From CEO to employee: Steve Greenbaum goes undercover at PostNet locations to learn what holds his company together

PostNet is the world’s fastest growing chain of neighborhood business centers.  Headquartered in Denver, CO, the company has grown to more than 700 locations in 39 states across the US, including a strong international presence in nine countries.  Steve Greenbaum co-founded the company in Las Vegas, when post offices failed to supply shipping materials to customers.  Now CEO, Greenbaum is focused on PostNet being the only business in America focused on providing resources to small businesses everywhere.

Hitting the road and going undercover within his own company on CBS’ Undercover Boss, Greenbaum hoped to experience firsthand, “the challenges that our franchise owners go through every day and learn what we can do to continue to help improve their businesses.”

“We need to take a look at what can be done to make our stores more than just another business,” said Greenbaum.  Working undercover as a packaging specialist in his Bronx, NY, location, Greenbaum worked side by side a Marine Veteran and realized how franchising, with a structured working environment, has become a perfect fit for veterans transitioning back into civilian life.

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College Hunks Founder Speaks at The Atlantic Small Business Forum

Just finishing college in Washington D.C., Nick Friedman was one of the lucky few to land a good job at a consulting firm.  With only a few days under his belt, he realized this wasn’t what he wanted to do for the rest of his life and reached out to his longtime friend to launch a business plan they had thought up some years back.  Soon after, Friedman and his friend quit their jobs, borrowed a van and told their parents they were starting their own company moving away people’s unwanted items.

Today, College Kids Hauling Junk employs 500 people and operates under 48 different locations across the country.  Friedman spoke at The Atlantic Small Business Forum, Dec. 12, in Washington D.C., to let hopeful entrepreneurs know the secrets to starting your own company.  “Discipline and determination have a lot to do with making a business successful,” Friedman explains.  “We needed to learn it took to separate ourselves from just another moving company with a truck.” Joining entrepreneurial type programs has also allowed Friedman to educate himself in the business and learn what it would take to, “move your company into the future.”

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Former IFA Chairman Doc Cohen Contributes $300,000 for a New College Scholarship Fund



The International Franchise Association Educational Foundation has received  the largest personal donation in the Foundation’s history to establish a college scholarship fund for students studying franchising. The donation of $300,000 from Former IFA Chairman Lawrence “Doc” Cohen, CFE, president & CEO of DOC & Associates, Ltd., a franchisee of Great American Cookies and PretzelMaker, will create the “Doc Cohen Franchising Scholarship Fund.”

“I have always felt it important to give something back to the business model that has meant so much to my success,” said Cohen.  “Franchising has made it possible for me to achieve my ‘American Dream’  and I am grateful that I can share that success with an up and coming future entrepreneurs.

The fund will be administered by the IFA Educational Foundation and will provide a $4,500 annual scholarship to a college student with a major or primary focus in one or more of these areas of study ─ business, finance, marketing, food service, hospitality, franchising, or entrepreneurship.

The first winner of the Doc Cohen Franchising Scholarship will be awarded to Courtney Olesh, who will plans to attend Yale to study business next fall and cites her involvement in IFA-sponsored franchising events as the reason for pursuing an entrepreneurial career through franchising.

“The association and the whole franchising community is deeply grateful to Doc Cohen for his boundless generosity and support,” said IFA President and CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE.  This scholarship will help students with the passion and drive to become successful franchisees and continue to promote education among young people studying franchising.

For more information on IFA’s Educational Foundation scholarships please click here.

Wounded Warrior and veteran franchise owner Shilo Harris appeared on Extreme Home Makeover Monday night



SSG Shilo Harris (U.S. Army, Ret.) was featured on ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover Monday night.  Shilo, who was injured in Iraq by an IED in 2007, was featured at the 2012 IFA Convention and spoke to IFA’s Public Affairs Conference in 2011. Shilo has become a new franchise owner with VetFran Chairman’s Corps member WIN Home Inspection since Extreme Home Makeover was filmed.  The Coleman, Texas native, who joined the Army in the days after Sept. 11, 2001, recently headlined an IFA Veterans Day event in San Antonio with SBA Administrator Karen Mills and VetFran Committee Chair Mary Kennedy Thompson (USMC), where he was awarded his franchise. The IFA congratulates Shilo and WIN Home Inspection with wishes for a bright franchise future! Watch Shilo’s story in franchising here.

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National Restaurant Association gives awards to members to help promote different facets of the industry



Restaurants nationwide now have the chance to gain national recognition by applying for the National Restaurant Association’s 2013 Restaurant Industry Awards.  The industry awards which date back for 15 years are given in two different categories; The Restaurant Neighbor Award and The Faces of Diversity Award.  Winners of the awards will be honored in April 2013 at a gala awards dinner during the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference.

The Restaurant Neighbor Award honor restaurants in the field of outstanding community service and involvement. Participating state restaurant associations choose their state winners to compete for the national award and four national winners receive $5,000 each to support their community efforts.

The Faces of Diversity Award recognizes the diversity of the restaurant industry and the role the industry plays helping individuals achieve “the American Dream.” Three individuals, who through hard work and determination have realized the American dream, are selected each year as the national winners. A $2,500 ProStart scholarship is presented it the name of each winner.

Restaurants may apply online at before January 7, 2013 and for more information, visit the National Restaurant Association’s Web site,

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