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di'lishi is the creation of Marlo Francis from Asheboro, NC. Her first experience with frozen yogurt came after her son told her about discovering the self-serve concept in a neighboring state when he left for college - and he was eager for her to try it when she planned her next visit. Before that could happen, though, Marlo happened upon a bar for herself, while travelling to a larger city near her hometown. After several repeat visits - including eventually traveling to see her son and trying the yogurt bar in his college town, it didn't take long before she began dreaming about opening a shop of her own - one that reflected her unique interpretation of the concept. She wanted to create an environment that invited people to come in and stay awhile. She wanted to serve the finest yogurt and toppings that she could find, as well as a way to regularly contribute to the community around her.
After all of her hard work, the result was di'lishi! She built her model on what have become the three foundational pillars of the company: good for the body, good for the environment and good for the community. With these pillars firmly in place, di'lishi has been a success from the start! Fortifying these three pivotal pillars has made di'lishi, what Marlo calls, "fro-yo recession-proof" - meaning it's built to stand the test of time, instead of being just another quick cookie cutter following a trend. We, at di'lishi, are firm believers in our product and concept - and we are committed to helping you make your store profitable today and in the future.
The decision to throw my 'cup' into the ring came after a lot of research and a growing belief that even though the market was becoming riddled with new chains and independent shops - they were all essentially playing follow the leader. Small stores clustered in big cities... limited variety... shockingly bright... or feminine... or childlike... and yet, all of them drawing a decent crowd because of the trend. So I asked myself - what did these shops have to offer their customers at the end of the trend? Could I create a unique interpretation that would outlast the trend and provide my customers with an experience that would bring them back day after day and year after year... and if so, what would that look like? As these questions rolled around under my big hair, they found answers, and once the answers grew wings, di'lishi was born. - Marlo Francis
Dr. Todd Williams, Owner - di'lishi frozen yogurt bar, Southern Pines, NC
"di'lishi is a premium fro-yo company that cares the most. They care about quality, service, customer experience and the local community. That is what drew me to the model and what I take the most pride in as an owner
Right now is the optimum time to become a franchisee with di'lishi because our fees and royalties are as low as they'll ever be - and we're growing quickly! We endeavor to set ourselves apart by offering a unique experience to both customers and franchisees. When you join, you'll become part of an exciting, enthusiastic team that is seeking to raise the frozen yogurt "bar" to a higher level.
di'lishi strives to be a destination that welcomes a diverse range of ages and cultures - and because of the way we have designed our stores, we feel that we make everyone comfortable and engaged in the atmosphere we've created. As a potential investor, we realize that there are many frozen yogurt bar franchises available in today's market - and we encourage you to find the one that helps your reach your business goals in the most expedient way possible. We believe that the best partners for di'lishi are ones that understand and share our desire to:
If you feel like these ideals resonate with you and your personal goals for owning a frozen yogurt bar, then we would love to talk to you about becoming the next franchisee in the di'lishiNATION family!
Support is offered at every juncture of your journey with di'lishi. From the moment we receive initial contact from you, work through your contract signing, site approval, store construction, manager and employee training, soft opening, and grand opening - to graduating on to your continued franchise relations - our commitment is to always have a di'lishi team member by your side.
A return to our cherished memories was the inspiration for Tikiz Shaved Ice and Ice Cream. The "Tikiz" product line combines two of the most popular mainstream frozen treat products that everyone loves - Ice Cream and refreshing Hawaiian Shaved Ice. Delivered by a trustworthy operator who arrives in 'Coolest Truck On Earth™'.
In order to be truly successful in the Mobile Vending Industry, there are four key ingredients that are essential:
The Tikiz Mobile business offers more flexibility and allows you to "go where the crowds are", which includes residential and workplace locations, schools and daycares, carnivals, fairs, festivals, sporting events or special events like parades, air shows and parties. All are great at providing a captive customer base. FUNdraisers also allow Tikiz to help local organizationsraise money for their cause, in a FUN and feel-good fashion!
The Tikiz Shaved Ice and Ice Cream Truck was designed from the ground up to be a one-of-a-kind experience with a patent-pending "Surv-Board," where customers can dispense their own fruit syrup creations, custom signage, water misters, top-of-the-line shaved ice dispenser, high impact light and sound package and a 20' tall inflatable Tikiz character for use at special events, parties and FUNdraisers.
Marketing your business to potential customers is the most important factor to help your franchise succeed.
We have a question for you. What determines the success of a franchise? Is it luck? Coincidence? Why was Kona Ice ranked #1 New Franchise in Entrepreneur Magazine or even more importantly, Highest in Franchisee Satisfaction by TWO separate agencies? We think we might know why. Not every idea is franchise-worthy. Not everyone can offer the support. So why are some concepts instantly successful and others just aren't?
Here at Kona Ice, we know why we've succeeded and reached these ranks of the #1 New Franchise (Entrepreneur Magazine 2013), top in Franchisee Satisfaction (Franchise Business Review and Franchise Update), and named one of the fastest growing franchises in the country right behind McDonald's (Entrepreneur Magazine). We don't think it's luck at all. It's the combination of a fresh concept, strong corporate support with a vision, and a desire to make the world a better place. So you may be knee deep in the franchising process with tons of questions, but we have just one for you. Why not join Kona Ice?
So you may be knee deep in the franchising process with tons of questions, but we have just one for you. Why not join Kona Ice?
At Kona Ice, we believe you should go into business for yourself, but not by yourself.
We pride ourselves on our franchising process. When you decide you want to start your own business, we understand that you don't want to wait years to make that dream become a reality. We can guarantee that we'll have you in business, generating revenue within 21-60 days of your deposit.
The Kona Experience is not just for our customers. We strive to create a one-of-a-kind experience for our franchisees too. And that all begins at Kona Kollege.
Your Kona Ice journey begins with an all expense paid trip to the training program at the Kona Corporate Headquarters. You'll gain firsthand knowledge in the following:
You'll graduate from Kona Kollege with a 30 day plan that will have you primed and ready for success.
Kona Ice has a full time marketing team of graphic designers, digital marketers, copywriters and videographers. You focus on building your contact database, as corporate provides:
"I think the vision Tony has for Kona is very exciting. So it allows us on a local level to really promote a brand that we believe in."
- Linnea Weikleenget, franchisee in Jackson, MS
Everyone's favorite feature of the Kona Ice truck is the ability to load up on tropical flavors to their heart's content. In a day and age where self-serve dessert is all the rage, Kona has taken that step for the mobile shaved ice industry with our patented FLAVORWAVE.
One of the best things about Kona Ice is that the business model is simple. The brand works for you, not the other way around. Our goal at corporate is to make your Kona Ice experience as enjoyable and stress-free as eating a shaved ice!
Having built 575 of these wonderful trucks, Kona Ice has perfected the KEV. This state-of-the-art truck is literally a mobile billboard for your business - it sells itself!
Kona doesn't just sell gourmet shaved ice, it brings an unforgettable experience that appeals to the kid in all of us!
"With Kona, I have put more smiles on kid's faces and received more genuine thank you's in 8 months than I ever did in my 25 years in the consumer electronic business." - Cheri Wells, franchisee in Ventura, CA
Who knew shaved ice could be healthy? Kona Ice is redefining dessert, by creating a nutritious and delicious treat. Our constant innovation puts us on a pathway to success. The food and beverage industry is becoming exceedingly harder to excel with the nutrition standards that have been put in place. The innovative and progressive spirit that our company was founded on continues in our search to provide a healthy option for our customers. We have partnered with international flavor houses and worked with flavor scientists tirelessly to procure proprietary blends that meet all the current nutrition guidelines.
We're not just a shaved ice truck - we have units of every size for any venue. Once you own a Kona truck, you will have access to:
Ever wonder if you're making a difference? With Kona Ice, you'll see it happening right before your very eyes. With over $25 million dollars given back to local communities all across the country, Kona Ice is defined by our community involvement. Because we're a mobile franchise, this allows you to be directly involved in your community at every touch point.
Ranked the #1 New Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2013 and Highest in Franchisee Satisfaction in 2014 by Franchise Business Review, Kona Ice's reputation is proclaimed as being one of the most innovative brands and "be your own boss" businesses around. Kona Ice is thriving all across the map - from New Hampshire to California. And as of 2014, it's now proven to work in 3 international markets as well. It's a success for the customers and also for the franchisees!
We have pre-arranged financing with a sister company in place specifically for Kona Ice, giving you the opportunity to expand at your own pace.
Kona Ice is the fastest growing mobile franchise in the country. Meeting or exceeding most expectations, franchisee satisfaction is through the roof! Don't miss this opportunity!
Territories are still available in all major markets.
What Our Franchisees Are Saying:
We've been awarded top in Franchisee Satisfaction, but don't take it from us, see what our franchisees are actually saying:
"I couldn't believe how fast I was up and running with my Kona business. It felt like just weeks since my initial phone call to when I was driving my Kona Ice truck away from Kona Kollege completely ready to do business!" - Natasha Pharis
"I would have never imagined that I could practically pay off my entire year's royalty in one weekend. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of people that love coming up to the truck - there's always a line. And I never thought I'd be able to do this full time, but after just a year in the business, I was able to make Kona my full time job." - Megan Stevenson
"As far as Kona is concerned, what really drew me in was the low barrier of entry. There wasn't a lot of risk, in my opinion. You know, you're buying a truck. You actually have an asset to work with. And I appreciate that the business is built around the effort you put into it. If you want to put the effort in, you're going to have a growing business, a profitable business." - Garvin Wong
"The Kona Ice truck is a wonderful sales tool. It was a lot easier to sell than I had imagined it would be. I have hardly ever had anyone turn me down when I asked them for their business. The truck basically sells itself!" - Charles Love
"The way Kona operates is how every franchise should operate. It's a truck! So I can work whenever I want to work. I get to wake up every morning and be my own boss. No more 9-5 for me! And best of all, I never have to miss my son's basketball games ever again." - Jon Black
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In 1991, East of Chicago Pizza was founded on our signature fresh pan pizza, devotion to quality, and the belief customers deserve the best tasting pizza with every bite. We believe our commitment to these three principles is the driving force behind our growth and success.
East of Chicago Pizza is a proven franchise system, which has thrived for over twenty years in the ultra-competitive pizza industry. We have more than 80 locations in six states and in 2013, East of Chicago continued its impressive growth by surpassing 48 consecutive months of same-store-sales increases, the addition of 12 new locations, all while breaking the $30 million mark in franchise-wide sales.
In 2008, Tony Collins, a multi-unit operator, purchased the franchise. Tony's vision for the East of Chicago brand centered on the drive and success of existing operators. "It started with engagement of the owners across the board," Collins said. "We looked at each operating unit and completed over 200 store visits in order to establish our vision and company goals for the next five years. Plus, we invested heavily in training and operational systems while securing national distribution channels." Today, East of Chicago Pizza is recognized throughout the Midwest for our specialty pizzas, delicious subs, and signature wings.
In the next five years, the company plans on reaching a total of 150 units and growing the corporate structure to provide continued support to the franchisee in all aspects of development, training and operations. The drive and success of existing franchisees are major aspects of East of Chicago's future growth plans. "You have to see beyond initial investment and want to grow larger with us," said Collins, noting the brand emphasizes there is a huge opportunity for aggressive expansion in key territories. "We look for potential franchisees who have great passion, a background in restaurant management, or, ideally, a multi-unit operator."
Opening an East of Chicago Pizza franchise does not require past experience. If you have experience, it is an advantage since you already understand the time commitment and what it takes to be successful. If you don't have experience, you are in a great situation since you don't have any pre-existing ideas about what you should be doing. Our experienced team of support personnel will help you make the most of your time and answer any questions. Plus, you can take advantage of the experience and wisdom of our franchisees, area developers, and our vendors.
Our ideal candidate has a background in restaurant management, preferably franchise restaurants; strong management skills; the ability to consistently motivate themselves and those around them; and the willingness to devote time and energy to the business.
Successful franchise operators are unanimous in their belief that working with people, building our Brand value and a commitment to our founding core principles are the best attributes for any potential franchise owner.