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!
ABOUT GARY PRENEVOST
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.
Hosted by Jania Bailey, CFE-CEO of FranNet, this informative webinar will help you learn the best practices for building effective relationships with your franchisees. This webinar focuses on the steps you …View Event
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
As the cost of living rises more Canadians are looking for alternative sources of income. Statistics Canada’s consumer price index (CPI) shows price of goods has increased by 16 per cent over the last decade, leaving Canadians with less money to build their wealth. As a result of these factors, more Canadians are considering franchise […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
If you’re like 80% of Canadians, you’re enamoured by the idea of having your own business. You are likely struggling with a number of factors… What concepts are hot right now? What business suits you best? Can I start part time and then switch to full-time once the business is up and running? How […]
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 […]
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 […]
As I reflected over the holidays about all of the clients I worked with in 2014, and all of the stories I heard, I was amazed at the strong correlation of themes from so many of my clients. I’ve also seen some of my family members be personally affected by the shift from long-term […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
If you have been watching the news today, you might have heard that Tim Horton’s Inc. and Burger King have formed the world’s third largest fast food company after the Oakville, Ontario based coffee chain has agreed to a $12.5 billion merger with the US Company. The companies have a combined $23 billion in […]
The single most-important analogy to remember when you want to buy a franchise! Almost all of us relate to owning a vehicle of some sort. When you think about it, and automobile is simply a vehicle to get you from point A to point B in distance, while enjoying the ride along the way, […]
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, […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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? […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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% […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Terrilynne Young spotted a big hole in the way health care equipment was sold, and Gary Prenevost helped her find the right business to fill the need Terrilynne Young wanted to open a franchise where she could change people’s lives without having to give up her own. As an emergency room nurse, she enjoyed a […]
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.
Sharon Herrnstein wanted to take advantage of her marketing background — and she was also intrigued by franchising. Gary Prenevost helped her find a perfect fit. Sharon Herrnstein was at something of a crossroads after she completed her MBA at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. Before she went to the prestigious school, she had spent her […]
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, […]
JF Thibault consulted with FranNet franchise broker Gary Prenevost to see if franchising would be the right fit for him. When JF Thibault’s job as human resources specialist for a mutual funds company in Toronto, Ontario, vanished, he sought out Gary Prenevost. A bank bought out his old company and was eliminating his division. Not […]
When Leslie Greene realized her business passion and it wasn’t something on Gary Prenevost’s franchise roster, the help kept on coming Leslie Greene may be the happiest person ever to work with Gary Prenevost … even though she and husband, Bill, begged off from his list of potential franchisors and found one of their own. […]
Jeff Trudeau found a business he loved with help from Canadian franchise advisor Gary Prenevost Jeff Trudeau can’t say enough good about Gary Prenevost and how he changed his life — and that of his family — in the last few months. Trudeau was a successful engineer, a team player, when the economy and corporate […]
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 […]
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 […]