Frank Agin is the founder and president of AmSpirit Business Connections, a franchise opportunity that entrepreneurs and professionals can work in conjunction with what they are already doing. In addition, he is the author of several networking books and host of the Networking Rx podcast, which provides ideas, insight and motivation on making the most of professional networking.
[0:59] Josh introduces today’s guest, Frank Agin, the founder and president of AmSpirit Business Connections.
[2:03] Josh welcomes Frank to Franchise Euphoria.
[2:14] Frank explains that AmSpirit is a networking franchise that brings individuals together who are looking to meet other business professionals.
[2:42] Frank is considered the founder of AmSpirit despite having bought out the original owner when it was ran under a different name, Network Professionals.
[4:25] AmSpirit is short for American Spirit, which is a trademark Frank purchased when he was in law school.
[6:46] AmSpirit helps to create groups to open up networking opportunities for business professionals typically “solo-preneurs.” These groups typically meet on a weekly basis.
[9:49] While there isn’t a true digital component to the AmSpirit chapters, they do take advantage of social media to get the word out about their events and opportunities.
[11:40] AmSpirit is starting to do more with technology in regard to training, but Frank finds that the face to face interaction is irreplaceable.
[13:15] Relative to other franchise costs, AmSpirit is considerably affordable at $10,000 in franchise fees. This is because being a franchisee isn’t necessarily a full-time job. Most franchisees use this opportunity as a side job in addition to their day job.
[14:35] AmSpirit is looking for franchisees who are energetic, outgoing, reasonably successful in a business already, have a need to network, and have a desire to help other people become successful through networking.
[15:10] Frank has found it can be challenging if you rely your franchise growth on franchise consultants, especially if your franchise concept is very niche and doesn’t necessarily fit their experience.
[16:24] In addition to authoring ten books about networking, Frank hosts his own podcast called Network Rx that allows him to share his tips on how you can become successful through networking.
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