Sylvan Franchise Blog

Why Should You Expand Your Franchise?

Posted by Courtney Wells on Feb 9, 2017


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The Two Reasons Why Brands Don't Franchise

Posted by Laura Dunn on Feb 2, 2017

Franchising is a popular business model that allows chains to open more locations at speed and with fewer cost implications. Many of our well-known companies including McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts and Burger King operate on the franchise model, ensuring rapid expansion and market domination across both the US and the globe.

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How to Expand Your Franchise

Posted by Laura Dunn on Jan 26, 2017

Your first franchise was a success and now it is time to open a new one. Business expansions are an exciting challenge, and for many franchise owners, growing their business is a risk worth taking.

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Huffington Post Q&A with Sylvan CTO, Monica Nicolau

Posted by Sylvan Learning Corporate on Oct 31, 2016

Sylvan's chief technology officer Monica Nicolau recently sat down with The Huffington Post for a profile meant to highlight women in business. 

Nicolau started with Sylvan in 2011 as a senior director, then moved into the role of vice president of software development for SylvanSync. She became the chief technology officer in June of 2015.

The first three questions of the interview are below. To read the remainder of the Q&A – including questions about Nicolau's advice for women in the technology industry, maintaining a good work/life balance, and other admirable female leaders – you can find the originally post on The Huffington Post here.

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Sylvan Learning updates franchisee license agreement

Posted by Sylvan Learning Corporate on Oct 28, 2016

Sylvan Learning recently unveiled a new license agreement which aims to attract new franchisees and retain existing ones.

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Three Ohio Sylvan locations under new management

Posted by Sylvan Learning Corporate on Oct 26, 2016

The Sylvan Learning Centers of Twinsburg, Fairlawn and Strongsville are now under the ownership of Mital Rathod of Olmsted Township, Ohio.

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Sylvan franchisee Kent Kolbow talks student success, expansion

Posted by Sylvan Learning Corporate on Oct 24, 2016

For Sylvan franchisee Kent Kolbow, hearing the successes of his approximately 800 students is the highlight of his day.

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Family recognized as highest revenue Sylvan franchisee

Posted by Sylvan Learning Corporate on Oct 21, 2016

The Malone family of Michigan was recently recognized as the franchisee with the highest revenue across the entire Sylvan Learning system.

Robert Malone purchased the original center in Grand Rapids in 1985, and since then, the whole family has become involved. Malone's daughters, Molly Ebers and Hillary Malone Tilton, and Malone Tilton's husband, Sean Tilton, have taken over the running of the business.

“My sister and I, we grew up with the business,” Ebers said. “And now, we’re all part of the next generation bringing a different skillset to our upper management structure, and I think that allows us to be successful.”

The Malones first have been a part of the Sylvan system for more than 30 of the company's nearly 40-year history, and the family now owns 14 locations across the Minneapolis and West Michigan area.

“(The Malones) are definitely representative of a family franchise that’s unique in terms of how much skin they have in the game,” Sylvan vice president of operations, Susan Valverde, said. “And they’re unique because Sylvan is more than a business, it’s a legacy and they impact so much in terms of living the brand values and how they execute the Sylvan Learning business plan.”

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What Are the Benefits of Franchise Multi-Unit Ownership?

Posted by Laura Dunn on Oct 14, 2016

Owning a franchise takes skill, patience and determination. But what happens when you want to own more than one?

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Sylvan Learning Center Under New Ownership in Twinsburg, OH

Posted by Laura Dunn on Oct 11, 2016

Congratulations to Mital Rathod, Olmsted Township on her acquisition of the Sylvan Learning Darrow Road facility! Rathod has also acquired the Fairlawn and Strongsville locations as part of a multi-unit ownership deal.

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