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Franchise Affordably

Our FranReady™ Franchise Start Up Program assists you by deferring the lionshare of our fees until franchise sales commence.

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“A successful franchise program can only be achieved through a teamwork of qualified professionals. As an attorney with over 38 years practicing franchise law, I appreciate the opportunity to work with experienced franchise consultants like the Stanwood Group who have the long term interests of their clients and the franchise industry at heart.”

David L. Steinberg, Franchise Attorney David L. Steinberg, P.C. Southfield, MI

“The Stanwood Group along with Robert Katz have invested a tremendous amount of time and energy in building a top notch team of franchise professionals as part of their ongoing effort to make franchising affordable and accessible to the founders of great businesses that might not otherwise be in a position to franchise.” read more

Dan Warshawsky, Franchise Attorney Warshawsky Law Group, PLLC Scottsdale, AZ

“Having been practicing franchise law for over 30 years and working with some of the nation’s leading franchise development companies, Stanwood stands out as a leader in the franchise community supporting small businesses.”

Sam Morrison, Franchise Attorney Morrison Law Offices, P.C. Atlanta, Georgia

“As a former Franchise Regulator for Washington State and practicing Franchise Attorney, I appreciate the superior level of preparedness that the Stanwood Group provides to its start-up franchisors to set them up for success. Because of that, I am proud to also serve as one of their Board of Advisor Members.”

Dan Matthews, Franchise Attorney Warshawsky Law Group, Scottsdale, AZ

“As a Stanwood Group Advisor Member and Preferred Supplier Vendor, I have enjoyed working with many Stanwood Group Franchisors in assisting them in growing their brands.”

Joseph E. Maenner, Franchise Attorney Maenner & Associates, LLC Downingtown, PA

“As an attorney that represents Franchisees in the complex process of purchasing their new franchises, I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Katz on numerous transactions and found him to be pleasant, professional and fair while at the same time doing an exemplary job of representing the Stanwood Group’s clients’ best interests.”

Kerry R. Morgan, Franchise Attorney Collins & Jones, P.C. Raymore, MO

“As an attorney for franchisors, I’ve had the opportunity to work with the Stanwood Group and appreciate their team’s expertise and forward-thinking approach to franchising. The Stanwood Group and their network of professionals are a vital resource for emerging franchisors. The Stanwood Team provides my franchisor clients with expert guidance in navigating the evolving franchise industry. Their understanding of the business side of franchising helps my clients achieve success and understand their goals and objectives as we work together to develop and launch their franchise concepts. Robert Katz is an innovator with extensive experience in franchise development who helps brands highlight their strengths and determine how best to grow and expand their franchise concepts.”

Kerrin O’Connell, Franchise Attorney Drumm Law, LLC Red Bank, NJ

“If you’re looking to franchise your business, Robert Katz and the Stanwood Group are the best in the industry. They are extremely knowledgeable and provide clients with the highest level of customer service possible. I strongly recommend!”

Antonne Jones, Owner Groovy Smoovies, LLC Haddonfield, NJ

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“A successful franchise program can only be achieved through a teamwork of qualified professionals. As an attorney with over 38 years practicing franchise law, I appreciate the opportunity to work with experienced franchise consultants like the Stanwood Group who have the long term interests of their clients and the franchise industry at heart.”

David L. Steinberg, Franchise Attorney
David L. Steinberg, P.C.
Southfield, MI

“When experience & results make all the difference, look no further than Robert Katz and The Stanwood Group to franchise your business!”

Mike Drumm, Franchise Attorney
Drumm Law, LLC
Denver, CO

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ABOUT US

The Stanwood Group is an award winning and nationally recognized team of franchise professionals throughout the United States. We can assist you to expand your business affordably through franchising beginning with the development of your start up franchise program to continued growth fueled through franchise sales using our Stanwood Franchise Start Up Program. We are proud members of both the International Franchise Association (IFA) and VetFran. We are accredited through the Better Business Bureau (BBB) maintaining an A+ Rating. If you want to learn more about the Stanwood Group or any of our Team Members’ respective services, make sure to schedule an appointment.

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SERVICES

The Stanwood Franchise Start Up Program is designed for businesses that desire the support of experienced franchise attorneys, consultants, and brokers to assist with the franchise development process. For those that qualify, the Stanwood Franchise Start Up Program enables clients to defer a large portion of our development fee until initial franchise sales commence, which substantially reduces the amount of initial capital required to launch the new franchise business. If you are interested in learning more about the Stanwood Franchise Start Up Program, or any of our member’s respective services, make sure to call today (856) 988-5468.

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ECONOMIC OUTLOOK 2024

2024 Franchise Economic Outlook Franchising continues to outpace the U.S. economy – even exceeding projections for 2023 in the face of ongoing economic uncertainty. The report forecasts that in 2024, franchises will grow an additional 1.9 percent, adding 15,000 units, totaling 821,000 units in the U.S., and 221,000 jobs totaling 8.9 million employees. Find out more on state-by-state growth, top ten states for franchising and key trends driving growth…

Key highlights from the report include:

  • The overall number of franchise establishments will increase by more than 15,000 units in 2024, or 1.9%, to 821,000 units in the U.S.
  • Franchising will add approximately 221,000 jobs in 2024. Growing at 3.0%, total franchise employment is forecasted to reach 8.9 million.
  • The total output of franchised businesses — the measure of total economic activity in nominal dollars — will increase by 4.1% to $893.9 billion in 2024, up from $858.5 billion in 2023.
  • Personal services and quick service restaurants (QSRs) will experience the strongest growth of any industry.

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“As a former Franchise Regulator for Washington State and practicing Franchise Attorney, I appreciate the superior level of preparedness that the Stanwood Group provides to its start-up franchisors to set them up for success. Because of that, I am also proud to serve as one of their Board of Advisor Members.”

Dan Matthews, Franchise Attorney
Warshawsky Law Group, PLLC
Scottsdale, AZ

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Santucci’s Original Square Pizza

Over 60 Years of Tradition! The Santucci Restaurant Brand was built on a solid foundation of family recipes, quality ingredients, and warm hospitality. Santucci’s Original Square Pizza is a family-run business established in 1959 in Philadelphia, PA. In the US alone, there are an estimated 3 billion pizzas sold every year, and 93% of Americans will eat pizza at least one time in the next 30 days. The market is large and growing, and franchise opportunities that have pizza as an offering are poised for a solid return. The world is obsessed with pizza, especially in the United States where it is ranked as the 4th-most-craved food item, and where sales exceed $38 billion annually, with no signs of let-up. Our unique product stands out from anything else that is being offered as a pizza franchise and restaurant business option.

Chad Bickle is a valued member of the Santucci’s Pizza family! He has provided us with the experience, leadership and impressive franchise sales results to continue our successful expansion as the fastest growing Philadelphia based Pizza Franchise in the Tri-State area.

Alicia Santucci, President
Santucci’s Original Square Pizza
Philadelphia, PA

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Baby Otter Swim School

Join one of the most exciting life-saving franchises in the U.S.A. Children and adults can learn to swim in less than 3 hours! Baby Otter utilizes their proprietary Turn, Kick, Reach® systems developed by its founders and proven in Florida over the last 40 years to dramatically decrease drowning statistics. We have the best trained staff in the industry who are as dedicated to our cause as we are. We are considered drowning prevention experts in the field of aquatics.

Owning your own Baby Otter Swim School can help you be your own BOSS, set your own schedule and, best of all, SAVE LIVES! Our passion and commitment to saving children from drowning will never end until there are no more drownings.

Mindy York, President
Baby Otter Enterprises, LLC
Orlando, Florida

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PJ’s Coffee

Founded in 1978 as one of the original specialty coffee brands, PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans now brings the savory taste and experience of New Orleans coffee to the world. PJ’s Coffee utilizes only the top 1% of Arabica beans, sourcing 14 origin coffees from Sumatra to Ethiopia, from Colombia to Papua New Guinea. With one step in the door you are greeted with the scent of our 100% Arabica beans, invoking the soul and unique experience of our original location on Maple Street.

We strive to make every customer a permanent, repeat customer once they have encountered our brand and the quality products that we present, as it far surpasses the industry standard.

Tori Jones Bermond, CFE
Franchise Development Manager
New Orleans Brew, LLC
Mandeville, LA

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Icebox Cryotherapy Studios

Icebox Studios is a premier cryotherapy studio that specializes in athletic recovery, health and wellness, and beauty. Something special happens in this modern and customer-centric space that makes its guests want to come back and experience Icebox again and again! As the leading provider of non-invasive cold therapy, Icebox was also the first to market in this self-help, feel-good business concept. A brand focused on providing simplified treatments in an efficient but luxurious way, guests are sure to experience “the best three minutes of their day!” Everything from the curated music, specialty teas, and plush robes, to the relaxed, gender-neutral environment, is intentionally designed to connect with Icebox’s broad customer base. Guests can enjoy a service in 12 minutes, fitting conveniently into even the busiest schedule.

I wanted to be part of a dynamic, growing organization within the health and wellness space. The culture of “put our guests first” and our desire to differentiate ourselves based on their experience-that’s why I chose Icebox.

Icebox Franchise Owner
Atlanta, GA

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Our Brand. Your Business. Hit the Bullseye. “Civil Axe Throwing is a brand-new entertainment franchise opportunity, ready to help you realize your business goals.” One of the largest Axe Throwing Entertainment chains of its kind in the United States, a one-of-a-kind concept, Civil Axe Throwing meets the demand for a unique, incredibly fun entertainment experience that customers crave. Join our growing family of Franchisees and friendly Axe Throwing Entertainment Centers and let us help you take control of your future today! 14 outlets now open and 5 more coming soon! We can’t wait to share our story with you and become part of your story as you build your business with this emerging experience in an exciting, growing industry. THROW AN AXE. BE AWESOME. REPEAT!

Coming out of the pandemic, we’re busier than ever and selling franchises with 14 open locations and 5 more on the way. We continue to expand the Civil Axe Throwing chain throughout the United States and helping others through our Axe of Kindness fundraising program.

Pat Perkins, Vice President Franchise Sales
Civil Axe Throwing Franchise, LLC
Memphis, TN

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Civil Axe Throwing

Our Brand. Your Business. Hit the Bullseye. “Civil Axe Throwing is a brand-new entertainment franchise opportunity, ready to help you realize your business goals.” One of the largest Axe Throwing Entertainment chains of its kind in the United States, a one-of-a-kind concept, Civil Axe Throwing meets the demand for a unique, incredibly fun entertainment experience that customers crave. Join our growing family of Franchisees and friendly Axe Throwing Entertainment Centers and let us help you take control of your future today! 14 outlets now open and 5 more coming soon! We can’t wait to share our story with you and become part of your story as you build your business with this emerging experience in an exciting, growing industry. THROW AN AXE. BE AWESOME. REPEAT!

Coming out of the pandemic, we’re busier than ever and selling franchises with 14 open locations and 5 more on the way. We continue to expand the Civil Axe Throwing chain throughout the United States and helping others through our Axe of Kindness fundraising program.

Pat Perkins, Vice President Franchise Sales

Civil Axe Throwing Franchise, LLC
Memphis, TN

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Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids

Sharkey’s is a full-service children’s salon offering services to children of all ages and adults in a family friendly environment featuring decorative chairs, video games, televisions and movies. Fun filled options like Gaming Stations, Before & After Photos, Make Up Lessons, Mini Mani, Glam Haircuts etc.

  • A unique salon just for kids that is 100% recession proof
  • The fastest growing chain of children’s salons around the globe
  • 97+ salons in the US, Canada, Europe, Middle East and growing rapidly
  • Part of a $40 billion hair care industry
  • A fun and exciting place for children

2021 & 2022 was busier than ever for Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids selling franchises; with 97+ open locations and 45 more on the way! We continue to expand with our proven passive and recession proof investment model throughout the United States.

Jessica Curri, VP of Franchise Development
Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids
Westport, CT

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“I always have a great experience working with the Stanwood Group and their Franchisors!”

Tera Thomas, Senior Funding Consultant FranFund Fort Worth, TX

“Franchise Gator is proud to be partnering with The Stanwood Group in providing outstanding digital advertising opportunities to Stanwood’s exciting North American network of coast to coast franchisors!”

Eric Bell, General Manager FranchiseGator.com Roswell, GA

“We had the most wonderful experience working with Mr. Katz from the Stanwood Group who personally assisted us and one of our clients in South Florida last year. Mr. Katz is the definition of professionalism and excellence in the field of Franchise Development.” read more

Nina R, Executive Assistant Gagel Law Firm Washington, D.C.

“When experience makes all the difference, there is one name that comes to mind when I think of Franchise Consulting and Sales Services. My office has been fortunate to work with many of Stanwood’s clients. I’d recommend Stanwood’s services to businesses looking to franchise that won’t break the bank!” read more

Sarah Holmes, Franchise Attorney Holmes Business Law, P.C. Ardmore, PA

“I highly recommend the Stanwood Group for businesses wishing to explore franchising. I am continually impressed with their attention to detail, responsiveness, and willingness to go the extra mile. I always enjoy working with Stanwood Group clients because I know they have been given thoughtful, experienced guidance.” read more

Hannah Joseph, Franchise Attorney Katz Korin Cunningham Indianapolis, IN

“Elman Technology Law is honored to have been selected as a preferred provider of intellectual property services for clients of The Stanwood Group.”

Gerry J. Elman, J.D. Elman Technology Law, P.C. Swarthmore, PA

“As a funding provider that works predominantly in the franchise industry, I have been very fortunate to work with The Stanwood Group and their Franchisor clients for quite some time. The Stanwood team is an incredible resource of franchise professionals that posses the experience and skill level to successfully assist entrepreneurs looking to franchise their businesses affordably as well as assist already established Franchisors looking for continued growth through new franchise sales.” read more

Michael Minitelli, VIce President Business Development Benetrends Financial Lansdale, PA

“If you’re looking to franchise your business, Robert Katz and the Stanwood Group are the best in the industry. They are extremely knowledgeable and provide clients with the highest level of customer service possible. I strongly recommend!”

Antonne Jones, Owner Groovy Smoovies, LLC Haddonfield, NJ

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Meet The Team

Robert Katz

Franchise Development

Harold L. Kestenbaum

Franchise Attorney

Hanna Groves

Digital Marketing

Chad Bickle

Franchise Development

Kerrin O'Connell

Franchise Attorney

Lory Meyerson

Franchise Development​

Mike Drumm

Franchise Attorney

Jonathan H. Stanwood

Franchise Attorney

Joseph E. Maenner

Trademark Attorney

Dan Warshawsky

Franchise Attorney

Dan Matthews

Franchise Attorney

David L. Steinberg

Franchise Attorney

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The Stanwood Group along with Robert Katz have invested a tremendous amount of time and energy in building a top notch team of franchise professionals as part of their ongoing effort to make franchising affordable and accessible to the founders of great businesses that might not otherwise be in a position to franchise. Their relationships with experienced franchise attorneys across the country, combined with Robert Katz’s many years of franchise consulting/development experience, allows them to offer their clients an effective, affordable and collaborative approach to bringing legal and business professionals together to create a solid foundation for their franchising future. Robert himself is pleasant, professional, insightful and easy to work with. I am honored to serve alongside him as one of their valued team members.

Dan Warshawsky, Franchise Attorney
Warshawsky Law Group, PLLC
Scottsdale, AZ

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“The Stanwood Group does a truly exceptional job of supporting its franchisors. Being new to the franchise industry, they provided me with the tools, support and mentoring needed for success! They have been a key differentiator in our franchise business allowing us to continue to expand throughout the United States.”

Pat Perkins, Vice President Franchise Sales Civil Axe Throwing Memphis, TN

"The Stanwood Group has given me tremendous guidance with promoting and growing my emerging brand. Robert Katz has been an amazing resource to me, as a new franchisor. He is honest, knowledgeable and very patient as he spends a lot of his time sharing his expertise in the complicated franchising business. I'm very grateful for his assistance."

Lisa Dowd, Founder Cheesy Street Grill Natick, MA

"Bear Paddle Swim School is very excited to be partnering with the Stanwood Group to locate and identify the future leaders of our Franchise Opportunity. The direction and focus from the Stanwood Group really aligns with the Bear Paddle mission to find passionate, driven individuals that are looking to enrich their community and business life."

Robin Everson, Founder & Owner Bear Paddle Swim School Aurora, IL

"Although it has always been a dream, taking the leap into franchising can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. Robert Katz and the Stanwood Group brought a calming hand and network of professionals that handled each step of the way allowing me to dream big, but rest easy."

Mike Guerriero, CEO Guerriero’s Gelato Montclair, New Jersey

“Never would I have imagined having launched our BLUSH Boot Camp Franchise program just 9 months ago back in September 2020 during the height of a national pandemic that we would experience such a level of success having sold so many franchises and staying committed to our mission of empowering women through fitness.”

Maxwell Gellert, Owner BLUSH Boot Camp Franchising Systems, LLC Lee’s Summit, MO

"My experience with the team at the Stanwood Group has been exceptional. Their support, direction and expertise has allowed us to launch the perfect franchise offering to the marketplace and we are excited as we continue to open more locations with the Stanwood Group."

Jared Welch, President Civil Axe Throwing Memphis, TN

“If you're looking to franchise your business, Robert Katz and the Stanwood Group are the best in the industry. They are extremely knowledgeable and provide clients with the highest level of customer service possible. I strongly recommend!”

Antonne Jones, Owner Groovy Smoovies, LLC Haddonfield, NJ