City Wide Named to Franchise Business Review’s 2015 ‘Top Franchises for Veterans’ Report

Franchise Business Review recently announced the recipients of its 2015 “Top Franchises for Veterans” award, part of a national project that looks at franchisee satisfaction among thousands of U.S. military veterans in franchise ownership. The findings are based on survey data from more than 3,000 veteran franchisees representing 285 franchise brands.

City Wide Franchise, the nation’s leading building maintenance management company, was included in the report based on its exceptional survey results. It was the only company in its category to receive the prestigious designation.

“There is nothing better than providing those who have served our country an opportunity to build their own business,” said Jeff Oddo, CEO and president of Lenexa-based City Wide. “For more than a decade, we have provided our nation’s veterans with the back-end training and support needed to succeed in business ownership. We have a number of high-performing veterans within our franchise system and we look forward to adding even more in the months and years to come.”

To select the top 100 companies for the report, Franchise Business Review measured overall satisfaction among military veterans within the franchise system, considering factors such as training and support, leadership, and financial opportunity.

“Many franchises entice veterans to invest via special incentives and discounts, but what really matters is what happens after they buy a franchise. The franchises featured in our “Top Franchises For Veterans” report have earned the seal of approval from the veterans who own them,” says Michelle Rowan, President of Franchise Business Review.

In addition the “Top Franchises for Veterans” report, Franchise Business Review publishes reports throughout the year on the top-rated companies and industry segments within the franchise marketplace. In March, the company will release its annual “Guide to Today’s Top Franchises” report, which includes more detail on the state of franchising in 2015 and on each of the award-winning companies.

City Wide has made a name for itself in major U.S. cities by streamlining commercial facilities and maintenance management of more than 20 services through a collection of service providers and alliance partners, including floor care, window washing, janitorial supplies, parking lot maintenance, and several others. Taking the onus off building owners and property management companies that typically have to choose separate companies for each task, City Wide eases the selection and management processes for its clients.

About City Wide

Founded in 1961, City Wide has become synonymous with building maintenance in its home Kansas City market and the 40-plus U.S. regions where it has grown through franchising since 2001. A single-source solution for all building maintenance services, City Wide contracts with independent service providers to give clients access to dozens of interior and exterior services. City Wide simplifies the maintenance matters that mean most to building owners, operators and management companies, easing the time, stress and resources typically required to oversee an entire facility.

For more information about City Wide’s services, please visit www.gocitywide.com. To inquire about franchise opportunities, visit www.citywidefranchise.com.

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Success Stories

Having had the opportunity to be part of the City Wide Home Office, selling City Wide for eight years, I would share this view: My advice is simple on how you can be a success owning a City Wide Franchise. First, find a great partner with a work ethic you admire. Keep the message simple and be relentless at sales. Find the spot where you are uncomfortable and be there often. Choose to do the work in sales because it is difficult. This is where you will find both a passion for the business model and an addiction.

success story of Jennifer Slansky Jennifer SlanskyCo-Owner, City Wide of Portland, a woman-owned business

Much like the saying, “dreams come true, not free,” City Wide offered me the opportunity to chase a dream to build a business for my family though hard work and perseverance. The fruits of that hard work have not only created a profitable and growing family legacy business but, more importantly, the platform for us to improve the quality of life of our employees’ families as well as to give back in a meaningful way to our middle Tennessee community. The ceiling is high for those who want to chase their dream

success story of Tim Akers Tim AkersOwner – City Wide Maintenance of Nashville

Jeff and I saw firsthand through my work for City Wide Franchise Corporate how this business can provide real wealth opportunities for us; there is no greater endorsement than a former employee who decides to buy a franchise from the company! With City Wide, we get to make a difference in our community, not just for ourselves and our family, but for our clients and our team. The work is rewarding because we believe in what we are doing for our clients every day.

success story of Meredith Cimino Meredith Cimino Co-Owner, City Wide Maintenance of Omaha

What appealed to us about City Wide was the opportunity to work together and build a family business. No corporate bosses, no long distance travel, and the freedom to be there for our children when we want. Personal effort is directly rewarded with results and as you grow you get to share that success with an ever-growing team of direct staff, independent contractors, and happy clients.

success story of Alan Matheson Alan MathesonCo-Owner – City Wide of Central Pennsylvania

I fell in love with the Home Office team. I believed in the concept of the model. I loved the team’s professionalism, enthusiasm, integrity, ethics and, most importantly, family values. When we left [Discovery Day] I was scared we would not be selected. We were so excited when we got the call that we had been. It has been the best decision we have ever made for our family.

success story of Naila Matheson Naila MathesonCo-Owner – City Wide of Central Pennsylvania
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