Last week, the Austin American-Statesman newspaper highlighted the growth of several franchise concepts owned by The Dwyer Group® in the Austin area, including Mr. Rooter® Plumbing, Mr. Electric®, and The Grounds Guys® landscape management franchises.
Frequently named one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., Austin, Texas saw an astounding population growth of 51.1% between 2000-2010. With this population explosion comes new homes and a need for service professionals to maintain those homes. Read more
The Grounds Guys® is on the hunt for its 100th franchisee. The Grounds Guys specializes in landscaping and lawn maintenance for residential and commercial customers. A typical “Grounds Guy” loves the outdoors but is also passionate about managing and mentoring people and making a positive impact on the local community.
Aside from having an interest in the green industry, a potential franchisee of The Grounds Guys should have honesty and integrity, a strong work ethic, high achievement drive, be a team player and be willing to learn and apply successful business systems. Read more
It was a sunny and mild November day in Temple, Texas. As the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Temple comes into view, bright yellow-and-green “I Care” shirts stand out against the faded autumn leaves.
On November 8, four new The Grounds Guys® franchise owners took a break from their busy training week in Waco, forty miles to the north, to join The Grounds Guys corporate staff and Bell County franchise owner, William Johnson, for Monika Day, a day of giving back to the community. Read more
“Honey, I quit my job.”
These are the words that every wife dreads to hear, knowing that her family’s financial stability had been thrown into a state of unpredictability. But for Paula Smith, she decided to support her husband Kenny’s decision to start a landscaping business.
Fast forward a little bit, and Kenny and Paula found themselves at another crossroads. Read more
Not many individuals would choose to put their professional—not to mention personal—reputation on the line by appearing on reality TV. Not many individuals, however, are like The Dwyer Group® CEO and Chairwoman Dina Dwyer-Owens.
On January 22, 2012, the United States watched Dwyer-Owens go undercover in the service industry on the three-time Emmy nominated show, “Undercover Boss.” From replacing a broken water heater to repairing kitchen appliances, and driving a riding lawnmower to installing an electrical sign, the boss got an inside look at the frontlines of The Dwyer Group brands. The national response to the episode and the company—particularly its Code of Values®—was poignant. On Friday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m. CT, the episode will re-air on CBS. Read more
In today’s age of mobile phones, email, and texting, there’s still nothing better than a face-to-face conversation, especially when it could change your life and your business in a huge way. One great way that you can find out more about our concepts is by meeting up with our team at an industry trade show. Most trade shows that we attend will have not only a corporate representative available to talk to you, but current franchise owners much like you who have recently gone through the process of opening one of our franchises. You can arrange a meeting ahead of time by contacting our franchise development team before an event. Here are some upcoming trade shows and special events that you can meet us at. We hope to see you there!
This week, we’ll be focusing on some local heroes and former firefighters and law enforcement officers who are pioneering a second career through the purchase of a franchise. Especially with the outbreak of wildfires across the Western U.S. in recent weeks, communities are looking for a way to thank not only active firefighters, but retired firefighters who have handed in their hoses after decades of loyal service.
Charles Baldwin is a Franklin, North Carolina native who attended Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tennessee while simultaneously volunteering at the Franklin Fire Department. Following graduation, Charles began working for the Franklin Fire Department full-time. Charles currently serves with the Martinez Columbia Fire Rescue in Georgia and recently converted his business, DesignScape Landscape, into The Grounds Guys® as the first franchisee to utilize the Public Protectors Franchise Advantage (PPFA) program.
How did you learn about the brand?
I found out about The Grounds Guys from the television show Undercover Boss that featured The Dwyer Group, the parent company of The Grounds Guys.
What was appealing to you about joining a franchise system? Read more
“Helping customers fulfill their sustainability agenda offers companies an opportunity to build trust and credibility, bringing companies closer to their customers and helping to boost customer loyalty.”
– Report by consulting firm Accenture
In the service industry, empowering customers to be environmentally friendly and in turn save money, can help increase customer loyalty. The Dwyer Group and its seven service franchises pride themselves on customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing do-it-yourself home improvement and maintenance tips in blogs and news articles along with quality on-site service. In fact, “Customer Focus” is one of the four main points of the company Code of Values® that we teach our service professionals.
In honor of Earth Day this Sunday, we’ve compiled a list of environmentally-friendly service tips to help “green” the home environment while conserving the earth’s resources.
Mr. Rooter® Plumbing:
-Look for an environmentally friendly product that reduces drain backups and odors. A chemical-free product, BioChoiceES® displays the Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment logo. It is a microbial drain cleaner that is naturally occurring and biodegradable.
-Conserve water by maintaining your toilets and checking for leaks. Replace flappers and fill valves every couple of years to avoid a running toilet. A new flapper will seal properly, and a new valve will stop overfilling or filling too slowly.
-Look under your kitchen sink and remove toxic products. These household poisonings are one of the highest threats to the health of children. Replace with non-toxic, eco-friendly products.
-To remove a stain from your carpet, mix a solution of one-part vinegar to two-parts water in a clean spray bottle. Let the solution sit on the stain for a while and then wipe with paper towels.
-If you notice your food cooking unevenly or it is taking longer than before, it may be time to replace cracked or torn oven door seals that can allow up to 20% of heat to escape.
-Give your refrigerator some breathing room by keeping the appliance at least two or three inches away from the wall. Place your refrigerator away from direct sunlight and appliances that produce heat to make your refrigerator run more efficiently.
-Solar energy helps the environment because it reduces the need to burn fossil fuels. That means a correlating drop in air pollution and greenhouse gases.
-Switch from incandescent lights to LED. By changing one light bulb in your home, you minimize wasteful energy expenditure. LED lights last 10 times longer than a regular incandescent bulb, which translates to financial savings for you and better energy efficiency.
-Going green is as easy as fixing your windshield chip! Because auto glass is very difficult to recycle, it’s best to prolong the life of your current windshield. Every time you repair your windshield, you save space in a landfill and reduce your use of plastics.
-Homemade environmentally-friendly glass cleaner recipe: Start by squeezing the juice of one lemon in a clean spray bottle, then fill the bottle with water. Add two drops of natural liquid dish soap or ½ teaspoon of baking soda (this step is to soften the water). Close the bottle and shake well. Spray on the glass and wipe with a lint-free cloth.
-Use high-efficiency air filters to help your air conditioning system stay cleaner longer and use less energy to keep cool.
-Plant trees or shrubs to shade the air conditioning unit, but not so close that they block airflow.
Look to The Dwyer Group and its service franchises to provide environmentally friendly homecare tips and make every day “Earth Day.”
By Laura Shaheen
Despite today’s downturned economy, or perhaps because of it, more and more business owners are discovering the secret of stability and prosperity: franchising. Franchising, though not for all businesses, is an ideal way to grow your company. Franchising allows for the duplication of successful business plans and then applies them directly to your own business. Through the aid and support from the Dwyer Group, you as an owner can spend less time bogged down in the time-consuming minutia of daily business life and can apply yourself to improvement and expansion.
The Dwyer Group is comprised of 7 potential concepts that you might be interested in operating. One of the greatest benefits of working with the Dwyer Group is that you can either convert your existing business into a successful franchise, or you can start from scratch and build your franchise from the ground up. This flexibility allows you the freedom to run your company, while also having support when you require it. Between the Dwyer Group’s proven business plans and excellent training opportunities, becoming a franchisee means starting out ahead and with more connections that you could previously dream.
There are 7 potential franchises that encompass the Dwyer Group, and each one has its own unique benefits and is recession-resistant.
Rainbow International- Rainbow International is in the smoke, fire and water restoration industry. This industry is both recession-resistant and profitable. In addition to those basic services, Rainbow International also offers mold removal services, biohazard clean up and commercial services. With a Rainbow Franchise, you will receive full training and support, and will receive help from our national accounts and marketing team in order to help you get the optimal number of jobs for your business.
Glass Doctor- Not only is Glass Doctor the largest fully franchised residential, business and auto glass franchise company in the U.S. and Canada, they also have the ability to make your existing glass company skyrocket. With a Glass Doctor franchise, you will have access to experts in specialty glass services that can drastically increase your client base. Through a franchise with the Dwyer Group, you will have access to discounts and rebates on all that you need to run your company, and access to special, proven business systems that will streamline your company and maximize results.
Aire Serv- Aire Serv is a leader in the heating and air conditioning industry, an industry that is both competitive, profitable and always necessary. By opening an Aire Serv franchise, you can learn how to increase profitability, have access to our cutting-edge research and learn to expand your existing company into something much greater. With over 175 locations worldwide, there are hundreds of franchise owners in a support system, as well as the entire Dwyer Group team, who will provide help and information on running a successful business.
Mr. Appliance- Mr. Appliance is the largest fully franchised appliance repair company in the world. By opening a Mr. Appliance franchise, you are getting the chance to benefit from fifteen years worth of experience in servicing high-end appliances and operating successful businesses. The industry is both dynamic and competitive, and many people previously owning appliance repair services have made the switch to a Mr. Appliance franchise and seen their companies really take off.
Mr. Electric- Mr. Electric is an electrical home service provider with impeccable connections. Already the official electrical home installation partner of the Home Depot, this powerful alliance has helped our franchise owners become leaders in the industry. With this franchise, you will be able to provide special electrical services like solar patio lighting, security lighting, custom projects and much more. As a franchise owner in such a successful business, you will be allowed the freedom of running your own business with the security of support from other franchise owners and headquarters just a phone call away.
Mr. Rooter- A leader in the plumbing industry, Mr. Rooter allows you to build a successful franchise due in part to the training and business services you will receive on your induction into the franchise family. With a long, illustrious history, Mr. Rooter was founded in 1974 and has grown to over 300 franchise locations across the United States, Canada and Europe. Opening a Mr. Rooter franchise means that you will have access to important help that will allow you to focus your time on improving efficiencies and performance. As always, being a part of one of the Dwyer Group’s franchises also means that you will receive the immense discounts and rebates available through the Dwyer Group’s many connections.
The Grounds Guys- The newest franchise opportunity in the grounds and lawn care industry, The Grounds Guys franchise comes with all of the systems, training, support and tools to become a fully profitable and competitive franchise. With all franchise territories in the United States open, opening a franchise has never been more accessible. Regardless of your experience, you will receive top of the line training and you can focus on streamlining your business to maximize profitability.
Whether an existing business owner or a new one, any one of these franchises can help you take your business to new, impressive heights. Having the support of other franchisees and the invaluable training and resources from the Dwyer Group means adding layers of security and aid that are difficult to find in smaller, non-franchised businesses. Many franchise owners have praised the system, stating that they are able to devote their time to actually running the business and expanding it, rather than simply putting out fires as soon as they spring up.
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