations he felt I was ready enough to take my company on. I realize I was a little more of a difficult case because I am a unique business which is not known to do franchising. In other words I am not your standard food business. Dave took on the challenge and was able to get me to the finish line. He was very patient with learning about my company and understanding every aspect.
Dave is very thorough and knows his stuff. He is prompt and punctual. Every meeting he called
me right at our scheduled time. Another thing I appreciated with Dave, is how understanding
he was if I needed to adjust meetings here and there. As a business owner, my life is busy
and things come up. Dave continued to guide me through the process with my adjustments and
keep me on track. Dave is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of franchising. He was
able to walk me through all the technical details and help me determine certain strategies
and criteria for my franchise model. We had zero comments from the state on our whole
package once filed. We were approved by the state in less than two weeks of submission. The
Franchise Maker was the right company for this whole process. I highly recommend The
Franchise Maker to anyone considering franchising their business."
David Lopez, Founder – MediaCentric
"Now that I have completed the franchise process with The Franchise Maker and have approval for franchising, there is no doubt that all the testimonials must have experienced the same great communication and professionalism that I encountered. In my opinion all the reviews including my own, understate Dave's personal approach, caring and great follow through on every phase of the process. Working with Dave has been an unexpected pleasurable professional experience as Dave explains in depth the procedures and guides you through a weighty regulatory process with calmness and ease in language you are able to understand. Dave works at your pace and schedule, since many of us are busy operating successful businesses.
I consider The Franchise Maker's fee to be one of the best dollar to value professional
expenses that I have spent. The Franchise Maker fees are broken into payments to make it
easy to get the process started. Dave is a true professional who doesn't waste your time and
is concerned about my business as much as I am. Dave also provides information on franchise
registration processes in other states, without charging additional consulting fees."
Rob Toscano, Managing Director – Island Beauty Supply
"Dave and his team at the “The Franchise Maker” were amazing. My brother and I own
restaurants in Arizona and had been considering franchising for years, we had actually
reached out to Dave quite a few years ago, but were not ready just yet. Over the years we
perfected our business and franchising became the next logical step, after researching
companies that could help, “The Franchise Maker” was an obvious choice for us. Dave is a no
nonsense partner, we like honesty and he will be brutally honest when need be!! He helped us
with every aspect of the process from the trademarks to the FDD to our operation manual to
connecting us with a franchise attorney; I’m sure my brother and I could have done it
without him, but I would have taken us about 10 years. Best of all, he’s still available to
help when it’s time to actually sell your franchise!! We will keep Dave in our back pocket
for as long as we need him, his knowledge and guidance is truly immeasurable."
Mark & Angel Marin, Co-Founders – Burrito Express
"Many people think that
franchising their business is an easy process. I am here to tell you that it is a difficult
task that should not be done alone. With that being said, there is nobody better (in my
humble opinion) than Mr. Dave Waldman (aka Uncle Dave) in helping you to create the
necessary FDD, Agreements and Exhibits to get your franchise up and running. We did our due
diligence in selecting The Franchise Maker to help us and The Franchise Maker was an
excellent choice. In addition, Dave was instrumental in helping us to network with the
proper attorneys and accountants to complete the process. Dave is incredibly efficient and
respectful. He also charges a reasonable fee for his service that in the long run will save
you thousands of dollars. I give Dave Waldman and the Franchise Maker my highest
Dr. Michael Tornow, Senior Partner - Sundance Dental Care
"The Franchise Maker came highly recommended to me, through a friend who had several
interactions with David. I interviewed The Franchise Maker and David and expressed my desire
to get the process completed "quickly" as we were about to be filming for a reality TV show
that I wanted to be able to mention the franchise once it aired.... Well The Franchise Maker
delivered, we worked diligently together to make it happen, I received my approval and am
now able to start selling franchises and more importantly mention my franchise opportunity
on the upcoming TV show. I loved working with David, he is very on task, organized and
prompt! He calls when he says he's going to call and he dedicates his full attention to our
assignment and he is very detailed oriented. This process can be very overwhelming, but with
the help of The Franchise Maker it was a step-by-step, hand holding experience that I am
extremely grateful for. It is without hesitations that I highly recommend The Franchise
Maker for anyone who is looking to take their business down this road. I can honestly say, I
am breathing a sigh of relief! Thank you to The Franchise Maker and David for opening doors
that I thought were only in my dreams..... "oh the places we will go!!!!!"
Margo Engberg, CEO & Founder - PinkaBella Cupcakes
"When we decided to franchise our company, we looked into several professionals to help us
with this process. Some of them never responded to our inquiries. Others sent materials to
demonstrate how good they are, but none of them had the presence to transmit that personal
touch that made us say "Okay, let's do it". Everything changed when we contacted The
Franchise Maker. It was very obvious that David, its President, is serious when it comes to
franchising. We were afraid to turn a laboratory specializing in asbestos and mold, with
stringent regulations into a franchise. David had the ability and comprehension of how to
understand our processes and how to translate our activities and operations into a
franchise. David made the process very smooth and easy to understand. The Franchise Maker
set up our company for success, ready to scale nationwide. If you are looking for a
competent professional company to franchise your business, take it from us The Franchise
Maker is your right choice."
Rod & Rick Eustaquio, Owners - IRIS Environmental Laboratories
"I wanted to franchise my company but had no idea how. I called The Franchise Maker in April
and started the process. We finished the project and the franchise attorney had nearly no
corrections on the finished project! A few months later, I had my franchise license in my
hand. Dave was quick and explained every last detail to me. I am very pleased with The
Franchise Maker service!"
Nichole Daher, CEO - Success on the Spectrum
"After having owned and operated a striping business for over 10 years, I believed that we
had acquired the necessary experience and built the time-tested systems that would allow us
to develop a franchise model with all the tools and procedures together in one package. Once
we started looking into franchising, we discovered how little we understood about the many
facets of this powerful business model. Dave immediately put us at ease and guided us
through the entire process while displaying patience and great depth of knowledge that
transcends many industries. Our particular industry has its own unique challenges and Dave
helped navigate us through obstacles inherent in the contracting and construction field.
There is no doubt in my mind that we are better off for having worked with Dave and we
certainly have an increased chance of success in franchising after having developed our
franchise with him. I unreservedly recommend Dave and The Franchise Maker to any and all
Michael Weaver, CEO - Southern Striping
"We decided it was time for our barbershop to expand into a franchise business. We were approaching our twenty year anniversary and for our big anniversary we wanted franchising our business to be our gift to ourselves. We didn't know where, how or who to start with on this journey and we had a few months to complete. We went online to research and the name "The Franchise Maker" just rang a bell for us. Out of all the others "The Franchise Maker" seemed to really know what it took to make a franchise. When we took a look at the video where Dave Waldman clearly explains the process of making a franchise we were sold. Dave was a straight shooter from the beginning. He told us what we could expect from him and that this would be a joint effort to complete the franchise process. Every concern we had "Uncle" Dave had the answer or he could get it. We knew very quickly we had found a team player to helping us accomplish part of our dream. We gave Dave our desired date to complete the process and we all went to work. A few months later we received notice from "Uncle Dave" that we are an official Franchisor! A couple of days later, we celebrated our twenty year anniversary! One of the best investments we ever made was The Franchise Maker team and the leader of the pack Uncle Dave!
We highly recommend The Franchise Maker!"
Damian & Jermaine Johnson, Founders – No Grease! Barbershop
"The Franchise Maker made our franchising process considerably less expensive and far less complex than I anticipated. I was a bit concerned about franchising my business because I already had a couple of locations that was planning to sell in the future and I did not want to jeopardize that plan.
In my initial conversations with Dave he genuinely understood my concerns, explained that I can sell them as a turn-key business later with the added benefit of these businesses still being part of my system as a franchise and he put me at ease. Dave created our entire franchise program keeping all my concerns top of mind, putting together a very attractive franchise and once filed with the State we got approved rather quickly without a hitch.
I am very impressed with The Franchise Maker team and the quality of their attorneys and
other professionals. Dave was also very professional, punctual and knowledgeable, as we
navigated the entire process together. It was also less expensive than I had initially
planned which for me was a bonus. I would definitely recommend The Franchise Maker to any
business thinking of franchising."
Ed McNary, President – Pedro's Tacos
"Before deciding on working with The Franchise Maker, we took a long hard look at the options The Franchise Maker offers. It was clear from the initial phone call with his office staff, that Dave and his team truly are committed and passionate about our success and growth. With his proven track record and references, it settled any doubts we had about being across the nation from him. The Franchise Maker delivered exactly what they promised and exceeded our expectations. I can honestly say every scheduled phone call with Dave was never late, not even by a minute! That's speaks volume to his commitment and dependability.
We have a unique concept that The Franchise Maker helped fine tune. Everything from the FDD
to the graphic artist, The Franchise Maker had us covered which made this journey a breeze.
We truly couldn't be more pleased. Dave is by far one of the most knowledgeable,
enthusiastic and straight forward person you could meet. If any business is looking to
franchise but is overwhelmed or lost with the process, just call "Uncle Dave" with The
Franchise Maker and relax!"
Brandon Dean, CEO – Silbar Security
"The process of developing a franchise can be very complex and you will never know the value in all of the development and resources supplied by the Franchise Maker until you have reached the status I have this week. This review comes after we have awarded and officially opened our first franchise location and have done so within just months of launching our franchise opportunity. It is my belief that this early success we are experiencing is directly due to the franchise program development that took place with The Franchise Maker.
When you begin with Dave, you soon realize you are in a structured process. I appreciated the process as it avoided potential wasted and valuable time. Each conference call was extremely efficient through conversations as well. Dave truly dives into your business and learns every aspect of it through methodical questioning and other tools. He learns your business as if it was his own.
The associated resource companies are also a perk/value within the relationship. You will need specialty services and having recommended partners helped tremendously with our franchise development. One, you need people you can trust to not take advantage of your company. Two, you need people that are experienced with the services that you need. Dave has them and will make these ever so valuable introductions for you.
Once we finished I even found value in his ongoing programs. These programs helped us create and hone our internal systems and still allow me to have a valued experienced advisor for the natural variations of franchising.
At this point in my venture, I can honestly say this is something I could not have even
dreamed doing this by myself or anybody else. Much less, doing so at the level of
organization and detail that has been provided by The Franchise Maker and to my new
franchising company. There have been innumerable ah-ha moments provided by The Franchise
Maker throughout the franchise development process and throughout our franchise candidate
qualification stage, awarding process and even through opening a franchise location. When
Dave Waldman says trust the process, you can count on him to be a conduit for your success.
He is the ultimate Franchise Maker."
Jesse Cox, President – Access Garage Doors
"I knew I wanted to franchise my business, but I was not sure where to turn. We talked to
franchise lawyers, but the fee was in the six figures and it seemed so complex. I found the
Franchise Maker during a web search and I wasn't sure. But after talking to Dave, even
without meeting him in person, I knew I had found my solution. I was so impressed on how he
guided me through the process and the franchise disclosure documents. It's hard to believe
that four months later, I am selling franchises! I can't thank you enough!"
Mary V. Mason, MD – Little Medical School
"Over the last couple years, I spoke to several people who claimed to be able to assist us with the franchise process. It seemed like most of them provided vague details and a wide range of potential costs. After just a few short minutes speaking with The Franchise Maker and eventually with Dave, his experience and knowledge in the franchise area became obvious. He provided clear answers and specific details to all questions and when asked about costs he could itemize the price of each task with very narrow ranges.
Once we started working with The Franchise Maker it was clear we made the right choice. Dave's attention to detail and approach are top notch. The education he provides on the subject while working together through each step of the way really opened our eyes to how much we did not know and how hard this would have been if we attempted it on our own. I was amazed when there were virtually no substantial changes or comments from the attorney or the regulators after the documents were submitted for review. I look forward to continuing to work with The Franchise Maker and Dave as we grow our system.
I would recommend The Franchise Maker to anyone considering franchising their business."
Nicholas D'Agnillo, CEO – Nexus Property Management
"In seeking out franchise developers The Franchise maker was the third on my list of five
possibilities. Not even knowing at that point all of what I needed to cover, Dave took the
time to put fourth many topics kind of answering questions he knew would later come up. I'll
never forget, Dave was as excited as I was and an absolute joy to speak with. Months later,
when ready to pull the trigger, yes The Franchise Maker was my choice this was because of
the positive energy, the knowledge he has in the industry, his process and the interest he
took immediately in my business and the true need to help us through this process. My time
spent with Dave, Kristin and the Franchise Maker staff was nothing short of amazing. The
process was completed in such a way that I felt I was in a class and highly educated as to
the franchise process. If ever I needed to speak to or communicate with them I was almost
"immediately" replied to, never left hanging, never left without every single question or
concern answered. The Franchisee Maker is on their game and do everything they say they are
going to do with ease and excitement! After speaking to several on more than one occasion, I
don't think any of the other company would have gave us the time, seriousness and true joy
of helping us become franchisors".
Dee Roberts, CEO – Tear it Up!