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 his family’s company to:
I feel very blessed to be part of this business. The thing that is amazing about this franchise model and system that I don’t think any of us foresaw was the scaleability. The scaleability makes all the difference. This is everything I liked about corporate America without all the micromanagement that I hated. You can listen to our Franchisee “Z” Call where I discuss this and more by clicking on this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/kLhEHORq-uIDavid OtisCity Wide Facility Solutions operating in Metro Atlanta
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.Jennifer SlanskyCity Wide Facility Solutions operating in Portland, OR
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.Tim AkersCity Wide Facility Solutions operating in Nashville, TN
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.Meredith Cimino EricksonCity Wide Facility Solutions operating in Omaha, NE
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.Alan MathesonCity Wide Facility Solutions operating in Central Pennsylvania