In the 1950s, a young entrepreneur named Frank Oddo struggled to find reliable cleaners in the evenings at his family’s grocery store in Kansas City. Week after week, the disappointment was growing. Until 1961, when he decided to open his own local janitorial business.
For 40 years, Frank ran a successful cleaning company with a staff of in-house employees who performed the basics. But word got out about Frank’s cleaning business. His phone never stopped ringing. He was receiving requests to provide more services.
Frank became a jack-of-all trades. Management was spending their time recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and counseling minimum wage employees, instead of managing client relationships.
By 1999, a new door opened. Frank’s son, Jeff Oddo, took over as president. Two years later, Jeff would transform his father’s B2B model into a management franchise that would rock the mediocre cleaning service industry.
Jeff’s new franchise business model allowed City Wide to:
Today, the Home Office in Kansas City is still in operation and serves as the training site for all new City Wide franchise owners. City Wide has grown to more than 50 franchise locations across the country – more than 35% sold out!
I have been blessed in my life. Sharing our business model with others, improving the lives of countless people, and providing 142 other families with the American dream we have built is a wonderful gift to share.Jeff OddoPresident - City Wide Franchise
What I love about this business is I am doing the same thing I was doing in corporate America, but now I am building a business for myself. Repeat contracts, no hourly employees, no more travel, in control of my own destiny… somebody pinch me!John DuffyOwner - City Wide Maintenance of Tampa Bay