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What is a FranNet Franchise Consultant?

A FranNet consultant is your one-stop-shop for all franchise information and services. Our job is to ensure you find the right business that maximizes your odds of success and happiness and allows you to meet your lifestyle, career and financial goals

How do we help?

We help you by providing assorted research and information that will help you investigate different franchises to start your own business. We can introduce you to many different franchisors, so rather than having to go from place to place to learn about specific businesses, you can learn the basics about several options all in one spot! This saves you time and money.

FranNet Consultants helps save you time and money in several ways: by educating you about franchising; by helping you research your business; by identifying the right structure and strategic mix of the businesses you are interested in; and by introducing you to the franchisors that fit your model.

We’ll encourage you to thoroughly research any franchise that you are investigating, and we’ll even help you find franchise attorneys and other advisors so you can gain more information before you buy. We believe that the more you know, the better the odds are that the choice you make will be a good one. As a result, we stress that you spend the necessary time to research before you buy. Once you’ve bought the business, it’s too late to change your mind.

How much do we cost?

FranNet Consulting Services are 100% Free For Our Clients. Like a real estate agent, we make our commission only if and when a deal closes and are paid by the seller, not you, the buyer.

How can we work together?

  1. Take Our Franchise Readiness Assessment
    • Take our free proprietary Readiness Assessment to evaluate your business owner profile, including a personality analysis and an investment range determination. From here, our algorithm can help determine what franchise options in your local market may be best able to meet your goals.
  2. We Will Review Your Readiness Assessment
    • Once you have your Franchise Readiness Assessment results, you may request a free, no-obligation review session with your local franchise consultant. During this meeting, you can gain more insight into what franchise opportunities may be best for your goals.
  3. We’ll Discuss Your Franchise Options
    • After the review of your Readiness Assessment, we work with you to determine what local franchise options may be worth exploring. Your local consultant will present you with a number of options and depending on which ones you are interested in, your consultant will make an introduction.
  4. Introduction To Your Ideal Franchise Brands
    • We will help facilitate those introductions and coach you on the due diligence process, providing guidance on questions to ask, how to understand Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs), and tools on how to rank the franchise opportunities for yourself.
  5. Introduction to Existing Franchisees of the Brands You Like
    • Once you've learned more about each franchise opportunity that you are interested in, you will be able to speak with active franchisees in their respective organizations in order to validate the business, support, and overall success of each.
  6. Attend a Discovery Day
    • Prior to making a formal commitment to a franchise opportunity, you will attend a Discovery Day, usually on-site at the corporate headquarters of the specific franchise you're interested in (In the wake of COVID-19, many franchisors are offering virtual Discovery Days). This Discovery Day is a great opportunity for you to meet the top management team, see their operational facility and learn more about the day-to-day life of owning a business under their brand.
  7. Making a Final Decision with FranNet By Your Side
    • Once you return from a discovery day, you'll be in a position to decide if that specific franchise is the right fit for you. If it is, we'll provide the necessary referrals to franchise attorneys, accountants, and funding partners to help complete your franchise due diligence. From there, it is your choice to sign the final franchise agreement and become a franchisee.

Franchise Business Consultant of Southern Ontario and Eastern Canada

Want to start a business in Southern Ontario or Eastern Canada? I can help you find the right franchise opportunities available to you. There are thousands of business franchises opportunities in Toronto available and we help you find the right one for you at no charge! I can help you with all the various different types of business opportunities in Toronto. With our help you can decide which Toronto franchise opportunity is right for you. I would be happy to help you if you’re interested in starting a business in Toronto. Send me a message today to get more information on starting a franchise in Toronto.

Thanks for considering us in your search for a franchise opportunity in Ontario – We are here to help people who are considering self employment as a career option to explore their options, safely and affordably. We will help you crystallize your ideal business model then introduce businesses that closely match your model; we will then guide you through a thorough yet effective decision-making process based on the key criteria that are important to you. Because most business experts recognize that franchises are usually far less risky than starting a business opportunity from scratch, franchising is where we typically encourage our clients to focus their search. Please remember that we have many opportunities that leverage your corporate skills and experience, in way more than just food and retail! Please contact me today to get started!


In 1991 he left that business to enter the franchise industry - he joined a national training organization where his initial role was selling their business license opportunity (initial investment of $45,000). He quickly found that working for someone else wasn’t enough, so while continuing to sell the business licenses, he purchased his own license and specialized in helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses through implementing management and sales development strategies. Gary eventually built his business to achieve Top Five status out of the company’s over 100 offices in their system. At the same time he was running his business, he helped the parent company develop their national license network, eventually selling over 60 licensed units.

In 1997 Gary and his partner took over running the entire national organization, where his role expanded from just selling licences to that of Vice President. His additional responsibilities included project management, training and coaching existing licensees, as well as driving corporate sales.

After several years of working with this national system, Gary realized that it was time once again to work for himself and help others achieve their life goals through living the "Entrepreneurial Dream", thus joining FranNet in 2002.

Gary believes in lifelong learning - besides his bank-based university education, he has earned certificates in numerous business courses, as well, he has achieved his Certified Sales Professional (CSP) with Honours through The Canadian Professional Sales Association. He sits on the Ontario Council of the Canadian Franchise Association; he's a director for the Toronto Association of Career Professionals; additional efforts include volunteering for various associations and mentoring young entrepreneurs.

His personal passions are: time with his family, yoga, hiking, skiing, travelling and other outdoor adventures including canoeing and fly-fishing.

FranNet January 2020 Featured Opportunity

FranNet Featured Franchise Opportunity: We represent over 80 franchise concepts and are seeing a high level of interest in the following opportunity. While this may be of specific interest to you, FranNet’s process is to help our clients build their ideal business model before ever making introductions to specific franchisors. If you are interested in […]

January 13, 2020

Your E2E Journey

FranNet Canada invites you to complete our self-directed learning course: Your E2E Journey: From Employee to Entrepreneur! How to find, and research your optimum self-employment Options Who doesn’t love the idea of being their own boss and controlling their own destiny? Whether you’re looking for a career change, an additional revenue stream or something full-time, […]

January 9, 2020

FranNet – Montreal Featured Opportunity

FranNet Rare Resale Opportunity: We represent over 80 franchise concepts and are seeing a high level of interest in the following opportunity. While this may be of specific interest to you, FranNet’s process is to help our clients build their ideal business model before ever making introductions to specific franchisors. If you are interested in […]

November 13, 2019

FranNet November Featured Opportunity

FranNet Featured Franchise Opportunities: We represent over 80 franchise concepts and are seeing a high level of interest in the following opportunity. While this may be of specific interest to you, FranNet’s process is to help our clients build their ideal business model before ever making introductions to specific franchisors. If you are interested in […]

October 31, 2019

FranNet September Featured Opportunity

FranNet Featured Franchise Opportunities: We represent over 60 franchise concepts and are seeing a high level of interest in the following opportunity. While this may be of specific interest to you, FranNet’s process is to help our clients build their ideal business model before ever making introductions to specific franchisors. If you are interested in […]

September 11, 2019

FranNet August Featured Opportunity

FranNet Featured Franchise Opportunities: We represent over 60 franchise concepts and are seeing a high level of interest in the following opportunity. While this may be of specific interest to you, FranNet’s process is to help our clients build their ideal business model before ever making introductions to specific franchisors. If you are interested in […]

August 14, 2019

FranNet July Featured Opportunity

FranNet Featured Franchise Opportunities: We represent over 60 franchise concepts and are seeing a high level of interest in the following opportunity. While this may be of specific interest to you, FranNet’s process is to help our clients to build their ideal business model before ever making introductions to specific franchisors. If you are interested […]

July 8, 2019

FranNet Featured Opportunities

FranNet Featured Franchise Opportunities: We represent over 60 franchise concepts and are seeing a high level of interest in the following opportunities.  While these may be of specific interest to you, FranNet’s process is to help our clients to build their ideal business model before ever making introductions to specific franchisors. If you are interested […]

May 23, 2019

Millennials and Franchising

In the past four years, millennials—those born between 1981 and 1996—have gone from three per cent of my incoming clientele to 20 per cent. Millennials are an emerging force in the franchise industry, and FranNet is actively working with this influential group of future franchisees. What’s behind this mutual attraction? Millennials’ job criteria Though unemployment is […]

October 26, 2018

Women in Franchising

FranNet research reveals that between 2011 and 2017, female franchise ownership in the US and Canada jumped by 83 percent, while male ownership increased by only 13 percent. This startling conclusion is backed by a report from the International Franchise Association (IFA) indicating a rise in women-owned franchise businesses of almost 50 percent since 2012. […]

August 13, 2018

Is This The Year You Become A Franchise Entrepreneur?

  Don’t try to fit the business, make the business fit you. Are you one of the millions of Canadians who have been taking stock of your career options this January? Typically after the holiday season, the back-to-work blues tempt us to dream of a life beyond the 9-to-5 corporate job; with more flexibility, fewer […]

January 26, 2018

Season’ Greetings 2017

The Festive Season is now upon us… 2017 was a year of massive change on many fronts… personally, professionally and even politically! The year seems to have passed by with incredible rapidity, and in its wake we’ve been left with many blessings and memories, as well as the occasional important and sometimes painful lessons. Amidst […]

December 24, 2017

Growing Number Of Entrepreneurs Drawn To Sense Of Community In Peterborough

It doesn’t surprise Gary Prenevost that a growing number of Canadians would rather work for themselves, or that so many are choosing to do so in Peterborough. The franchise matchmaking specialist with Mississauga-based FranNet of Southern Ontario and Eastern Canada points to the numbers. Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development’s 2016 regional economic development profile indicates half of businesses […]

October 13, 2017

The Ultimate Guide To Buying The Right Franchise

Franchising is a great way to achieve the freedom of business ownership, while also being able to rely on the support and guidance provided by the franchisor. This means franchising is the right route for entrepreneurs who want to secure a steady income with relatively low risk, while still having the freedom and satisfaction of […]

September 4, 2017

Gary’s Festive Season Message

  As I was relaxing and listening to the silence last night (something that’s been absent for the last week) I got to do one of my personal traditions and reflect on 2016… Hopefully my sharing this with you will trigger some fond memories, smiles and perhaps even a reflection or two of your own […]

December 28, 2016

Gary Prenevost was interviewed on CFRB 1010 AM radio show

Check out my interview with Zane Caplansky on Let’s Eat with Zane Caplansky on CFRB 1010 AM  this past Saturday.  Had the pleasure to share the panel with some great guys and experts in their field, Avi Behar and Chad Finkelstein.  We discussed various aspects of Franchising and what you need to know if you […]

October 11, 2016

Happy New Year!

As I sat on the plane on December 24thfrom Cape Town home to Toronto I was reflecting on the blessings in my life, and those blessings include each of you… At this time of year most of us reflect on our own families and the people we love; I’m deeply appreciative of them and really […]

December 31, 2015

You Found a Franchise to Investigate – Now What?

  You’ve chosen the franchises that you want to investigate – congratulations – the easy part is over… now what? There are three phases to detailed franchise research, “Franchisor Discussions”, “Validation” (speaking with existing franchisees), and “Discovery/Confirmation”. It is important to progress through these phases in chronological order   Phase 1 – Franchisor Discussions: (duration […]

May 15, 2015

Evaluating B2B Franchises to Ensure Success

Anyone with skills in marketing, operations or management that wants to venture from the corporate world into business ownership should consider purchasing a B2B franchise. B2B transactions make up a much higher dollar volume of the business world than B2C transactions, providing plenty of opportunity to utilize the skills you’ve developed in the corporate world. […]

February 10, 2015

Things You Need to Consider before Buying a Fitness Franchise in Canada

  With the recent consumer focus on living a health conscious lifestyle, investing in a fitness franchise has become a very lucrative business opportunity. Low overhead costs, resistance to seasonality and multi-unit ownership possibilities are just a few reasons that that fitness franchises are great businesses… provided you have the right skills to operate this […]

February 5, 2015

An Additional Informational Article on Franchise Takes the Café Concept on the Road

Mobile franchises have been on the rise in the recent years thanks to their numerous perceived benefits. Low startup costs, flexible hours and increased exposure are just a few of the reasons that opportunity is rapidly growing in this sector of franchising. However, I would personally recommend a significant amount of research before even considering […]

January 19, 2015

What You Need to Consider When Investing in a Business Consulting Franchise

  Business consulting franchises provide consulting services to businesses on various topics including advertising/marketing, sales training and executive coaching, just to name a few. Franchisors in this category often have a good “toolbox of solutions”, which gives you plenty of flexibility when deciding on the best strategies to grow your client’s business and helps you […]

January 16, 2015

Canada’s Franchise Expert Weighs in on Opportunities in the Franchise Industry for Young Entrepreneurs with The Globe and Mail

  Gary Prenevost, Canada’s Franchise Expert, spoke with The Globe and Mail about the benefits and challenges of investing in a franchise as a young entrepreneur “We see it as a shifting trend (young people buying franchises),” Mr. Prenevost says. “After four years of university, people are graduating with MBAs, expecting to ‘pick and choose’ […]

January 12, 2015

The Pros and Cons of Franchise Ownership

Franchising is way more than food and retail! There are over 1000 franchise concepts in Canada today covering over 50 different industries, meaning there are a vast number of franchising opportunities that can enable you to own your own business. As I’ve said many times before, just because something is franchised, this doesn’t mean that […]

December 30, 2014

Happy Holidays

After a wonderful day yesterday and again this Christmas day with my family and close friends, I’ve had the opportunity to sit quietly this evening and reflect on what’s really important to me. It is a time for honouring our Faith; for sharing and celebrating with family, friends and loved ones. For some of us […]

December 29, 2014

Curious About Getting In Gear With An Automotive Franchise?

There are currently over 30 million motor vehicles in Canada and this number continues to grow. The average length of time the car remains on the road in our country is approximately 11 years; while the vast majority of people only take their vehicles to the dealership for as long as the warranty is in […]

November 19, 2014

Things You Should Consider before Buying a Home Improvement Franchise

The wide variety of options in the “home improvement” sector of franchising makes this category one of the more popular service-based franchising categories.   There are numerous great opportunities in this sector.  Opportunities you can find in the home improvement sector range from painting to handyman services, from flooring, blinds and window covers to closet, garage […]

October 28, 2014

7 Top Reasons Hair Care Franchises Thrive Anytime

One of the biggest things to consider when scoping out potential franchises is when the best time to buy is. Many franchises go through ups and downs due to external factors such as the economy and demand for the product, no matter how well the business is run. Conversely, hair care franchises are some of […]

October 23, 2014

Franchise Consultants: Canada’s Best Expose 5 Myths about Franchising

  Franchising myths can originate from a variety of places: your neighbours, the small business owners in your area, or your friends. For demonstration purposes, we will make this myth propagator a friend of yours. This friend is quick to offer negative advice as you are ready to take control of your financial future and […]

September 17, 2014

Business for Sale: Ontario Provides Great Opportunities for Buyers

  The ratio of businesses for sale in Toronto to the number of potential business buyers is approximately one seller for every ten buyers. This makes it a real challenge to buy a profitable business. To find a business for sale, Ontario potential business buyers should consider the options below to find a reasonably priced […]

September 10, 2014

Canada Franchise Expert Shares Thoughts on Burger King-Tim Horton’s merger with Global News

Franchise Industry Expert and President of, Gary Prenevost, was recently featured on Global News where he shared his franchising knowledge with viewers about the recent historic merger between Tim Horton’s and Burger King. The two companies recently agreed to a $12.5 billion deal which stipulated that Tim Horton’s franchise shareholders would receive $65.50 in […]

September 2, 2014

Should I use a franchise consultant?

Should I use a franchise consultant? If you’re like a lot of people who are trying to figure out which type of franchise to buy, the question “should I use a franchise consultant?” has likely crossed your mind. Obviously I’m biased because I’ve been a franchise matchmaking consultant for over 12 years and helped hundreds […]

August 27, 2014

What is the hottest franchise?

What is the hottest franchise? One of the most common questions I get is “what franchises are hot right now? Personally I think this is one of the least relevant questions to ask – first how do you define “hot”? Is it which franchisors are selling most franchises? Is it which franchisors are in exciting, […]

August 19, 2014

How long does it take me to get to a decent income?

How long does it take me to get to a decent income? One of the biggest challenges people have when considering which business to buy, is figuring out how long it will take them to get to the point where they’re earning a decent income. In order to get a reasonable perspective on this important […]

August 11, 2014

How Much Money Can I Earn by Starting My Own Business or Franchise?

How Much Money Can I Earn? One of the things aspiring entrepreneurs often ask me is “how much money can I earn?” Unfortunately, this is a very difficult question to answer because the amount of money one earns from a business is a direct byproduct of how well-run the business is – in other words, […]

August 6, 2014

10 Important Steps to Opening a Franchise

Step 1) Self Evaluation The first thing you have to do in your journey to opening a franchise is self-evaluation. Unfortunately most people rush past this most critical step – take a serious inventory of the skills and experiences you bring to the table; assess what financial and time resources you are prepared to allocate […]

July 14, 2014

Professionals Recommended in Your Search for Franchise Opportunities

Every professional athlete has at least one coach; often they have several coaches, each with a specialized area of skill and focus, so that the combined coaching enables the elite athlete to achieve and maintain high levels of performance. Well when done right, being in business should be different – good coaches come in many […]

June 30, 2014

Overview – How to Conduct Effective Franchise Research

You are about to enter into a task of researching business opportunities, where the outcome will likely have a profound impact on your future. Some people enter into this research process and realize that entrepreneurship isn’t right for them, or at least not just yet, and so continue with their corporate career paths. Many others though proceed to buy […]

June 24, 2014

107 Questions For Franchisors and Franchisee

Purchasing a franchise is a major investment decision and not every franchise will be right for every individual. The following list of questions that FranNet and the CFA recommend you should ask, if you are considering purchasing a franchise.   I . THE FRANCHISOR – IDENTITY & EXPERIENCE Who are the shareholders of the franchisor? […]

June 24, 2014

Finding YOUR Business : Proper Search Methodology

      Following the Proper Search Methodology Looking for the right business takes a significant amount of time and effort; and unfortunately, too many people select a business for the wrong reasons, which only compounds the risk of failure. The typical (and very risky) way to find a business: When most people start to […]

June 11, 2014

Buying a Franchise – Separating the Strong from the Weak!

A key factor to success is to first isolate strong franchise systems from weak ones, and then only focus your search on partnering with a strong franchisor. So let’s look at typical traits of both “strong” and “weak” franchises: Characteristics of Weaker Franchise Systems: either the franchisor has not sufficiently proven their business model, or […]

June 7, 2014

5 Ways to Become an Entrepreneur

Consider these 5 Ways to Become an Entrepreneur when considering self-employment Starting from scratch Multi-Level Marketing Buying a franchise Buying an existing business Conversion Franchising – a Hybrid Strategy It is important to identify your ideal business model by considering the following: What drives your passion? To be self-employed, you really have to be passionate […]

June 6, 2014

Top 10 elements of a Strong Franchise System

Franchising, by its nature is a business strategy that is designed to capture and keep disproportionate market share. Success of franchising is that good franchising harnesses the human independence factor. Here are top 10 elements of a strong franchise system.

May 25, 2014

Benefits of Buying a Canadian Franchise

Are you looking for a business opportunity? We’re not just talking about any business opportunity here. We’re talking about a proven business opportunity with the potential and demonstrated ability to help you meet and exceed your financial and lifestyle goals through owning a successful business.

May 21, 2014

What To Be Aware Of When Buying a Franchise in Canada

When buying a franchise in Canada, it is important to conduct thorough due diligence, to the point where you can complete a detailed a cost-benefit analysis of the franchise opportunity (to determine  to what degree it can enable you to satisfy your financial and lifestyle goals. Before you even begin to consider franchising, is important […]

May 7, 2014

8 Questions to Ask and Answer Before Buying a Franchise

For many people, buying a franchise provides a way to fulfill their lifelong dreams of achieving and exceeding their financial and lifestyle goals.. Truthfully, owning a franchise can totally change your life and provide you with the dream life you’ve always wanted, provided you find the right franchise that leverages your skills, abilities and interests. […]

May 5, 2014

Buying a Franchise in Canada

Owning a profitable business can do wonders for your financial health. However, the stress involved in market research, identifying unique opportunities and finally getting the business up and running is no small feat. It can take months to do this. And even then, you’re still working with an educated guess at best – nearly 50% […]

April 23, 2014

The Resurgence of the Entrepreneurial Dream – a bad news/good news story!

Over the past few years the amount of people who have become interested in self-employment has doubled to tripled – 10 years ago only about 10% of job seekers were considering self-employment as a serious career option, while in 2011 CareerBuilder reported 24% of their respondents stated that they were strongly considering self-employment; Execunet, a […]

April 23, 2014

The Tips on How to Avoid Buying into a Franchise that Might Fail

The best Canadian franchises are not always the franchise systems with the biggest brands are most locations, instead, they are franchised businesses that demonstrate a proven track record of success, in different markets, with people of different skill sets and backgrounds being able to successfully execute the business plan.

March 30, 2014

Benefits of Buying a GOOD Canadian Franchise

Are you looking for a Canadian franchise business opportunity? Buying into one of the best franchises in Canada provides you with an excellent opportunity to successfully run a business that’s based on a proven system.

March 17, 2014

Franchise Buying Advice: 9 Rules for finding your ideal franchise business

Over the last several years there have been significant changes to corporate employment in Canada – jobs have been offshored or shifted back to U.S. head offices; we’ve gone from long-term sole-employer careers to contract careers, where you’re only employed for one to three years, then you have to spend a bunch of months looking […]

October 11, 2013

Canadian Franchise Industry Trends for 2014

What to Expect From the Canadian Franchise Industry in 2014 Quick — name the first three businesses that pop in your head when you hear the word "franchise." Did you think of Tim Hortons, Canadian Tire and Boston Pizza? If so, congratulations, you think like a normal human being. You thought "food, retail, food." If […]

September 3, 2013

What is the Success Rate for Franchises?

FranNet survey shows franchises outperform other businesses by 42% While not all franchises are successful, most franchises have strong success rates and typically outperform mom and pop businesses. Learn more.

August 23, 2013

3 Mistakes People Make When Buying Franchises

Avoid Common Pitfalls and Turn Your Franchise Purchase Into a Successful Career There are more than 1,200 systems operating in Canada, operating in 80 different industries. As you explore Canadian franchise opportunities, you’ll have a lot of business concepts to choose from — but not all of them are good. Some franchises have excellent operations, […]

August 21, 2013

Canadian Franchise Buyer Advice

What are the best Canadian Franchises to Purchase? Researching franchises can feel a little bit like Speed Dating — you’re looking for that special company that you’re willing to spend several years with, but there are a lot of options out there, not a lot of information about most of them, and you wind up […]

July 10, 2013

What Are The Qualifications to Buy a Franchise?

5 Things You’ll Need to Qualify to Buy a Franchise The best Canadian franchises won’t partner with just anyone, they are looking for people who have the right experience, personality and resources to thrive as a franchisee. Beware of franchises that don’t ask a lot of questions about you and your background before offering a […]

June 20, 2013