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My Podcast interview with Guy Raz

posted by Joan Huwiler August 22, 2017

Over the years I’ve found that media interviews are important and have really helped to spread the story and brand of Edible Arrangements. The interview I did with Guy Raz of “How I Built This” was a thrill.  I’m a fan of public radio and this show. I used to drive around for hours listening to Guy and always have been an admirer of his work. Today as I drive to visit a franchisee, I often tune in and listen to one of his of his podcasts.

This interview was a joyous ride for me.  Take a listen. Let me know what you think.

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Amanda D.H. Allen Promoted to CFO

posted by Joan Huwiler August 3, 2017

 

Edible Arrangements CFO Amanda Allen

These are exciting times for Edible Arrangements and I am grateful to have a team filled with amazing talent.  I am especially thrilled to see Amanda D.H. Allen be promoted from vice president of finance and accounting, to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Edible.  Cultivating talent from within the organization helps to build a strong corporate culture.

Amanda is a results-driven professional who has taken on every new challenge and excelled. She has a passion and skill for creating value for franchisees, customers, and employees. These talents will serve us well in the future.

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Taking a moment to celebrate the entrepreneurial way of life

posted by Tariq Farid November 22, 2016

November is National Entrepreneurship Month and before it’s time to flip the page on the calendar, I’d like to take some time to reflect on the many great entrepreneurs that have taken the leap of business ownership with Edible Arrangements, and those who have inspired my entrepreneur journey along the way.

As I have shared many times before before, I got the entrepreneurial bug at a young age. Even though I was determined to succeed, I never imagined at the time that my single store would some day turn into a global chain with well over 1,000 locations around the world.

At times, I still find it hard to believe all that has happened, but this Thanksgiving weekend I am very thankful that it did.

As every entrepreneur knows, running a business can cause you to question yourself almost on a daily basis. The challenge is overcoming those self-doubts and continuing to move forward to build your business.

That’s why I so admire each and every one of our Edible Arrangements franchisees. I know their challenges. Regardless of their backgrounds, their experiences or even their reason for getting into business for themselves, they all share an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for business ownership.

The growth and overall success that Edible Arrangements has enjoyed over almost two decades is due to their undeniable dedication and every day I am thankful that they share our vision and enthusiasm for the brand and have allowed us to help them pursue their goal of achieving the American Dream.

There is another group that needs to be thanked, as well.  I am forever grateful that I have always had my family and so many good mentors and business associates surrounding me as a young entrepreneur. It is reassuring to know that they are in my corner. And I know each of our successful Edible Arrangements franchisees also depend on supportive and uplifting peers that are helping them take their businesses to the next level.

As part of National Small Business month we will also celebrate Small Business Saturday this weekend. I encourage you to shop local and shop small. And, as an advocate for the small business owners in Edible Arrangements, I encourage you to make one of your purchases from an Edible Arrangements location near you. It’s the best way to show your support of their entrepreneurial journey.

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How the “Uberization” of Business is Reshaping the Future of Franchising

posted by Tariq Farid October 25, 2016

Later this week I will be in Austin speaking to a gathering of franchise professionals about the impact of technology on the future of franchising during the annual FranTech conference, sponsored by the International Franchise Association.

As a self-proclaimed tech geek, it is a topic that is dear to my heart and one that I have written and spoken about many times. Continue Reading

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An exciting opportunity to help shape the future of franchising

posted by Tariq Farid February 24, 2016

The past weekend was a very special one for several reasons.

First, I was privileged to take my place as part of the International Franchise Association (IFA) board of directors at the organization’s annual convention in San Antonio.

As I have said many times, it is the franchise model that has allowed Edible Arrangements to become a global icon while, at the same time, creating opportunities for our many franchisees to become owners of their own businesses and pursue the American Dream. Continue Reading